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E-books and E-readers - FAQ: Adobe Digital Editions

Adobe Digital Editions

To download ebooks to your computer you will, in most cases, need the free program Adobe Digital Editions.

Q: What is Adobe Digital Editions?

A: Adobe Digital Editions (ADE) is a free desktop application used to read and manage ebooks, documents and other kinds of digital publications. ADE can be downloaded from the Adobe website, http://www.adobe.com/products/digitaleditions/

Q: What is Adobe ID / Adobe Account?

A: Adobe ID is a way of identifying users, to create an ID you need to set up an account and provide a name, country and e-mail address. You can create your Adobe ID when prompted within Digital Editions as you authorize your computer, or go directly to the Adobe membership site.

Q: What is authorization?

A: When you first launch Adobe Digital Editions, you are prompted to authorize your computer. If you say no your digital content will belong to the computer, not a named user account. Subsequently, you will be prompted to authorize your computer whenever you add an e-book. Note: If you authorize your computer with an Adobe ID, then it will always be associated with that Adobe ID. If you do not, the account is “anonymous”. To de-authorize a computer, press CTRL+shift+D. You can activate (authorize) up to six computers or devices per account simultaneously.

Once you authorize your computer with an Adobe ID, the Adobe Digital Editions program looks for e-books already on the computer and converts copies of the items to your newly created account. You can then transfer those e-books to other computers if they are under a license that permits transfer (see tabs in this guide publishers' rules). If you have e-books on multiple computers, you need to authorize each one with the same Adobe ID prior to transferring e-books between them. You can only transfer by using a USB stick, not wirelessly.

Q: How do I authorize my portable device with Adobe ID?

In a portable device you don't use the Digital Editions software, but an e-book reader app, for instance Bluefire or Aldiko. When you download a library book for the first time the app will ask you to authorize with your Adobe ID. You can also fill in your Adobe ID in the settings section of the app.
This is explained in more detail in the Reading Devices section of this guide.

Q: What file formats does Adobe Digital Editions support?

A: Adobe Digital Editions supports two content types, PDF/A and EPUB. It does not fully support EPUB3.

Q: What are the system requirements for installing and using ADE?

A: Find out the latest about system requriements at Adobe's website.


Authorizing devices using Adobe ID

Adobe Digital Editions 3.0

In early 2014 Adobe released Adobe Digital Editions 3.0, which has better DRM-functionality, improved search functions and a partly new layout.

Read more about Adobe Digital Editions 3.0 here: http://www.adobe.com/products/digital-editions/features.html

Adobe Digital Editions 2.0

Adobe Digital Editions (ADE) ebook reader has taken an important step forward in accessibility of content with their latest version. Adobe Digital Editions 2.0 can be now be read with JAWS, NVDA (open source) and Apple VoiceOver.

* NVDA - a free and open source screen reader for Windows
JAWS - for Windows Screen Reading Software. You can continuously read a book from its beginning to the end with JAWS
* Window-Eyes screen reading software for Windows –  support provided via 
GW Micro’s App Central
* Apple 
VoiceOver - screen reading software for Mac.

To update your version of Adobe Digital Editions, please download from the Adobe website: http://www.adobe.com/products/digital-editions/download.html 

As well as improving accessibility, this latest edition 2.0 also includes other helpful features. For a full list of these features: http://www.adobe.com/products/digital-editions/features.html

How to use Adobe Digital Editions on a computer

How to download and authorize Adobe Digital Editions. The process of borrowing books described in this video works with most library e-books in the EPUB format.

Adobe Digital Editions Homepage