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Downloading eBooks: Kindle Fire

This guide provides instructions for downloading eBooks found through IUCAT or Library eBook platforms to multiple devices.

Downloading to the Kindle

Downloading eBooks to the Kindle Fire

 

Note: Downloading entire eBooks is only available on the Kindle Fire.  However, you can save and view chapters or multiple pages of eBooks on other Kindle devices using either the Send to Kindle browser add-on (See http://www.amazon.com/gp/sendtokindle for additional information) or by dragging and dropping files from your computer to your Kindle via USB.

See http://www.amazon.com/gp/help/customer/display.html?nodeId=200375630 for more information on transferring documents to Kindle devices and below for downloading eBooks to Kindle Fire.

 

Required software:

On device: Bluefire Reader

 

Step 1: Downloading eBooks to the Kindle Fire requires the free Bluefire Reader app:

1.  In Settings (the icon that looks like a gear), tap More.

2.  Scroll down until you see Device.

3. In the Device tab, set Allow installation of Applications to On, and tap OK when you see the warning prompt.

4. Go to http://www.bluefirereader.com/files/BluefireReader.apk to download the Bluefire Reader (the Android app).

5. Tap the Menu icon at the bottom of the screen and tap Downloads.

6. Tap on the file named BluefireReader.apk.

7. Tap Yes when asked if you want to install the app.

8.  After installation is complete, look for the Bluefire Reader in your Apps collection

9.  Open the app on your Kindle Fire, and when prompted, enter the email address and password used to create your Adobe account and select Sign In. (See Getting Started for instructions on creating a free Adobe account.)

 

Step 2: On your device, find the eBook in either EBSCOhost or ebrary:

1.  Sign into your EBSCOhost or ebrary account.  (See Getting Started for instructions on creating these free accounts.)

2.  Enter your search terms, or find the eBook you want to download.

3.  Follow instructions based on whether you are downloading from ebrary or EBSCOhost below.

 

Step 3a: Downloading ebrary eBooks onto your Kindle Fire:

1.  Tap the Download link displayed above the book you want to check out.  (Please note that a small percentage of the titles available in ebrary are not available for download.)

2.  You can choose to download a section of the book or a specified page range, up to 36 pages (in PDF format).  To download the entire book, choose the third option Download the entire document for 14 days in Adobe Digital Editions format.

3.  Tap OK.

4.  A new screen will pop up with the Bluefire Reader logo. Tap the Open in "Bluefire" button. This will automatically begin downloading the eBook into the Bluefire Reader app. This may take a few minutes.

 

Step 3b: Downloading EBSCOhost eBooks onto your Kindle Fire:

1.  Tap the Download This eBook (Offline) link displayed on the left side of the book you want to check out.  (Please note that a small percentage of the titles available in EBSCOhost are not available for download.)

2.  eBooks can be borrowed for up to 7 days; if you would prefer a shorter check out period, you can change this by using the Checkout Period (in days) field.  Note: Deleting an eBook from your device will not check the book back in for use by others, so be considerate when choosing your checkout time.

3.  Tap the yellow button labeled Checkout & Download from the pop-up box.

4.  Tap OK.

5.  A new screen will pop up with the Bluefire Reader logo. Tap the Open in "Bluefire" button. This will automatically begin downloading the eBook into the Bluefire Reader app. This may take a few minutes.

 

EBSCO also maintains documentation for downloading eBooks to the Kindle Fire.  See here for more details.

 

Note: After your eBook checkout expires, the eBook file is still be on your device but cannot be opened. You must remove the file manually by opening Bluefire and selecting to remove it from your library.

License

Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported (CC BY-SA 3.0)

The Downloading eBooks LibGuide by Kate Moore is licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported (CC BY-SA 3.0).

Specific instructions for downloading eBooks is based on the Central Rappahannock Regional Library's "Steps for Transferring EBSCOhost eBooks" at http://www.librarypoint.org/sites/all/files/documents/transferring_ebsco_ebooks.pdf.