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e-Books@UWM: Downloading e-Books

A guide to finding and using e-Books from the UWM Libraries collections.

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Important !

Some of the UWM Libraries' e-books are protected by DRM (Digital Rights Management) systems.         

DRM systems control the use of digital content, such as downloadable songs, DVDs and CDs, games, and of course, e-books.

  • Databases containing DRM-protected e-books are:
    • EBL (Electronic Book Library)
    • EBSCO E-books and Audio Books

To download DRM-protected library e-books, you need Adobe® Digital Editions (ADE) software.  

  • ADE allows you to download and read material protected by DRM, as well as to purchase digital content which can be read online and offline
  • ADE supports industry-standard e-book formats, such as EPUB, Mobi, and HTML
  • As of Spring 2011, ADE is also available in French, German, Italian, Spanish, Dutch, Brazilian Portuguese, Japanese, Korean, Chinese Simplified, and Chinese Traditional (and more will be added)
  • Here is the FAQ.

To download a DRM-protected book to your e-device, follow these steps in this order:

  1. Download ADE software [free] onto your personal computer
  2. Download the e-book to your personal computer
  3. During install, *do* choose to "authorize" your computer with a free Adobe ID - this lets you download DRM-protected books to your e-device
  4. Sync the computer with your e-device
  5. Transfer the e-book from your computer to your e-device


  • ADE does NOT support any Amazon Kindle e-readers
  • This means that you CAN'T download any DRM-protected book onto a Kindle, UNLESS you are able to use a non-ADE DRM intermediary (ex. EBL e-books may be read on the Kindle Fire using the Bluefire App).

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Kristin Woodward
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