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eBook help: eBooks FAQ

E-Book Apps and Software

There are many sources of e-books and many e-devices on which to read them.

However, some e-book sources don't interface with some e-readers.

Therefore, many apps and software have been developed to help e-book sources and e-readers communicate. Here is a partial list:

Downloading ebooks with DRM (Digital Rights Management)

Most of Lavery Library's e-books are protected by DRM (Digital Rights Management) systems.

DRM systems control the use of digital content, such as downloadable songs, DVDs and CDs, games, and of course, e-books.

  • EBSCOhost eBook collection contains DRM-protected e-books.

To download DRM-protected library e-books, you need Adobe® Digital Editions (ADE) software.

  • ADE allows you to download and read material protected by DRM, as well as to purchase digital content which can be read online and offline.
  • ADE supports industry-standard e-book formats, such as EPUB, Mobi, and HTML.
  • As of Spring 2011, ADE is also available in French, German, Italian, Spanish, Dutch, Brazilian Portuguese, Japanese, Korean, Chinese Simplified, and Chinese Traditional (and more will be added).
  • Here is the FAQ and a paper from ADE with more information.
  • Here is the list of e-devices that are compatible with ADE (note: this list isn't complete; e.g., it doesn't list iPad).

To download a DRM-protected book to your e-device, follow these steps in this order:

  1. Download ADE software [free] onto your personal computer.
  2. Download the e-book to your personal computer.
  3. During install, *do* choose to "authorize" your computer with a free Adobe ID - this lets you download DRM-protected books to your e-device.
  4. Sync the computer with your e-device.
  5. Transfer the e-book from your computer to your e-device.

KINDLE USERS:

  • ADE does NOT support any Amazon Kindle e-readers.
  • This means that you CAN'T download any DRM-protected book onto a Kindle.