Some ebook suppliers require you to "borrow" an ebook if you want to download it to read offline. Borrowing an ebook is like borrowing a printed book: 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 content from the ebook suppliers used by NHS Scotland:
1. Adobe Digital Editions manages the ebook file loans on your mobile device, so 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!
2. 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:
- 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
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! If you need further help, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or ask at your local NHSGGC library.