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Using Library Books in Bluefire Reader

 

Bluefire Reader enables users to download and read library books that are digitally secured by the Adobe® Content Server (ACS) rights management system. This page describes how to read and load ACS-protected eBooks on your Android and iOS mobile devices, and on your Windows desktop, laptop, and tablet PCs.

 

CONTENTS:

About Library (Loaned) Books

Reading Library Books with Bluefire Reader for Windows

Reading Library Books with Bluefire Reader for Apple iOS

Transferring eBooks with Dropbox

Transferring eBooks with iTunes

Reading Library Books with Bluefire Reader for Android

Transferring eBooks via Email

 

 

About Library (Loaned) Ebooks

Library (loaned) eBooks in Bluefire Reader are treated differently from books that you own. Loaned books will appear in your library with a countdown display showing you how much time is remaining on your loan.  When the loan on your library book expires, the countdown banner will change to read “Expired,” and the loaned book will automatically be returned to your library.  Once your book reads Expired, you will no longer be able to access it, but you may be able to access any notes or annotations you have taken in the book by looking at the book’s info page. Your access to these items after expiration is set by your library.  The book cover will remain in your library until you delete it; keeping the book in your library is the best way to access any bookmarks and annotations you may have made in your book.

 

Getting Started

You will need an online account at a library that supports ACS-protected eBooks. Most libraries that offer eBooks to their patrons currently use ACS-based systems. If you are not sure how to set up your online account, or if your local library uses a service that does not use ACS, please contact them directly.

 

 

Reading Library Books with Bluefire Reader for Windows

Bluefire Reader for Windows PCs brings the elegance of the Bluefire mobile reading experience to Windows desktop and laptop users. With Bluefire Reader you can read Adobe® Content Server (ACS)-protected EPUB and PDF books in an application that’s designed for immersive onscreen reading—with the all of the powerful features and customization options you’ve come to expect from Bluefire apps. We’ve even integrated our new Page Sync service so you can easily move from your Windows PC to your mobile device without losing track of your current page.

 

Click here to learn more about Bluefire Reader for Windows and to download the app.

 

To read library eBooks in Bluefire Reader for Windows PCs:

• Open your web browser on your Windows PC and go to your library’s website.

• Follow the login instructions on the site.

• Find the ebook you want to read and click the Download button. Note that most library systems have an Account page that shows you a list of the titles you have checked out.

• Upon clicking download, the library web site starts  downloading an .ACSM file. This is an Adobe® Content Server Manifest file, it’s not the ebook itself. The .ACSM file provides instructions to your device and to the ACS system on how to download the ebook and what rights you are granted when you download the actual ebook.

• You may be given the option to download the .ACSM file directly to Bluefire Reader for Windows. If so, this is the easiest way to load your book—simply let the program take care of everything!

• If the .ACSM file is downloaded to your Downloads folder, you can drag the .ACSM from there directly to Bluefire Reader for Windows, and the program will take it from there.

• Once the .ACSM  file has completed its fulfillment process, your ebook will open in Bluefire Reader for Windows

• Note that you may need to create and/or enter your Adobe ID and password to authorize Bluefire Reader for Windows and read your book.

• If you do not have an Adobe ID, you can create one on the Adobe website. Click here, then click “Sign In” in the upper right corner of the Adobe home page.

• If you already have an Adobe ID follow the onscreen prompts.

• If you’ve already checked out the same book on another device (for instance, an iPad or Android tablet), note that you have to use the same Adobe ID that you first used to check out the book. That ID will also be used to sync your book.

 

Reading Library Books with Bluefire Reader for Apple iOS

Bluefire Reader is the best way to read Adobe® Content Server-protected eBooks on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. With Bluefire Reader you can read EPUB and PDF eBooks from retailers, publishers and libraries around the world.

 

Click here to learn more about Bluefire Reader for iOS and download the app.

 

Downloading Books Directly from Libraries using iOS

Adobe DRM-protected eBooks that are acquired from online libraries can often be downloaded directly into Bluefire Reader. Using the mobile web browser on your iPad, iPhone or iPod, you can visit your library’s website and access your account. Tap the download button for the ebook you checked out and, in the resulting screen, choose to open the ebook in Bluefire Reader.

 

Transferring eBooks with Dropbox

Bluefire Productions and Dropbox have teamed up to provide a collaborative service for our iOS users: integration of Dropbox into Bluefire Reader, which provides a simple way to wirelessly side-load files from your desktop. Dropbox also provides a file system for the iOS platform.

 

Installing Dropbox

• New users must create a Dropbox account and install the mobile Dropbox app on (at least) one mobile device that has Bluefire Reader in order for the two apps to function together.

• Access Dropbox from the App Store for iOS devices, or the Dropbox site for Windows and OSX devices or from a link in the Dropbox Sign-in Screen in Bluefire Reader.

• After Dropbox is installed on your device, you can load your eBooks. While loading your books into Dropbox, you can create multiple folders to store your books—much like the Collections feature in Bluefire Reader . This structure will appear in Bluefire Reader, but you will not be able to be edit Dropbox from Bluefire Reader, only from the stand alone Dropbox application or website. Note that only EPUB, PDF and .ACSM files are supported and will sync from a Dropbox account into Bluefire Reader.

 

Getting Started with Dropbox and Authorizing the Link Between Apps

• From the Bluefire Reader Library Tab, click on the Library icon in the upper left corner to open the Collections Menu.

• After installation of the Dropbox app, the Collections Menu will contain a permanent collection called Dropbox.

• Tapping the Dropbox Collection initiates the authorization process for first time users.

• The first time Dropbox is launched you will see a Dialog Box asking if you want to link Dropbox to the application. If you tap Cancel, the function is disabled. However, it can be enabled at a later time by clicking on the Dropbox Collection Link, and completing the authorization workflow.

