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Downloading ebooks to iPads and Android devices

For All eBooks:

Step 1. A free Adobe account is needed to download eBooks from both ebrary and EBSCOhost:

1.  Go to Adobe: http://accounts.adobe.com

2.  Click on the Not a member yet? Get an Adobe ID link.

3.  Fill out and submit the form, taking care to remember the Email address and Password used in creating the account.

 For Ebrary eBooks

Step 2a. Downloading ebrary eBooks requires a free ebrary account:

1.  Go to ebrary.

2.  If off-campus, enter your Bellarmine username and password (the same one you use for the Bellarmine network) when prompted.

3.  On the main ebrary page, click the Sign In link in the top right menu.

4.  On the Sign In page, you can either sign in using your Facebook account, or click on the Create an Account link.

5.  Fill out and submit the form, taking care to remember your Username and Password.

 For EBSCOhost eBooks

Step 2b. Downloading EBSCOhost eBooks requires a free EBSCO account:

1.  Go to EBSCOhost.

2.  If off-campus, enter your Bellarmine username and password (the same one you use for the Bellarmine network) when prompted.

3.  On the main EBSCOhost page, click the Sign In link in the top right menu.

4.  On the Sign In page, click the Create a new Account link.

5.  Fill out and submit the form, taking care to remember your Username, Password, and Secret Question/Answer.

 Downloading eBooks to Android & Apple Devices

 (Google Nexus tablets, Android phones & tablets, iPhones, iPads, etc.)

 Required software:

On device: Bluefire Reader (or another app that provides support for eBooks protected by Adobe® Content Server.  The Bluefire Reader is a free app available through Google Play/App Store. (see step 1 below for instructions for installing the Bluefire Reader app.)

Note for Android users: Your device must be running Android 2.1 or higher.

 Step 1: Downloading the free Bluefire Reader app:

1.  Download and install the Bluefire Reader app.

2.  Open Bluefire Reader.

3.  When prompted, enter the email address and password used to create your Adobe account and select Sign In.

 Step 2: On your device, find the eBook in either EBSCOhost or ebrary:

1.  Sign into your EBSCOhost or ebrary account.

2.  Enter your search terms, or find the eBook you want to download.

3.  Follow instructions based on whether you are downloading from ebrary or EBSCOhost below.

 Step 3a: Downloading ebrary eBooks onto your device:

1.  Tap on the Download link displayed above the book you want to check out.  (Please note that a small percentage of the titles available in ebrary are not available for download.)

2.  You can choose to download a section of the book or a specified page range, up to 36 pages (in PDF format).  To download the entire book, choose the third option Download the entire document for 14 days in Adobe Digital Editions format.

3.  Tap OK.

4.  A new screen will pop up with the Bluefire Reader logo. Tap the Open in "Bluefire" button. This will automatically begin downloading the eBook into the Bluefire Reader app. This may take a few minutes.

Step 3b: Downloading EBSCOhost eBooks onto your device:

1.  Tap on the Download This eBook (Offline) link displayed on the left side of the book you want to check out.  (Please note that a small percentage of the titles available in EBSCOhost are not available for download.)

2.  eBooks can be borrowed for up to 7 days; if you would prefer a shorter check out period, you can change this by using the Checkout Period (in days) field.  Note: Deleting an eBook from your device will not check the book back in for use by others, so be considerate when choosing your checkout time.

3.  Tap the yellow button labeled Checkout & Download from the pop-up box.

4.  Tap OK.

5.  A new screen will pop up with the Bluefire Reader logo. Tap the Open in "Bluefire" button. This will automatically begin downloading the eBook into the Bluefire Reader app. This may take a few minutes.

 Note: After your eBook checkout expires, the eBook file is still be on your device but cannot be opened. You must remove the file manually by opening Bluefire and selecting to remove it from your library.

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