When the RCC library got 21,000 ebrary ebooks two years ago, users asked “Can I download ebrary books?” The answer was NO.
The answer now is YES. You can now download an ebrary ebook to another devise and read it without being connected to the Internet. You can download to devises like iPhone or iPad or to an ereader like Nook. (The only major ereader not supported is Kindle.)
By the way, by “download” we do not mean download-and-KEEP. When downloaded, the ebook will stay on your devise for two weeks, after which it dissapears. If you still need it, download again. You can have ten books downloaded and available at the same time.
The first step is to get a free copy of Adobe Digital Editions where the downloaded books can be read. Follow these directions below from Adobe. If you have questions, contact library staff.
Downloading Entire Documents for use with Adobe Digital Editions
You may download up to 10 entire documents at a time using Adobe Digital Editions, a free software program for Windows and Mac.
To install and activate Adobe Digital Editions:
- Download Adobe Digital Editions.
- Follow the instructions for installation and activation.
To download an entire document to your computer:
- Click on the Download button in the search results or QuickView. You may be prompted to sign in.
- Select the option to Download the entire document.
- Click OK.
- Choose whether to Open with Adobe Digital Editions or Save file to open later.
- Click OK.
You may open the document with Adobe Digital Editions and utilize features including organizing the library, using bookshelves, transferring documents to supported devices, navigating documents, searching text, creating bookmarks, printing, returning the document early, and more. Note: Any notes or highlights created in Adobe Digital Editions won’t be synced with your online bookshelf.
To transfer document(s) to an eReader:
- Connect your supported device to your computer and launch Adobe Digital Editions. You may be prompted to create or enter your Adobe ID.
- Adobe Digital Editions automatically detects your device and may offer to authorize the device with your Adobe ID.
- The device now appears as a new bookshelf in the library. Drag and drop the downloaded document(s) you wish to transfer.
To transfer document(s) to an iOS device (iPhone, iPod touch, iPad):
- Download a compatible reading app (such as Bluefire Reader) from the App Store onto your iOS device.
- Connect your device to your computer, open iTunes, and sync your device.
- Click on the Apps tab and scroll down to File Sharing.
- Click on Add, navigate to your My Digital Editions folder, and select the PDF file(s) of the document(s) you’d like to transfer. Make sure you don’t select the .acsm file(s).
- Re-sync your device.
You should now be able to read the document on your iOS device. You may need to authorize the device with your Adobe ID.
To return a document early:
- In Adobe Digital Editions, click on the arrow icon on the document you wish to return early.
- Select Returned Borrowed Item.
- Click OK.
- You may also wish to Delete Item from your library by clicking on the same arrow.
Documents that are downloaded using Adobe Digital Editions automatically expire at the end of the pre-designated period and are rendered unusable.