• Next, you will be prompted for your Dropbox username and password to connect Bluefire Reader to the Dropbox account. If you don’t have an account you can follow the link on that screen to create an account, or tap Cancel.

 

Using Dropbox with Bluefire Reader

Once you’ve linked Bluefire Reader to Dropbox, you will see your shared files in the Import View. The default view is Folder View. Folder View shows the folder structure created on Dropbox and you can drill into them by clicking through the folders.  Folder View will only be the default for the first time you access your Dropbox collection.  From then  on, the application will remember the last tab you visited. When you return to Dropbox you will go back to that tab.

 

You can navigate back up the folder structure using the Back button in the upper left corner. The folder path is provided with each book. You can view books by Filename, which will sort books alphabetically by title, and by Recent, which will sort books by date added. These two views ignore any folder structures that were created on Dropbox.

 

Downloading files using Dropbox

• When you click the Download Button for EPUB and PDF files, you will see a full screen download notice. When the download completes, the Dropbox logo will be replaced by the book cover thumbnail. This will show that your book has been loaded into your Library and is ready for you to read.

• For files with an .acsm file extension, the file download will be initiated from inside Dropbox and go to the cloud to fulfill the book from the eBookstore or library that provides the EPUB or PDF file.

 

Linking and Unlinking Dropbox Files

You can unlink Bluefire Reader and Dropbox at any time by tapping the link in the bottom right corner of the Dropbox screen. When unlinked, files will no longer sync between your computer and the application. When you re-enter Dropbox from the application, you will be prompted to relink your files.

 

File Number Limit

Dropbox has a limit of the number of files it can show. Only the first 1,000 files can be shown in the Bluefire Reader application.

 

Transferring eBooks from Other Apps

Many applications, such as Mail and Box, support the Open In... feature of iOS. 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 eBook. When a file is opened in Bluefire Reader, it is automatically added to your Library.

 

Transferring eBooks with iTunes

The Apple iTunes app has a File Sharing feature that can be used to transfer files to and from Bluefire Reader. This can be used as a convenient method to back up your books or to copy books from popular applications like Adobe Digital Editions into Bluefire Reader.

 

• First, make sure you have transferred the actual eBook file. This file is a PDF or EPUB file, and is not an .ACSM file. Note that Digital Editions stores the eBooks it downloads in these default locations:

• On OSX: your-home-directory/Documents/Digital Editions

• On Windows: your-home-directory/Documents/My Digital Editions

 

• Once you have located the EPUB or PDF file you want to transfer, you can use iTunes to transfer the eBook to Bluefire Reader. The steps to do this are as follows:

• Connect your iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch, with Bluefire Reader installed, to a computer that has iTunes

• Notice the device appear under Devices on the left side of the main iTunes screen. Click on the device name.

• With your device selected in the left panel, click on the Apps tab at the top of the main iTunes window.

• Underneath the Sync Apps panel you will see the File Sharing panel.

• Click on Bluefire Reader under Apps in the File Sharing panel. You will then see the eBooks you have in your Bluefire Reader library listed in the Documents list to the right of the iTunes window.

• At the bottom of the Documents list click the Add... button and browse to your book in the Digital Editions default documents directory and then choose the file.

• iTunes will then transfer the file to your device and will automatically add the new items to your Bluefire Reader library.

 

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

• NOTE: If you get an error regarding the Document License of the book, please make sure that Bluefire Reader is authorized with the same Adobe ID that was used to first download the book.

 

Reading Library Books with Bluefire Reader for Android

Bluefire Reader is the best way to read Adobe® Content Server protected eBooks on your Android phone or tablet (version 2.3 and higher). With Bluefire Reader you can read EPUB and PDF books from retailers, publishers and libraries around the world.

 

Click here to learn more about Bluefire Reader for Android and download the app.

 

Downloading Books from Libraries

Adobe DRM protected eBooks that are acquired from online libraries can often be downloaded directly into Bluefire Reader. Tap the Download Button for the eBook you purchased and, in the resulting screen, choose to open the eBook 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 eBook. When a file is opened in Bluefire Reader, it is automatically added to your Library.

 

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. The first step of this process is to place eBook titles onto your SD card.  Please follow the steps below to transfer your books to your SD card.

 

• Connect your Android device to your computer

• Bring up your computer’s file directory (“My Computer,”) and open the folder for your device

• Inside the folder for your device, locate the folder for SD Card, or Internal Memory

• Inside the SD Card / Internal Memory folder, locate the folder for Bluefire

• Inside the Bluefire folder, locate the folder for Imports

• Drag and drop your books from their location on your computer to the Imports folder

• Once the books are inside the imports folder, start up Bluefire Reader on your Android device, and access the info panel (tap the info button from the library view.)

• On the info screen, press the Imports button—this will load your books into the library and generate their book cover images.

 

Transferring eBooks via Email

Emailing a Book

You may email an ebook or ACSM file to yourself that can be opened with Bluefire Reader for Windows, iOS or Android app. To do so, find the ebook on your Windows, Apple or Linux computer, then include it as an attachment in your email. Email the book to an account that is associated with your device, then double-tap or double-click to open it. In the resulting “Open in” dialog, choose Bluefire Reader.

 

 

Did you Know?

You can transfer an eBook/ACSM
file via Email:

You may email an eBook or ACSM file to yourself that can be opened with our Windows, iOS or Android app thats been authorized with your user ID. To do so, find the ebook/ACSM file on your Windows, Apple or Linux computer, then include it as an attachment in your email. Email the book to an account that is associated with your device, then double-tap or double-click to open it. In the resulting “Open in” dialog, choose Bluefire Reader.

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