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Using E-books

Procedures for how to download E-books to tablets or smartphones. This feature is available to HBU students only.


We first recommend that you first use the browser that is native to your device when downloading E-books. For example, while testing, we have discovered that the Chrome browser is not a good option for downloading E-books on iPads (unless something has changed). The process works up until you try to download but the book will not download and open in the Bluefire reader. So, use the native browser first. We cannot guarantee results when other browsers are used.

Downloading E-books

NOTE: You do NOT need to download Ebooks for general viewing purposes. You can read online on any device. It may be more challenging to read on mobile phones but it can be done and the reading experience has improved over the years. We do not recommend downloading E-books on laptops at all. We do recommend just read  whatever device you are using. 


1. Both EBSCO and Ebook Central require use of Adobe DRM. You will need to authorize your device with Adobe Digital Rights Management. You can use Adobe on tablets, phones, or laptops. If you want to download the entire book to read, we recommend using a tablet.

2. EBSCO E-books will require you to use a personalized EBSCO account (free). You must create this first before downloads will be possible. Go to an Ebsco database. You will need to login to the proxy server first but you will also need click the Sign In buttonand create a free EBSCO account. You will need to sign-in every time in order to download an e-book. Use a familiar username and password.

3. Other access issues: Be aware that accessing E-books from work or a school (if you are a teacher) may or may not depending on the firewall setup for your organization. If you get access error messages, then try using your mobile device and try access that way.

DOWNLOAD NOTE: E-books can be downloaded to one device only! Otherwise, you will need to view it instead on another device.