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Electronic Books (eBooks) @ Auburn University Libraries

Adobe Digital Editions is a free eBook reader used by EBSCO and ProQuest eBook Central.  The following shows step-by-step instructions for downloading and using it on your device.

Adobe Digital Editions is now available through AU Install.


While you can preview an eBook online without any special software, Adobe Digital Editions allows you to read the content of an eBook you have downloaded for offline use and to move the book to a supported remote eReader device via a USB connection. Adobe Digital Editions (ADE) cannot be downloaded on AU Libraries public or OIT lab computers.

Adobe Digital Editions is required to download several AU Libraries eBooks for checkout. You will be asked to create an Adobe Account if you don't already have one. Creating an account is free and only takes a minute; also, the email address you use to create your ID does not have to be your Auburn email.  Creating an account allows you to sync devices to your copy of Adobe Digital Editions via your Adobe ID.  Note: some mobile devices, such as the iPad or Kindle Fire, require special software to function as readers and ADE will not recognize that device as a reader without that software loaded on the device.

Adobe Digital Editions (ADE) will operate as a "middle man" for downloading eBooks onto your computer and then farming them out to an ADE-compatible eReader device for portable use (You may be able to download an eBook to a tablet app as long as you have the app installed and an Adobe ID. eBooks may have to be transferred to your reader via Adobe Digital Editions - you cannot simply cut/paste them from folder to folder. Items checked out should be downloaded to the "My Digital Editions" folder that the Adobe Digital Editions installation creates in your "My Documents" folder.  The picture below shows Adobe Digital Editions with a small library of eBooks.  The left pane displays your various eBook folders and the right pane displays the items in the selected folder.  An eReader that is plugged in and synced will appear in the left pane at the bottom of the list (a Nook in this example):

The process is: Library eBook Checkout --Download to your computer to the "My Digital Editions folder" --Transfer to a plugged in and synced eReader from the Adobe Digital Editions program window by drag and drop from the right pane to the eReader displayed in the left pane.  For instructions proceed to next tab Moving eBooks to your eReader using Adobe Digital Editions.