FAQs - Downloading
Can I download ebooks?
Please note: The option to download allows you to receive the content from ebooks, it does not allow you to save the book.
EBL and ebrary allow download of an ebook to a computer in either PDF or EPUB format if Adobe Digital Editions software is installed on the computer. Once downloaded they can be transferred to a variety of mobile devices providing appropriate apps are installed.
Apple devices (eg. iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad) using a web-browser can download an ebook in PDF or EPUB format as long as the Bluefire Reader application is installed on the device.
Android devices using a web-browser can download an ebook in PDF or EPUB format as long as a compatible reader app, e.g. Bluefire Reader or Aldiko, is installed on the device.
Kindles use Amazon and proprietary ebook format, and other ebook formats cannot be read on a Kindle. Kindles will read PDFs. If an ebook is available to download as PDF you will be able to transfer it to a Kindle. However, if it is only available in EPUB format you will not be able to view it on a Kindle.
Adobe Digital Editions
Bluefire Reader - free app for iPhone/iPad/iPod that allows you to view DRM PDFs and epub formats.
Calibre - free software that allows you to convert e-book formats to read on different e-reader devices. It syncs to your e-device and helps manage your ebook collection.
The option to download an ebook is not available for all the eBooks the UON Library provides access to. When it is available it usually requires your computer or device to have special software installed. The two most common are:
- Adobe Digital Editions (ADE); software designed for reading and managing ebooks in EPUB or PDF format that are protected by DRM. It is needed to download ebooks from many of our eBook collections. It is not compatible with Apple devices.
- Bluefire Reader is available for iPad, iPod Touch, iPhone, and Android devices.
- When you next download a book on that device Bluefire Reader will ask you to enter you Adobe ID. If you do not have one, you can create an Adobe ID here.