I have bought a book and have managed to save it onto ADE, however, It won't allow me to 'drag' it into my e-reader - a box appears saying "Unable to copy - No permission to copy document here".
You bought an ebook that has digital rights permissions set to prohibit
copying to another device.
You can check this. Open ADE and, in Library view, put your cursor on the
little arrow next to the ebook's name. A drop-down box will appear. Click
on 'Item Information'. A screen will open showing you several parameters
associated with the ebook. The copy and print permissions are in the
There's not much you can do about this. Publishers, distributors,
libraries and authors can set the digital rights. All ADE does is read
them and then act on them.
You could try going back to the seller and discussing this with them.
Thanks for that.
I can drag it onto my E-Book and when viewing in ADE it appears in the correct format. However, when I disconnect my E-Book from ADE and click on the book to read it, it tells me there is a file format error and it won't open.
There's a difference between the first post and this one relating to what
messages you've received. As I posted in stream above, if the message says
'no permission to copy here', then you're encountering restrictions in
place with digital rights. If the message is as you say now (file format
error -and won't open), that's an entirely different set of circumstances.
Can you clarify which it is?
Sorry for the confusion, the issue has changed as I have figured out each step.
Where i am at now:
I can download books onto my ADE. I then connect my E-Book to ADE and can drag the books into it. When I open the books in ADE (that are now loaded onto my E-Book) they appear as normal.
However, as soon as I disconnect from ADE the books either don't show up at all on my E-Book or in one case it says 'File Format Error'
Hope this makes sense and thank you so much for your time!
Timing is everything. In this case, let me suggest a couple of things.
First, look at the display on your ereader when you attach it to your
computer, and then when you start ADE. It should tell you that you're
connected. When you finish transferring the ebook to your ereader, close
ADE, and watch the ereader display. Do not do anything to it until it
tells you it's completed the transfer of the new files. Then, disconnect
the ereader logically from the computer. In Windows, you can do this by
going to the START bar's right hand corner, finding the icon that looks
like a computer that displays 'Safely Remove Hardware' when you rest your
cursor on it. Right-click and it should display a list of external
devices. Then, click on the one that's the drive letter assigned to your
ereader. When Windows is done, and displays 'Safe to remove....', you can
pull the plug on your ereader.
Hope this helps!
Just some minor corrections to your statements.
The message that was quoted is one related to digital rights and
permissions set by the publisher, author, library or distributor. They
have the right to limit or prohibit copying and printing under the Digital
Millenium Copyright Act of 2000. The ebook in question is restricted and
cannot be copied or moved to the ereader. Simple as that.
Your statement about the number of ebooks or devices is in error also. If
you'll check the HELP section of Digital Editions, they spell out there how
many devices you can attach and what those devices can be. As for ebooks,
the number is not limited - and they are not 'attached' to Digital Editions.
May be we are just lucky in the Netherlands. All of my books with the same properties (view on every device, no copy no print) are readable on our two ebooks as well. It works with ePub, i have a problem with pdf which can be read on ADE but my ereader can't open it. Strange.
Hi, I have authorized my e-reader - I got it from NHA - but I get the same message as above: Allow viewing: on any device
but copying and printing : not allowed!
If I open my e-reader by connecting it to my MAC, the icon of my ebook I can see, but as soon as I disconnect from my Mac and try to open it on my e-reader I get the message: File Decode Failed.
If you start using ADE you have to give a users name; and with this you can (should!) be able to connect 4 computers and 6 e-readers or tablets.
All your family-members should be able to share the books when they use the given users name.
Unfortunately I did not succeed in any way after many hours of attempts!
So far I still need HELP!!!
My issue with PDF: ADE converts these into EPUB when I copy it to my e-reader. Then I can read it. Great!
For permabri: do you copy your books in ADE? SO drag the book to your ereader which will be in the left pane of ADE. It should be working then. Otherwise explain exactly what you did
Yes, ADE has converted my book into EPUB too; and I drag the book to my ereader, but it does not work at all. I only see: File Decode Failed.
So I don't copy, but I drag it.
I think somehow there are restrictions, but I don't know who or where.
Permabri: You have some facts wrong. Let me start at the end of your
ADE allows you to use up to two computers and four ereaders for a total of
six devices, not the ten you claim.
ADE attaches the Adobe ID of the person downloading an ebook to that
ebook. Nobody else can access that ebook. Thus, a family cannot share
If you download and install ADE, you use your Adobe ID, and the copy of ADE
is always associated with that ID unless you deauthorize the computer. If
you do that, then you can authorize it with a different Adobe ID. However,
ADE will let the second user access only the ebooks that this user has
downloaded with that Adobe ID.
Finally, the permissions you quote in your post mean that the person who
downloaded the ebook with their Adobe ID cannot copy it to their ereader.
This is not a contradiction with the permission to allow viewing on any
Hope this helps!
the info about connecting several devices I got from 'Consumentengids
june 2012' page 31:
"you need ADE to drag bought books to your e-reader or tablet. You have
to create a log-in name, and to this log-name you can join 4 pc's and 6
devices like e-readers or tablets.
If all members of the family join with this same log-in name (and they must use the same log-in name!), books can be 'shared' ."
I downloaded ADE to my Macbook, but should this ADE be on my e-reader
too? Is the problem that ADE is not/not to install on my e-reader?
I see ADE on my e-book but as soon as I disconnect my e-reader from either my notebook/PC I cannot open it and get "no documents found".
I have authorized my Macbook.
Perhaps it's true that, however it should be possible to transfer/drag
books to my e-reader, in some cases - DRM (?) prevents this anyway.
Today I downloaded another -bought - book (in ePUB), now via my Windows PC; I first installed ADE and the URLlink.acsm,and I could read the book on my PC.
