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eBooks: Advanced: Downloading eBooks

Quick guide to accessing ebooks at the Cannon Memorial Library

Downloading eBooks

EBooks from the Cannon Memorial Library are available any time for online reading as long as you have an Internet connection. We recommend online reading as the downloading process can be time consuming.  

You may download eBooks for offline reading on your computer or mobile device by following the steps below for the device of your choices. 

Downloading eBooks requires the installation and use of free third-party software and the registration for free accounts that are not linked to your Saint Leo portal account.  

EBooks from the ABC-CLIO eBook Collection cannot be downloaded.


The installation of Adobe Digital Editions is required to read eBooks downloaded to a desktop computer.  Adobe Digital Editions is free and is available for both Windows and Macintosh computers. 

You can download the software at Adobe's download page

Mobile device:

Bluefire Reader is the free app for reading downloaded eBooks on mobile devices such as smart phones or tablets.

Bluefire Reader for Apple devices is available for download here.

Bluefire Reader for Android devices is available for download here

Full use of the free Adobe Digital Editions and Bluefire Reader requires logging in with a free Adobe ID.  You can obtain a free Adobe ID at the Adobe sign up page.

Downloading eBooks from EBSCO also requires a free EBSCOhost account.  After you click "Download This eBook", you can create a new account by clicking on "Create a new Account".

One you have your software installed and your accounts set up and logged in, you should be able to download and read your ebook immediately.   

If you have problems with any of the software, check and make sure you are signed into the software with your Adobe ID.  If you are downloading an eBook to your desktop and can't open the file, make sure your computer is trying to open the .ascm file with Adobe Digital Editions and not a different program, such as Adobe Acrobat Reader or Microsoft Word.

If you are still unable to download your eBook, please contact us for assistance.