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A guide to finding and using eBooks from the UWM Libraries collections.

E-Book Apps and Software

E-Book Apps and Software

Icon for Adobe Digital Editions   Icon for Adobe PDF Reader  Icon for Bluefire Reader App for iPhone and Kindle Fire   Icon of Calibre   Icon for Kindle for PC  Icon for Nook for iPhone, iPad, Android, PC, Mac, Blackberry


Adobe Digital Editions 
Adobe® Digital Editions software allows you to download and purchase digital content, which can be read both online and offline. Transfer copy-protected (DRM) e-books from your personal computer/laptop to other computers or devices. ADE also supports industry-standard eBook formats, including PDF and EPUB. NOTES: (1) This software is required to read public library books and some UWM e-books. (2) On iDevices, ADE and BlueFire *must* use the same Adobe ID.

Adobe PDF Reader 
Adobe Reader software is the global standard for electronic document sharing. It is the only PDF file viewer that can open and interact with all PDF documents

Bluefire Reader App for iPhone and Kindle Fire 
Bluefire Reader is a free app available for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Kindle Fire. This app allows you to view DRM PDFS and epub formats. NOTE: On iDevices, BlueFire and Adobe Digital Editions (ADE) *must* use the same Adobe ID.

Calibre is free downloadable software that will sync to your e-device and convert, organize, and generally help you to manage your e-book collection. It allows you to convert e-book formats to read on different e-reader devices.

Kindle for PC 
Read Kindle Books on Your Computer. Get Amazon's proprietary Kindle software for FREE on your PC. No Kindle required

Nook for iPhone, iPad, Android, PC, Mac, Blackberry 
The Barnes and Noble app for Nook will make it easier to purchase and view B&N e-books on many different e-devices.

Digital Rights Management

Icon showing Digital Rights Management

Some of the UWM Libraries's e-books are protected by DRM (Digital Rights Management) technology. DRM technology controls the use of digital content and how it can be accessed, copied, distributed, reformatted, or otherwise changed. 

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 required software. 

eBook Formats

azw format 
- Amazon's proprietary DRM restricted format is used solely for Kindle e-readers.

BBeB Book 
- BBeB (Broad Band eBook) is the proprietary e-book format developed by Sony and Cannon. BBeB filed include the following extensions: LRF, LRS, LRX. However, in 2010 Sony switched to epub as the default format for their e-book store.

- An open e-book standard created by the International Digital Publishing Forum (IDPF). Features reflowable text, inline images, and supports DRM (Digital Rights Management) protected e-books, similiar to ADE (Adobe Digital Editions)

- A format primarily designed for PDAs and smart phones. Allows access to DRM and non-DRM content. Epub format can also be converted easily into mobi format.

- PDF, or Portable Document format, was created in the early 90s as a document sharing format. It is best for highly formatted content, images, and has the ability to support DRM (Digital Rights Management) content.