Adobe Digital Editions (ADE) is a free software that allows both Windows and Mac computers to download library eBooks and transfer those books to a compatible eReader. The only eReader not compatible with Adobe Digital Editions is the Kindle.
Click "Login" in the upper right side. Enter your information:
Card Number = Your Kansas Library eCard number
PIN/Password = Your birthdate in MMDDYYYY format (example: If your birthday is April 15, 1980, you will enter 04151980)
You'll be back on the Freading homepage, but are now logged in, and your account activated if this is your first visit. If a welcome & setup box is over the homepage, you may choose "skip every time."
Search or browse for a book (tips below).
When you have found something you like, click on the cover. This shows the book's details, and you can also click on the "Download" button for the book.
When prompted, choose to "Open" the book in your Adobe Digital Editions software. Once the download is complete, you can begin using the book.
Search & Browse Tips:
The search box (found at the top on most pages) works well. You can also search by author, title, or category. Category is good if you just have a topic in mind, and do not want to drill down to a subcategory through the browse feature.
Browsing is a good way to find a book on Freading. The main browsable areas are:
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 will show as a scrolling list at the bottom of your screen.
Read a Book in the Software:
Open a book: Double-click the book cover in the Library section.
Turn a page: You can use any of these actions:
Roll scroll wheel on the mouse
"Down" arrow on keyboard
"Page Down" on keyboard
Arrow buttons at the bottom of the reading window.
Close a book: choose "Library" in the upper left side to return to the list of books. If you have not finished the book, it will have automatically set a bookmark.
Change Reading Settings:
Text size options - the double-A button in the black bar (top right).
Toggle Full Screen - button that looks like a computer monitor (further to right than text size). Makes the reading pane fill your entire screen.
Transfer a Book to an eReader:
Plug your device into the computer.
Your device's name will appear in the left side bar, above the software's bookshelves listing.
If this is the first time your device has been used with library eBooks, click once on the name of the device.
Click the small gear icon to the upper right of the device name, and choose "Authorize Device." If this is unclickable, then the software did this automatically when it recognized the device.
Click and hold down on the book you want to transfer.
Drag the book to the name of your device in the left side bar. Release the book when you see a green plus sign appear.
A brief "Copying" message will flash on the screen, and your book has been added to the device.
If you are using a Nook and can't seem to find the book(s) you transferred:
Press the n button at the bottom of the Nook.
Tap the Library icon.
Tap the "my stuff" icon in the upper right-hand corner of the screen.
Tap "My Files."
Tap the folder titled "Digital Editions."
Tap the file with the same name as the that you transferred. After locating and opening it this first time, it should appear on your Home screen in the future.
Transfer Book to a Sony eReader (older models)
Unfortunately, the Adobe Digital Editions software does not recognize older Sony eReaders. If you attempt to transfer an eBook to an older Sony eReader and the Adobe Digital Editions software fails to recognized your device, it may be necessary to follow these instructions.