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MaBiblioNumérique: An Introduction

April 2, 2015 | Susan | Comments (0)

MaBiblioNumérique is a new French language eBook provider for adults, children, and teens. It just became available at the Toronto Public Library in mid-March, so I thought I'd take a few minutes to tell you more about it. If you happen to speak French, I recommend Toronto Public Library's En français blog, which has a very informative introduction to MaBiblioNumérique. If, however, you just started learning French, or are trying to help a native French speaker download an eBook, I've compiled this information (in English) to help get you started.

You can access MaBiblioNumérique from the Toronto Public Library website by navigating to either Downloads & eBooks or A - Z List of All Databases.

MaBiblioNumérique Access Online

Once you've logged in with your Toronto Public Library card and PIN, you'll find yourself on a page that looks like this:

MaBiblioNumérique Home Page

If you prefer to access MaBiblioNumérique in English, click on the 'ENGLISH' button in the upper right-hand corner of the screen. I've circled it in red in the screenshot above.

Now, you're ready to find some reading material!

Most titles on MaBiblioNumérique are from Canadian publishers in Quebec: Alto, Boréal, Cornac, Druide, Hurtubise, Le Quartanier and Québec Amérique. Some of the titles also come from Canadian francophone publishers outside of Quebec: Bouton d'or Acadie, Éditions David (Ottawa), Éditions Prise de parole (Sudbury), Éditions des Plaines (St-Boniface), Éditions Perce-Neige (Moncton), Éditions La Grande Marée (Tracadie-Sheila, New Brunswick). Some European titles can also be found on MaBiblioNumérique, with more coming later this year. 

To find a title, you can either browse through the 'Categories', use the search box, or use the 'Advanced Search', as seen below. There are also new and featured titles, which you can find on the home screen.

Advanced Search

Once you've found a book you'd like to read, click on the 'BORROW' button. 

Abby by Sylvie Marcoux

Here are a few things you need to know about borrowing items from MaBiblioNumérique:

  • You can borrow up to 10 items each month.
  • You can place up to 5 holds each month.
  • Items can be borrowed for 21 days.
  • Items are returned automatically.
  • Items cannot be renewed.
  • If you want to return an item early, you can do so using Adobe Digital Editions or Bluefire Reader.
  • You can read a sample before borrowing an item (pictured below).


Once you've selected and borrowed your eBook, you're ready to download it. Unlike other eBook providers such as OverDrive, if you're using a public computer to borrow an eBook from MaBiblioNumérique, you need to email yourself a link - at least according to the instructions on the website (shown in the screenshot below); however, the 'My Account' section (which can be accessed any time from any device) also has a 'download' button next to each item, and you can use that instead. I'd recommend emailing yourself a link just in case, and using 'My Account' if you find it more convenient.

Public Workstation

Now you're ready to open and read your newly downloaded eBook!

MaBiblioNumérique eBooks are available in ePub format, and in some cases as PDFs, and can be read on various devices. There are great device-specific step-by-step instructions in the help section.

When using a computer or a Paperwhite Sony, Kobo or other eReader you'll need to download Adobe Digital Editions and either create an Adobe Account or sign in using your existing Adobe ID. 

If you're using an iOS device (iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch), an Android device (phone, tablet, or eReader), or a Windows device (8.1, 8, or 7 SP1), you'll need to download the Bluefire Reader app and either authorize it with your Adobe ID or create an Adobe Account.

Note that you can only use one Adobe ID to borrow any given eBook. That means that if you're using multiple devices, make sure to use the same Adobe ID on all of them.

Also note that MaBiblioNumérique eBooks are not compatible with the OverDrive app, so you need to download the Bluefire Reader to access them on your mobile device. It's an app created specifically to access Adobe DRM protected (and DRM free) EPUB and PDF eBooks, and is very easy to use. Below is a screenshot of Bluefire Reader taken with an Android device.

Bluefire Reader

When an item is not available to be borrowed, you'll see a 'PLACE A HOLD' button instead of the 'BORROW' button (shown below).

Place a Hold

As you've come to expect from other eBook providers such as OverDrive, when you place a hold, you'll be asked for your email. You'll receive an email confirmation once you've placed the hold, as well as a notification once your eBook is available.

Place Hold

Lastly, you can see the items you've borrowed and placed on hold in 'My Account'. This is where you'll also find that 'Download' button I mentioned earlier. You can see items borrowed in the past (including on other devices) and download them. While MaBiblioNumérique does not let you suspend holds at this time, you can cancel holds from here. 

My Account

If you get stuck at any time, MaBiblioNumérique has help pages in English. If you prefer, the same help pages are also available in French.

If you have any questions, please post them below and I'll be happy to help you on your MaBiblioNumérique journey.

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