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E-books: Ebrary

This is your guide to electronic formats, digital rights, and downloading library e-books for use on the go.

1. Creating Ebrary account

An Ebrary account allows you to download e-books as well as to manage your bookmarks and annotations online. To create a free account with Ebrary click here. Select “Create an account” and follow the instructions on the screen.

Once the account has been created, select “Sign in” (in the top right corner of the screen) and enter your login information.

 Now you are ready to start.

2. Downloading an e-book from Ebrary

Open the book you wish to download and press the “Download” button:

Due to copyright restrictions, there is a limitation on how much of the book you are allowed to download at one time. Typically, there are two options:

1. To download up to 60 pages in a simple not-protected PDF document.

Necessary software - Adobe Reader.


2. To download the whole book in an Adobe DRM-protected PDF document for a period of 14 days.

Necessary software - Adobe Digital Editions. In order to download the e-book to a computer it is necessary to create an Adobe ID and authorize the computer with it.

These options may vary depending on the publisher’s license agreement, but they will always be described in the pop-up window that appears once you click on “Download”.

In order to transfer a downloaded ebrary e-book to a portable reading device, you need to connect the device to the computer by an USB cable and authorize it with the same Adobe ID as the computer.

Then drag and drop the book from your ADE library into your e-reader.

3. Transfering ebrary e-books to Kindle Fire

Most popular e-readers (Sony, Barnes & Noble, Kobo) come with Adobe Digital Edition mobile reader software, which allows them to display EPUB and PDF content protected by Adobe DRM.

Kindles do not have this software due to Amazon's proprietary restrictions. In order to view ebrary e-books on a Kindle Fire, it is necessary to first install a third party mobile reader called Aldiko reader.

Kindle Setup (one-time) :

You first need to “Allow installation of Applications From Unknown Sources”. Go to Settings\Device and turn this feature on.

Access this link on your Kindle Fire (sent via email or by accessing this article from your Kindle Fire web browser):

After it is downloaded, tap the notification bar at the top of your Kindle’s screen and select the file you just downloaded to install it.

Verify the installation by opening up Aldiko from your Kindle Fire.

Computer setup (one-time):

Create an Adobe ID if you don’t already have one. 

Install Adobe Digital Editions on your computer. You should be prompted to enter your Adobe ID. This is the account you just created.


Download your ebook to the Kindle Fire:

From your computer, download the ebrary book into Adobe Digital Editions.

Connect your Kindle Fire to your computer via USB cable. Your Kindle should say “You can now transfer files from your computer to Kindle.” 

Give it a minute or so and you will see a KINDLE device in the bottom left pane of the ADE interface.

You will be asked to authorize your Kindle. Please do so or else the books will not open.

Drag and drop your book from Adobe Digital Editions Library to your Kindle.

Unplug your Kindle.

Open the Aldiko app on your Kindle: you will see the downloaded book(s) listed.

4. Managing bookmarks and annotations online

In order to highlight a portion of the text, select it and click the highlight button:

To annotate, select a portion of the text and select an annotation icon from the drop-down menu:

A window will pop up and allow you to type your notes:

All highlights and annotations are saved on your Bookshelf. They can be organized in different folders:

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