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    How to read Adobe e-books on iPad?

    My public library uses Jasmine Digital Library for e-books and audio books checkout. It appears that most of the e-books are of the Adobe e-book format. The library site says the Adobe format can be read on an iPad yet if I download a book to my Windows desktop and then connect my iPad and try to drag the book from the desktop to 'My iPad' as shown in iTunes I get a message that the download to the iPad did not work because that format can not be read on the iPad.

    Any clues on how to get an Adobe e-book onto an iPad?

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    I don't know about this Jasmine system, but most libraries use the OverDrive system that uses Adobe Digital Editions. There is an app called Bluefire that will allow you to read books that you check out from your library.

    Bluefire Reader for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad on the iTunes App Store

    There are a few hoops you have to jump through to get it to work, but there are very clear instructions included with the Bluefire app.... which is free, btw!

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    1991-C4, you may have given me the steps I needed. I had downloaded the Bluefire Reader but had not opened the app. Upon first opening the app, I had to activate Bluefire Reader. Doing the same on my desktop should allow me to download the Adobe e-books (I'll try this a little later today).

    Thanks much

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    Fingers crossed for you!

    There is an OverDrive app for the iPhone that will allow you to check stuff out from your library without using the Adobe Digital Editions software, but so far the reviews are not very promising. They are working on an iPad version as well, but I will stick with the Bluefire solution until they get the app working properly.

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    I use the Overdrive app to quickly link me with our digital library on the Ipad and browse with it and put the book I want in my bookbag after logging in. Just did it this morning with a hold request. Then I go to my main computer and DL to a folder on my desktop, then just drag the file into my Dropbox folder. I open Dropbox on my Ipad and click on "open with" and select Bluefire and it opens there. Takes me about 5 min. tops.

    My husband has actually read some dled books on the Overdrive app and the dl and opening work very well, but the resolution isn't good enough for me for long periods of reading. Supposedly the Ipad app is due soon so I, like above, prefer to jump through those few hoops to read on Bluefire until the Ipad app is available.


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