Guide to downloading Borrowbox eBooks to a Computer and eReader
If you are a member of Powys Libraries you can borrow eBooks and eAudiobooks for free, from Borrow Box. This guide takes you through the steps necessary to download eBooks to a computer, and transfer them to an eReader.
We are sorry, but library-loaned ebooks are not compatible with Kindle eReaders. This is because Kindle only supports eBooks from Amazon. You can however download BorrowBox ebooks to a Kindle/Amazon Fire by installing the Borrowbox App - ).
If you are using Borrowbox on a mobile device (smartphone or tablet) there are separate guides to installing and using the Borrowbox App.
There are 3 steps to getting eBooks onto your eReader:
Step A - Install Adobe Digital Editions (ADE) on your computer and create an Adobe ID
(If you already have Adobe Digital Editions software on your PC, and an Adobe ID, you can skip this section.
Adobe Digital Editions (ADE) is the software which enables you to download the eBooks to your computer and transfer them to supported eReaders.
The good news is that you only need to do this once, and if you have already done this previously, you should already have everything in place.
Step 1 - Download and Install Adobe Digital Editions
Visit the Adobe Digital Editions download page:
Choose the software for either Windows or Macintosh. What happens next depends on your operating system, but if the software doesn't install automatically, you'll need to find the installer file in your Downloads folder and run it.
Step 2 - Authorise your computer with an Adobe ID
After the software installs, Digital Editions will open and prompt you to Authorise your computer (if it doesn't, click on Help>Authorize Computer.)
Step B - Download eBooks from BorrowBox website to Adobe Digital Edition
Step 1 - Go to the website and login
Go to library.bolindadigital.com/powys and click Sign In
Login with the number on the back of your library card and PIN. (If you don't login now, you'll be asked to when you select a book).
If you have any problems with your PIN, contact your local library or email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will be pleased to help.
Step 2 - Choose a book and download it
You can use the tabs to browse either eBooks or eAudiobooks, and then click on target age group (Adult, Young Adult, Children). Note that by default, the website shows the 'Featured' tab, which is a very small list - click instead on All Releases, or Browse by Genre to see more.
When you have found a book you want, click on the book cover, and then Confirm eBook Loan.
Your book is ready to download. Click on Download for eReader (Adobe ePub).
Adobe Digital Editions will then import the eBook file, and you can read it on the computer if you wish. Otherwise go back to the main ADE window.
Step C - Transfer the eBook to an eReader
Attach your eReader to your computer. It should appear in Adobe Digital Editions under the 'Bookshelves' list on the left hand side.
There on extensive help pages on the Borrowbox website library.bolindadigital.com/powys and click on Help near the top of the page.