Getting Started with Great Books eBooks in EPUB Format

The Great Books Foundation now offers certain books in EPUB format. Great Books titles are protected by Adobe Digital Rights Management and can only be read on apps and devices that support it. There are many such eReaders, and most of them are free to download. Please read the following information about how to open and read eBooks that you have purchased.

Purchasing Information

Technical Information

Downloading and Opening on a Tablet or Smartphone

Downloading and Opening on a Desktop Computer or Laptop

For Additional Information

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Purchasing Information

  • These materials can be purchased at store.greatbooks.org or you can call our Customer Service team at 800.222.5870.
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    Technical Information

  • These materials are protected by Adobe Digital Rights Management (DRM) and can only be read on apps and devices that support Adobe DRM.
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  • If you don’t have an app that supports Adobe DRM, we suggest you use Bluefire Reader on your iPad or Android tablet or smartphone (available for free in the Apple App Store and Google Play, respectively) or Adobe Digital Editions on your computer or laptop (available for free from Adobe.com).
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  • You can open and use these eBooks on up to six devices as long as they are associated with your Adobe ID. We recommend you use Adobe Digital Editions to add these eBooks to additional devices.
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    Downloading and Opening on a Tablet or Smartphone

  • Click on the download link in the confirmation email you received after ordering your eBook. You will also find the download link in the “My Downloadable Products” section of your Great Books store account.
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  • The downloaded file’s name will end with .acsm. Click “Open In >”. A list of compatible apps will display. Choose the app you wish to use to view your eBook.
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  • Please note that we recommend you use Bluefire Reader to view your eBook. Bluefire is available for free for both iOS and Android devices from the Apple App Store or Google Play. The first time you use Bluefire you must authorize it by following the prompts to create an Adobe ID. Adobe accounts are free, and you will be able to use the same account for all of your eBooks that are managed by Adobe. You only have to set up an account one time.
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  • Please wait for the eBook to download. Our eBooks range in size from 1 to 25 MB. The download time can run from a few seconds to several minutes, depending on the speed of your Internet connection.
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    Downloading and Opening on a Desktop Computer or Laptop

  • Download Adobe Digital Editions from Adobe’s website and install it on your computer.
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  • Click on the download link in the confirmation email you received after placing your book order. You will also find the download link in the “My Downloadable Products” section of your Great Books store account.
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  • The downloaded file’s name will end with .acsm. Click “Open In >” and choose Adobe Digital Editions.
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  • The first time you use Adobe Digital Editions, you must authorize it by following the prompts to create an Adobe ID. Adobe accounts are free, and you will be able to use the same account for all of your eBooks that are managed by Adobe. You only have to set up an account one time.
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  • After you create your Adobe ID, your book will open and be added automatically to your digital library.
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    For Additional Information

  • For information on downloading and opening your eBooks as well as for other questions, please refer to the email you receive after ordering these materials or contact our Customer Service Department at 800.222.5870.
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