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How to use eBooks: Using Adobe Digital Editions

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What is Adobe Digital Editions?

  For ease of use with your own screen reader, you may want to download a whole e-book instead of using the web reader.Adobe Digital Editions - Wikipedia

  For ProQuest Ebook Central, EBSCOhost and VLeBooks content, you will need Adobe Digital Editions to do this.

  Adobe Digital Editions allows you to access and download e-books which might be otherwise restricted by 

  Digital Rights Management (DRM).

  Adobe Digital Editions is not available on staff and student PCs at the University.

  By creating an Adobe ID, an e-book loan is issued to this ID rather than being locked to the machine it was downloaded to.

  This allows you to access the downloaded e-book on all devices that have Adobe Digital Editions (up to 6 devices).

How to get started

First, download Adobe Digital Editions (ADE).

This is available for Mac, Windows, Android and IOS. 

  • If you download an e-book and choose to open with Adobe Digital Editions the book should open automatically in the software.
  • The first time you use Adobe Digital Editions you may get a pop up asking you to authorise Adobe Digital Editions on your computer.
  • You can click the link at the bottom of the box to skip this step. Authorising Adobe Digital Editions will let you access books you have downloaded to your account on any computer.
  • To authorise your computer, follow the instructions given in Adobe Digital Editions to create an Adobe ID, then log in to Adobe Digital Editions. Use your USW email address to create the ID.
  • If you already have an Adobe ID you can simply log in.
  • If you want to remove the authorisation for your account from a computer, select help then erase authorisation.

An ACSM File will be generated which you can ‘save’ or ‘save as’; you will then be prompted to ‘open’ your eBook, which will then open automatically in ADE. Within ADE, the ‘Library’ option will show you the books that you have downloaded and how long you have access for.

For iPad or iPhone:

You will need to download the free Adobe Digital Editions app (you need an Adobe ID to use the app). Once you have installed this software, you will need to authorise the Reader on your device.

If you have an Adobe ID, enter your details and select ‘Authorise’   

Otherwise, you will need to sign up for a free Adobe ID before authorising

When your device is authorised, you:

  • Choose your download period, from the options available
  • Choose your download format (if more than one format is available)
  • Click the ‘Download your book’ icon

Using bookshelves

  • Create bookshelves by clicking the plus symbol on the left-hand side (next to the Bookshelves heading).
  • Move books to Bookshelves by right-clicking on the book, selecting copy to bookshelf and choosing the shelf you want to use.
  • Rename or delete bookshelves by clicking on the bookshelf you want to alter, clicking the cog symbol (next to the Bookshelves heading) and selecting rename or delete.

Reading ebooks on Adobe Digital editions

When you open a book, the Reading menu appears at the top of the application window, providing navigation, search, and other features. Below that is a row of icons representing common actions you might want to take while reading, as follows:

Go To Library. Takes you to the library view  

Add Bookmark. Creates a bookmark for the current page    

Show/Hide Navigation Panel. Opens up a left-side navigation panel; for table of contents or bookmarks. 

Text size (EPUB) or PDF View Options (PDF). Adjusts view settings  

Search Box. Searches the document Full Screen.

Toggle Full Screen View There are two types of eBooks with slight differences in navigation and magnification features: EPUBs and PDFs

Reading EPUBs For EPUBs, the navigation bar is across the bottom of the screen, consistent with how most eReaders present a book (scrolling left to right like flipping the pages of a book). The Reading menu has an EPUB Text Size submenu for modifying the text size. 
Reading PDFs For PDFs, the scroll bar is on the right side of the screen, consistent with Adobe Reader software (and a better compliment to its Fit Width view, in which top-down scrolling is more natural). The Reading menu has a PDF View submenu for adjusting the magnification of the PDF