How to Enjoy eBooks
on Your Mac & Nook
A service of the New Hampshire Downloadable Books Consortium:
150 NH public libraries working together to provide eBooks and audiobooks to NH residents.
Download & install Adobe Digital Editions.
Get an Adobe ID to authenticate your computer and Nook.
Use your library card to log into the site.
Checkout an eBook.
Download the eBook to your computer & transfer to the
Why all the steps?
Our eBooks have DRM or Digital Rights Management.
Special software from Adobe strictly manages the two-week
checkout period. (Including early returns!)
After two weeks the book is automatically returned to the
digital collection so someone else can start to read the book.
Library users may have three items checked out at once.
Your cart will only remain active for 60 minutes. Any item not
checked out in that time will be lost.
You may have ﬁve items on hold.
If an item on hold becomes available for you, you must have
less than three items checked out to check out another item.
Audiobooks circulate for 7 days and cannot be returned early.
eBooks circulate for 14 days and can be returned early.
Adobe Digital Editions
Find a link to the ADE software from the
left sidebar of our site.
Click through to the Adobe site.
Or visit ADE directly:
Click to launch the ADE
The installer will
Select the destination to install the software.
Hint: It’s probably your Macintosh HD.
Provide login password to install software on your Mac.
Agree to the licensing.
ADE Setup Assistant
If you don’t have an Adobe ID, click on the link to “Get an
Adobe ID Online.”
Enter your new ID and password into the ADE Setup
Click the “Authorize” button to authorize your Mac.
Registering your Nook
Is the Nook new to you?
If so, you’ll need to register it with your Barnes & Noble ID
After charging your new Nook for at least three hours,
when you turn the reader on for the ﬁrst time, you’ll be
walked through a registration process.
For Nook registration support see:
The Nook & ADE
After your have registered your Nook with your B&N ID,
connect the device to your PC or Mac.
Open Adobe Digital Editions.
Adobe Digital Editions will recognize it and will authorize
If your reader is not recognized by ADE, close and restart the
ADE program. ADE should immediately recognize the Nook
and ask if you’d like to authenticate it.
Sign into the site
Sign into the site with your library card.
If your card number is shorter than 14 digits,
check with your local librarian for additional
Some libraries that use short patron numbers
have issued a preﬁx to help us keep our books
Check out an eBook
When you ﬁnd an eBook you’d like to read, click on “add to
Titles will remain in your cart for 60 minutes. If you do not
check out the book within 60 minutes it will be returned to
the collection for someone else to checkout.
Proceed to checkout to complete the checkout process.
Click on the “Download book” button to download the
titles to your computer.
Don’t try to save the eBook.
Instead, tell the computer
which program which
program should open it.
If the “Adobe Digital
Editions” isn’t an option,
click on “Choose...”
Select Adobe Ditial
Editions software in
The next time you
download an eBook,
ADE should be the
default application to
open the EPUB ﬁle.
Open the ﬁle
Now open the ﬁle with
the Adobe Digital
Your eBook opens...
Like magic it shows up in Adobe Digital Editions.
Return an eBook
Unlike audiobooks, it is possible to return
the eBook early if you ﬁnish it before the
14-day checkout period expires.
From ADE, click on the small drop down
arrow and choose, “Return borrowed
Enjoy the eBooks!
After the title shows up in your
Nook, safely disconnect your
device and start enjoying your
To safely disconnect, view the
Finder, ﬁnd your Nook at the
upper left sidebar, click the
Need more help? Have questions? Please contact your local
library for assistance.
Here is how to reach them: