Transferring a downloaded ebook to a device

Once you’ve downloaded an ebrary document as an ebook, that downloaded ebook is only on the computer or device you downloaded it to.  However, you can manually transfer it to a different device.


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

1. Go to

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 an ebrary book to your computer:

IV. Connect your device to your computer

V. iOS – Transfer the downloaded ebook to your device

1. Open iTunes, then from within iTunes…

2. Sync your iOS device

3. Click on the iPhone (or other) icon in the left pane

4. Click on the Apps tab and scroll down to select File Sharing

5. Click on Add

6. Go to your My Digital Editions folder

7. Select the downloaded ebook you’d like to transfer – be sure to select the .pdf file, not the .acsm file

8. Re-sync your iOS device

9. Open Bluefire on your device and view the book

V. Android – Transfer the downloaded ebook to your device

1. Copy the .acsm file from your computer to the “Bluefire“, “Imports” folder on your device

2. Open Bluefire on your device and view the book

Downloading an entire document can in some cases affect other users’ access to it

If a document is multi-user, full-document downloading does not block other users’ access to it.  Other users on the ebrary site will still be able to read the document online and even download it.

If a document is single-user-only, full-document downloading does block other users’ access to it.  For the duration of the download period (7 days, unless it is returned early) users on the ebrary site will not be able to access the document – not even for online viewing.

Because of this, the default setting is for full-document downloading to be disallowed for single-user-only documents (unless the ebrary site has multiple copies of the same single-user-only document, in which case only the last one is blocked from being full-document downloaded).  The admin of the ebrary site can override this default setting.

All documents that are available on your site in subscription collections (e.g., Academic Complete) are multi-user.  Perpetual access (i.e., purchased) titles can be either single-user or multi-user.

Note that the download option of creating an image PDF of a chapter or page range does not affect other user’s access to the document.


Why a document might not be available for full-document downloading

When you request to download an entire document (via Adobe Digital Editions), ebrary checks whether the document is allowed to be full-document downloaded. If it is not, you are informed at that point.

Reasons you might not be able to do a full-document download:

  1. The document may be single-user-only (and your ebrary site has the default setting that single-user-only documents are disallowed for full-document download).
    Options:  Your librarian might consider buying additional single-user-only copies of the document, converting it to multi-user (if available), or changing the default to allow full-document downloading of single-user-only documents.
  2. The publisher might not allow full-document downloading. A complete list is available here.  Note that there are currently limitations on titles that are made available from several publishers (same title).  There are very  few of those, however those titles are not downloadable yet.
  3. You may have reached the maximum number of full-document downloads allowed per patron (ten)
    • In order to check out another ebook, you would first need to return one
    • When you return a downloaded document, it may take up to an hour for the return to be processed before you may download another one
  4. Your ebrary site might not allow full-document downloading (for example, many public libraries do not offer it for financial reasons)
  5. All available copies may be in use by other patrons (either online use or have been downloaded)
  6. For sites with Patron Driven Acquisition (PDA):
    1. Loaned documents are not available for full-document downloading (even if your site allows it for downloading single-user titles)
    2. Titles in a PDA collection set to loan first will show as not available for full-document downloading.  Once a title is triggered for purchase, the download availability will then update to the status for that purchased title.
    3. If the PDA profile is not set to loan first, but the purchase would be as a single-user-only title, and single-user-only titles are disallowed for full-document download on your site, then it cannot be downloaded.
  7. Limited-user books provided by a consortia cannot be full-downloaded.  >more info

Locating the file you full-document downloaded

Please click here for the Adobe Digital Editions help page on finding downloaded files.

And if you’re having trouble opening the downloaded .acsm file, try these steps:

1. Open Adobe Digital Editions

2. Make the Adobe Digital Editions window only part of your screen

3. Find the .acsm file you want to open

4. Drag it onto the open Adobe Digital Editions window

5. Voila!  That should open the .acsm file in Adobe Digital Editions


To install Adobe Digital Editions

To install Adobe Digital Editions, click the appropriate link below:

Windows 7, Vista, XP
Mac OS X

When setting up Adobe Digital Editions:

  • On the “Authorize Computer” page (under the Help menu)
  • For “eBook Vendor”, select “Adobe ID
  • Then enter you personal Adobe ID and password

If you experience problems, click here for the Adobe Digital Editions help page.