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Changes to downloading e-books from Dawsonera

By Anna Sansome, on 7 September 2017

The process for downloading e-books from Dawsonera is changing. You may have already noticed this for some Dawsonera e-books and it will apply to all Dawsonera e-books by 31st October 2017.

When the change is made, you will need either a computer with the free Adobe Digital Editions (ADE) software installed or an app or device that supports ADE to download from Dawsonera. This is the same as the requirements for downloading e-books from Ebook Central (previously EBL) and EBSCO so you may well already have the necessary arrangements in place.

To download to a desktop or laptop computer, you will need the free Adobe Digital Editions (ADE) software installed on your machine.

To download to an iOS or Android device, you will need the free BlueFire Reader app which is available from the Apple and Google stores.

Some e-readers also support ADE – see the list of devices that support ADE on the Adobe website.

To download e-books:

  • Create an Adobe ID if you don’t already have one. Go to the Adobe website, click SIGN IN then “get an Adobe ID”.
  • Download ADE or the BlueFire Reader app.
  • Authorise ADE or the BlueFire Reader app with your Adobe ID.
  • Access the e-book on Dawsonera via Explore and choose to download to either Adobe Digital Editions or Bluefire Reader as appropriate.
    • You can authorise up to 6 computers / devices with your Adobe ID. Authorising your computers / devices with the same Adobe ID means that an e-book you download to one will be available to you on the others.

      Although you may find ADE is available on UCL machines / via Desktop@UCL Anywhere, we would advise using the read online option if you are not using your own computer / device. The download is tied to a specific computer / device unless you authorise that device with your Adobe ID – you cannot simply save the download to your N / S drive and access it elsewhere – and authorising computers you may never use again may not be the best use of your 6 device limit.