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Answered By: Lorraine Falconer
Last Updated: Aug 04, 2016     Views: 71


The answer varies somewhat depending on the platform where the Library can access the eBook.

Most of our ebooks are simple PDF files which you can download to your ipad and save to eg, iBooks, the default book app on the ipad.

CSIRO ebooks, and books on EBL, ebrary, and Ebsco Ebooks platforms all use Adobe Digitial editions for digital rights management and are a bit more complicated.

Firstly, set up an Adobe Digitial Editions ID, then install the Bluefire app on your ipad.

  • To register for an Adobe ID  go here ( - "Get an Adobe ID”)
  • You need only provide a name, country, and e-mail address. There can be a delay of some minutes between you creating the account and it being available for use.
  • To download a book or chapter directly to a device via Wifi, you need only an Adobe ID and  to install the free Bluefire Reader (Apple and Android). The first time you use the app, you will need to authorise it with your Adobe ID.


All of the CSIRO ebooks may be downloaded, but on the other three platforms, some books may not be due to the permissions granted to those host platforms by the book publisher. Ebsco ebooks display an icon which shows whether a book is downloadable, but on EBL and ebrary you may need to start the process before getting a message saying it isnt available to download, so you have to just try it and see. Also check the number of days for which the book may be downloaded.

I hope this helps -  If you have any other problems please include the title of the book you want to download.