Williams College Libraries subscribe to several e-book collections as well as e-Reference resources. Currently, our most popular and diverse collections are Ebook Library (EBL) and ebrary Academic Complete.
Adobe Digital Editions is software that allows you to view and manage e-books while working with Digital Rights Management access which prevents copying and forces the content to expire off of your device at the end of the lending period. Click for a list of other e-book readers that are compatible with Adobe Digital Editions.
The KindleTM is not compatible with the library's EBL collection or with digital collections that require Adobe Digital Editions.
1. Download Adobe Digital Editions
To download EBL e-books on your computer, you first need to download and install Adobe Digital Editions. List of devices that support Adobe Digital Editions.
2. Connect e-book reader to your computer and authorize it in Adobe Digital Editions.
3. Transfer the e-book from Adobe Digital Editions to your reading device.
EBL e-books can be transferred to the Nook by using Adobe Digital Editions:
EBL e-books can be transferred to the Sony Reader by using Adobe Digital Editions:
On a Mac, Adobe Digital Editions may not recognize the Sony Reader. In this instance, you will need to use the Sony Reader Library to transfer the files to the Reader.
4. Clear your downloads and information from the reader.
5. Important: Deauthorize your computer!
Before returning the e-book reader to the library, deauthorize it.
Plug in the e-book reader to your computer, open ADE, press Control+Shift+D (Windows) or Command+Shift+D (Mac). This will remove the activation on your device allowing you to reactivate with a different ID or the same ID next time Adobe Digital Editions is launched. Pressing Control+Shift=E will bring up the "Device Deactivation" box.
You can only authorize 5 devices to your ADE account; if you fail to do this final step, you will not be able to authorize additional devices.
Who can read and download EBL e-books?
Students, faculty, staff, and spouses affiliated with Williams College
What devices can I download EBL e-books to?
Downloaded EBL e-books can be transferred to any portable device that supports ADE. A list of compatible devices is available on the Adobe Digital Edition website.
What devices can I download Overdrive books to?
Downloaded Overdrive e-books can be transferred to compatible devices.
Can I read e-books on my own desktop or laptop?
Yes, you will need to install Adobe Digital Editions and authorize your device..
Can I read EBL e-books on my ipad or iphone?
Yes, you can read EBL content on the iPad or iphone as long as you have installed the Bluefire Reader and have an Adobe Digital Editions account.
Why when I downloaded an e-book did I received an .acsm file message?
This is the access key to your e-book. If the .acsm file does not open automatically, you need to install Adobe Digital Editions on your device.
I installed Adobe Digital Editions but still got an .acsm file when downloading an e-book. What next?
This is an issue of association of the .acsm file with Adobe Digital Editions. You may have to right click the file and "open with" Adobe Digital Editions or adjust the computer's file associations so the book will automatically download and open.
Do I have to download an e-book?
No, you can browse and read the book on a screen. To download, you must install Adobe Digital Editions.
Can I use my Kindle to read the library e-books?
Unfortunately, the library's e-books from EBL are not compatible with a Kindle because the Kindle is not compatible with Adobe Digital Rights Management. Williams users can use one of the library's e-Readers to download the book.
How many pages can I print from an e-book?
The number of pages that can be printed is regulated by the publisher and complies with copyright law. When printing, you'll receive a message saying how many total pages are allowed to be printed and how many you have already printed from the book.
How do I clear all my information and downloads from the Nook?
First, unregister the Nook from your desktop computer (home--settings--device--unregister your nook). Second, reset the factory settings on the Nook (Device -- reset to factory settings). This deletes all B&N content as well as personal content from the internal memory.
How do I clear all my information and downloads from the Sony Reader?
First, unregistered the Sony from your desktop computer. Second, reset the factory settings on the Sony (home -- settings -- restore defaults). You must manually delete books that download.
Can I connect to the Williams Wireless?
Due to our network configuration, you cannot connect to PurpleAir.