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eBooks & eReaders at Wellesley: iPad / iPhone

Bluefire Reader

Bluefire Reader is a free app for iOS devices that allows you to access ebooks downloaded to your computer in either ePub or PDF format. It supports files that are protected with Adobe Digital Rights Management (DRM). You can also use the app to access free e-books. 

There is also a version for Android devices, although it is not available in the Kindle Fire Appstore. (If you wish to install the app on your Kindle Fire, there is an available workaround.)

iOS Devices (iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch)

You can read many of the e-books the Wellesley College Library provides from your iOS device (iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch). You will need the free BlueFire Reader app installed on your device to read some library e-books.  BlueFire Reader is currently the only reading app that supports Adobe DRM, which many library e-books use.

  1. Locate the BlueFire Reader in the App Store, and install the app.
  2. After installing the app, it will prompt you to Authorize the app for Adobe eBook DRM. (If the app doesn't immediately prompt you to authorize, you can do so from the Info button.) Click the Authorize button.
  3. You will be prompted to enter your Adobe ID.  If you don't have an Adobe ID, create one here.  If you already have an Adobe ID, but have forgotten it, use Adobe's reminder system
    • (For more information on Adobe ID, go to the Creating an Adobe ID box in the right-hand column of the Adobe Digital Editions page of this guide.)

Once you've logged in with your Adobe ID and authorized your device you will be able to search for e-books using the Safari web browser and download them to your device. 

Since the downloading options are different for each platform use the Downloading e-books guide for more specific help.  Whenever possible, choose the ePUB file format, which will be easier to read on smaller device screens.