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eBooks: How do I use them?: Apple Devices and Bluefire Reader app

Downloading ebooks to Apple devices

Introduction

If you are using an Apple device (iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad) using a web-browser, you can download an ebook in PDF or ePub format protected with Adobe Digital Rights Management (DRM) to the Apple device using the Bluefire Reader app.

Simply install the Bluefire Reader app on your iPhone/iPad/iPod. Then touch on the app and you will be prompted to authorize the app with your Adobe ID (you only need to do this once). 

As given here (see the question 'What is the maximum number of computers and devices that I can authorize?' you are able to download or transfer the same ebook to up to 6 computers and devices.

EBook Central

Using an Apple device, navigate to the EBook Central ebook using your web-browser. When you are reading the ebook online in the Online Reader click the small download icon up top. The ebook will then be automatically downloaded to the Bluefire Reader app. You will then be able to read the downloaded ebook on the Apple device for the checkout period you selected (from 1 - 7 days).

The process outlined above does not require the intermediate step of downloading the ebook to Adobe Digital Editions and then transferring from there to the Apple device as is possible via the process outlined in the box below. Thus the process is greatly simplified.

Ebooks on EBSCOHost

Using an Apple device, navigate to the Ebooks on EBSCOHost ebook using your web-browser. Download an ebook title from Ebooks on EBSCOhost by clicking Download (Offline) on the search result page or from within the detailed record. If you are not logged into your My EBSCOhost folder you will be prompted to do so.

Select your preferred checkout period and click Checkout & Download. The ebook will be added to the Checkouts area of the folder. The Ebooks on EBSCOHost ebook will then be automatically downloaded to the Bluefire Reader app. You will then be able to read the downloaded ebook on the Apple device for however long the download period was which you selected.

The process outlined above does not require the intermediate step of downloading the Ebooks on EBSCOHost ebook to Adobe Digital Editions and then transferring from there to the Apple device as is possible via the process outlined in the box below. Thus the process is greatly simplified.

Transferring eBooks to the Bluefire Reader from Adobe Digital Editions

Introduction

Assuming you have downloaded and installed Adobe Digital Editions on your computer and have added the Bluefire Reader app to your Apple device, and authorized both with the same Adobe ID, you will be able to transfer ebooks to your Apple device via iTunes.

As given here (see the question 'What is the maximum number of computers and devices that I can authorize?' you are able to download or transfer the same ebook to up to 6 computers and devices.

Transferring ebooks to the Bluefire Reader app from Adobe Digital Editions

When you open iTunes, connect your Apple device. Once iTunes has recognized your Apple device, select the icon for your device in the left-hand side column. Then go to the toolbar at the top of the screen and click on the Apps tab. Then scroll down to the File Sharing section and click the Bluefire Reader icon in the Apps section.

Click the Add… button and then you’ll need to browse to where Adobe Digital Editions has stored your eBook. By default they will be saved to one of these locations:

Windows XP: C:\Documents and Settings\username\My Documents\My Digital Editions\

Windows Vista: C:\Users\username\My Documents\My Digital Editions\

Windows 7: C:\Users\username\Documents\My Digital Editions\

Windows 8: C:\Users\username\Documents\My Digital Editions\

OSX (MAC): Your-home-directory/My Documents/Digital Editions/ 

iTunes should then copy the file to your Apple device and Bluefire Reader will then automatically add this item to your Bluefire Reader Library. You can then open and read your ebook in the Bluefire Reader app.

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