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eBooks@The UWI, St. Augustine: Software & Apps

Digital Rights Management

    Digital Rights Management(DRM) software determines the following: 

  • the amount you can copy and print from an eBook
  • the loan period for a downloaded eBook
  • the number and type of devices on which you can read an eBook.  

 These conditions are set by the vendors/publishers.  Adobe DRM is one of the most common forms of DRM. To download an Adobe DRM protected eBook (eg. from EBSCO, ebrary and MyiLibrary) you need to download the Adobe Digital Editions software.


Adobe Digital Editions (ADE)- This is a free software that must be downloaded to your computer and an Adobe ID created in order for you to be able to read some eBooks offline, for example EBSCO, ebrary and MyiLibrary ebooks. When you install Adobe Digital Editions software you will be asked if you want to authorise your computer. You don't need to authorise your computer to be able to read eBooks online.  If you do authorise your computer, it will allow you to share downloaded eBooks across other devices you own where these have also been authorised with the same AdobeID.  For instructions on how to download the software, please visit Adobe Digital EditionsA list of compatible devices can be found on the Adobe website.  Also, for more information, please go to ADE FAQs  .



Bluefire Reader is a free app for Apple and Android mobile devices and tablets.

  It allows you to download and read PDF eBooks and to download Adobe DRM protected books to your device.  The first time you use the app, you need to authorise it with your Adobe ID.