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E-Books and E-Readers Help: Loading E-Books onto an iPad/iPhone/Android tablet

A guide to help patrons and staff with downloading and reading ebooks on ereaders.

Bluefire Reader

Bluefire Reader logo

Bluefire Reader is a free app for iphone/ipad/android tablets which organizes eBooks from public libraries, independent bookstores and national retailers into a single reading environment on mobile devices,

You can checkout and download most of our ebooks straight from your ipad/tablet's web browser into Bluefire Reader.


Adobe Sign in

You MUST create an Adobe ID AND authorize your Bluefire Reader with it.

Why?? Bluefire Reader supports Adobe eBook DRM because it's become an industry standard across a wide variety of booksellers and public libraries. Adobe DRM allows you to transfer books that you've purchased from many different booksellers between your reading devices and personal computers. Read more about this under Content Portability on the Digital Editions FAQs.

Prefer to Synch??

You can always download eBooks to your computer and synch it with your iPad/iPhone if you prefer.  Use Adobe Digital Editions and the same method as described in the standard ereader instructions.

Primo-Finding a Title, Checking It Out & Downloading Directly to iPad/iPhone

Find the eBook you want in our GILFind catalog.​ Click on the "View Tab" link to access either EBSCOhost or ebrary.

GilFind ebook record with View It tab and EBSCOhost Academic eBook Collection circled.

If you're accessing from home you will need either the current GALILEO password, or your GHC username/password to get into our eBook collections

  1. Signin to EBSCOhost (a username/password that you must create) or ebrary (your GHC username/password) in the upper righthand corner.
  2. Use the Download This eBook (Offline) link in EBSCOhost or the Download button in ebrary and choose your checkout period and format.
    EBSCO download
  3. A prompt will come up asking if you want to open this book in BlueFire Reader (or open with another reader).  Accept the Bluefire Reader option.
    Bluefire Reader prompt
  4. Bluefire Reader will open and the checkout out book will appear.  It will ask if you want to read it now or later
    Bluefire Reader
  5. Read and enjoy :D  Your book will become unreadable after the 7 or 14 day checkout period is over.
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