Many NHS Scotland ebooks can be downloaded as an alternative to reading them online. Some downloads may simply be PDF files to save and then read or print. However, other downloads can be different file types, and the process is more like "borrowing" the ebook.
When you borrow an ebook, a file is downloaded to your mobile device for a set loan period, and then disappears after the loan expires. During the loan period, you can read the book without connecting to wifi or using mobile data.
Before you start borrowing, you need to set up your mobile device to work with NHS Scotland ebooks.
1. Start by creating an Adobe ID:
- Go to: https://accounts.adobe.com
- Click the link for ‘Get an Adobe ID’ and complete the Sign Up form
- Remember your username and password!
An Adobe ID allows you to manage ebook file loans, and you must set this up before you can borrow NHS ebooks.
2. Install an ereader app that is Adobe compatible:
- Go to your app store (e.g. Google Play, iTunes), and search for a free ereader app which explicitly states that it works with “Adobe DRM protected files” or “encrypted ebook files”
- BlueFire or Aldiko are both easy to use on Android and Apple devices
- Install your chosen app
Although your device may already have ereader capability, you need an app which is Adobe-compatible in order to borrow ebooks from the suppliers used by NHS Scotland
3. Lastly, link your app with your Adobe ID, to authorise your account:
- How you do this depends on which app you have selected
- In BlueFire, enter your Adobe ID when you open the app for the first time
- In Aldiko, go to “About”, then “DRM accounts”, and enter your Adobe ID
- If you’ve selected another app, look for a similar authorisation link
Once authorised, you won’t need to use your Adobe ID again, unless you want to install an ereader on another device, or a different ereader on your existing device (or if you accidently unauthorise your account).
Now you’re ready to borrow ebooks!