To read an ebook borrowed from your library on a tablet or smartphone that uses Google's Android operating system, follow these steps.
Here are some tablet brands that use Google's Android operating system: Acer Iconia, Amazon Fire, ASUS ZenPad, Google Nexus et Pixel, Huawei MediaPad, Lenovo Tab, LG G Pad, Samsung Galaxy Tab.
Here are some phone manufacturers that use Google's Android operating system: Acer, Alcatel, Archos, Asus, Google, HTC, Huawei, Lenovo, LG, Meizu, Motorola, Nokia, Oppo, Panasonic, Samsung, Sony, Vodafone, ZTE.
If your tablet or smartphone uses the iOS mobile operating system instead, go to the Reading Applications section.
Using the Aldiko application
The Aldiko application allows you to browse, borrow and read ebooks from your library all within the application itself. No file transfer is required. It supports Licensed Content Protection (LCP) DRM and not the Adobe Content Server (ACS) DRM to protect ebook files. No Adobe ID is required to use it.
While the vast majority of ebooks are protected by LCP, some ebooks, due to their format or the distributor that supplies them, are protected by ACS. In such cases, you will need to use another application to read them (see Reading with another application).
Step 1. Installing the Aldiko application
- Go to the Aldiko test page on Google Play:
- Tap Install.
- Once the Aldiko installation is complete, tap Open to start the application.
Step 2. Connecting to your library
To borrow ebooks, you will first need to add your library to the application.
- Go to the Catalogues section.
- Tap the + button.
- Find your library by browsing the list.
- Tap the + icon to the right of your library's name to add it to your catalogue.
- Press Browse in the rectangle that contains your library's name in the Catalogues section.
- Authenticate yourself with your library account ID and password.
Please note that authentication systems vary from library to library. Depending on the system used by your library, you may not be required to authenticate when you add a catalogue. This will only need to be done later when making a loan or reservation. If you encounter a problem during the authentication process (for example, if you have forgotten your password), please contact your library.
Even if you add multiple libraries in the application, you will only be able to borrow from the libraries you are a member of.
Step 3. Browsing your library's catalogue
Now that you have added your library, you can browse through its catalogue.
- Tap Browse in the rectangle that contains your library's name in the Catalogues section of the application.
- Go to your library's home page.
- Navigate through the catalogue from the home page or the Browse menu, or tap the magnifying glass to search by keyword.
- Tap on the cover image of a book to access its detailed record.
Your library's home page gives you quick access to the latest releases added to the catalogue, the most popular ebooks, as well as different sections put forward by your library. You can also use the Browse menu:
- Ebooks: Tap to browse the digital book collection.
- Audiobooks: Tap to browse the audiobook collection.
- Thematic Selections: Tap to browse and view book selections created by your library.
- Categories: Tap to browse the different categories of books offered by your library.
- Available Now: Click to only see titles that are currently available now and immediately available to borrow from your library's collection of recent additions.
Step 4. Borrowing an ebook
Should you find a book that interests you while browsing through your library's catalogue, click on its cover image. You will have access to the detailed record of this book. This record contains various information about the publication (such as format, language, publisher, date of publication, and more), a summary and, if applicable, other titles by the same author and publisher in your library's catalogue.
If the book is available, you will see a Borrow button.
- Tap the Borrow button.
- Tap the Read button once the borrowing process is complete to begin reading. You can also access the book in the Home and My Books sections of the application.
Placing a hold
If the book you wish to borrow is not available, the Place Hold button will be displayed instead of the Borrow button.
- Tap the Press Hold button to place a reservation.
- In the confirmation window, take note of the estimated date on which the ebook will become available.
- When the ebook you have reserved becomes available, you will receive an email notification.
- Tap on the cover image of the book from the Home or My Books section of the application.
- Tap the Download button to activate your loan.
If you do not open the ebook within your library's specified timeframe to activate the loan, the ebook will vanish and become available to the next user on the waiting list.
Reading an excerpt
You can read a short excerpt from an ebook, regardless of its availability.
- Press the Free Excerpt button.
- Press the Read Excerpt button once the download is complete to start reading. You can also access the ebooks excerpts in the Home and My Books sections of the application.
Downloaded excerpts do not have an expiry date. They will remain on your device until you decide to delete them.
Step 5. Reading an ebook
You can access the ebooks you have borrowed by going to the Home or My Books section of the application.
The Home section organizes your ebooks into different lists:
- Expires soon: contains ebooks whose loans will expire in the next seven days.
- In progress: contains the books and excerpts that have been downloaded and opened in the application.
- Recently added: contains ebooks and excerpts that have been downloaded to the application but not yet opened.
- [Library name]: Contains ebooks that you have borrowed or reserved at the library added to the application.
Currently, there is a selection of ebooks that you can buy on the Feedbooks bookstore. Several free public domain ebooks are also available on this bookstore.
The My Books section displays all your ebooks. Press on the inverted pyramid icon that appears next to the magnifying glass to filter your ebooks according to different criteria or to modify display and sorting options.
Reading an ebook
Tap on the cover image of the ebook you want to read in the Home or My Books section of the application. If this is the first time reading this ebook, it will open on the first page. If you already started it, it will open on the last page you read.
To turn the page, swipe from left to right or tap on the left or right side of the page.
Track your reading progress and use the reading and display functions as needed. To do this, tap the middle of the page to bring up the menu:
User settings: Tap to access settings.
Change the theme: default (black text on a white background or white text on a black background, depending on your system preferences), light (black text on a white background), sepia (black text on a beige background), dark (white text on a black background).
