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Reading and downloading ebooks

eBooks can be read online without downloading to your personal devices, or computer, using the eBook provider's platform.

To download an eBook to your computer in either pdf or epub format it is usually necessary that you have installed Adobe Digital Editions software. Similarly you can download an eBook on your personal device such as smartphone or tablets by installing a free app such as Bluefire reader.

Why do we need this software? This software, and eReaders, act as the key to open and display the protected/ DRM restricted eBooks.

NOTE: You cannot download an eBook on computer lab or library computers as you will not be able to install Adobe Digital Editions software on these computers. Instead use the Read Online option on public computers to view the eBook.

See eBook collections@CSU Library for detailed information on how much you can print or copy from an eBook.

Digital Rights Management

eBooks are protected by Digital Rights Management (DRM). Different publishers apply different levels of DRM restrictions which may limit the number of devices an eBook can be copied to, or impose limits on borrowing, printing, downloading and modifying. Some publishers' collections of eBooks are DRM free.

DRM is applied to various file formats. The most widely used eBook file formats are Adobe (.pdf) and (.epub) but some big companies like Amazon use their own file format (.azw). 

Is my textbook available as an eBook?

Some prescribed textbooks for your subjects may be available through the library in electronic format. This can make accessing your textbooks so much easier and cheaper. However, keep in mind the following:

  • Licensing agreements for eBooks vary and some may only allow a limited number of simultaneous users. In this case please follow the usage recommendations on our Proquest Ebook Central page.
  • There are also often restrictions on the amount that can be downloaded, printed or copied from an eBook. For information on download, print & copy allowances please see our eBook Collections@ CSU Library page.

eBook etiquette

Need further assistance?

Check out the Frequently asked questions page. These questions are based on what others have asked about eBooks at CSU. 

Can't find an answer to your question? Send us your question as an email at We will answer your question and also, if need be, update the FAQs page.

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