Frequently Asked Questions about Freading

How do I use Freading eBooks? What devices are supported?

Freading requires a Barton County Library System resident library card in good standing.

A free Adobe Digital Editions account is also required. Adobe Digital Editions is a software program that manages your downloads and helps to transfer eBooks to many devices.  To use Adobe Digital Editions, you’ll need a Windows or Mac computer or laptop that meets Adobe’s system requirements.

In addition to your computer, there are many popular devices that are compatible with Freading eBooks, including:

Barnes & Noble Nook

Apple iPad and iPhone

Most Android-based tablets and smartphones

Kobo eReader

Sony Reader

Kindle Fire

Note: older versions of Amazon’s Kindle do not support Freading eBooks.


What are tokens, and how do I use them?

Tokens are Freading’s virtual currency that are exchanged for eBook downloads. At the start of each week, on Monday mornings, you are given 5 download tokens.

Each eBook download costs between 1 and 4 tokens (a value chosen by the book’s publisher). In most cases, the newest books and most popular books cost 4 tokens, with less recent and classic books costing less.

Unused tokens roll over each week for four weeks. At the end of four weeks, unused tokens are removed and a new four week period of rollover begins. Your current number of tokens appears in the upper right hand corner of the page once you’ve logged in.


How long do I have the eBook for? Can I renew it?

Freading eBooks check out for two weeks at a time. You can extend the loan period for another two weeks by visiting the book’s page on the Freading site and clicking Download again. While some renewals cost 1 token, most renewals are free.


What is Adobe Digital Editions and how do I use it?

Adobe Digital Editions is a software that enables you to read the Freading ebook downloads, and it also stores and organizes the downloads, at least on a computer.  Mobile users will download their files into an application, but will require an Adobe Digital Editions login set up from their app.

Freading EPUB and PDF books are wrapped in the Adobe software, which acts as a digital rights management.  This software limits the loan period, and prevents copying.


Does Freading have apps for smartphones?

Freading smartphone apps are available for download in Apple’s App Store and the Android Marketplace.


How do I get the Freading App on the 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 Fire.

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 store.

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 install.

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.

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.


Can I use Freading eBooks on more than one device at a time?

Adobe Digital Editions allows users to transfer one eBook to multiple devices, so you’re welcome to read on both your computer and your smartphone, for example.


How often are new eBooks added?

New eBooks are added to Freading every week.

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