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What is an EPUB eBook?

EPUB eBooks are digital versions of print books that you can purchase at this site. Download and read EPUB eBooks on your Windows® or Mac® computer using software that supports the EPUB format, such as Adobe Digital Editions, and on supported Android, Apple, BlackBerry, and Windows Phone 7 devices using OverDrive Media Console v2 (or newer). EPUB eBooks can also be transferred from Windows and Mac to many eBook reading devices.

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How is an EPUB eBook different from a PDF file?

EPUB eBooks have reflowable text, which means that you can change the font, resize the text, or alter the size of your display and the text of the EPUB eBook 'reflows' to fill the screen. This makes EPUB eBooks the optimal choice for reading eBooks on small screens. While some PDFs are reflowable on some devices, one of the main strengths of the PDF format is its ability to preserve the layout of complex documents.

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What software do I need in order to read EPUB ebooks?

To read EPUB eBooks on your Android, BlackBerry, iOS (iPhone®, iPad®, iPod touch®), or Windows Phone 7 device, you need OverDrive Media Console v2 (or newer). To download OverDrive Media Console, click here.

To read EPUB eBooks on your computer, or to transfer EPUB eBooks to supported eBook reading devices, you must have software installed that supports the EPUB format, such as Adobe Digital Editions. To download Adobe Digital Editions, click here.

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How do I download Adobe Digital Editions?

To review system requirements and download instructions for the free Adobe Digital Editions software, click here.

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Does Adobe Digital Editions run on Windows and Mac?

Adobe Digital Editions runs on many Windows® and Macintosh™ computers. For more on supported operating systems and system requirements, click here.

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Does Adobe Digital Editions require additional software?

Yes. Adobe Digital Editions requires Adobe Flash Player. The version of Adobe Flash Player that is required varies depending on your operating system…

  • Windows Vista (or newer) requires Adobe Flash Player v9.0.28 (or newer).
  • Windows XP requires Adobe Flash Player v7.0 (or newer).
  • Mac OS® X requires Adobe Flash Player 8 (or newer).

To download Adobe Flash Player, click here.

Additionally, JavaScript must be enabled in your browser to install Adobe Digital Editions…

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How do I download Adobe Flash® Player?

To review system requirements and download the free Adobe Flash Player, click here.

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How do I save an eBook to my computer?

On Windows…

  1. Right-click the 'Download' link.
  2. Select 'Save Target As…' or 'Save Link As…'.
    A dialog box is displayed that allows you to select a location on your computer to which to save the eBook.
  3. Select a location.
  4. Click 'Save'.
    The eBook is saved to your computer.

On Mac…

  1. Press the 'Control' key and click the 'Download' link.
  2. Select 'Download Linked File As…' or 'Save Link As….
    A dialog box is displayed that allows you to select a location on your computer to which to save the eBook.
  3. Select a location.
  4. Click 'Save'.
    The eBook is saved to your computer.

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How do I add an eBook to the Adobe Digital Editions Library?

  1. Open Adobe Digital Editions.
  2. Click the Library icon in the upper left corner.
    The Library is displayed.
  3. Click the word 'Library' in the upper left corner.
  4. Select 'Add Item to Library'.
    The 'Select items to add to library' dialog box is displayed.
  5. Navigate to location to which you saved the eBook.
  6. Select the eBook.
  7. On Windows, click 'Open'. On Mac, click 'Add'.
    The eBook is added to the Adobe Digital Editions Library.

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How do I download EPUB eBooks to my Android device?

  1. After purchasing a title, select its 'Download' link.
    OverDrive Media Console opens and downloads the title.
    The title is shown in the 'Library'.
  2. Select the title to open it.

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How do I download EPUB eBooks to my Apple device?

  1. After purchasing a title, select its 'Download' link.
    OverDrive Media Console opens and downloads the title.
    The title is shown in the 'Library'.
  2. Select the title to open it.

If you experience issues after updating or installing OverDrive Media Console on your Apple device, please restart your device…

  1. Press and hold the Sleep/Wake button on the top of the device until the red slider appears.
  2. Slide the slider and wait for the device to shut down.
  3. Press the Sleep/Wake button again to restart.

If this does not resolve the issue, please uninstall and reinstall the app. If you continue to have problems, please contact support.

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How do I download EPUB eBooks to my BlackBerry device?

  1. After purchasing a title, select its 'Download' link.
    OverDrive Media Console opens and downloads the title.
    The title is shown in the 'Library'.
  2. Select the title to open it.

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How do I download EPUB eBooks to my Windows Phone 7 device?

  1. After purchasing a title, select its 'Download' link.
    OverDrive Media Console opens and downloads the title.
    The title is shown in the 'library'.
  2. Select the title to open it.

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Can I transfer EPUB eBooks to eBook devices?

Yes, you can transfer the EPUB eBooks you buy at this site to devices that support the EPUB format, such as Barnes & Noble nooks™ and Sony® Readers. Amazon® Kindle does not support the EPUB format.

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Can I transfer EPUB eBooks to other computers?

Yes, you can transfer the EPUB eBooks you buy at this site to other computers.

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