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Bluefire Reader User Guide

Welcome to Bluefire Reader


Bluefire Reader is the creation of Bluefire Productions, a small, independent software company in Seattle, WA. We built this app because we wanted to provide book lovers like us with the freedom to choose where we buy books and how we read them. We value the unique curatorial voice of each bookseller.


Bluefire Reader supports Adobe eBook DRM because it's become an industry standard across a wide variety of booksellers and public libraries. Adobe DRM allows you to transfer books that you've purchased from many different booksellers between your reading devices and personal computers.


We hope you enjoy Bluefire Reader and many hours of happy reading.



Getting Started

When Bluefire Reader launches for the first time you will be prompted to authorize the application. Authorization is a simple process in which you will be asked to enter your Adobe ID and password so that Bluefire Reader is able to read protected eBooks. If you do not already have an Adobe ID you can get one for free from the Adobe website.



What are protected eBooks?

Protected eBooks are PDF and ePUB files that have been copy-protected with Adobe Digital Rights Management (DRM) software. These files are commonly called Adobe eBooks and are also referred to as ACS (Adobe Content Server) documents.


Authorizing Bluefire Reader

You can authorize or de-authorize Bluefire Reader at any time from the application’s Info tab. To bring up the Info tab, tap the Info button from the Library View.

If you have not yet authorized Bluefire Reader, simply tap the Authorize button in the Info tab to start the process. You will be prompted for your Adobe ID and password. If you don't already have an Adobe ID, you can get one for free from the Adobe website. See the Getting an Adobe ID section of this document for information on getting an Adobe ID. Once you have entered your Adobe ID, tap Continue to authorize your reader.

Once you have authorized Bluefire Reader, you can purchase and read eBooks that have been copy-protected with Adobe DRM. You can also transfer many eBooks that have been downloaded to other readers and that have been authorized with the same Adobe ID as your Bluefire Reader.

To de-authorize your reader, simply tap the Deauthorize button on Bluefire Reader’s Info tab.


Getting an Adobe ID

If you do not already have an Adobe ID, you can get one for free from the Adobe website via a simple registration process.


Transferring eBooks from Other Devices

Adobe eBooks that have been downloaded to other computers or devices can often be transferred to Bluefire Reader if the same Adobe ID was used to authorize each device.

Note: Some books are authorized for use only in a single device; therefore, they are not transferrable. Those permissions are set by the book publisher and cannot be overridden.

There are several ways to transfer Adobe eBooks into Bluefire Reader. See the Transferring eBooks section of this document for more information on that task.



Bluefire Cloud Services


Page Location Sync

You may sync your page location between multiple devices. Each of the devices must be authorized with the same Primary Account and must have the same version of the eBook. See Setting a Primary Account for an explanation of how to set a Primary Account for sync purposes.


To enable sync for your device:

• On the Library pane, tap the "Info" icon to open the "Info" pane

• Under the "Page Location Sync" tab, tap the Enable Sync link.

• If prompted, Authorize Bluefire Reader with the appropriate account for the books that you wish to sync

• Follow the same steps on additional devices



Purchasing eBooks

Purchasing eBooks is made easy with the Get Books feature on Android. Once you’ve found an eBook you’re interested in reading, tap on the Buy button to purchase the book at the bookseller’s site. Once the purchase has been made, you’ll be presented with an option to download the book into Bluefire Reader.

Please back up any books that you purchase, download or transfer to Bluefire Reader. This is a very important step, and, if overlooked, can lead to an unfortunate loss of your library items. Also note that most retailers will allow you to re-download items that you have previously purchased. See Transferring eBooks to Bluefire Reader for more information on this.



Free eBooks

There are thousands of free titles available for instant download through Bluefire Reader. A good place to start is the Feedbooks Free Books section. Once you find an eBook you would like to read, tap the Free button to directly download the book to your Bluefire Reader library.



Transferring eBooks to Bluefire Reader


Downloading Books from Bookstores

Adobe DRM protected eBooks that are purchased from online retailers can often be downloaded directly into Bluefire Reader. Simply tap the download button for the book you purchased and you will often be prompted to open the book in Bluefire Reader.

If this method does not work, specialized links can be created that will make this process work. Please contact the bookstore from which you are attempting to download the book and inform them of the specialized download links tailored for Bluefire Reader.


Transferring eBooks with Dropbox

Dropbox is a free App that allows you to easily transfer files between your computers and devices via the Dropbox website. Both the App and the service are free. with upgrades available for additional web storage.


1. Upload your eBooks: The first step of using Dropbox for eBooks is to upload your PDF or EPUB files to your Dropbox account. This is an easy process and Dropbox has free tools that enable it for use on all major platforms.

2. Install Dropbox on your Android Device: You will need the free Dropbox Android App that you can find on Google Play. Once you have installed Dropbox, sign in to the Dropbox account that you use to access your files.

3. Tap a Book to Open it in Bluefire Reader: When you tap on a PDF or EPUB eBook file in your Dropbox, it will be downloaded and opened in Bluefire Reader.


Transferring eBooks from other Apps

Many applications, such as Mail and Box, support the Open In... feature of Android. In these applications tap and hold on an EPUB or PDF file name to access the Open In... menu. Then choose Bluefire Reader to launch the App and read your book. When a file is opened in Bluefire Reader, it is automatically added to your Library.

Bluefire Reader requires that you authorize the reader with an Adobe ID in order to read DRM-protected books. (See the Getting Started section). You may also load books associated with other user accounts by taking advantage of the "Add Account" featyre. To add an account to Bluefire Reader:


Transferring eBooks via the SD Card

Bluefire Reader has an Import from SD Card feature that can be used to transfer eBooks from your Windows, Mac or Linux desktop into Bluefire Reader. Before transferring files to your SD card, please note that Bluefire cannot be responsible for any mistakes that users make when undertaking this process.

