Freading – Help

What is Freading?

Freading is a new eBook service for our library users.

Before You Begin

  • You will need your library card number (14-digit barcode) and password.
  • An Adobe ID is required to manage your downloads. If you do not already have an Adobe ID, you can create an ID by visiting the Adobe website.
  • Install Adobe Digital Editions software (optional if you are a mobile only user with the Freading app)

What eReaders does Freading work with?

Most popular eReading devices will work, with the exception of the standard Amazon Kindle.

Detailed Instructions for Popular Devices

Nook   •   iPhone/iPad   •   Android Devices   •   Kindle Fire


You will need…

  1. Install Adobe Digital Editions and register the computer with your Adobe ID (one time only).
  2. Launch Adobe Digital Editions.
  3. Log in to Freading using your library card number and password.
  4. On the Freading site, search for EPUB books. Download desired title. Choose “open” rather than “save.”
  5. Go to Adobe Digital Editions and wait for the download to finish.
  6. Plug your Nook in and it should appear in Adobe Digital Editions. (You will have to register your device the first time.) You can then drag titles to your device.

iPhone or iPad:

You will need…

  1. Install and activate the Freading app from the Apple App Store. Activate the app with your Adobe ID.
  2. Using Safari or another browser log in to Freading with your library card number and password.
  3. In the browser, find the Freading book you wish to download and click Download EPUB. (Click off the PDF box to limit to EPUB titles.)
  4. A new window will appear for you to choose an app. Tap the [Open in…] button and select the Freading app from the list of available options.
  5. In the Freading app, the book cover will appear. If it says Download Failed, you need to activate the device by selecting the “i” (to the right of the book cover) and entering your Adobe ID when prompted.

In summary: with Freading, you browse and download from the browser, then open the book in the app.

Android mobile device:

You will need…

  1. Install the Freading app from the Android Marketplace. Activate the app with your Adobe ID.
  2. Search, check out and download EPUB eBooks directly to your device using the app.

Kindle Fire:

You will need…

It takes a few extra steps to get the Freading application on the Kindle Fire. (Please note: on some versions of the Kindle Fire users are warned that loading applications this way is less private and there is a risk of “unexpected behavior.”)

  1. Go to the settings on the Kindle Fire ( bicycle gear icon at the top) and go to “device.” Turn on the switch for allowing unknown applications.
  2. Go to the browser and type in
  3. You may be prompted to install the GetJar app at this point. If so, tap “download.” If not, search for “getjar” on this site.
  4. After you find the GetJar app, tap to download it to your Kindle Fire.
  5. A little number icon will appear in a circle next to the name of the Kindle at the top of the display when the download is complete. Tap the number and follow the on screen instructions to install it.
  6. Tap the back arrow on the screen to go back to browse the GetJar store.
  7. Search for and download the Freading app.
  8. As above, a number icon will appear by the name of the device to indicate the download is complete. Tap the number to find the file to install. Activate the app with your Adobe ID.
  9. The Freading app will show up on the home page of the Fire now. The first time you turn the Kindle off after the install, you may need to press the sync/refresh button, which is in the first menu after pressing the settings gear icon.
  10. Visit Freading through the web browser.  Log in.  Select a book to download into the Freading app, or from within the app itself by tapping the ‘store’ icon.

Visit the Freading FAQ for more answers.