Adobe Digital Editions (ADE) is a free Ebook reader software that can be downloaded to your desktop or laptop. ADE is accessible, offering compatibility with JAWS, NVDA, and Voiceover.
ADE has built in digital rights management software meaning that the publisher sets the number of pages you can download and print so you don’t have to worry about copyright. This also puts a restriction on the length of time you can access the Ebook. When an Ebook’s loan period has expired, the Ebook file can no longer be viewed. If you wish to continue consulting the Ebook, you will need to download it again.
To read a downloaded eBook on ADE, you must create an Adobe ID and authorize the software with the ID.
Want to read on the go? Download the Bluefire Reader app on your Android or Apple device to read Ebooks on your tablet or smartphone. Remember, you'll need to authorize Bluefire Reader with your Adobe ID.
Questions? Read the Getting Started with Adobe Digital Editions guide that will appear in your ADE library or contact us.
Which Ebook platforms use Adobe Digital Editions?
The most common platforms that require Adobe Digital Editions are: Scholars Portal and Ebook Central.
Can I renew eBooks?
Ebooks cannot be renewed, but can be downloaded again from the original source of download. You can also return the Ebook from ADE if you finish reading before the lending period expires.
What is an Adobe ID?
The Adobe ID serves as an authorizing tool allowing you to open Ebook files in ADE. Additionally, it allows you to transfer your titles to other mobile devices under one account.
I already have an Adobe ID, do I need to create a new one?
If you already have an Adobe ID you use with to read Ebooks from the public library, you can certainly re-use it.
Do I have to be connected to the Internet to read the Ebooks?
No, once you download the Ebook, you no longer need to be connected to the Internet to read it.