• Mount your SD card so that you can transfer files to it from your laptop or desktop. There are many SD card mounting Apps available in Google Play for Android devices.

• Transfer your eBook files to /mnt/sdcard/Bluefire/imports

• Unmount your SD card.

• From Bluefire Reader’s Info tab, tap the Import button in the Import from SD Card panel.

• You can then open and enjoy your library book in Bluefire Reader.


Managing User Accounts


Setting a Primary Account

If you have multiple user accounts authorized in Bluefire Reader, you must set one account as the Primary Account in order to authorize sync. To choose a Primary Account:

• Go to the "Info" pane

• On the "Accounts" tab, tap the "Change Default" link

• In the resulting dialog, choose the account that you would like to use for syncronization



Managing your eBooks


Library View

Tap the Library button in the Main Toolbar to view a list of the items that have been added to Bluefire Reader. There are two views on your books in Library View:

1. Covers View

2. List View

You can sort your library in order of:

• Recently-read books

• Title

• Author

Tapping the buttons at the top of the screen will sort your books using any of these criteria.


Opening an eBook

Tap on a cover image or book title in your Library to open and read an eBook.



Deleting an eBook

To delete an eBook from your Library:

• Tap the Edit button in the upper right-hand corner.

• This will take you into Edit Mode.

• Select the circular red button with the horizontal line to delete the item from your Library.


Please note that Deletion is not a reversible action; the eBook will be permanently removed from your Library and from the device. However, you can return your eBook to your library by following the steps described in the Transferring eBooks to Bluefire Reader section.


Item Info

To view additional information about an ebook, put the Library view into List Mode via the button in the upper left hand corner of the Library menu bar. Once in List Mode, tap on the blue, circular arrow button to the right of the item to get to the Item Info screen.


Editing eBook Metadata

From a book’s Item Info screen you can edit the eBook metadata for the Title, Author and Publisher. This will change the values that show up in the Library view. You can also set these values back to their original values by tapping the Use Original Values button on the Edit Metadata dialog box.



Reading eBooks


Turning Pages

There are several ways to move from one page to another after you’ve opened your eBook. You can tap on the right or left edge of a page to move to the next or previous page of the book. You can also perform a swipe gesture across the page to turn the page to the next or previous page.


Navigation Control Bar

Tap in the center of the screen to view the Book Navigation Control Bar. Tap on the arrows to move to the next or previous page. Drag the Book Location Slider to the desired location for quick navigation between pages.


Table of Contents

Tap the Contents button from the Reading Toolbar to view the Table of Contents for the current book, if the publisher included one. Tap an entry in the Table of Contents to jump to that section of the book.


Selecting Text

Press and hold on a word to select it. A magnifying glass will appear to help you position the start of your text selection more precisely. Drag the blue selection start and end point markers to edit the range of your text selection.

Tap Copy to copy the selected text, or tap the Bookmark icon to create a Bookmark with the selected text as the excerpt. See the Creating a Bookmark section.


Creating a Bookmark

There are several ways to create a bookmark. Tap the Bookmark icon in the upper-right corner of the Reading Title Bar to add a bookmark. Or first select text to create a bookmark with the selected text as the excerpt, then tap the Note button. Use the Notes field on the resulting dialog box to add annotations to your bookmark. If the bookmark contains an excerpt, that text will become highlighted in the content of the book.


Viewing, Editing, and Deleting Bookmarks

Tap the Bookmarks button in the Reading Toolbar to view a list of the bookmarks you've created.

To edit the note you attached to a bookmark, tap the "info" icon to the right of the bookmark.

To delete a bookmark, first tap the "action" icon above the Bookmarks List, then tap on the red, circular button to the left of the bookmark, then tap the Delete button to delete the bookmark.


Searching Within an eBook

To search for words or phrases within a book, tap the "Search" icon in the Reading Toolbar. This will bring up the Search Toolbar on the book page. Enter a search term within this bar and tap Enter or Search on the keyboard to begin your search.

Search terms in the book will be highlighted. You can advance through the results by tapping the left or right arrow in the Search Toolbar. To dismiss the Search Toolbar, tap anywhere in the app away from the Search Toolbar. Tap on the page to hide or show the Search Toolbar.


Reading Settings

Tap the Settings button in the Reading Toolbar to access the Reading Settings. There are two tabs in the Settings Panel: General and Formatting. The ePUB and PDF file types have different settings; PDF files allow you to zoom the whole page but do not allow users to change the font size or many other settings that can be changed for ePUBs.


General Settings Tab

The General Settings are:

• Select Text Size (ePUB only)

• Select Margin Size (ePUB only)

• Adjust Brightness

• Select Page Turn Effect

• Show Page Number

• Turn the Orientation Lock off or on

• Enable Night Mode


Formatting Tab (ePUB only)

For books in the ePUB file format, you can override the publisher’s formatting in the book by sliding the Use Publisher’s Formatting switch to Off. When you do this, additional formatting options become available. Warning: this may cause unexpected results depending on the nature of the publisher’s formatting. This feature is not enabled for PDF formatted eBooks. The formatting values you can override with this setting are:

• Select Font Face

• Adjust Line Spacing

• Enable Justified Text Alignment

• Select Color Theme

• Select Text Color

• Select Background Color

• Select Highlight Color

• Select Link Color


Getting Help

If you have questions or need assistance with Bluefire Reader, please visit our support website where you’ll find answers to many common questions about the reader.


Assistance with eBook Purchase Questions

Bluefire itself does not sell books but rather works with a wide variety of eBook retail partners. If you have questions or problems with books you’ve purchased from on-line bookstores, please contact the customer support for that bookseller directly.





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