27 November 2013

eBooks — A guide to borrowing for e-readers and computers (Part 1)

Part 1—Setting up your devices

This step-by-step guide is written to help you borrow eBooks or audiobooks (also sometimes called eAudio) from Libraries ACT.

This post is the first part of our guide to borrowing and reading ebooks using a computer and an e-reader. Here, we explain how to set up your devices to borrow and read ebooks from the library. For a guide to borrowing for tablets, see our post below.

At the ACT Digital Hub we have been taking people through the process of borrowing library eBooks from Libraries ACT. If you would like to make an appointment to talk about eBooks and computers or e-readers contact 6140 4990 or digitalhub(at)act.gov.au.

Reading eBooks on an e-reader (image from Morguefile)
Reading eBooks on an e-reader (image: Morguefile)

Step 1  Devices

To read eBooks borrowed from Libraries ACT on your e-reader, you will need:
  • A compatible e-Reader device: check the list of compatible devices to see if yours will talk to Libraries ACT.
  • A computer (Windows or Mac). Public and workplace computers usually do not work for this, and it is best to use your own computer.
  • The cable to connect your e-Reader to your computer (your e-reader will come with one).

Step 2  Account information

  • You will need an email address so you can obtain an Adobe ID (it's free)
  • You will also need to know your library membership number and PIN
  • Your compatible device needs to be connected to the internet (3G or Wi-fi is fine)

Step 3  Set up

a. Set up Adobe Digital Editions on your computer

You will need to download and install the Adobe Digital Editions software on your computer. You can find it here: http://www.adobe.com/products/digital-editions/download.html
  • Download the appropriate installer for your computer.
  • Run the installer and follow the on-screen instructions.
  • Open Adobe Digital Editions and have a look through the ebook 'Getting Started with Adobe Digital Editions', which should show up in your bookshelf. It provides a quick overview of the program.

b. Set up an Adobe ID and authorise your computer

  • Under the 'Help' menu, choose 'Authorise computer'
  • A dialogue box will pop up, prompting you to enter your adobe ID. If you do not have an adobe ID, click on the link to 'Create Adobe ID', and follow the steps.
  • Enter your Adobe ID (your email address) and password, and click 'Authorise'.
  • Note: although it is possible to authorise your computer without an Adobe ID, you will not be able to transfer eBooks to your e-reader if you choose this option.

c. Authorise your e-reader

  • Connect your e-Reader to your computer using the cable it came with. You may see a message asking you to confirm that you want to connect on your e-Reader, and/or on your computer. You will need to confirm this to continue.
  • Open Adobe Digital Editions (if it is already open, close it and then open it again). It will find your eReader, and automatically start the Device Setup Assistant.
    • If it does not automatically start the Device Setup Assistant, your e-reader will still appear in the left-hand column menu under 'Devices'. Click on the 'settings' button to the right of the heading 'Devices' (it may appear as a small cog or drop-down menu icon) and click 'Authorise device'
  • In the window that pops up, click the option to 'Authorise'.
  • Click 'Finished'.

Still have questions about Adobe Digital Editions, Adobe IDs, or authorising devices? Check out the Adobe Digital Editions Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) Page.