Those of you who use Dawsonera ebooks may have noticed that the way you can download ebooks from the platform is changing. The following notice has been displayed on the downloading part of the site for the past couple of months.
From Tuesday the 31st October Adobe Reader will no longer support the downloading of Dawsonera ebooks, instead you will need to have the free Adobe Digital Editions (ADE) software loaded onto your PC or laptop. (You also need ADE to download Ebook Central ebooks, so if you can download these then you should be ok.)
Adobe Digital Editions (ADE) will be required for downloading both PDF and ePub Dawsonera ebooks onto a PC or a laptop. You can download ADE for free from here. Some e-readers also support ADE, and you can access a list of these from the ADE website.
For those users who want to download Dawsonera ebooks onto mobile devices such as smart phones and tablets, you will need to ensure you have Bluefire Reader installed. This free app can be found at the iOS App Store or the Android alternatives.
To download ebooks:
- Create an Adobe ID if you don’t already have one. Go to the Adobe website, click SIGN IN then “get an Adobe ID”.
- Download ADE or the BlueFire Reader app.
- Authorise ADE or the BlueFire Reader app with your Adobe ID.
- Access the e-book on Dawsonera via iDiscover and choose to download to either Adobe Digital Editions or Bluefire Reader as appropriate.
There is also guidance on downloading ADE on the Dawsonera help pages.
You can authorise up to 6 computers / devices with your Adobe ID. Authorising your computers / devices with the same Adobe ID means that an ebook you download to one will be available to you on the others.
You may find it advisable to select the option if you are not using your own computer or laptop to access Dawsonera ebooks. Although you may well be able to download using ADE on the university’s managed cluster computers, unless that machine is authorised to your own Adobe ID, then that ebook download will be tied to that machine. Authorising computers you may never use again to your Adobe ID may not be the best use of your 6 device limit.