Bluefire is the mobile application of choice for reading ebrary ebooks on mobile devices

In the years since the ebrary mobile app was introduced, we have seen that patrons increasingly prefer to use one app that works across many products, and for the app to be optimized for their device.

Therefore, the ebrary mobile app has been retired, and is no longer available from the App Store or the Google Play store.

ProQuest recommends the independent, highly-rated “Bluefire Reader” app for offline reading of downloaded ebrary ebooks on mobile devices.

Bluefire is available for free from the App Store and the Google Play store.  It can be used to read Adobe DRM-protected ebooks from a variety of sources – including EBL.

For detailed information about downloading ebrary books on mobile devices, and then using Bluefire to read them, please see this how-to.

 

Use your mobile device to download an ebrary book via a browser, then read it offline in Bluefire

For devices such as: iPhones, iPads, and Android phones and tablets.

FIRST TIME ONLY:

I. Sign in with your Adobe ID, or create one:

1. Go to https://www.adobe.com/cfusion/membership/index.cfm

2. Either sign in, or click “Get Adobe ID” and follow the prompts

II. Install Bluefire on your device

1. On your device, click App Store (for iOS) or Play Store (for Android)

2. Search for “Bluefire Reader

3. Install it on your device

Or… START HERE if you’ve done the above steps before:

III. Download books using your device – you’ll need internet access:

1. On your device, use a browser to connect to your ebrary site

- Use the same URL as when accessing ebrary from a computer

- For authorized access to your ebrary site, you will need to either:

– Use an authenticated campus Wi-Fi

– Or, if your site uses Single Sign On (SSO), sign in as usual

– Or, if your site uses proxied links, use a proxied link

Optionally, go to your library website, look for ebrary (perhaps under “Databases”), click the link to ebrary

Note, on iOS devices, use Safari (Chrome does not work well)

2. Sign in to your personal ebrary account (if not auto-signed-in)

- Or, if you haven’t yet created one, see this how-to.

3. Search in ebrary for the document you want to download

4. Click the “Download” button

5. Select the option to download the entire book, click “OK

6a. On iOS devices:

- You’ll be given the option to “Open In:” a suggested reader

- If Bluefire isn’t the listed reader, click “” to see the list

- Select “Bluefire

6b. On Android devices:

- The downloaded ebook is put in your default download folder

- To find it, go to your apps, open “My Files” (or similar)

– If you don’t have a file navigator app, please install one

- Once you have found your downloaded ebook

– Click to select it

– In menu at top, select “Move to”, “Bluefire”, “Imports

- Go to the Bluefire app

- Use settings to ”Upload files from SD

- Your downloaded book will then be listed in Bluefire.

IV. Read downloaded books – no internet access required:

1. On your device, open the Bluefire app

2. From within Bluefire, open one of the books you’ve downloaded

3. Read and enjoy!

Note, you can also return downloaded books from within Bluefire.

 

OVERVIEW of download options (start here!)

On most ebrary sites, ebrary now offers the following two download options for offline access to ebrary content via computer:

  • Create an image PDF of a specific chapter or page range
    Learn more:  http://support.ebrary.com/?p=655 

    • Same page limits as for printing
    • Accessible on most computers and devices, including the Kindle
    • Additional (free) software is typically not needed
    • Files do not expire
    • We’ve recently improved the image quality of our image PDFs. The tradeoff is that we needed to add a watermark.  This is consistent with the approach used by other ebook providers when an unsecured PDF is provided
  • Download an entire book as a temporary ebook
    Learn more:  http://support.ebrary.com/?p=687 

    • Accessible on most computers and devices, but not the Kindle or Kobo Vox
    • Up to 10 documents at a time per patron
    • By default, full-document downloading is only available for multi-user documents (not single-user-only documents), but admins can override this setting
    • Multi-user documents can be full-document downloaded for 14 days*
    • If allowed, single-user-only documents can be full-document downloaded for 7 days*
    • Loaned documents cannot be full-document downloaded (even if your site allows it for single-user titles)
    • Some publishers prohibit full-document downloading of their documents.  See here for a list.