But when I connected my e-reader to my PC it took long time untill the device was recognized as "H"; I could read the titles, but as soon as I disconnected the e-reader......both books were disappeared from my e-reader!
I think my e-reader is not recognized (the USB cable is not USB 2.0-could this be a problem?)
It seems to be I only can read my e-books on my Macbook/Windows PC!
You triggered me with your USB connection: I once had a problem with comnection and I solved that with an old usb 1.0 hub, that worked! Looked like the speed of USB 2 was too fast. It appeared with my bebook club. After a patch the issue was solved and the book could work with 2.0 again.
If this isn't working, it is may be time to go back to your reseller.
Let's talk about transferring ebooks to your computer and then to an
You are correct that DRM will prevent you from copying ebooks to your
ereader. If the message from ADE says 'no permission to copy here', or if
you display the rights and they say 'copying not allowed', then you will
not be able to copy the ebook to your ereader.
Also, you have not told us what ereader you have. Many ereaders are
supported by ADE, but not all. You can find a list of supported devices
HERE <http://blogs.adobe.com/digitalpublishing/supported-devices> in this
link. Check it for your ereader/device. If your ereader/device is not in
the list it MAY work but the chances are good that it will not. You
confuse the question by saying that you can transfer the ebook to your
ereader, but when you disconnect your ereader, the ebook disappears. That
would tell us that your ereader is supported.
If your ereader is supported, then you should follow the correct process to
attach it, transfer ebooks and then shut it down properly. The way you
tell us that you are doing it is not proper. You should do it this way:
Attach your ereader to the computer and wait until the computer gives it a
drive letter. Check the screen of the ereader to make sure it says that it
attached to the computer. THEN start ADE. ADE should show the ereader as
an entry on the bookshelf - the left hand side of the screen - in Library
mode. Transfer ebooks to the ereader by dragging and dropping them to the
ereader. When you are done, you shut down ADE but DO NOT DISCONNECT THE
EREADER YET. Wait until the ereader tells you that it's finished
processing new content. Then, disconnect the ereader logically from the
computer. In Windows, go to the lower right hand corner of the START bar
and find the icon that looks like a computer. Left-click on that icon, and
your ereader's drive letter should show up as an entry. Click on that
entry and Windows will tell you that it is safe to disconnect the ereader.
Some other points that you've raised:
I've told you already where to find the number of computers and ereaders
that ADE will support.
ADE works with USB 1.0 and 2.0. This is not a problem.
Hope this helps!
Hi Frustrated in AZ. How long should it take for the ereader to process the new content? I am having the same issue in that i can move the file to my ereader and it shows on my reader but i can't open the book, i get a message saying 'file open failed'. I have tried all of your above steps and have waited up to 30 minutes before disconnecting the reader but still no luck. Also my reader does not show that content is being transferred. Any suggestions?
Ummm..... The transfer should complete in a very short time - probably
under a minute. If it's not finishing, then there is the chance that the
ebook is corrupted.
Let's check to see what the ebook's digital rights are. It's possible that
they're set by the source so that you can't copy it to an ereader (which is
a bummer, but entirely legal). Open ADE in Library mode. Then, hover your
cursor on the small arrow next to the name of the ebook. A drop-down menu
will appear. Choose 'Item Info' from the list, and another window will
display the information. About halfway down, look for the digital rights
to copy. If it says 'Not Allowed', that's why the transfer isn't working.
There's nothing more you can do if that's what it says. You can contact
the source and ask them if they would let you download another copy whose
digital rights allow you to transfer it to an ereader.
You seem very knowledger on this subject so me i can get some help. I had a sony ereader (about 4 yr old) and my daughter damaged the screen to the point you can't read it any more. I went out and bought a noon touch. I have epub books that I purchased for my sont that i haven't read and want to put on my nook. The salesperson at Best Buy told me this was possible since the nook reads epub format. I've downloaded the ADR but get an error: Activation server error code:E_AUTH.not.ready. I can open ADR and copy the book to the nook, but can read them. On the nook i get an error dialog: user not activated. Help?
The whole ebook thing can be complicated by the technology. It's supposed
to be simple, and lots of us think it's just plug and play - but it's not,
because each device or program suite has requirements.....
The salesman at Best Buy is correct. Nooks do read epub formats, so that
part should work - when we get there. We have a few steps left.
When you downloaded 'ADR', I assume you meant Adobe Digital Editions
(ADE). I can assume from what you wrote that you are able to get ADE to
'see' the Nook and display it on the ADE bookshelf in Library mode [on the
left hand side of the panel]. You need to go to the B&N website and
register the Nook with them. You do that by attaching the Nook to your PC,
making sure that its screen tells you it's attached, and then going to
B&N. Use the Adobe ID you used when you purchased that ebook for your
son. That will simplify things immensely. When you're done, and logged
off the B&N website, you can open ADE, and make sure that it recognizes the
Nook again. At this point, you should be ready to do the transfer.
This is really weird...up until yesterday it was fine. I could download a book in my ADE and transfer to my nook, and it was fine.
Now no matter what book it is, or format it is continuesouly gives me a "No permission to copy."
Can any one please suggest what I can do about this?
Either your computer or the nook has probably forgotten (or confused and half-forgotten) the authorization.
Try deauthorizing the Nook: ctrl-shift-E to ADE (cmd-shift-E on Mac) while the Nook is plugged. Then restart ADE and reauthorize the Nook.
If that doesn't work, try the same with ADE itself. Deauthorize (ctrl-shift-D to ADE (cmd-shift-D on Mac)), restart ADE and reauthorize ADE.
Also, check that the time and time zone still match up between PC and Nook (if it is a Nook that knows the time).
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