Nook/Sony Reader users: Find out how to read eBooks here. (Older Adobe Digital Editions 1.x)

A PDF document of these instructions with images is also available.

The first time you download an eBook from the HCPL Digital Media Catalog, there are many steps to do before everything will work properly.  You will not have to do these again once they are done and downloading eBook titles will become simple. Please make sure your device is not plugged into your computer at this time.

Getting an Adobe ID – Pre-software Download Steps

In order to read the eBooks from our digital library on your computer, or to transfer them to a portable device, you will need to install Adobe Digital editions to your computer.  Please do not have your device connected to the computer until you are finished installing Adobe Digital Editions.

To properly use this software you will need to have an Adobe ID.  You can create this ID later, but I find that it is easier to create it before you download the Adobe Digital Editions software.

Creating an Adobe ID takes only a few seconds and you can create the ID here:

Click the yellow “Create an Adobe ID” button to begin the process.

On the next page you will need to fill in the empty fields with the red asterisks next to them.  If it does not contain the asterisk, you do not have to supply the information.

If you already have an Adobe ID, then you can skip the ID creation step.  You can also create the ID when you open Adobe Digital Editions for the first time, but again, I find it easier to create the Adobe ID before you install Adobe Digital Editions.

Installing Adobe Digital Editions

After you have created the Adobe ID, the software you will need to read the EPUB or PDF files can be located here:

On this page, scroll down the screen until you see a tan “install” button.

Pressing this button will begin the install process.  Please follow the steps that come up and save the program into the default folder when it asks you to create a folder for the software. When it asks you what you wish to install, it is helpful to leave the “Desktop Shortcut” option with a checkmark.

After the installation is complete, there should be a shortcut to Adobe Digital Editions on your computers desktop.  It looks like a brown square with an open book in the center.

Double click this to open the program.  When you open the program for the first time, it will ask you to activate the program.  This is for copyright reasons and it is recommended that you activate the software.  To do this, you will need to enter the Adobe ID you previously created.  If you did not create it earlier, you can create it at this time.

When you finish activating the software, Adobe Digital Editions is ready to use.

When finished, attempt to download a title if you have one already checkout.

Downloading a Title

To find titles to download to the Nook, please go to the HCPL Digital Media Catalog.

If all you want to do is read eBooks and not listen to the eAudio titles, you will only want to download the EPUB or PDF formats.  The formats that the titles are in are listed with the title summary. 

To listen to MP3 eAudio books, you will need additional software.

If you click on "My Digital Account", you will have access to all your checked out titles and hold titles (it may ask you to login with your library card first).

Clicking on "My eBookshelf" will bring up the titles you have checked out.  Clicking on "Holds" lists the titles you have on hold.

If you have a title checked out, it should list that title in your "eBookshelf" with a grey button that says "Download" next to it.

The way it should work is that, when you click “download”, it may ask you if you want to create a folder for the title.  Click “yes” to continue.  If it asks you if you want to “open” or “save” the title, click “open”.  It only asks you to do this on some computers and it may not happen with you.

Adobe Digital Editions should automatically open when the download starts.  It may look like nothing is happening, but after a few seconds you should start to see the title downloading in the Adobe Digital Editions program.

A Brief Overview of Adobe Digital Editions

In the upper left hand side of the Adobe Digital Editions window there are two icons.  One looks like 3 books side to side.  This icon is called “Library View”.

Clicking this will show the book jackets of all the titles that you currently have in your library.

If you double click the book jacket of the title you want to read, it will open the second icon in the upper left that looks like an open book.  This is called “Reading View”.

Returning Titles Early

A PDF document of these instructions with images is also available.

To return an eBook early, you will need to use Adobe Digital Editions. First you will need to click on "Library View" which again is the icon in the top left corner of the program that looks like three books side by side.

Next, if you move your mouse over the cover of the title you want to return, a triangle will appear in the upper left corner of the book jacket.

If you do only see a line containing the title and author, in the upper left hand of the screen, there is an image with four squares. Selecting this will show you the book jacket.

If you left click on this triangle, a drop down menu will appear. "Return Borrowed Item" is one of the options.

Selecting this will return the item and delete it off your computer, but not any portable reading device that you may have transferred the title to. The title will no longer be checked out to you. The title will automatically be checked in after the checkout time has expired, but you will need to delete the title from the computer using the same triangle you used for returning the item early.

Activating the Device for the First Time

Please make sure Adobe Digital Editions is not open when you start this process.

First you will need to turn on the portable device and connect it to your computer.

After the device syncs with you computer, open the Adobe Digital Editions program with your device still connected. 

After it finishes loading, the “device setup assistant” should pop up.  The Message in the window should read:

“A mobile device has been detected. To transfer protected items between your Digital Editions library and this device, both the device and the computer must be authorized with the same Adobe ID.

To authorize this device with your Adobe ID -------------, click Authorize Device.”

To authorize the device, click on the brown “Authorize Device” button.  Your device should now allow you to transfer eBooks from Adobe Digital Editions.

If it does not ask you to authorize your device and you are not able to transfer titles like described below, please see the topic called “User Not Activated.”

Transferring from Adobe Digital Editions to Your Device

When you download an eBook, it should automatically be downloaded to Adobe Digital Editions. In order to transfer a title from Adobe Digital Editions to your portable device, you will need to make sure you are in "Library View." The icon for “Library View” is located in the top left corner of the program and looks like three books next to each other.

If your portable device is connected to your computer, you should see the name (or model number) of the device listed in the left hand frame of the Adobe Digital Editions program. Generally it is the last item listed under the “Bookshelves” heading.

To transfer the title, simply drag and drop the book jacket to the model of your portable device listed in the left hand frame. This should transfer the title to your reading device for you. It is common for it to only take a few seconds to transfer.

After is it complete, you may close Adobe Digital Editions and disconnect your portable device from the computer.