E-books

How to find and use electronic books from the JHU library.

Important !

Some of the JHU libraries' e-books are protected by DRM (Digital Rights Management) systems, which is used by some publishers to prevent unauthorized reproduction of their books.         

DRM systems control the use of digital content, such as downloadable songs, DVDs and CDs, games, and of course, e-books.

  • The library's biggest e-book collections that are have DRM are EBL (Electronic Book Library) and EBSCO E-books and Audio Books (more information about both of these on this page)
  • There are apps that avoid this problem. Read more about them on this page.

Kindle Users:

  • ADE does not support any Amazon Kindle e-readers
  • This means that you cannot download any DRM-protected book onto a Kindle, unless you are able to use a non-ADE DRM intermediary (for example, EBL e-books may be read on the Kindle Fire using the Bluefire app).

Get ADE, Then Transfer a Book from ADE to Your Device

This video will show you how to install ADE software on your computer or laptop, download a DRM-protected e-book into ADE, and then transfer that e-book onto an e-reader (in this case, a Nook).

  • The video is from another university, so ignore the part in the middle about their catalog
  • Help for specific e-readers: YouTube offers many good videos on how to move e-books onto different e-readers