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Adobe Digital Editions (ADE)

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Adobe Digital Editions is a eReader software that allows you to read ePUB and PDF eBooks on an a Windows or Mac computer or a compatible eReader. You can use Adobe Digital Editions to read eBooks from the PPLD collection formatted as ePUB and PDF

 

PPLD eLibrary Services Compatible with Adobe Digital Editions

  • Freading
  • OverDrive (review format availability and download type)

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Adobe Digital Editions Features

  • Download and transfer books between devices
  • Search function
  • Accessibility - Used with screen readers like JAWS, Window-eyes, NVDA in Windows, and Voiceover on Mac OS
  • Accessible in multiple languages
  • Bookmark, highlight, and add notes

 

Adobe Digital Editions must be installed on your computer or ereader to read ePUB or PDF books that are checked out from OverDrive and Freading.

How install Adobe Digital Editions for Windows 

  1. Click on the Adobe Digital Editions for Windows link.  
  2. Click the download link for the Windows version of ADE and select Save File. 
  3. Once the download is complete, open the installer file and select Run. 
  4. Follow the prompts in the setup wizard to complete the installation. Make sure to leave the Associated .acsm and .epub file types option selected, so that ADE will read these types of eBooks.
  5. Click Done to exit the setup and launch ADE. 

Note: If these steps didn't work for you, you may have to install ADE manually  

Adobe Digital Editions must be installed on your computer or ereader to read ePUB or PDF books that are checked out from OverDrive and Freading.

How to install Adobe Digital Editions for Mac 

  1. Click on the Adobe Digital Editions for Mac link. 
  2. Click the download link for the Macintosh version of ADE. 
  3. Open (mount) the DMG file, then open the installer. 
    Note: You may have to command-click, then click Open to run the installer. 
  4. Follow the prompts in the setup wizard to complete the installation. 
  5. Click Done to exit the setup and launch ADE. 

Note: If the these steps did not work for you, you may have to install ADE manually

 

Once Adobe Digital Editions has been successfully downloaded to the Windows or Mac computer, you can start reading ePub and PDF books borrowed from OverDrive and Freading. When Adobe Digital Editions opens a book, it confirms that you have the permissions to read it. Many books are Digital Rights Management (DRM) protected. If it is not a protected book, you can open it and start reading. However, if it is a protected book, you have to authorize Adobe Digital Editions using either an Adobe ID. After completing the authorization, you can read the book and/or transfer it to an ereader. 

  1. Adobe Digital Editions prompts you to authorize if needed. However, if you do not get the prompt to authorize and you have issues opening the book, then click Help > Authorize to start the process manually.
  2. In the dialog box that opens, select Adobe ID as your eBook vendor and then type in your user name and password.
  3. Click Authorize.

You can read ePUBs or PDFs you borrow from OverDrive and Freading with Adobe Digital Editions. Items can be read on your computer or transferred  to an eReader. 

Reading ePUBs and PDFs from a Computer

  • Open a book in Adobe Digital Editions by double-clicking the book file or opening Adobe Digital Editions, clicking File > Add to Library to add it to the Adobe Digital Editions library.
  • Double-click the book in the library to open it and start reading.

Note: This action downloads the book to your computer so you can read it without being connected to the Internet. 

Reading ePUBs and PDFs from a Supported eReader

Adobe Digital Editions allows you to transfer items from or to a supported eReader device. 

  • Download the ePUB or PDF item to Adobe Digital Editions on your computer.
  • Connect the supported eReader device to your computer and open Digital Editions (if it is not already open). Digital Editions automatically detects the presence of your device. Both Digital Editions and the device must be authorized to be able to transfer protected content to and from the device.
  • After connection, the device appears in the library section.
  • Find the book you want to transfer in the Adobe Digital Editions Library.
  • Click on the eBook, and drag it over to the device.
  • Leave the device connected until the transfer is complete.