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eBooks Help: Adobe Digital Editions - EBL, ebrary & CSIRO Downloading

An overview on finding and using our eBooks.

About Adobe Digital Editions

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.

About Downloading

Download or Read Online?

EBL, ebrary,  Ebsco ebooks, and CSIRO eBooks let you either  "Read Online", or Download the title to your own computer and read offline. 

  • If you choose Download, the file you download will expire, depending on the loan period available - usually 1 - 7 days. You then need to Download the file again. Use Download  if you want to read while not connected to the internet.
  • In many ways, Read Online is the simplest choice. You will be able to print pages up to the limit imposed by the book's publisher via Read Online.

These platforms use Adobe Digital Editions for Digital Rights Management when you Download.

What is Adobe Digital Editions?

  • Adobe Digital Editions is free software that runs on your desktop or laptop (OSX, Windows or Linux).
  •  It limits the number of pages you can print per session, and determines when the file expires if you Download the book.
  • It's not suitable to install on public computers used by different people so isn't available on Library workstations. 

Downloading to a computer:

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.

Downloading to a tablet:

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.

Other EBL, ebrary, Ebsco & CSIRO issues

  • EBL, ebrary, & CSIRO issues: go to the Help tab
  • Help with Ebsco ebooks

Installing Adobe Digital Editions on your computer

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

  • Selecting Authorize prompts you to login with your Adobe ID and you will then be able to transfer your ebook to your other devices. (The expiry time will still apply). Supported ebook readers
  • Don't Authorize means that you won't be able to transfer ebooks between your devices.

Create an Adobe ID / account

  1. You can create your Adobe ID when prompted within Adobe Digital Editions, or at, (click Get an Adobe ID). Internet Explorer 11 not supported.
  2. Once you’ve had confirmation the Adobe ID is created, close the browser and return to Adobe Digital Editions, and enter the Adobe ID and password you created. There can be a delay between you creating your Adobe ID and it being recognised in the ADE software you downloaded.



Apps for Adobe Digital Editions eBooks on your tablet

 bluefire logo

  • To download a book or chapter directly to a device via Wifi, you need only an Adobe ID and the free Bluefire Reader (Apple iOS and Android),  or the Aldiko Reader for Android. The first time you use the app, you will need to authorise it with your Adobe ID.
  • You may also download to Adobe Digital Editions on your computer, then transfer the file to the Bluefire Reader app, or any other supported ebook reader.
  • In addition to these options, all portable devices with browser support can access EBL and Read Online via the web.

Which eBook format? ePUB or PDF

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.

Troubleshooting Downloading

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:

  •  E_AUTH_NOT_READY or Unable to download....E_ACT_NOT READY:

Follow the steps to rebuild the activation file


In Adobe Digital Editions, Help > Erase authorisation > Re-authorise