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Ebooks @ Memorial Library: Downloading

Our guide for downloading eBooks to a variety of devices. Includes helpful tips for fully utilizing our eBook collection!

The basics

Download for Offline Reading & Added Functionality


You will need special software to download & read ebooks that use Digital Rights Management (DRM) software, such as EBSCOhost and ProQuest Ebook Central. The ebook systems will prompt you to add this software at the point of your first download, but it will be more convenient if you set up your device in advance.

  • For iOS and Android devices, all you need to download and read content is a reader app such as the free Bluefire Reader app.
  • For PCs, you must have Adobe Digital Editions (ADE).
  • To be able to switch between devices, you will need an Adobe ID.

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General questions

Can I just read an ebook on the computer, WITHOUT downloading it?
In most cases, yes you can, although you will have more options (annotations, remembering pages, etc.) if you download.

Once I download an ebook to my computer, can I move it to some other computer?
Yes, as long as you are able to authorize the devices with your Adobe ID (so, download to your own computer, not a Library PC).

Will ebooks just disappear from my reader once it is time for them to be returned? (I do no have to worry about returning them?)
Yes, they will just disappear off your reader, you would not have to worry about returning them. 

What about Kindles?

ProQuest Ebook Central

You can download ebooks that have print-to-PDF and chapter download capability on any device that supports .PDF file types – from Kindles and tablets to laptops and mobile devices. And you may transfer files between devices without support limitation.

EBSCOHost eBooks

eBook pages saved as a PDF can be transferred to, and read on eReader devices such as the Nook or Kindle. Consult your device's user manual for instructions on how to manually transfer files to the device.