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How to download e-books to e-readers

In most cases, pages of the library's e-books can be downloaded as PDFs to personal computers. These files can then be uploaded to most e-readers. This is allowed up to the standard licensed allowance of 10% or one chapter of a book, whichever is the greater.

In some cases (but not all), entire e-books from Ebook Central Academic Complete are available to download for a specified loan period.

You can only download entire e-books to your personal desktop computer, laptop or mobile device, but not BU computers.

If you wish to download entire e-books you must first log in to Ebook Central. You will then be given the option to add the chosen book to your bookshelf, and from here you will be given the option to download it to your own desktop computer or e-reader device.

To access and read the e-book file you will need to have set up an account with Adobe Digital Editions which manages the e-book loan period. Here you can also find help for using the program and details of how to download.

You will also need to have the specific e-book management/reading software for your device. This will either be pre-installed or may be a third party app for certain mobile phones and devices.

 Library guide on how to download e-books to e-readers explains the above in more depth.