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Ebooks Help: Ebooks on mobile devices

iPad and other Apple devices

The iPad Safari browser can support all of the ebook platforms outlined in this guide.

If you are using your iPad to search for ebooks, you can easily download PDFs.

  • Click on whatever download option is provided, as outlined on Ebook Platforms tab
  • Open PDF in iBooks (or whatever other options your iPad offers).
  • Your PDF will be saved there.

An easy way to transfer PDFs from your computer to your iPad is by emailing them to yourself.

  • Email PDF to yourself as an attachment
  • Open from email on iPad, using iBooks (or whatever other options your iPad offers).
  • Your PDF will be saved there.

Some ebook platforms (such as Ebrary and SpringerLink) give you the option of downloading a whole book. On some platforms you may keep the book indefinitely, while others allow you to access it for a set period (essentially, borrowing a book). 
Downloading an ebook is easy to do on an iPad, but requires some preliminary set-up:

  • Download a reader app, such as the (free) Bluefire Reader (search in app store)
  • When prompted, authorize the app with your Adobe ID (if you don't already have an account, you will be able to create one at this point).
  • Next time you navigate to a downloadable ebook via your iPad (or other Apple device) browser, you will be given the option to download the book in Bluefire Reader.

  • This lets you read the book offline, see how much longer you can access the book for, search inside the book, and create bookmarks.
  • You can also return the book early if desired - click on "Info" in bar at page top to see the expiration date and the "return item" option.



 

Android devices

Some ebook platforms (such as Ebrary and SpringerLink) give you the option of downloading a whole book. On some platforms you may keep the book indefinitely, while others allow you to access it for a set period (essentially, borrowing a book).
Downloading an ebook is easy to do on an Android tablet, but requires some preliminary set-up:

  • Download a reader app, such as the (free) Bluefire Reader
  • When prompted, authorize the app with your Adobe ID (if you don't already have an account, you will be able to create one at this point).
  • Next time you navigate to a downloadable ebook via your Android device, you will be given the option to download the book in Bluefire Reader.
    This lets you read the book offline, see how much longer you can access the book for, search inside the book, and create bookmarks.
  • You can also return the book early if desired - click on "Info" in bar at page top to see the expiration date and the "return item" option.

Kindle

Most Kindle devices can support PDFs. The simplest way to transfer a PDF from your computer to your Kindle is via USB cable.

  • Connect your Kindle to your computer with a USB cable.
  • Open the Kindle "Documents" file.
  • Drag and drop your PDF from your computer to the Kindle "Documents" file.

You can also

  • transfer files to a Kindle wirelessly by emailing them to your Send-to-Kindle email address
  • convert PDFs to .azw format (the Kindle format) for easier reading by typing "convert" in the subject line when you send the email.

To learn more about these and other methods, visit the excellent Kindle help pages for the most up-to-date information.