Originally Posted by Dr Millmoss
I'm thinking it's not the PDF itself which requires the login, it's the web site where they are downloaded. Someone can correct me if I'm wrong, but a PDF itself has no provision for such a thing as a username. Maybe your best bet it to contact tech support at the university. You can't be the only person on campus trying to use an iPad to read textbooks.
Like maybe as soon as the next quarter! Seriously a University should not be putting up barriers to learning, which is what I see here. I don't know the specifics of what they are doing but it really doesn't matter, it is the fact that they are doing it that is the issue.
The best way to influence the University is to find another (real) educational institution to attend. Just don't leave though write the dean a letter explaining the issue in stark terms. Further down rate the University where ever you can. Make sure your fellow students do so also.
The other possibility is to simply decrypt the files. There ought to be a crack someplace on the net for these files. You would be completely justified in my non legal opinion. In effect this situation would be like the University selling you a book you could only read by first calling the University for permission. Frankly it sounds disgraceful.