* These download periods are currently not configurable.  Users can return documents early.

Note:  Both types of downloading are triggers for Patron Driven Acquisition (PDA). Loaned documents cannot be full-document downloaded.

Check out more of our Knowledge Base articles under the “Download” category.

Download entire document onto your computer as an ebook

To download an entire ebrary document onto your computer, thereby creating an ebook for temporary access, you need Adobe Digital Editions, a free software program.

You can read and annotate downloaded ebooks offline on your computer, and transfer them to supported devices.  You can have up to 10 ebrary ebooks downloaded at a time.  Access periods (or you can return the download early):

7 days for single-user-only documents, if the library has chosen to allow this

14 days for multi-user documents; all subscription documents are multi-user

If it’s your first time downloading a document onto your computer via Adobe Digital Editions:

I. We recommend setting up Adobe Digital Editions on your computer before you start downloading from ebrary, see:  http://support.ebrary.com/?p=841

II. Or you can do all the steps together:

  1. From your computer, go to your ebrary site
  2. If you aren’t already, sign in to your personal ebrary account
    That is, click the “Sign In” button at the top right and sign in.  If you don’t already have a personal ebrary account, create one as described here
    http://support.ebrary.com/kb/to-create-ebrary-account/
  3. Find the book you want to download
  4. Click the “Download“ button in list mode or while viewing the document
  5. Select option to “Download the entire document“, Click OK
  6. Number of days ebook will be readable is displayed, Click “Download
  7. If you haven’t already done so, you will need to install Adobe Digital Editions at this point.
  8. Once Adobe Digital Editions is installed, choose Open with Adobe Digital Editions
  9. You’ll be prompted to sign in to your Adobe account; if you don’t already have one, click the button to create one

That’s it!

Limitations on full-document downloading:

  • Loaned titles (as part of our PDA program) cannot be full-document downloaded
  • Some publishers prohibit full-document downloading of their documents
    For a list of these publishers, see: http://support.ebrary.com/?p=868
  • Our downloaded ebooks are not supported on Kindle or Kobo Vox

Alternative: Download a specific chapter or page range as an image PDF
See:  http://support.ebrary.com/?p=655

Overview of ebrary’s download options:  http://support.ebrary.com/?p=86

New to downloading entire documents as ebooks? Get started as follows.

If it’s your first time downloading a document via Adobe Digital Editions, we recommend setting up your Adobe Digital Editions account on your computer before you attempt full-document downloading:

1. Install Adobe Digital Editions:

  1. From your computer, go to
    http://www.adobe.com/products/digital-editions/download.html
  2. Scroll down and click: “Download Adobe Digital Editions” for the type of computer you have
  3. Follow the steps as prompted

2. Create an Adobe account:

  1. From your computer, go to
    https://www.adobe.com/account/account-information.html#myadobeid
  2. Click “Create an account
  3. Fill in at least the starred fields…
  4. Click “OK

3. That’s it for setting up Adobe Digital Editions!

4. You’re now ready to download ebrary documents as ebooks onto your computer as follows:

  1. From your computer, go to your ebrary site
  2. Sign in to your personal ebrary account  (Don’t have one?  Create one as described here http://support.ebrary.com/kb/to-create-ebrary-account/)
  3. Find the document you want to download
  4. Click the “Download” button and follow the prompts

 

To upgrade to the newest version of Adobe Digital Editions, proceed as if to install Adobe Digital Editions, and it will detect that you’re upgrading:

  1. From your computer, go to
    http://www.adobe.com/products/digital-editions/download.html
  2. Scroll down and click: “Download Adobe Digital Editions” for the type of computer you have
  3. Follow the steps as prompted

Note, this article refers to full-document downloading.  These types of downloads are accessible for 7-14 days, and then they expire.  7 days for single-user books, 14 days for multi-user books.