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Digital Downloads: Freading

How to browse and download ebooks, audiobooks, music, and videos

Getting Started

Freading is located on the "My Digital Library" page of the HMCPL website ( Just log in with your library card number and PIN. 

The Adobe Digital Editions software will limit your access to each ebook for a 2 week initial period.  You can extend the loan period for one 2 week period by going back to the book display on the website and hitting the download button again.  You will see that the token value has decreased since the initial loan.  Most renewals are free.


The Apps and How They Work

Download the Freading app from the iOS App Store or Google play to read the ebooks on your mobile devices.

How they work:

Apple: The Apps functionality is to store and read the book.   You must use the Safari browser to download a Freading eBook.

  1. Use the browser to access your library’s Freading site.  Login as necessary.
  2. Download a book.  You may be asked to “authorize” your device, which means you must login using your Adobe credentials when prompted.
  3. You will be asked where you want to download the file.  Select the Freading app.
  4. After downloading, you will be able to read and navigate the book in the Freading app.

Android: You can use the App to download and read a book.

  1. Open the Freading app.
  2. Press the “grid” icon in the lower left hand corner to make a new group of menu icons appear.
  3. Press the “store” shopping cart icon to browse your library’s Freading site.
  4. Download and enjoy.


    Getting the Freading App on Kindle Fire

    It takes a few extra steps to get the Freading application on the Kindle Fire, but once it is set up,most users report that it is easy to use. (Please note:  on some versions of the Kindle Fire users are warned that loading applications this way is less private and there is a risk of “unexpected behavior”.)

      1. Go to the settings on the Kindle Fire (it is the bicycle gear icon at the top) and go to “device”.  Turn on the switch for allowing unknown applications.
      2. Go to the browser on your Kindle Fire and type in
      3. You may be prompted to install the GetJar app at this point, tap
        'download' if you are prompted. If not, search for 'getjar' on this site
      4. After you find the GetJar app, tap to download it to your Kindle
      5. A little number icon will appear in a circle next to the name of
        the Kindle at the top of the display when the download is complete. Tap
        the number and follow the on screen instructions to install it.
      6. Tap the back arrow on the screen to go back to browse the GetJar
      7. Search for and download the Freading app.
      8. As above, a number icon will appear by the name of the device to
        indicate the download is complete. Tap the number to find the file to
      9. The Freading app will show up on the home page of the Fire now.
        The first time you turn the Kindle off after the install, you may need
        to press the sync/refresh button, which is in the first menu after
        pressing the settings gear icon.
      10. Use Freading through the browser (go back to your library's
        Freading site) and download into the Freading app, or from within the
        app itself by tapping the 'store' icon.

      Note: If the popup does not appear automatically for the GetJar app when you first visit the website ( you can manually download it by clicking any of the apps on the screen. After this, proceed with step 5.

        Welcome to Freading

         EZ 1-2-3 for the best Freading eBook Service Experience

        • 1

          Make sure you have an account with Adobe Digital Editions (a software that both reads and stores your ebooks-sort of like Itunes does with music).

          1. Sign up at via the install icon.
          2. Computer users & eReader users: launch application before downloading eBooks
        • 2

          Computer & eReader users "open" rather than "save" the file when downloading eBooks

          1. Opening will automatically save ebook in your Adobe library.
          2. To transfer the file, plug in your eReader. The eReader will show up in your Adobe software, then you drag the downloaded eBook onto the name of the eReader.
        • 3

          Apple App users will use your device's Safari browser to download the eBook into the app, rather than from within the app. Android App users can download from with the app

          1. App available in the App Store/Market or your library's Freading site
          2. You will be prompted for your established Adobe Credentials from #1 above.

        Commonly available compatible devices:

        Direct Download

        E-reader via Transfer

        The most popular devices that are compatible with Freading eBooks are:

        • Any computer or laptop running a Windows or Mac platform with at least a modest hard drive, some free RAM, and a browser that has been updated in the past year or two.  Major browsers such as IE, Safari, Firefox, and Chrome will show the site just fine.
        • The nook family of devices from Barnes & Noble.  We have specifically tested the nook Color and the Simple Touch Reader.  The nook devices are not compatible with direct wireless downloading of Freading eBooks, but they accept transfers from your PC or Mac through a simple process.
        • The Apple iPad® and iPhone®.   The Freading eBook service has a free application in the Apple App Store which you can download.   You must use the general browser to access your library’s Freading site, then you download the eBook into the application.  Direct downloading from within the application is not possible.
        • Most Android™ based tablets and phones.   We say “most” because some devices are Android based, but do not allow access to the full Android App Market, but a subset of that store.   The Freading eBook Service has a free application in the Android app Market, and tablets that allow you to download the app include tablets from Motorola, Sony, Samsung and Acer, among others.  Downloading is possible from within the Freading Android App.
        • The Kobo Ereader and Vox tablet.  The Freading App is in the Getjar App store.
        • The Kindle Fire, but not other Kindle Devices.  The Kindle Fire accepts 3rd party apps through a few extra steps as indicated below.

        All mobile device users will need an Adobe ID in order to activate their Freading app for use. If users do not already have an Adobe ID, they can create an ID by visiting the Adobe website .

        eReader users (Nook, Sony Reader, Kobo) will also need an Adobe ID in order to utilize the Adobe® Digital Editions software on their PC. Adobe Digital Editions is a software program similar to iTunes in that it manages downloads and stores the eBooks on your PC. The Freading eBook site can tell you whether the Adobe Digital Editions software is on your computer. You can follow the link on the Freading homepage to download the Adobe Digital Editions software for free.

        All About Tokens

        Tokens are a virtual currency that you use to exchange for downloads.   Your library gives you a weekly allotment which appears in the upper right hand corner of the home page after you login.  When you choose a book, the amount of tokens labeled on the book is deducted from your account.

        There are three different token costs of a book, downloads cost 4, 2 or 1 token depending on the value assigned by the publisher.  In most cases newly published books are 4 tokens, then after a time period they drop to 2, and then after another time period they drop to 1.  So in general, the token value is based on how new a book is.  In some cases though, a publisher may have chosen a different criteria such as popularity.

        Unused tokens roll over each week for a four week period, a week being defined as a Monday to Sunday period of seven days, beginning at 12:01AM Monday, New York time, and going to midnight on Sunday.  At the end of the fourth week from the time you first logged in, unused tokens are cleaned out of your account, except for your original weekly allotment.  The rolling over process then starts all over again, as a new four week cycle has begun.  Your subscribing library decides the amount of tokens that users will have in their weekly allotment.

        Using a Nook with Freading

        To use a Nook eReader or a Nook Color with Freading you'll need a computer with Adobe Digital Editions installed and authorized with an Adobe ID.

        With Digital Editions opened on the computer, connect the Nook to the computer with the USB cable that came with the Nook. Once connected, Digital Editions will recognize the device and ask if you would like to authorize the Nook with the same Adobe ID as the computer. Select "Yes", and you will see the Nook appear as a bookshelf in Digital Editions.

        Now, when you download a book from Freading and open it into Digital Editions you will be able to drag it onto the Nook.