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eBooks at Strathclyde: Can I download my eBook and how do I do this?

Installing Adobe apps


A lot of eBook suppliers will provide you with the option of installing Adobe Acrobat Reader or Adobe Digital Edtions when you try to download an eBook.

If your device does not have Adobe Acrobat reader or Adobe Digital Editions, before installing you will need to register for an Adobe ID. So, when you come to install either Adobe Acrobat or ADE, you will be have the ID to enter when prompted.

  • Register for Adobe ID, this is quick and free and enables you to authorise your devices.
  • click on "Sign in", then "Get an Adobe ID".
  • create an account and password.
  • install Adobe Digital Editions or Adobe Reader.
  • Authorize your device with your Adobe ID.
  • Download eBook.


Check if your device will read PDF or ePub files.

To download ebooks in PDF format you will need Adobe Acrobat.

To download ebooks in ePub format you will need Adobe Digital Editions.

List of devices that support Adobe Digital editions. 

Links to Adobe Digital Editions and Bluefire Reader sites are below.  Please install the most recent version available.



What is ePub?

EPUB eBook Format

What is the EPUB format?

EPUB has become the industry standard format for delivering eBooks, because it enables publishers to create books that behave more like web content.

EPUB titles are often embedded with links to help the user navigate between sections, from the index to the relevant pages, and out to the open web.

To learn more about EPUB format and the difference between EPUB and PDF format, see the following FAQs:

(Taken from the EBSCO LibGuide)


 If you are experiencing problems downloading an eBook from the Library catalogue,

please check you have the following:

 You have an account with Adobe ID -

Register for an Adobe ID, you will need this to install the Adobe apps.

 Install the following two free apps:


If you are still experiencing a problem accessing the eBook title, please email or phone 0141 548 4444.

When emailing or calling, it would be helpful if you could also indicate:

  • what browser you are using
  • what device you are using
  • which operating system you have installed 
  • and include a screenshot.