I'm not Mr. Lester, but let me give it a try. (Jim no longer works for
The '.ascm' isn't the .pdf file - it's a set of keys that tell ADE where the
file is and other information about it. Think of it as the address of the
ebook on the shelves of the library. This is the method that was agreed
upon to implement the Digital Millenium Copyright Act of 2000 - and there
won't be any changes to it.
We have to adjust our way of thinking in the digital age, because technology
has imposed its own methods on what we used to do in person. There's not
many ways to get around using a computer to do what you used to be able to
do when you visited your library or bookstore. So, the change that needs to
take place is not in the system, but with the users of the system.....
I can not load any .ascm books either and have not been able to for the last 2 weeks. Not on my pc or my mac. I am trying to reseach a different way to do this because it doesnt seem that adobe is interested in fixing whatever bug there is. And byw I use nook.
I feel like I'm being drawn into a different conversation.
Please read my comments about what an '.ascm book' is in the response I
posted in this thread. That will put us on a level playing field. Another
disclaimer: I am not a MAC guy - and so I can't comment on what may be wrong
in that environment. Some of the stuff below pertains to Windows PC's.
If you're having 'problems', they could be with ADE, they could be with your
anti-virus software, with the site you're trying to download from or with
the ebook file itself. It depends on what's happening to you - and your
problem is probably not a 'bug' in the software, because thousands of people
don't have 'problems'. I hate to say it like that, because all of us
assume that the technology we use individually works the same way as it does
for others. Here are a couple of ideas to see what you can do to 'get
around' or 'solve' the problem you have.
Start with a question: does this happen every time? If so, you might think
it's ADE, but it could be another software program on your computer. Check
the FAQ's in ADE Help (such as it is) and see if your anti-virus program has
been reported to cause issues with downloads. If ADE hasn't said so, it's
still quite possible, so try disabling your anti-virus program while you
attempt to download the ebook.
If there are any error messages that have popped up, you'll have an
indication whether there is a problem accessing the ebook - and that's not
ADE's problem. ADE relys on information that is in the '.ascm' file to
initiate the download and if there's an error in the ebook file, it won't
Also, if you're having problems with one site in your attempts to download,
it's possible that THEY changed their software - especially if you were fine
for a while, but now your can't do anything. Try going to manybooks.net or
gutenberg.org and see if you can download something from them.
OK, if none of this works - or you simply don't want to mess with it, you
can go to a different set of ebook management software. Bluefire has been
mentioned, along with Overdrive, in other posts to this message board. I
understand that the MAC world likes both of these, and I know that at least
a few libraries use Overdrive.
I hope this helps!
If you still have your 500 and it cannot read ePub, call Sony. They will do one of three things for you. They will either upgrade your 500 to handle ePub via ADE, give you a refurbished 600, or give you a refurbished 650. The update to ePub for the 500 was free. So I'm guessing if you ask Sony about this, they won't charge you.
I'm having trouble with an ebook I downloaded from the local library. I've got the ACSM file, Adobe Digital Editions is installed, and yet when I try to open the file it will only show the credit page--everything else is blank. I've been trying to figure it out for 3 days now, and it's getting a bit frustrating. Any help with this matter would be appreciated.
Thank you in advance.
There's more than one part to the answer to your question. Let me assume
you are running a Windows computer.
There is no '.ascm file format converter'. An .ascm 'file' is really just a
pointer to where the epublication is located, along with some information on
the epublication. If it's a library ebook, then the file contains loan
What's supposed to happen when you check out a library ebook is that the
library creates the .ascm file and then activates ADE on your computer to
'come and get it'. ADE then will read the .ascm file, and go get the
ebook. During this transfer, you should be prompted to 'OPEN' or "SAVE' the
ebook. If you choose 'OPEN', then ADE should get the ebook and display it
in Reading mode. If you choose 'SAVE', then ADE will import the ebook into
the Library and display it in Library mode.
What you're describing happens on the library end - not the ADE end.
Something is wrong with the ebook file if all you get is one or two pages.
I've had that happen, and my local library's technical support folks got it
straightened out. Good luck!
Date: Sat, 8 Oct 2011 09:17:29 -0500
Subject: Re: [Adobe Digital Editions] .acsm file format converter??
since I run a mac, I didnt think I would have any problem. But my problem is solved, I was gifted with a kindle and Havent had a bit of problem since libraries started kindle lending. I think kindle is the better of the 2, Nook comes in way down the line syd harper
I stopped fighting. The library says Adobe is at fault, Adobe says the library is at fault. I have many books that I can not read on the Nook. So I bought an inexpensive KIndle and can download from all libraries that carry kindle books. Amazon is amazing about returning the books. The only books that I now put on the Nook cookbooks and technical books that I buy directly from B/N. And when I can afford it, I will buy the newest Kindle. Tired of being frustrated by adobe.
Isto tudo é uma boa maneira de desviar o nosso dinheiro.
Comprar um livro e ter que lê-lo no programa que lhes dá na telha não pode ser.
Queria lê-lo no meu ipad e não posso.
Estou estremamente aborrecido com o editor e com vontade ne nunca mais comprar um livro.
Tambem temos o direito de desviar da mesma forma.
I don't speak your language, so I hope you can read my English.
.ascm files are just address files that tell ADE where to find the ebook
you want to download. They are not ebooks themselves.
read an article in English that gives you more details.
(yes I realize this was an older thread, but it's what came up in Google, and it's still very much relevant).
I check books out from my local library through their digital site. Most books can be kindle or EPUB -- I read them on iOS, so either one was an option. The Overdrive app isn't very good, but the Kindle one is. I don't need special software to use the Kindle format, the deliver the book over the internet to my devices and either way, unlike with the audiobooks, both EPUB and Kindle books actually expire and become unavailable when the checkout period ends. Since Adobe is considerably more bother to get onto my iphone (requires the use of at least two, if not three, programs) vs a single click after checkout to get the Kindle version -- I'll stick with Kindle. Sorry Adobe, you shouldn't assume everyone will just use your software... probably time to reconsider your whole book platform, because you've seriously failed on this one.
Every time this old thread comes back, it reminds me that some people don't
do their homework. Your assumption that Digital Editions works with a
Kindle is incorrect. And your comment that Adobe doesn't run on your
iPhone means you don't understand what the design point for Digital
I do not apologize for Adobe, nor do I defend them. I have my own issues
with Digital Editions, as my screen name would suggest. If you'd followed
other threads on the forum, you might have posted your comments on one
that's a bit more related to them.
Amazon chose to use a non-standard approach to ebooks, and in doing so,
implemented a unique file format for their ebooks. As you're finding out,
some libraries will lend in Kindle format now, and some other sites like
Gutenberg.org have 'some' Kindle ebooks. It's not widespread now, but -
who knows? You are somewhat limited by what Amazon has to offer, or what
other software systems can do for you.
Digital Editions is designed to be an independent platform that will allow
users with a very wide range of other ebook readers, to import
industry-standard format ebooks from a variety of sources. And no one at
Adobe thought that, or intended that, everyone would use it. Adobe still
don't think that way - it's a niche product. The design point for Digital
Editions was put together in the late 1990's. It was not designed to
interface with Android devices - which effectively didn't exist when it was
designed - and does not run on that platform. Your assumption that it
should is incorrect. If you want ebooks on your iPhone, then you do indeed
have 'better' vehicles that Digital Editions. Ditto for tablets. If we
stop here, then you've posted comments to this forum for no apparent reason
other than to diss Adobe and Digital Editions.