To download a book for offline reading on a MOBILE DEVICE

For offline reading on mobile devices such as iPhonesiPads, and Android phones and tablets, we support the independent, highly-rated Bluefire Reader.

We recommend using a browser on your device to access your ebrary site and to download the book directly to your device:

FIRST TIME ONLY:

I. On your device, use a browser to connect to Adobe and sign in with your Adobe ID or create an Adobe ID:

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

2. Sign in, or to create an Adobe ID click “Get Adobe ID

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

After the above has been done once on your device, START HERE:

III. Download books using your device:

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.

Duration for downloaded ebooks

Full-downloads of ebrary books are only available to you on a temporary basis.

Multi-user books = 14 days

If your ebrary site has multi-user access to an ebrary document, your downloaded ebook of that document will be accessible for 14 days.  Note, all ebrary documents in subscription collections on your site are multi-user. Some multi-user books are not available for full download.

Limited-user books = 7 days (if at all)

If your ebrary site has limited-user access to an ebrary book, you might not be able to full download it (it depends on your administrator’s settings).  If you can full download it, it will be accessible for 7 days.  While you have it downloaded as an ebook, other users on your ebrary site cannot access that copy of the book – not even for online viewing – so consider returning it as soon as you’re done with it.

After the designated download period, the download will become unreadable (think Mission Impossible’s self-destruct) even though the pdf file will remain.

You can full-download the same book again and again, once you return it or once it expires.

Returning a downloaded ebook

  • You don’t need to return an ebrary downloaded ebook.  But since you can only have 10 full-downloads at a time, you might want to return downloads early so you can download others.  And returning a single-user-only downloaded ebook will make it once again available to others on your ebrary site.
  • If a book’s full-download period is running out and you plan to full-download it again, we recommend returning the book instead of waiting for it to expire.
    • If you return a book, it should be downloadable again right away.
    • If a book expires, the system may take up to a day to process the expiration and recognize that it is available for download.

 

Note, creating an image PDF of a chapter or a page range is a different process; the image-PDF files created by chapter or page-range downloads do not expire.