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Digital Rights Management (DRM)

DRM controls the amount of an eBook you can download , e.g. the entire eBook, a chapter, or nothing at all.

It also regulates the period of time an eBook can be downloaded for, e.g. 1 day, 7 days or longer.

DRM is set by the publisher or vendor.

Expired downloads

At the end of the designated eBook download period, eBooks will remain on your computer or device, but they will expire and become unreadable. To avoid confusion, you can delete the expired eBooks.

If you still require the eBooks, you can simply download them again.

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What do I need to download an eBook and use it offline?

eBooks available in ePUB or PDF format that are protected with Adobe Digital Rights Management (DRM), the most common form of DRM for eBooks, require special software or reader apps to be able to be downloaded to a machine or mobile device and used offline.

If you would like to download an eBook to a computer or laptop, Adobe Digital Editions (ADE) needs to be installed on the machines.

If you are using a mobile device such as a smartphone or tablet, a reader app must be on the device to allow you to download and access an eBook.

If you have an eReader, you will need to transfer the eBooks from your computer to the eReader device. This means that you will need to download an eBook to your computer first (via ADE), and then transfer it to your eReader. No additional software is required on your eReader. 

Adobe Digital Editions (ADE)

Before you can download an eBook on your computer or laptop, you need to install Adobe Digital Editions (ADE).

ADE is a software program that enables viewing and managing eBooks and other digital publications. With ADE you can:

  • Download eBooks in ePUB or PDF format so you can read them offline
  • Organise eBooks in your own personal library
  • Annotate and highlight pages of eBooks
  • Transfer eBooks between multiple computers and mobile devices

When you install ADE, you will be prompted to create an Adobe ID.

The Adobe ID allows you to authorise your machine or device, so that any eBooks you download belong to the Adobe ID, rather than being 'locked' on one computer. This means that by authorising your machines or devices with your Adobe ID, you can transfer eBooks from one computer or device to another. You can authorise a maximum of 6 computers and devices.

Read the Adobe Digital Editions FAQs for more details.

Bluefire Reader app

The Bluefire Reader app supports Adobe eBook DRM and allows you to download eBooks in both ePUB and PDF format directly to your mobile device. You can also transfer eBooks that you have downloaded to your computer to Bluefire Reader via ADE.

Once you have downloaded the app to your device, you will be prompted to authorise it with your Adobe ID. You can then proceed to download eBooks and use them offline in Bluefire Reader. Note that you cannot search the Library catalogue from within the app, you have to do this from the browser on your device.

Bluefire Reader is available for both iOS and Android devices.

Downloading iG Library eBooks

To download ebooks from the iG Library collection you must install the IGP Reader app (iG Library's own app, free to download from the App Store or Google Play) to your device - not to a computer or laptop via Adobe Digital Editions.

Once you've downloaded the app you must log in to your own iG Library account which is free to create. From there, click on the book's title (not the "Read" button).                 Click on the Title not Read                                       Click on Checkout                                      

Once you've clicked on the title you will find an additional button called "Checkout".

This takes you through a number of steps and finally provides you with a code, which you must enter in the IGP Reader app on your device. The book will then begin to download.

Transferring eBooks to a mobile device

Once you have downloaded an eBook to your computer via Adobe Digital Editions, you can transfer it to other devices you have authorised with your Adobe ID, such as an iPhone, iPad, Nook or Sony Reader.

Note that downloaded eBooks will not work on devices that do not support Adobe Digital Editions, such as the Kobo Vox tablet and the Kindle.

Transferring to an iOS device using iTunes

Transferring to an eReader or other device