Freading for iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch (iOS) 

Freading ebooks will only download into the Freading Reader app. 

Install & Set Up the App: 


  1. Open the App Store on your device.  
  2. Search for "Freading."  
  3. Install the free Freading app.  
  4. Open the app as for first use - Freading will ask you to login with an Adobe ID.  Adobe IDs are always an email address and a password you were allowed to create.  
    • Already have one?  Enter it now.
    • Do not have one?  Tap the "Create a Free Adobe ID" link OR go to this page to create one.  Return to the app and input your information.  

Logging In

This process should only be necessary the first time you use the app.

  1. Tap the Get Books button at the bottom of the screen.
  2. Tap the Login button in the upper left corner of the screen.
  3. Enter "KS" into the State field, then tap Find Library
  4. Tap State Library of Kansas
  5. Enter your library card number and PIN (your date of birth in MMDDYYYY format) in the login fields, then tap Login.

Check Out & Download a Book



  1. Search or browse for a book.  When you have found something you like, tap on the cover.  This shows the book's details page. 
  2. Tap the "Download" button below the book's cover art.  
  3. The screen should turn slightly gray and say "Downloadling..." After this, it will say "Download successful! and give you the options to either Read Later or Read Now. You can then find your book in the Library section of the app.

Re-downloading a Book

  1. If you uninstall and subsequently reinstall the app or if you install the app on a new device, you might find that you can't locate the books that you currently have checked out. To locate them, log in as instructed above.
  2. Tap the My Download link at the top of the Get Books tab.
  3. Tap the Redownload button next to the title that you wish to access.
  4. The screen should turn slightly gray and say "Downloading..." After this, it will say "Download successful!" and give you the options to either Read Later or Read Now. You can then find you book in the Library section of the app.

Re-checking a Book

While the books on Freading are always available, loans expire after 14 days. After that time, books that have been download but expired will no longer be accessible. Here's how to re-check them out.

  1. Go to the Library section and, slip from right to left on the row of the book you want to remove. Tap Delete.
  2. Go to the Get Books section and search for the book.  When you have found it, tap on the cover.  This shows the book's details page.
  3. Tap the "Download" button below the book's cover art.  
  4. The screen should turn slightly gray and say "Downloadling..." After this, it will say "Download successful! and give you the options to either Read Later or Read Now. You can then find your book in the Library section of the app.

Search & Browse Tips

The search box (found on most pages) works well.  You can search by author, title, or category.  Category is good if you just have a topic in mind, and do not want to go through the browse feature.   

Browsing is a good way to find a book on Freading.  Tap the menu key (3 lines, upper left side) to see them. The main browsable areas are:  

  • Top Downloads
  • New Arrivals (Freading adds more books at least once a week)
  • Categories - this is subject browse.  Many categories have sub-categories (like Fiction has Mystery, Romance, etc).  Choose a category then subcategories is a button above the first covers of a book.


Use a Book in the App:


  • Open a book: tap the book in the Library section of the app. It will open to fill the screen.
  • Turn a page: tap the right margin to go forward in the book, tap the left margin to go back a page.  
  • Close a book: tap the center of the book page. This pulls up a menu, choose "Library" to return to the list of books.
  • Change Reading Settings: tap the center of the page, and choose "Settings."  Settings has two sections, do not forget to "save" if you have changed something:  
    • General - Where you can increase text size, margin size, etc. 
    • Formatting - Advanced settings to change line spacing, color of background and text.  

Finished with a Book: 


Remove the book from the app by: 
  • Tapping the round arrow key at the end of the book's line.
  • When the book's details are shown, choose Delete.

Your Account


  • Books check out for 14 days. 
  • There are no holds or early returns on Freading.  When finished with a book, just delete it from your mobile app.
  • Checkout limit is 5 per week.  As there are no holds on Freading, it works by use per week.
    • A new 5 checkouts are issued to your account every Monday.
    • Unused checkouts roll over for up to 4 weeks.
    • The library only pays for checkouts you actually use, so you are not wasting anything by not checking out all five books per week.
  • Renewal available - if your book has expired, just check it out again.  You may wish to check your place then delete the old copy of the book before doing this.    
    1. Access the Freading website. 
    2. Go to My Downloads.  This shows your entire reading history. 
    3. Tap the title of the book you want to check out again. 
    4. You will now be on the book's details page.  Use the download button for the book.