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Last Updated: Jan 16, 2019     Views: 13

Our ebooks come from several different vendors, so the process for reading or borrowing ebooks might look a little different depending on the book. Not all ebooks can be downloaded or borrowed, but all will allow you to read online.

Do I need any special software to read ebooks?

None required! For reading online, you only need to have access to a web browser. Select the "Read Online" option or "EPUB Full Text". Some books will also offer you the option to download of PDF of a chapter or section.

If you want to borrow a book, and download it to a device like a tablet or eReader, there are a few more steps you'll have to take:

I'd like to borrow the book and read offline, what do I need to do?

Here is an overview for reading on a tablet or other mobile device:

  1. Sign In/Create a Site Account
    While on your mobile device, use our A-Z ebook listing to find a book that you want to read (you'll likely be prompted to login with your AHS/COV credentials to see the book). When you select the "Download" option for a book, you'll be prompted to login/create a free account with the book website and be provided a link to download the Bluefire app (below).
  2. Download Bluefire Reader on your device
    Bluefire reader can be used for both android and iOS devices, but you also have the option to use any other app that is compatible with Adobe Digital Editions. When you first install this app, you'll be prompted to enter your Adobe ID (below).
  3. Get an Adobe ID.
    To manage the ebook downloads, authorize and sync devices and read Adobe DRM-protected ebooks you need an Adobe ID.  You'll use this ID to authorize your Bluefire reader app.
  4. Download the content to your device for the specified borrowing period and open it up in the Bluefire app. Content will automatically be returned at the end of your borrowing period.

In-depth help on downloading content from specific providers below. The provider for each ebook is listed alongside it's access link when searching via our A-Z list.

For reading on a dedicated ereader device (e.g. Kindle, Kobo) you'll need to have Adobe Digital Editions (ADE) software installed (can be requested from AHS IT support desk) to transfer the books from your computer to your device. You can also install ADE on your home computer and download books at your convenience with your AHS/COV credentials.


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