How to: Borrow an eBook

In order to borrow books from our ePlatform, students will need to create and Adobe username and password and log in to accept their Terms and Conditions.


Adobe Digital Editions (ADE)

Your netbook should already have Adobe Digital Editions installed on it so all you will need to do is create a username and password with Adobe and then accept their terms and conditions. If you need to get Digital Editions for a home computer or other device, click this link and follow these instructions:

Under the heading, ‘Adobe Digital Editions 2.0 Installers’, click the link that says ‘Windows (5.6 MB)’.

The downloader will pop-up at the bottom of the screen, click Run.

Do the Accept, Next, Next, Install, Close dance. This will open Adobe Digital Editions.

N.B. At this stage and at any time that ADE opens, a Windows Security window will open needing your network username and password. Sometimes this will open behind ADE and behind any open browser windows. If things don’t seem to be working, minimize all open windows and see if the Windows Security window is lurking somewhere waiting for a username and password and obstructing your progress.

Creating an Adobe username and password

With Adobe Digital Editions open, click Help (I know, right?) and then Authorize Computer.


This will open a browser window where you can enter your details. I suggest using your school email address and your network password. You will not need to log in to your email account to authenticate your account, you will, however, need to log in to Adobe online in order to do so.

In order to log in to Adobe online, click this link (, enter the username and password you just created and accept the Terms and Conditions.

Everything is now ready for you to borrow an eBook.

Borrowing an eBook

Go to:

Login using your network username (not your email address) and password.

Find a book that you would like to read.

Click ‘Borrow Now’ and then ‘Download Now’. This should open ADE and begin downloading the book.

N.B. Please do not download a ‘practice’ book that you don’t intend to read – we only have the rights to download most of our title 25 times before we have to buy them again and each title can only be loaned to one student at a time.


About timthelibrarian

Tim Harwood is a Teacher Librarian and eLearning enthusiast.
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12 Responses to How to: Borrow an eBook

  1. Hi Tim,
    Great instructions. Brought a smile to my face as just finished the dance as I was stepping students through the process. The hidden windows security box is a pain. Can I use your instructions, acknowledged of course?

    • Hi Hawks Library,

      I had no idea that these instructions would be relevant to anyone else but of course you can use them!

      Have your kids been getting into your ePlatform? Ours have been a bit slow on the uptake but it is gaining momentum.

      All the best,

  2. The Ultimate God - Thomas Nguyen says:

    Sorry sir, just making sure the laws of English are upheld 😛

  3. The Penultimate Man of the Awesome - Thomas Freaking Nguyen says:


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