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  • DO YOU WANT TO READ AN EBOOK? GREAT. Totally doable.

    You have a couple of options:

    • Read it in a browser (connected to the Internet)
    • Download it (can disconnect from the Internet)

    Read it in a Browser

    This is faster, because all the tools you need are already in the browser. When you read it in the browser you can save bookmarks and notes. The downside is that you have to stay connected to the Internet. If you’ll be offline too, consider the other option, downloading it.

    For instructions on how to read an eBook in a browser, check out these instructions, starting about half-way down the page.

    Download It

    For instructions on how to download an eBook, follow steps 1-3 above. You only have to do steps 1-2 once - after setting it up it's much faster to download eBooks.

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    EBL is a platform - like a distributor - for eBooks. EBL likes the Adobe ID, it uses it as a way to verify that you're legal to use these books, and it's a way for them to track usage. So, you'll need an Adobe ID. Your Adobe ID tells EBL, “this person is legitimate, go ahead and let them download this EBL book”. It’s free. To get an Adobe ID, sign up HERE.

    Create an account, if you don’t already have one. This is totally separate from any account you have at Boise State - probably a good idea not to use the same username and password. Keep it in a safe place.

    Forgot your password? Click HERE and have them send you a temp password.

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    Now that you have your Adobe ID, let's download a reader.

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  • Pick a READER

    With your Adobe ID in hand, you're ready to pick a reader. The reader is the tool that holds the eBook and lets you read it. But you need a specific reader EBL works with. Which reader you download depends on your device:

    The reader is free.

    Bluefire Reader

    When you've downloaded it, it will ask you to log in with your Adobe ID.

    Bluefire Adobe ID reader

    When you're in, it will look something like this.

    Bluefire Reader Library

    Reader downloaded! Let's go to the next step.

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  • Download
    Now you’re ready. Find the eBook you’re looking for and download it.

    If you're just looking for an eBook, go to and click on the All tab or Book tab.

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    Put what you want to search for in the box - limit format to ebooks and let's look at the results. Limit Format on Books tab on Albertsons Library website

    A list of eBooks on this topic comes up.

    We can be sure they're eBooks because of the little icon under the title. Click on the title of the eBook, which is a blue link.

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    Click the link "Boise State University: Click here to access" under Find a copy online.

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    You will be asked to log in with your Boise State username and password.

    Login for access

    Once we log in, we need to pretend we want to read it online, because that's where we find the link to download it. Click "Read Online (Available)".

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    If you were reading the book online, this would be the end. Because we're downloading it there are a few more steps. Click the "Download" tab.

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    Click on how long you want to download a day (1) or a week (7).

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    Pick your format, if there is more than one. The difference PDF and ePub is PDF's maintain a set page structure - the same text will always be on the same page, and if you want to make the text bigger you zoom in. ePub is a little more free flowing – you can adjust the size of your text and the changes will ripple across the other pages.

    Click on a format, and click “Download”.

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    • On a computer you may get a file to download. Save the file to your desktop, and then open it. It should open in Adobe Digital Editions. You don’t need to hang on to this link – it’s just needed once, to start the download of the eBook. Open that file, “URLLink” and it should open in Adobe Digital Editions.
    • On a mobile device, the file should open in Bluefire.

    At this point, everything comes together. The downloaded book tries to open in your Adobe-approved reader.

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