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EBooks: Massachusetts Court Rules and Documents

[Downloading Instructions]

Note: On an Apple device, be sure you are in a browser, like Safari. These directions will not work if you start from the Google App.

Step One: Install a Free App:

If you have a Kindle, skip this step and move on to Step Two: Download.

There are hundreds of eBook readers available. Each has its advantages and disadvantages. We can only tell you about the ones we've tried, but if you have another that works for you, please let us know, so we can share the information with others.

For an Apple device (iPhone, iPad, etc), go to the App Store and search for a reader. We have used iBooks and the Kindle App, but there are others. Overdrive, for example, is the platform most commonly used by public libraries for their eBooks and audio books, and will work with our eBooks. Download and Install the app.

For an Android device (Android phones and tablets), go to the Google Play Store (formerly known as Android Market) and search for a reader. We have used Aldiko Book Reader and the Kindle App, but there are others. Overdrive, for example, is the platform most commonly used by public libraries for their eBooks and audio books, and will work with our eBooks. Download and Install the app.

For a Nook, one tester recommends installing Adobe Digital Editions on your computer first.

Step Two: Download the Ebook(s):

Court Rules

EBooks screen shot

Other Court Publications

Click on the link above for the publication you want, and then click on EPUB or Kindle in the box at the left of the screen. For most readers, select EPUB. Select Kindle for the Kindle or Kindle App.

On most phones and tablets, you can download directly onto your device, once you have a reader app installed. For Kindles and Nooks (or if you try the download on your phone and it doesn't work) download the files onto your computer, and we'll transfer them in the next step.

Step Three: Install the Ebook(s):

If you downloaded the book directly onto your device:

For most Apple products, you may be given a choice to select either "open in…" or "open in iBooks" which appears in a black tab at the top. Select Open in iBooks. For some Apple devices, the book will just appear in iBooks without any input from you.

For Android devices, click on the "Download complete" message. It should give you choices. For example, it may say "Import into Aldiko" and "Read with Aldiko." Select Import. If import is not an option, you may need to open your eBook reader and import it manually. Here are the directions from one tester for Aldiko: "When I first opened up the Aldiko reader it only showed the one downloaded book I had in the folder. I needed to hit the Home button on the reader that provided me a menu of Shelf View, Store, List View, My Catalog, SD Card and Last Read. I chose SD Card that listed all the folders on the SD Card. I browsed out to the eBook folder and selected the MA file. It asked if I wanted to upload, I said yes and it then appeared in the readers list or shelf view."

If you downloaded the book onto your computer:

For a Kindle: Connect the Kindle to the computer with its USB cable. Navigate to the Kindle on your computer (it will show up as a drive letter) and copy the file into the /documents folder on your Kindle. "Safely remove" or eject the Kindle from the computer, and the book will be there!

For a Nook: Assuming you installed Adobe Digital Editions on your computer in step one, here are directions from a helpful tester: in Digital Editions you just have to press Ctrl-O or select "Add item to library" under the Library tab. Then you can select the epub files and read them in Digital Editions. Next, you just need to connect the Nook Color with your computer using the USB cable. If this is the first time using Digital Editions on that particular computer, you are prompted to authorize it for your Nook Color (requires setting up a free Adobe login). Once that is set, your Nook Color shows up in the Bookshelves section on the left side of Digital Editions as "MyNOOKcolor". Then you just click and drag the epub books over to MYNookcolor. Then you can eject the Nook color and find the books by pressing the Home key then selecting library -> my stuff -> my files -> Digital Editions.

For other devices: There are two option here. Option 1 has worked for some users with various eReader software. Option 2 has worked for a newer Android phone using Kindle software.

Option 1: Connect the device to the computer with its USB cable. Navigate to the device on your computer (it will show up as a drive letter). Browse the device to determine the right folder for eBooks. Copy the file into the proper folder on your device. "Safely remove" or eject the device from the computer. Open your eBook reader. If you don't see the book, use the directions provided by the reader to import the book. For example, one tester who used Aldiko said, "When I first opened up the Aldiko reader it only showed the one downloaded book I had in the folder. I needed to hit the Home button on the reader that provided me a menu of Shelf View, Store, List View, My Catalog, SD Card and Last Read. I chose SD Card that listed all the folders on the SD Card. I browsed out to the eBook folder and selected the MA file. It asked if I wanted to upload, I said yes and it then appeared in the readers list or shelf view."

Option 2: Installing non-Amazon e-books on Android device using Amazon Kindle app

  1. Install Amazon Kindle app on android phone or device on which the e-book is desired.
  2. Open the Kindle app. At the Menu, open Settings. Make note of the device's "Send-to-Kindle Email Address." Close the Kindle app.
  3. Download the e-book onto your laptop or desktop computer. Click the Kindle link and select the option to save the file onto the laptop or desktop computer to a location where the e-book file will be easily located.
  4. From the laptop or desktop computer, send an email addressed to the Send-to-Kindle Email Address with the e-book attached.
  5. Open the Kindle app on the device, click on the Synchronize icon, and, after several seconds, the e-book will appear in the Kindle library.

Using the EBooks:

All the books have navigation aids and links. They are also searchable. How easy it is to navigate is largely dependent on the eBook reader and varies reader to reader. Some provide much better navigation than others. Read the documentation for your reader for assistance in navigation.

Will the EBooks be Updated?

Yes! Whenever rules or other publications are amended, we'll issue a new edition of the book. If you come back to this page periodically, you can check the date next to the title to see if it is newer than what you have. Alternatively, you can sign up for our updates mailing list by emailing meg.hayden@gmail.com and we'll send you an email whenever a new version is put out.

More help:

Unfortunately, we don't have any of these devices in the libraries, and so we rely on information passed on by our users about how they installed the files, what worked and what didn't. So, to help us, please pass on your advice to meg.hayden@gmail.com.

If you just can't get it to work and want some help, we will do what we can to help you figure it out. Contact lowlaw@meganet.net for assistance.