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Freading on Your Computer

To use Freading on your computer, you will download the book from the Freading website into Adobe Digital Editions, then use the book within that software or transfer to an ereader. 


  • Windows 8, 7, Vista, XP
  • Mac OSX
  • Transfers to most ereaders.  See "devices compatible for transfer" below. 

Video Tutorial

This video was made on a Windows 7 computer using Internet Explorer.  Mac users, your version of Adobe Digital Editions is nearly identical.

Text Instructions:

Getting Started

  1. Install Adobe Digital Editions (ADE).  Click here to open their download page, then select the installer necessary for your computer (Windows or Mac links).  When installed, the icon for the software will look like this.
    adobe digital editions icon
  2. Open your ADE.  It should want you to authorize the program and computer with an Adobe ID. 
    • If you already have one, go ahead and use your email and Adobe password to log in. 
    • Need an Adobe ID?  Get one here.  There is also a "forgot password" link on this page, if you have simply misplaced this information.


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Check Out & Download a Book!

  1. Log in at the Kansas Library Card portal, then click on the Freading access link.  For more on logging in, searching, and using the website, see our page on the Freading Website & Tokens.
  2. Find a book you wish to read.  Click on the cover of the book to open its detail page.
  3. Below the cover art of the book, you will see the download link for the book.  Click this.  Note: if the book gives you the option of chosing EPUB or PDF format, we recommend EPUB.  Click here if you want to understand the difference. 
    check out the book with the download button
  4. Your browser will want to know what to do with the book file.  Select "Open."  Exactly how this message looks will vary by internet browser brand.  This is how it looks on Firefox.
    open book in firefox
  5. Adobe Digital Editions will open, and you will see a message that your book is being imported.  It will be shown in your ADE library view as having 14 days remaining, and your computer will open the book so you may begin reading.
    new checked out book

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Using Books in Adobe Digital Editions

Reading Books on the Computer

  1. Open your Adobe Digital Editions (ADE).  If you do not see your checked out books, be sure to click on the "All Items" bookshelf. 
  2. Double-click your book's cover or title.
  3. The book will open in the reading pane. If you had already been reading the book, it should open to where you left off.
  4. To "turn the page" on the book, you can use any of these:
    • scroll wheel on your mouse
    • "down" arrow key on your keyboard
    • "page down" key on your keyboard
    • arrows at the bottom of the ADE reading window.

To exit the book and return to the main ADE screen, click the "Library" button in the upper left.

Book Options

When reading a book, you will have these options across the top of the book reading area.

  • create bookmark button
  • table of contents button
    bookmark and table of contents buttons in ade
  • options to increase/decrease font size--the double A button--please note this is not available on books that download as a PDF.
  • search box--in this image we had typed "de lint" into the search box.  The book being used as our example was a story collection, and Charles de Lint was one of the authors. The search allowed us to jump forward to his chapter.  The arrows next to this box allow us to jump back or foward to the next mention of the search term. 
  • toggle full-screen--maximizes the reading window to fill the entire screen.
    font size, search, full screen buttons in ade

Delete Expired Books

When your checkout period is over, or the book is expired, you may delete the book from your library list.

  1. Open Adobe Digital Editions.
  2. Find your expired book and right click on the cover.  This will pull up a menu of choices. 
  3. Select "Remove from Library" from the menu.
    delete an expired book

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Transfer to a Device

Instructions below were created with a Nook Color as the test device. 

  1. Adobe Digital Editions (ADE) should be open, and the book you wish to transfer should already be downloaded to it. 
  2. Connect your device to the computer. Your device should be on before you plug it into the computer in order for it to be recognized by the computer.
  3. When the computer recognizes your device, you will see the name of the device pop up under a the heading "Devices" in ADE (left side).
    nook shown in adobe digital editions
  4. Click and hold down on the cover or title of your book-a shadowy gray book will follow your mouse. 
  5. Drag the book to the name of your device at left, and when until you see the green plus sign, release the book.  This is all you have to do to transfer!
    dragging a book to your device

Properly eject your eReader from the computer!  You are ready to read your book.  You will have the regular reading functions of your ereader for this book.  Some ereaders may file the title under the folder "Digital Editions." 

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Compatible with Transfer

Most ereaders (except for Kindles) are compatible with Adobe Digital Editions.  We have listed commonly-used brands that Adobe's website confirms as compatible.  Please make sure your device is fully updated! 

  • Barnes & Noble Nooks
  • Sony eReader
  • Kobo
  • Pandigital 
  • Pocketbook

Most of the time, Adobe Digital Editions will authorize your device automatically. If you get an error message that your device cannot be transferred to because it is not authorized, try this:

  1. Plug in your device to the computer. 
  2. Open ADE.
  3. Click the name of your device once to highlight it.
  4. Click the gear icon at the end of the devices area.
    nook shown in adobe digital editions
  5. This will pull up a list of choices--select "Authorize Device." 

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|     Last modified: Dec 27, 2013