Downloaded ebrary books can be transferred to a Kindle Fire, then read offline using Bluefire

Transferring a downloaded ebrary book to a Kindle Fire for offline reading is possible, but requires extra steps due to Amazon’s proprietary software.

Kindle Setup (one-time event) :

  1. Install Bluefire reader on your Kindle Fire; instructions provided by Bluefire:

Computer setup (one-time event):

  1. If you don’t already have an Adobe ID, create one:
    If this link does not work, go to, Select Sign In, and Create an Account.
  2. If you don’t already have Adobe Digital Editions installed on your computer, install it from: . You should be prompted to enter your Adobe ID. This is the ID from step 1. If for some reason you are not prompted, you can still Authorize Adobe Digital Editions with your account later.

Download ebook to your computer, then transfer it to your Kindle Fire:

  1. From your computer, download the ebrary book you wish to view on yourKindle Fire. You should see a .acsm file being downloaded in your browser window.
  2. On your computer, open Adobe Digital Editions.
  3. Attach your Kindle Fire to your computer via USB cable. Your Kindle should say “You can now transfer files from your computer to Kindle.” If it does not, unplug and plug back in. (Note: not all USB cables are created equal, so if your Operating System does not recognize the device, try a different cable).
  4. After a few moments you will see a KINDLE device in the bottom left pane of the ADE window.
  5. When prompted, authorize your Kindle
  6. Drag and drop your book from Adobe Digital Editions Library to your Kindle.
  7. Unplug your Kindle.
  8. Open the Bluefire app on your Kindle: you will see the downloaded book(s) listed.


“Java-based Reader” Installation Issues

To open a book for online reading, we recommend clicking on its title or cover.

However, if your ebrary site happens to also offer ebrary’s older stand-alone reader, the “Java-based Reader” (aka the Unity Reader), and you wish to use it, click the “Java-based Reader” button instead; it is located below the book in search results.

The Java-based Reader is being phased out and may not work smoothly on newer systems, here are some tips if you experience problems:

  • Make sure you have the most recent version of Java, at least version 7
  • Cookies need to be enabled

Error Code 102 usually means the Unity Reader was unable to connect to ebrary servers, here are some suggestions:

  • must not be blocked on ports 80 and 443
    • This has been a common problem with sites that are using proxies
  • Make a firewall exception for the Unity Reader
  • Make sure you have write access to your home directory
    • The Unity Reader does not require admin rights for installation but it creates personalized files for users in their home directory
    • Occasionally, roaming profiles have resulted in issues with this

Error Code 30 issues or expired/invalid session errors:

  • If you are using a proxy such as a Bluecoat or Squid Proxy, ensure the proxy server does not cache-control any content from ebrary.

If you are still having trouble, visit the following diagnostic sites and send the results to us.

Problems running ebrary on Internet Explorer

Internet Explorer (IE) is a browser that typically works well with ebrary.  However, plug-ins and extensions added to IE can cause problems.

Troubleshooting tips:

1. Try using a different browser

  • Firefox works particularly well with ebrary
  • If you don’t have Firefox already you can download it free at
  • It’s fine to run two different browsers at the same time – you could use Firefox for ebrary and IE for other things

2. If you want to continue using IE for ebrary, try disabling IE extensions

  • This solution has a pretty high success rate
  • Briefly, here’s how to disable IE extensions:

Go to… Start > Run > type ‘Control Inetcpl.cpl’ > Click the Advanced tab
Under Browsing, uncheck ‘Enable third-party browser extensions  (requires restart)’
Restart IE

3. Alternatively you can try doing a complete reset of IE

4) “Compatibility Mode” could be the problem

Problems using Internet Explorer with “Compatibility View” enabled

Internet Explorer has a Compatibility View, a feature that affects how some websites are displayed. If Compatibility View is enabled for, it may cause some features to display incorrectly. So, we suggest that you remove from your list of sites that have Compatibility View enabled to ensure that ebrary displays correctly. To do this, follow the steps below:

For IE 8:

  1. Open the Tools menu at the top of your browser1 and select Compatibility View Settings.
  2. Select ‘’ under ‘Websites you’ve added to Compatibility View’.
  3. Click Remove.When you close the Settings window, the page you’re on will refresh and display in normal IE8 mode.

For IE 9:

  1. Right-click on the gear icon  in the upper right hand corner.
  2. Select Command bar.
  3. Open the Tools menu near the top of your browser and select Compatibility View Settings.
  4. Select ‘’ under ‘Websites you’ve added to Compatibility View’.
  5. Click Remove.

Download restrictions for consortia sites

Full-download is not allowed on limited-user books provided by a consortia.

  • If a limited-user book is on a parent-of-consortia site, then the book cannot be full-document downloaded on any of its child-of-consortia sites.
  • The only limited-user books that are not restricted against full-document downloading on a child-of-consortia site are books that are on the child-of-consortia site and are NOT on the parent-of-consortia site.
  • That is, even if a child site purchases their own copies of a book, if the parent provides the book as a limited-user book, then it is not downloadable on the child site.

Full-download of unlimited multi-user books have no special restrictions for consortia sites.

Print to PDF (aka chapter download) has no special restrictions for consortia sites.