I thought I knew what there was to know about DRM, epub, Adobe, eBooks, etc., but was I evidently way off base. Someone let me know otherwise.
I presumed that since Aldiko is listed as supported app on the Adobe digital list, that I could purchase a book from Feedbooks (which was a link from the Like Android app); however, I am unable to authorize my Motorola Xoom tablet and read the $9.00 book. I went with the Aldiko app because it is the most customizable for the visually impaired (or anyone else, for that matter).
Adobe has a 30-minute telephone wait time; Feedbooks says "Not our problem, contact Aldiko," so I submitted a lengthy ticket to Aldiko and await their response. Quite frankly, there are too many cooks in the kitchen and something that should be very simple is becoming frustrating and a real pain in the arse!
I know I have an Adobe ID, because I needed to get one to post in this forum. Entering my username (email) and password has no effect on being able to read the book on my tablet!
I hate doing business with the major folks (B&N, Borders, etc.), but if that is what I have to do to read a DRM protected epub book on my tablet, so be it.
Feedback much appreciated from anyone else with an Android tablet that has the same problem.
If I read your message correctly, I think you're a bit confused on how ADE
interfaces with ereaders. ADE runs on Windows or MAC computers, and
interfaces with other devices as ereaders. When you mention the 'Aldiko
app', it looks to me as though you think the application is what ADE is
interfacing with. The Aldiko listing isn't for the application, it's for a
If the Motorola Xoom tablet is not in the list of supported devices (in part
because it uses an Android OS), then you're not going to be able to transfer
ebooks to it because ADE isn't able to interface with the tablet's OS.
Simple as that - no other cooks need apply.
Thanks, Frustrated in AZ, for that excellent information.
I now wonder if that will be an issue using the Kobo Android application on my tablet as well (I emailed their tech support this morning and am waiting a reply). I CAN read on the tablet, without any problems, several previews of Kobo books, so if nothing changes when purchasing the FULL book, than everything is basically done on the "back end" and I should be fine.
If, however, the format of the FULL book is different than the FREE PREVIEW, and Adobe requires my tablet to be "authorized" in order to read a book purchased from Kobo, than I am **** out of luck on that as well.
I hate reading books anyway because I proofread all day long for a living. However, there are many books not available (nor will they ever be) in audio format, but most of those hard-to-find books are readily available via ebooks, so I will just hope that Adobe gets on the bandwagon because it's becoming a sore thorn in my side.
I certainly appreciate and understand protecting licenses and making sure the authors get their royalties, but really feel the "industry" needs to mainstream this better OR explain it better to the public. Like others have, I just presumed that if the "compatible device list" showed a particular ereader application, that would suffice, but I now know that not to be the case.
Am also looking at some posts at XoomForums.com re this topic.
I started this thread a long time ago. At that time, one needed to move the
.acsw file into ADE (on Windows, in my case) using the Adobe ID. Once
there, one could move it to a blessed device. In my case, I could bless my
device, but it wouldn't appear in the ADE device list, so I had to locate
the .epub file within ADE and manually move that to my device. (By the way,
that device was my Android phone.) I could then read it with Aldiko, once
Release 2 with DRM support was released. I was surprised that it worked,
but it did, and that technique has worked a couple of times since then.
Now, much time has passed, and I'd like to know what has changed. The use
case is universal; everyone wants to be able to buy a book at any ebook
store and read it with his/her ereader of choice and thus keep a single
repository of purchased books. Is this still a problem, after all this
time? If not, the whole ebook DRM thing just doesn't really work, now does
I use Aldiko 2 on an Android (gingerbread) phone and also a pair of Sony
readers, and I have a Windows computer with ADE on it, if that matters.
I use overdrive for epub with DRM , it seems to be the only solution that
does not need a PC that I have found. Aldiko allows me to view PDF 's with
DRM but has to be synced to a PC with ADE. As far as I am concerned the
issue of Adobe DRM support on android ( gingerbread) is a closed issue
(though it could be refined, but that should be another thread).
I don't know if I've replied to you on this one or not - they all seem to
An .ascm file is really only a pointer to the epublication in question. If
everything is set up, when the download from the source is completed, all it
leaves behind is this .ascm file, and then it opens up ADE. ADE then reads
the file, goes and gets the epublication and puts it in your ADE library.
That works and works well for almost all of us....
What's changed is that technology continues its relentless march forward.
