Answered By: Gabe Research & Writing Studio
Last Updated: Jul 17, 2017     Views: 25

Many of the ebook platforms Western Libraries provides have books that are restricted with digital rights management software (DRM). Even though many of those ebook platforms recommend using Adobe Digital Editions software, we recommend the Bluefire Reader app instead. It works with an Adobe Digital Editions account, but is much more user friendly and works on many different types of devices.

Getting started

  1. It usually works better if you have your Bluefire software up and running before attempting to download the ebooks. 
  2. Some of our ebook platforms, unfortunately, require you to set up an account with the company providing the platform (for example, Ebrary and Ebsco).
  3. Now you can download the ebook and it will appear on your device for the time indicated in the database. In some cases you can choose the length of time for the file to be active, up to a limit. After that time elapses the file will no longer be readable.
  4. Keep in mind that once the file expires you will lose your place in the book and any notes associated with the book. We recommend keeping this information elsewhere, such as in a research management application or email to yourself.
  5. If you run into trouble along the way we are here to help. Some staff are more familiar with the ebook platforms than others but anyone should be able to connect you with one of our staff who can work with you.

Screenshot of the Bluefire Reader download site.

Screenshot of the Bluefire Reader download site.

Screenshot of what the Bluefire Reader looks like with the Adobe Digital Editions authentication dialog box showing. 

Screenshot of what the Bluefire Reader looks like with the Adobe Digital Editions authentication dialog box showing.

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