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Help putting books on iPhone using Stanza (or even eReader)

Aug 29, 2009 7:36 PM

Hi everyone!


Okay, so I have a bunch of books in Adobe Digital Editions that I would love to be able to put on my iPhone to read on the road. I looked around a bit and it sounds like I should be able to get that done using the iPhone app called Stanza and its desktop counterpart, Stanza desktop. I've got both downloaded and ready for use, but when I launched Stanza desktop and went on File > Open File > digital editions folder (which is where the Adobe digital editions books live), and clicked on the title I wanted, I got a password prompt. It didn't say anything other than 'This PDF file is locked. Please enter the password', and a box under that. Now, I have two questions about that, or rather, one question with two parts :-):


a) Which passowrd am I supposed to enter here? Is it the same that you give when you download a new version of adobe digitaleditions?


b) If it is the same, how can you retrieve that if you don't remember it? Normally, I just use my mac's Keychain Access application when that happens; you enter your admin password and it shows the site or application passowrd you want. But in this case, that doesn't seem to work, it prompts for the admin passowrd, but it doesn't reveal the application password when I click 'allow'.


Couple of things you might need to know, tell me if there's anything I missed:


Running mac OS 10.5.8


Running iphone OS 3.0


Stanza, Stanza Desktop downloaded


eReader application also downloaded.


eBooks come from following sites:, ebookmall.


ebook format: all adobe reader.


That's all I can think of right now :-) I guess I'm getting kinda desperate, because I'm leaving on a trip Monday, and I haven't figured it out yet - I think I underestimated the difficulty so I ended up doing this at the last minute! But I already have a lot of stuff to take since it's 15 days, and a mix of business and leisure, formal and casual, so it would be cool to save bulk on the reading material - it's nice to have plenty of boks especially in case some turn out to be duds, but boy do they take up space!


Anyway, if anyone can help me, they can have a whole plateful of cookies to go with my gratitude ;-)

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    Aug 30, 2009 4:41 AM   in reply to niks116

    I've been dealing with the same issue and have sadly discovered that Adobe Digital Edition e-books are using an .acsm extension, which means they are DRM material (Digital Rights Management).  Which means essentially that they are restricted in how they are used and can only be used on Adobe Digital Edition.  And there is no way (yet) to share .acsm files that with DRM onto Stanza, or any other iPhone app for that matter.  I think they're working on this, at least Adobe might be to offer an Adobe Digital Edition app.  Until then, I'm stuck reading on my computer.  Also, I am not sure how to tell beforehand whether an ebook I buy is DRM or not.


    One other option would be for you to use the Kindle app on the iPhone and start buying ebooks through Amazon.  Those are transferable.  I think...haven't tried that yet myself.

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    Jul 18, 2011 2:44 PM   in reply to niks116

    Bluefire reader in the app store will let you read DRM books including Adobe's Digital Editions. Tired it and it works well.

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    Jul 18, 2011 2:58 PM   in reply to mscullz

    the free app called txtr from Germany will also load and run ADE DRM books including pdfs.  the procedure is load txtr then authorize it with Adobe then you set up an account with txtr (does not require a bankcard) then to get books on to the iphone or ipad you up load them to your folder at using mac or pc then they show up in your txtr app.  you can then also see and load them then with any andorid tablet using the txtr app as well.


    to my knowledge stanza does not do ADE DRM.


    in passing, the new feature i am now looking for in any ebook reader is one that will let you backup your bookmarks and annotations. Off topic for now, but Stanza on an ipnone (as nice as it is otherwise) does not do this as far as i can tell and when updating to new OS you can lose these records.

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