I'm annoyed, because the ebook I bought listed the format as ".pdf" only--not "Digital Editions .pdf" or ".acsm," etc. I like to convert my ebooks for use on whichever device I choose after I legally purchase them, which is not possible with a Digital Editions ebook. Once I've purchased a legitimate copy of an ebook, I should be able to use it as I please for my own use. The book was expensive for an ebook, also. I contacted the vendor, twice, but they never responded to me. I'm not interested in using Digital Editions for my purchased content. So, I've now paid too much for a book I'm not allowed to read as I see fit. This is very frustrating. I've learned my lesson, however. Before I purchase from an ebook vendor, I contact them first to make sure the book I purchase isn't locked by Digital Editions first. If so, I don't purchase it. If there were a way to "unlock" my purchased ebook (so it would be accessible as a standard .pdf), I'd have no problem with Digital Editions.
Hey, I had the same problem - I was trying to download an e-book in a Safari browser, and the .acsm file would download, I'd double click it, and nothing would happen. I was so frustrated and there didn't seem to be any answer as to why, so I tried downloading it again in Firefox. In Firefox it asks you what program you want to open the file with, and as long as you've downloaded and authorised Adobe Digital Editions it should come up as the first option... just click yes and there you go! Hope this helps...
Thanks for trying to help! I actually have a mobile reader that I
really like that uses/converts standard .pdf documents, and I bought
the .pdf book for that purpose. There was no disclaimer on the site I
bought the book from that the .pdf could ONLY be opened through
Digital Editions. I wanted to convert the .pdf I paid for use on my
portable, as I have all my other .pdf ebooks, which Digital Editions
does not allow. If there had been a disclaimer, I'd have no one to
blame but myself, but, as there was no mention of Digital Editions, I
was blatantly mislead. I contacted the vendor twice, but they never
answered my inquiry. I'm just more careful now, and refuse to purchase
any ebook bundled with Digital Editions.
Really, though, thanks for trying to help.
You're welcome, and I'm sorry you had that problem. I'm still having the original problem with the .acsm files. I've given up. As soon as I find my one and only book in that format I am going to see if it will cross over. Otherwise I'll download it to another reader. Either way, I'm uninstalling the Adobe Digital Editions. I found the Microsoft eBook Reader and the Sony eBook reader. Both work well, and they might read your .pdf files. They read some of mine. Good luck.
Is there a way to convert the current format of Adobe ebooks to something other than the format they come in (acsm) to read them on something other than our computers? I still can't get over how Adobe left all of us who love to read books on our pdas high and dry by switching everything at the end of March. They also screwed themselves, because they'll lose money from those of us who would have bought the Adobe ebooks not buying them because we can't read them on our pdas.
You are fantastic!!! Thank you so much! I sent a note to Adobe and then found out I was going to have to wait up to 3 days for a response... and my homework is due today :-) Your double-click recommendation worked like a charm. Greatly appreciated! Thanks!
I've just bought a Sony PRS-505 and loaded Adobe Digital Editions within the last few days. Regrets - I have a few ...
Decided to pick up a "free" book from Adobe which resulted in a file URLLink.ascm being placed in "My Documents". Tried "Add to Library" in DE but the .ascm file does not show in DE. Further to this, having read Jim Lester's comments (seems to be the mainstay of this forum), I tried to go into "Read" mode in DE. I cannot do it. Clicked the "Read" icon and tried Ctrl+l. Should I uninstall DE and re-install and, if I re-install will I have to authorise the computer again.
Please advise - thanks
To : Jim Lester
Thank you for your prompt reply. I have now downloaded the book to PRS-505 but I had to do this in a different way.
Tried double-clicking the .acsm file in "My Documents" which, of course, just resulted in thw Windows dialogue saying this type of file not recognised. So I dragged and dropped the .acsm from "My Documents" into ADE and from there transferred to PRS-505.
I'm obviously still not sure how to use ADE but have a workable solution.
ive pretty much had the same problems accecpt when i click on the ascm file and it go into abode digital editions and its says Error getting license.. Server communication problem: E_ADEPT_10 ... i dont know want that means put ive everthing to get it working and it wont .. can someone help me please or tell me want im doing wrong
Jim, no thanks for the condescending tone. We are asking why ACE books cannot be read by other apps like, e.g., Acrobat Reader. I will save you the answer: it's because Adobe said so. Period.
I posted today a new thread on the same subject, with emphasis on the the misleading use by Adobe of the name "PDF" and the file extension ".pdf".
This infuriates me as well; I made the mistake of purchasing one of my grad school business texts as an eBook and downloaded it to my work computer. I thought I would be able to print it and bring it with me on my commutes, doing laundry, etc. I paid as much for it as a real book and can't do sh*t with it. I know you can "authorize" a computer, sure, then I could read it at home that way. IF I WANT TO SIT IN FRONT OF A COMPUTER/DEVICE all day. I do not like reading texts on screen, period, if they are over 5 pages. We also retain less information from texts that are read on screen as opposed to printed out so maybe for light reading I wouldn't care but for academic reading, this is completely absurd to be stuck with something that only opens in DE that I cannot take with me, write notes in, etc. Furthermore, this text for whatever reason blocked printing directly through the DE interface as well. I HATE DE and am starting to wonder about the publishers choosing to use this format! This whole mobile book reading is crap. I will never, EVER purchase a DE "eBook" again for my work or grad school needs.
I'm angry too, but in a more constructive way. I bought my two ADE textbooks from eBooks.com. I complained and asked for a refund, they answered yesterday saying I will get refunded (when?).
As for ebooks, I am much wiser now. From now on, I will purchase ebooks only via my iPad. That way, I know they will be compatible. So far, I was successful with the Amazon Kindle app, the Kobo app and the iBooks app from Apple. If and when Adobe writes apps for the iPad, I will have a look again.
And, of course, the iPad can read garden variety PDF files (i.e. not screwed up by DE), which is great for professional publications like scientific papers.
As for you study books, I remember being a pennyless student not so long ago and share your frustration. You should discuss this with your school librarian. I think they can loan ebooks to students. But I think your best bet is still second hand paper textbooks.
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