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Ebooks on mobile devices

Read Ebook Central ebooks online on iPad & iPhone

Read online icon  Read online

You can access and read ebooks online with an iPad or iPhone using the Safari browser. Access them the same way you would on a PC - via the relevant section or search tool from the Manchester Met Library Services website.

From the ebook details page, tap Read Online to open the ebook viewer.

The online reader will open.

For more about how to use the Ebook Central online reader visit our Ebook Central database help page.

Download Ebook Central eBooks to iPad & iPhone

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These instructions are based on an iPad: the procedure should be very similar (if not identical, apart from screen layout) on an iPhone.

Before you begin to download an ebook from Ebook Central you must have:

Clicking on the title of an Ebook Central ebook in either the Library catalogue or Library Search, takes you to the eBook details page on the Ebook Central site.

From the details page select Full Download.

Ebook Central opens a menu. Ensure that the iOS (iPad, iPhone, iPod) option is selected from the Device section and indicate whether you are using your own or a public computer. Use the Install section to get the Bluefire Reader app, if you have not already done so. In the Download section choose the format you want, either PDF or ePub and select Download Your Book.

PDFs have a static page layout and will display in the same way on all devices regardless of screen size - you may need to pinch to zoom and drag to read a page clearly.

ePUBs allow users to adjust the text size to suit different screen sizes. This may be the better option if you are reading on a small screen device such as smartphone.

The Bluefire Reader app will open. The app displays a Download successful! message, which gives you the option to Read Later or Read Now.

Choose Read Now if you want to start reading the eBook immediately.


New Users

If this is the first time opening an ebook in Bluefire Reader you will need to sign up for a free Adobe Digital Editions account. This is a personal account, separate from your University ID, which you will need to set up independently. Adobe Digital Editions manages the loan period and other rights terms set by publishers (DRM).

Tap Create a free Adobe ID to set one up.

Enter your details; tap Create, then press the back button to return to the Bluefire Reader login screen.

Enter your newly created Adobe ID credentials, then select Authorise.


Users with an Existing Adobe Digital Editions ID

Enter your Adobe ID credentials then select Authorise.

Once your device is authorised, the ebook from Ebook Central will download to Bluefire Reader.

The full text ebook will appear in your Bluefire Reader app. Tap the cover or select Read Now to open.

An opened ebook has a menu at the top of the screen and forward and back buttons at the bottom of the screen. The reader does not always display these menus. If you want to open the menu, just tap at the top or bottom of the page. 

To turn the pages, swipe the left or right to move backwards and forwards through the ebook or use the forward and back buttons at the bottom of the page.