Bridging the gap between the e-book reader you have and the e-book content you want to use often requires an app or software. The most common free software solution is Adobe Digital Editions.
Adobe Digital Editions (ADE) is an e-book management system, providing a way to organise and access your e-book library. It is also a core player in the e-book ecosystem of publishers, sellers and libraries. You will need to download and install the freely available ADE software before you can download and borrow most library e-book content.
Adobe Digital Editions allows you to access e-books downloaded to your computer in either ePub or PDF format protected with Adobe Digital Rights Management (DRM).
Use it to download and purchase digital content, which can be read both online and offline
Transfer copy-protected e-books from your personal computer to other computers or devices
Organise your e-books into a custom library and annotate pages
Supports industry-standard e-book formats, including PDF/A and ePub
It is designed to work with Windows and Mac operating systems
Tip: Where additional readers or apps are needed for individual platforms this will be indicated on the relevant tabs in this guide.
Before attempting to download a book please follow these step-by-step instructions to install Digital Editions. These instructions are for downloading to a personal PC or device. For the additional steps needed to download to a DMU or Library PC, see the Tip box below.
1. Visit http://www.adobe.com/products/digital-editions/download.html to download, choose whether to download the Mac or Windows version and click the appropriate link.
Follow the on-screen prompts to install Digital Editions.
2. Register for an Adobe account and authorise your device with your Adobe ID.
If you already have an existing Adobe ID, open Adobe Digital Editions and follow the instructions in section 3.
a. Go to: https://www.adobe.com/account/sign-in.adobedotcom.html and click the 'Don’t have an Adobe ID?' link.
b. Complete the form and scroll to the bottom of the page and click 'Continue'.
3. Activate Adobe Digital Editions with your new Adobe ID. Your Adobe ID is the Email address and password you entered in the above step.
The first time you use Adobe Digital Editions, you will be asked to authorise the software with your ID. Should you not receive this prompt, click ‘Help’ and ‘Authorise this Computer’.
Tip: The above instructions are for downloading to a personal PC or device. For help on downloading to a DMU or Library PC, follow these additional steps:
Open an Internet browser, e.g. Internet Explorer or Mozilla FireFox, but NOT Google Chrome
Go to Programs - Application Jukebox Player and open Adobe Digital Editions
Create an Adobe account (which is free) if you don't already have one, or sign in if you already have one.