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Download eBooks to a Smart Phone or Tablet (Apple iPod or iPad or Android)

You will need the following:

Getting Started is as easy as 1 2 3:

  1. Adobe ID: To create an Adobe ID, go to https://adobe.com and then tap/click on "Sign in." Then click on "Get an Adobe ID." Follow the directions given.
  2. Bluefire App: To download the Bluefire reader, go to http://www.bluefirereader.com and click/tap on "iOS and Android Apps." Scroll down nad click on the "Download Now!" link for either iOS or Android. After downloading Bluefire, you must authorize it with your Adobe ID before you can download and read eBooks to your device.
  3. EBSCOHost Account: To create an EBSCOHost account, go to the EBSCO eBook Collection database. If you are off-campus you will need to log in with your portal username/password. Once in the database, click on "Sign in" then "create a new account." Enter the information and click on "Save Changes."

Downloading an eBook

To download an eBook:
  1. Go to the EBSCO eBook Collection database.
    Note: If you are off-campus, you will need to login with your portal password and ID.
  2. Search for a book, then tap the eBook's image in the result list.
  3. This should take you to the "detailed record."
  4. Tap the "Download This eBook (Offline)" link for the eBook you would like to download.
  5. If you haven't already logged into EBSCO, you will be prompted to do so.
  6. Tap the Checkout & Download button.
  7. Most eBooks have a one week checkout. For others, you have an option of one or two weeks.
    Note: Some titles may offer the option to download in PDF or ePub format. ePub format allows you to adjust the text size using the settings of your reader app.
  8. The eBook is added to the My Checkouts area of your My EBSCOhost folder and begins to download to your device.
  9. Bluefire should automatically open and prompt you to view your library or begin reading the eBook. Note: if you haven't already authorized Bluefire with your Adobe ID, you will be prompted to do so and then the book will open.

Have a Nook or other eReader? Go to http://library.sccsc.edu/SubjectGuides/FSD_eBooks.asp#articles for video instructions.

Kindle or Kindle Fire? Right now eBooks cannot be downloaded to Kindles, but hopefully this will change. If you have a Kindle Fire, go to http://www.bluefirereader.com/blog/?p=158 for instructions on how to download the Bluefire reader. Just be aware that Amazon does not assume responsibility to any damage to your Kindle caused by third party apps.