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E-readers, Tablets, and Library Ebooks

Learn how to read or download library ebooks on your e-reader, tablet, or other mobile device.

What You Need to Get Started

Before you can download a library ebook onto your device, you will need:

1. A desktop or laptop computer with an active Internet connection and the free program Adobe Digital Editions installed.

2. An Ebsco or ebrary account, if the book is on one of these platforms.* (Set up Ebsco account here; Set up ebrary account here.) EBL does not require a separate account to download.

4. A free Adobe ID.

5. A cable to connect your device to your desktop or laptop computer.

* Please note that these are free accounts, but you will only be able to access Ebsco or ebrary ebooks from the Newton Gresham Library if you are a current student, staff, or faculty member at Sam Houston State University.

Downloading: Step by Step

How to download ebooks to a Sony Reader



  1. Start on a computer. Log into Adobe Digital Editions (ADE) with your Adobe ID.
  2. Find a book in a library database, such as EBSCO eBooks Collection or ebrary, and log in with your personal account for that database.
  3. Locate and click the Download button; follow the instructions.
  4. The book will be downloaded into ADE.
  5. With ADE open, connect your Sony Reader to the computer by USB cable. Follow the instructions to authorize your Sony Reader with ADE.
  6. In ADE, drag and drop your downloaded book onto the Sony Reader icon. Follow the appropriate steps to safely disconnect your Sony Reader from the computer. Read away!

Video: Downloading Ebooks from EBSCO

More Help with Linking Adobe Digital Editions and Your Sony Reader

  1. Your Sony Reader needs to be running version 1.1 or higher firmware and the Sony eBook Library Software (
  2. For more information on device updates, see:
  3. While unplugged, turn on the Reader and wait for it to boot up.
  4. Plug the Reader into your computer, wait until the computer recognizes it, and then open Adobe Digital Editions (ADE).
  5. ADE will prompt you to authorize your device. Click "Authorize Device."


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