Finding and using ebooks

How to locate ebooks and how to download them onto mobile devices.

Using ebooks

  • Most ebooks can be read onscreen on a PC, Mac or any other device that supports PDF formats by opening the links from the Libraries' catalog or Find it!.

  • To print, copy text, or to read the books offline or on a mobile device, titles may have to be downloaded.  Options to do so will vary by vendor and publisher.   For more information, see tabs above.  

  • Some ebooks only allow a  limited number of users  to read a book at a time.  If you are blocked from viewing an ebook, it means another patron has the book open.  Access will be allowed when they exit the book.

  • If you are reading an ebook on screen, you may get timed out.  To prevent timeouts, its recommended that you download the book.

  • Some  vendors require a free account be set up to download ebooks.  This is not an account maintained by Binghamton University Libraries or Binghamton University.  

  • External software is required to download ebooks.  It is free and can be downloaded to personal computers.  It is currently not available on Binghamton University Libraries or Information Commons/PODS computers.

Adobe Digital Editions (ADE)

Adobe Digital Editions (ADE)  is a free software used for PCs, Macs, and most e-readers to manage and support e-books.   In order to download, checkout, print, or copy/paste text from many of the e-books subscribed to by the Libraries, you will have to download ADE to your own computer.   


Bluefire Reading Platform is a free app that is required to download or checkout books on Apple mobile devices and Android mobile devices. This software is also required to print, copy or paste text, or check out books.

Once you have Bluefire downloaded you can authorize your device from within Bluefire Reader with Adobe Digital Editions to allow for full functionality of the e-book services.


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