Decrease the font size by tapping the small A or increase it by pressing the large A.
Change the font by scrolling through the available choices by swiping from left to right. For example, the OpenDyslexic font is designed to make reading easier for people with reading disabilities such as dyslexia.
Change the screen brightness using the selector switch.
Table of contents: Tap to access the ebook's table of contents and your bookmarks.
Add bookmark: Tap to add a bookmark to the page you are reading.
Return to Home Page: Tap to return to the application's home page.
Listening to an audiobook
- Tap the cover image of the audiobook you want to listen to in the Home or My Books section of the application. If this is the first time you are listening, it will open at the beginning of the audiobook. If you already started it, it will resume where you left off.
- Tap the Pause button to stop playback if necessary. Tap the Play button to resume playback.
- Follow your playback progress. A first bar displays your progress for the entire audiobook, while a second one displays your progress within the current audio track. An audiobook is typically made up of several audio tracks.
Use the playback functions as needed:
- Timer: Tap to activate a timer so that audiobook playback will automatically stop at a set time.
- Skip back: Tap to go back 30 seconds.
- Skip Forward: Tap to advance 30 seconds.
- Speed: Tap to slow down or speed up playback speed.
- Back: Tap to go back within the application.
- Table of Contents: Tap to access the book's table of contents and your bookmarks.
- Bookmark: Tap to add a bookmark at any time on the currently playing audio track.
Downloading an audiobook
You can download audiobooks to your device, for example, so you can listen to them without an Internet connection. To download an audiobook:
- Go to the Home or My Books section of the application.
- Long press the cover of the audiobook you want to download.
- Tap the Download option from the menu that appears.
When the download is complete, you can listen to the downloaded audiobook by following the Listening to an audiobook procedure above.
An Internet connection is required to listen to an audiobook online, to download it to your device or to delete it.
Returning a loan early
- In the Home or My Books section of the application, long-press the cover image of the book you want to return to the Home or My Books section of the application until a modal window appears.
- Tap on Return.
- Confirm your choice by tapping on Return in the pop-up confirmation window.
Reading with another application
If you prefer to use another application to read an ebook borrowed from your library on your tablet or smartphone, you can do so. You need to download the borrowed ebook file from the web interface and then open it with your e-reading application. An Adobe ID is also required. Follow the steps below for instructions.
The reading application used must be compatible with EPUB and PDF formats and must be able to read files protected by Digital Rights Management (DRM). See the Compatible Devices and Applications section for a list of compatible applications.
The following procedure presents the PocketBook Reader application, but the instructions are essentially the same if you are using another reading application that supports ACS.
Digital Rights Management, or DRM for short, is a security measure integrated into an ebook designed to protect it from copyright infringement. It controls various parameters in regards to digital lending, including its duration. Two types of DRM are used for digital lending.
To read an ebook protected by the Adobe Content Server DRM, or ACS for short, you must have an Adobe account (available for free) and use a compatible reading application (see Compatible Devices and Applications).
The Licensed Content Protection DRM (LCP) is an open solution developed by the Readium Foundation, a group of more than 80 members of the publishing industry. If you are using the new Aldiko application on your iOS or Android mobile device, it is this DRM that is used.
An Adobe ID is a free account that allows you to open DRM secured ebooks and view them on multiple devices. Each device must be authorized with the same Adobe ID to be read on multiple devices.
Step 1. Creating an Adobe ID
An Adobe ID is a free account that allows you to open ebooks protected by ACS. This DRM controls various parameters of e-lending, such as loan duration.
- Go to the Adobe login page at https://accounts.adobe.com/.
- Click on Create an account.
Your Adobe ID is the email address with which you signed up. Please remember to write it down along with the password you chose. This information will be required to configure all applications and devices that require an Adobe ID to read ebooks.
Step 2. Installing the PocketBook Reader application
If you have already installed the e-reader application and entered your Adobe ID, skip to Step 4. Borrow and Download an Ebook.
Install the PocketBook Reader application.
- Access the PocketBook Reader application page on Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.obreey.reader.
- Tap Install.
- Once the installation is complete, tap Open to launch the application.
Please note that the PocketBook Reader application does not allow early returns of borrowed ebooks. The ebook will automatically be returned at the end of the borrowing period. The application also does not support audiobooks borrowed from your library
Step 3. Entering your Adobe ID in the e-reading application
To read ebooks borrowed from your library, you must enter your Adobe ID in the PocketBook Reader application.
- From the application's home screen, ignore the email request and tap the return icon in the upper left corner of your screen.
- Go to the Settings section.
- Tap Accounts.
- Tap Adobe DRM.
- Enter the email address and password used in Step 1. Create an Adobe ID.
- Tap Log in.
Your application is configured to read ebooks borrowed from your library. You will not need to repeat the previous steps.
Step 4. Borrowing and downloading an ebook
Visit your library via your device's Web browser.
- In your device's Web browser, browse your library's catalogue to find the book you want to borrow.
- In the search results page or the book's detailed record, press the Borrow button.
- Press the Confirm your loan button.
- Click on the Other e-readers option to download the ebook file. You can also download the file by following the link sent to you by email.
The downloaded file will have a .acsm extension due to the DRM.
Step 5. Opening an ebook in the e-reading application
Now that the PocketBook Reader application is configured on your device, you can open the ebook you borrowed from this application.
- Once the ebook is downloaded, a display will ask you to open the file with the .acsm extension. Press Open.
- If the PocketBook Reader application is not selected by default, select it.
- Press Always if you want all ebooks to open in this application in the future. Otherwise, press Once to open the ebook in the PocketBook Reader application this one time.