And the advertising for the latest device tells us that you can read books
on it - whether it's an iPhone, a new tablet and so on. What they DON'T
tell you is the process for making that happen, which involves all of the
interface (in-your-face) software we keep talking about. So, as technology
moves forward, the interface software has to be revised to keep up - a
process that takes way longer than the development and marketing of the
devices themselves. There are so many moving parts: the hardware, the
different application systems such as Android, and the interfaces, such as
ADE, Calibre and Overdrive. Every time there's a change in one or the
other, a new set of 'conditions' (not problems - opportunities, as my boss
used to say) for the rest of us to deal with. It's not uncommon for the
forum to get a message saying I just bought this device and I can't load
books onto it - the software sucks. I blame the people who told those
people that they could do just that but didn't tell them how it was done.
OK - enough soapbox. The point is that all of us have to remember that not
everything is going to work together all the time - and that some things
just aren't going to work well when they do. We have alternatives - we just
have to figure out whether it's time to go there - or stay here. Adobe MUST
keep up - and so far, their software upgrades are coming out very slowly....
I diatribed on this thread at a different point below, but there are a
couple of things we should remember that apply to your message.
The basics of the ebook business are much like UNIX software for a
computer. There is a core that most, if not all, developers use. And then
there are the unique things that they do in addition to the core. UNIX is
different from LINUX, and so on.
The large distributors/resellers of books have developed their own versions
of ebook management that allow them to tailor how it works to their
ereaders. The Kindle is tied so tightly to Amazon that you have to get your
ebooks there. B&N have also coded their software to impound the Nook,
although not as tightly. SONY will tie you up to their site with your PRS
ereaders if you let them. Digital Editions is not tied to any particular
reseller or other site. ADE follows the mainstream implementation of
site-independent distribution, and thus has to accommodate several ebook
formats as well as a variety of ereaders. I think that, for the most part,
ADE's done a good job - so far. But with technology moving fast, and the
latest and greatest handheld device telling you that you can read ebooks on
it, they've got to get moving a bit faster to keep up.
You are very informative, Frustrated in AZ; I feel like I just sat through a college course, which is good. I am always curious to know the method behind the madness.
If you are not currently earning 6 figures somewhere, you should be! Knowledge = Power.
Anyhow, my biggest gripe is I want stuff to work in the background. Be able to go to any reader device, tablet, computer, library -- whatever -- log in, download, pay if money is involved, and finished. Instead, it is a lot of cockamamie stuff involved and gets old.
Anyway, just for ***** and giggles, I checked out 1 EPUB book and 1 Adobe PDF book from my local library and will see what OverDrive does with them on my tablet. I am expecting that it will go smoothly (just download and read), but at this point I should probably have no expectations.
Thanks again, Frustrated, for all the great insight!
My Nook Color and ADE have decided not to interface after six months of happily conjoining. And of course, it is NO ONE's responsibility. Adobe doesn't support ADE. The bookseller is out of the loop, and then, of course, there is B&N 'help' that says it must be me. Meanwhile, I unrooted my NC to see if it would transfer that way and, nope, no dice. So I have a $150 brick and I have pretty much decided to return to paper. In most cases, it costs the same, and I can pass it on or trade it at the used book store when I'm done.
if the print were bigger OR i were 30 years young, print would work for me. even the large print books have faded ink; the quality is crap. exception are large print brooks i get from Jewish Braille or there's a company online that will make certain books large print (or VERY LARGE EVEN) and bold and a customized font for a fair price. unfortunately, the mainstream books aren't part of that, so it is very limited.
a follow-up to my previous post re OverDrive and EPUB and PDF; the EPUB downloaded fine, however OverDrive's so-called LARGEST FONT is very small so i have to experiment later and see if i can read that one in Aldiko. the Adobe PDF book from OverDrive said "can not download form mobile device, blah blah blah."
Have you listened to audiobooks? Might be a way to get your 'book' fix; although I don't suggest math and tech books in audio... ;-) I agree about large-print books; I get them from the library every once in a while rather than wait for the general edition.
Too cool about the company that will enlarge the print. I bet you haven't requested a copy of War and Peace, though.
"a follow-up to my previous post re OverDrive and EPUB and PDF; the EPUB downloaded fine, however OverDrive's so-called LARGEST FONT is very small so i have to experiment later and see if i can read that one in Aldiko. the Adobe PDF book from OverDrive said "can not download form mobile device, blah blah blah.""
Bluefire Reader just released their Android version into the Google Market - it's probably worth you checking that out as well.
Thanks, Jim, for the Bluefire Reader recommendation; will check that out tonight, but not sure if that is going to allow me to read the book I checked out from my library. Aldiko wouldn't let me read the book (an EPUB) and Adobe confirmed with me on the phone last night that the Motorola Xoom is not an "authorized device."
