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Downloading eBooks to Kindle Devices

Reading eBooks and eBook chapters on Kindle Devices: What's Possible?

Kindle readers and apps:

  • A limited number of PDFs of eBook chapters / sections can be downloaded for reading on your Kindle reader or Kindle app
  • Downloaded eBook chapter PDFs do not expire, but will count against whatever download limits the publisher has imposed on their materials.  I.e. If there is a 30 page download limit on an eBook, and you download a 15 page chapter PDF, you can download another 15 pages from that particular eBook. 

Kindle Fire:

  • Most eBooks can be downloaded for reading in the Bluefire Reading app or a reading app of your choice

Important Things to Know:

Bluefire Reader, the recommended reading app for downloaded eBooks and eBook chapters, allows you to take notes and export them* when you are done with the eBook.

*Make sure to export your annotations before the checkout period expires.*

Before you attempt to download an eBook, do the following:

On your computer:

  1. Create an Adobe ID account (free)
  2. Download Adobe Digital Editions (free) and authorize with your Adobe ID

On your Kindle Fire device (if applicable)

  1. Download the Bluefire Reading app (free - available via iTunes) and authorize with your Adobe ID

Downloading EBSCO eBooks and Kindle devices: What's Possible?

Kindle readers and apps:

  • A limited number of PDFs of eBook chapters / sections can be downloaded for reading on your Kindle reader or Kindle app
  • Downloaded eBook chapter PDFs do not expire, but will count against whatever download limits the publisher has imposed on their materials.  I.e. If there is a 30 page download limit on an eBook, and you download a 15 page chapter PDF, you can download another 15 pages from that particular eBook. 

Kindle Fire:

  • EBSCO eBooks can be downloaded for reading in the Bluefire Reading app or a reading app of your choice

What Kindle Device Do You Use?


Downloading and transferring EBSCO eBook chapters/sections to Kindle readers

Before proceeding, do this first:


For the eBook you wish to view, click the eBook Full Text link

Go to the eBook chapter/section you wish to read on your Kindle reader. 

Click on the printer icon in the Tools column to the right of the eBook Full Text Viewer pane.

You will be given several options of pages to convert to PDF.  Note the page limit at the top.

Make your selection then click the Print PDF button

Select the Save File option to save the PDF to your computer.

Note the PDF filename: ebscohost.pdf

Go to the folder on your computer where the PDF was saved.  This is typically the Downloads folder.

1. Right-click on the PDF file

2. On the menu that appears, click Send to Kindle 

A box will popup with options for delivering the PDF to your Kindle reader. 

After you have made your selections, click the Send button to upload the PDF to your Kindle reader.

**Tip: Rename the PDF file so you can easily identify it on your Kindle reader at a later time.**

In this example, the PDF was delivered to the Kindle app on my iPhone.

The PDF will be loaded to your Kindle Library, where you can access it whenever you choose.

This example is taken from the Kindle app on my iPhone.


Downloading EBSCO eBooks to Kindle Fire

Before you attempt to download an eBook, do the following:

  1. Create an Adobe ID account (free)
  2. Download the Bluefire Reading app (free)
    • First adjust the settings on your Kindle Fire to "Allow Installation of Applications from Unknown Sources"
    • Open this link within your Kindle Fire internet browser and follow the instructions listed there
    • Upon successful installation, authorize the app with your Adobe ID
  3. Create a My EBSCOhost account (free)
    •   Required in order to checkout and download eBooks from EBSCOhost

When you have located an eBook you want to download, click the Download This eBook (Offline) link

You will be prompted to Sign to your My EBSCOhost account.

If you have not already created a My EBSCOhost account, you can select Create a new Account.  Once you have created an account, you can continue the process of checking out the eBook.

Once you login:

  • pick a Checkout Period (default is 2 days)
  • click the Checkout & Download button.

The Bluefire Reader app should automatically launch and prompt you to view your Library or begin reading the eBook.

Downloading EBL eBooks and Kindle devices: What's Possible?

Kindle readers and apps:

  • A limited number of PDFs of eBook chapters / sections can be downloaded for reading on your Kindle reader or Kindle app
  • Downloaded eBook chapter PDFs do not expire, but will count against whatever download limits the publisher has imposed on their materials.  I.e. If there is a 30 page download limit on an eBook, and you download a 15 page chapter PDF, you can download another 15 pages from that particular eBook. 

Kindle Fire:

  • EBL eBooks can be downloaded for reading in the Bluefire Reading app or a reading app of your choice

What Kindle Device Do You Use?


Downloading and transferring EBL eBook chapters/sections to Kindle readers

Before proceeding, do this first:

For the eBook you wish to view, first click the Read Online button

Go to the eBook chapter you wish to download, then click the Print button at the top:

Mark the eBook chapter you wish to download, then click the Print Selected Pages button.  

Note the Summary information near the top, which notifies you of your print allowance.  Once you have downloaded your chapter, the number of pages you just downloaded will be subtracted from your print allowance.

Once the PDF opens, Save the PDF to your computer.  

Make sure to give the PDF an identifiable filename and save it in an easily accessible file location (such as your Desktop), so you can retrieve it at the next step:

Go to the folder on your computer where the PDF was saved.  Right-click the PDF and click Send to Kindle from the dropdown menu:

Select which device you want the PDF delivered to and click the Send button:

The PDF will be loaded to your Kindle Library, where you can access it whenever you choose:


First Steps: Downloading an EBL eBook to your Kindle Fire

Before you attempt to download an eBook, do the following:

  1. Create an Adobe ID account (free)
  2. Download the Bluefire Reading app (free)
    • First adjust the settings on your Kindle Fire to "Allow Installation of Applications from Unknown Sources"
    • Open this link within your Kindle Fire internet browser and follow the instructions listed there
    • Upon successful installation, authorize the app with your Adobe ID

Downloading an EBL eBook to your Kindle Fire

Click the Read Online button beneath the book cover image.

Click the Download tab, located to the left of the reading pane.

  1. Select the Checkout period (up to 7 days)
  2. Select the format
    • Tip: Select ePub when available - this format is designed for easy reading on mobile devices
  3. Click the Download button

The eBook should immediately open in the Bluefire Reader app.

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