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Ebooks@MAU: Reading on different devices

Reading on different devices

An overview of what you need to read or download an ebook on your device.

Device Read entire ebook? (PDF/EPUB) Required app/PC software Adobe ID required? Can read single saved chapters? (PDF)
Windows PC or Mac Yes Adobe Digital Editions Yes Yes
Android, iOS tablets, Kindle Fire Yes Bluefire Reader Yes Yes
Kindle *) No N/A N/A Yes
NOOK Simple Touch Yes Adobe Digital Editions (to transfer ebook) Yes Yes
Sony e-Reader Yes Adobe Digital Editions (to transfer ebook) Yes Yes
Kobo Yes Adobe Digital Editions (to transfer ebook) Yes Yes

*) The Amazon Kindle does not offer the same functionality as other mobile e-readers. In general, Kindles can read PDF documents but not EPUBs. Amazon have their own ebook formats (.mobi or .azm) which are not compatible with other e-readers (Nooks, Kobos), but there are a range of Kindle apps for tablets, smartphones, and computers which enable you to read Amazon ebooks on them. 

You can use the software Calibre on your computer to convert PDFs and unencrypted EPUBs to Amazon formats.
However, many ebooks which allow full downloading cannot be converted in this way.


Tips on how to read epub ebooks on your Kindle