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e-books @ MSU: Downloading EBL eBooks to Android devices

This guide is designed to give users information about accessing and downloading e-books provided by the University Libraries.

Downloading to Device

Android Downloads

In helping eBooks to become even more accessible, EBL now supports the download of ebooks on Android devices. You'll just need to download the (free!) Bluefire Reader app.

Here's a little more info straight from EBL's website:

"Similar to how the site works for iPhone users, EBL detects the user’s operating system and automatically offers the option to download the ebook to Bluefire Reader.  Bluefire Reader supports EPUB and PDF formats, and requires Android 2.2 and up. Bluefire is a free app that supports Adobe Digital Editions DRM and enables you to add ebooks and files from multiple sources."


How to download your book to an Android phone or tablet

Before you can download EBL books to your smartphone, you will need to download a free app called Bluefire Reader via the iTunes App Store (click on the blue "View in iTunes" button to go to the iTunes App Store).

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When you click the DOWNLOAD button on the EBL page, your book will be sent directly to Bluefire. You will be able to read it until the loan expires. When the loan expires, the book will display in your "Library," but all pages will be blacked out.  You will need to find the book (search the online catalog) via a web browser, borrow it and download it again if you would like to continue to read it.

Note: The first time you try to download a book from EBL to your device using Bluefire, you may be prompted to enter an Adobe ID and password. If you've never created one, you can click on the 'create Adobe ID" button, and you'll be taken to the Adobe site to continue. When you're finished, you can come back to the Bluefire screen and log in using your newly created Adobe ID.