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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:
Adobe Digital Editions
Adobe® Digital Editions software allows you to download and purchase digital content, which can be read both online and offline. Transfer copy-protected (DRM) E-Books from your personal computer to other computers or devices. Digital Editions also supports industry-standard eBook formats, including PDF and EPUB. ***This software is required to read library books.
Adobe PDF Reader
Adobe Reader software is the global standard for electronic document sharing. It is the only PDF file viewer that can open and interact with all PDF documents.
Bluefire Reader App for iPhone
Bluefire Reader is a free app available for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app allows you to view DRM PDFS and epub formats.
Calibre is free downloadable software that will sync to your e-device and convert, organize, and generally help you to manage your e-book collection. It allows you to convert e-book formats to read on different e-reader devices.
Kindle for PC
Read Kindle Books on Your Computer. Get Amazon's proprietary Kindle software for FREE on your PC. No Kindle required.
Nook for iPhone, iPad, Android, PC, Mac, Blackberry
The Barnes and Noble app for Nook will make it easier to purchase and view B&N e-books on many different e-devices.
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:
- Download ADE software [free] onto your personal computer.
- Download the e-book to your personal computer.
- During install, *do* choose to "authorize" your computer with a free Adobe ID - this lets you download DRM-protected books to your e-device.
- Sync the computer with your e-device.
- Transfer the e-book from your computer to your e-device.
- ADE does NOT support any Amazon Kindle e-readers.
- This means that you CAN'T download any DRM-protected book onto a Kindle.