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ebooks & audiobooks: Downloading EBSCO ebooks to a mobile device

This guide will assist users in finding and downloading ebooks from the MATC Library.

You will need...

Bluefire Reader App (Install on your Apple, Android or Kindle Fire device)

An Adobe ID

An EBSCO account


Downloading EBSCO eBooks to Your Mobile Device - Tutorial

Step 1: Install Blue Fire Reader App

Download the Bluefire Reader App from your device's app store:

Step 2: Create an Adobe ID and Authorize It

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  • Open the Bluefire app on your device.
  • Enter your Adobe ID and password.
  • Tap Authorize.


You will only need to authorize the app once. After that, just tap Download to download and read an eBook on your device. 


Get help with your Adobe ID >>

Step 3: Find and Download ebook

screenshot of download buttonFrom your device, go to the library's website at, and find the ebook you want to download. Click on the Download button. 
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If you are off-campus, you will be prompted to enter your MATC email address and password.

The first time you download a book, you will be prompted to create an EBSCO account. Click the "Sign In" link.



If you see the message Sorry, this eBook is in use, all the copies are checked out, or all the licenses are in use.

You can try again later when the ebook is not being used, or put a hold on it to download it when it's returned. Sign in/Create Account to put a hold on it. You'll get an email notification when it's ready to download.







If you have an account already, just sign in, if not, 
click on "Create one now."



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Choose the download format if given an option (both not always available). Choose PDF if you will be citing it and want fixed page numbers, or EPUB if using a mobile device. The EPUB version is optimized for viewing on devices, and automatically resizes to fit your screen.

Then check the box to confirm that the Bluefire app is installed and Download.





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You may get a pop-up. If so, click Allow.
Note: Allow pop-ups in the settings for the Safari web browser because the file opens in a new tab before opening in the Bluefire app.


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Open in Bluefire Reader or on some devices Open in EBSCO eBooks

and choose to Read Later or Read Now






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Books with an expired loan period will still show up in the Bluefire app on your device, but can't be opened. Tap the trash can icon, click the red circle dash, and Delete. Or on some devices, tap the book cover and hit Delete to get rid of it.

Click on Settings, which is the gear icon next to the trash can  to choose either cover view or list view.