Some ebook platforms and publishers only let you download / print / save a single chapter at a time, or even a very limited number of pages.
The platforms which use Adobe Digital Editions (ADE) for digital rights management are most likely to impose such restrictions, which are applied even if you have installed Adobe Digital Editions. ADE is not available on the computers in the Libraries or Access Labs.
EBL, ebrary, Ebsco ebooks, and CSIRO eBooks let you either "Read Online", or Download the title to your own computer and read offline.
These platforms use Adobe Digital Editions for Digital Rights Management when you Download.
You must set up an Adobe ID. (Internet Explorer 11 not supported.)
Simply download the Bluefire Reader for Windows app or install Adobe Digital Editions software and you will be able to download your first ebook to a computer or laptop.
It's simpler if you have a tablet. To download to a smart device, you only need to set up an Adobe ID, and use it in combination with the App you download to your device, such as Bluefire or Aldiko.
Before you can Download an ebook for the first time, download and install Adobe Digital Editions, and then sign up for your Adobe ID. (Windows users may use the Bluefire for Windows app). There can be an initial delay between you creating your Adobe ID and it being recognised in the ADE software you downloaded.
Authorize or Don't Authorize?
While installing the software, you will get the option to Authorize your computer
ePUB is the eBook format which is the official standard for the International Digital Publishing Forum. It's designed to be reflowable, which means it can adapt to display text optimally on many different eBook readers and apps.
PDF is supported by many different devices and eBook readers, but PDF reflow may not be as optimal as the ePUB format. The PDF format won't open in Adobe Acrobat or other PDF reader - you still need ADE or Bluefire, or another app.
Waiting... button displays for a long time:
When you click Download, what first downloads is an authentication key with a .acsm file extension. If the ebook itself doesn't start to download in Adobe Digital Editions, your computer / browser may not know which application to use to open the .acms file.
Find the file in your downloads folder, right click on file (PC) or Get Info (Mac), and choose Adobe Digital Editions as the program under Open with. On a Mac, clicking the file may be enough to make the connection with ADE.
Help for Error messages:
Follow the steps to rebuild the activation file
In Adobe Digital Editions, Help > Erase authorisation > Re-authorise