Someone wrote a review in Android Market re Bluefire Reader and said they read their book checked out from a library, so that is interesting. Of course, it could be a format that is "compatible" with her device; show knows.
This is interesting. I tried registering my Xoom tablet again last night with an Adobe ID and it "took" this time, go figure. I am able to read a book I purchased from Aldiko partner Feedbooks and am pleased as punch, because there is no better Android ereader app out there, especially for the visually impaired. (Maybe aside from the one that speaks the books, but I am not at that stage yet).
Wasn't at all impressed with Bluefire, but did check it out.
Of course, this all happened AFTER I purchased a SECOND copy of the same book from the Kobo store because I wasn't sure I was going to be able to get the Adobe ID/Aldiko/Feedbooks issue resolved.
So much for Adobe saying I can't read DRM on my tablet, unless there's something I am missing here.
And, just in case it matters, I realize some of this stuff can be done no matter what (or more often) if one wants to plug their tablet into their computer, but forget all that. The mobile phone and tablet need to be self-contained, or the convenience is all gone. No way am I plugging a device into my computer to download books, music; no way, no how!
Thanks everyone for the great info on this forum and Happy Holidaze.
I've been running some interessting experiments with my Nook Color and ADE.
When I first got my Nook Color -- I could download library books from my library and could drag and drop them to 'media' which showed up in the left hand pane on my ADE on my laptop (when my nook was plugged in by usb to the laptop). When dragged and dropped they ended up under 'myfiles' and 'digital editions' subdirectory and had to be read by the Nook generic reader.
Then I got my Nook rooted to 2.2 about the same time that Overdrive put out their edition for Android. I could use Overdrive on my Nook Color for all purposes(e.g. going to my online library, checking out books, etc) but it wouldn't download the books to my Nook (although it did to my Droid phone) -- it would just give a bunch of random letters and would say there is an error. I still had to go through ADE on my laptop.
However, when I downloaded my books to ADE on my laptop and plugged in the Nook by USB I was then given the option of dragging my books either to the generic Nook reader (the root that I had done maintained some original nook features) but, since I also had gotten Aldiko Premium in the market and registered it -- I had the choice of dragging it there too. So, I think if somene wants multiple options fairly easily, they should probably go through their laptop because any apps that have been registered to Adobe should automatically show up on the left hand pane in ADE.
Recently I bought an SD card from Amazon which had 2.3 (gingerbread) on it (and there are other versions available) which is completely reversible if you take out the SD card. When I tried overdrive with that one -- it very easily downloaded my books. So, same Nook but with a different rooted version could easily do the downloads it could not do before. However, I don't have the choice of which ereader app I want to use even though there are 3 of them registered to ADE. I just get the Overdrive generic reader.
I also want to note that my brother wanted to get a Nook Color and I had a horrible time trying to set it up. Turns out that it was just a lemon -- so I took it back and they gave me a new one which works fine. Some just arrive more or less DOA. So if you've had a bad experience with a Nook (especially turning off and on, flashing, etc.) consider the possibility that you got a lemon and take it back for a new one. I've helped a number of people set theirs up and his was the first lemon I encountered.
One correction here ... just because ADE will not interface with the device doesn't mean that you can't read books with adobe drm on the device. You don't need ADE. With properly entered adobe drm credentials, the aldiko app is all that's required for both books with adobe drm, whether epub or pdf. I know this is true if you have the acsm file; I haven't tried to transfer either the epub or the pdf directly onto the device.
Well, I say "all that's required", but that's not quite accurate. I haven't been able to figure out how to get anything other than astro to understand the relationship between aldiko and acsm files. When I click on a download link to get the acsm file, I have to select astro as the application to open the file with (not aldiko), after which astro opens the acsm file in aldiko. Finally, aldiko downloads the book and loads it into my aldiko library.
I have done this by downloading directly in a browser on the phone and by downloading the acsm file on my laptop and fowarding it to the phone via e-mail or usb. Once this acsm file gets onto the phone, astro knows what to do with it when I click on it, or I can open the aldiko app and open the acsm file from within the already open app.
If I only read epub books, I would use overdrive, which has much more seamless integration with the phone. However, I also read pdf books with adobe drm, and these don't work in the overdrive app. Also, since overdrive is the technology used by all my local libraries for electronic book checkout, the library won't let me download pdf books onto my phone from the mobile website interface. However, with firefox, I can masquerade as a desktop machine and get the non-mobile website, which allows me to download even the pdf directly to my phone. As noted above, I could leave firefox out of the equation if I were willing to download the acsm file on my laptop and transfer it to my phone via some other method, but I've got firefox on the phone anyway, so there's no reason not to use it.
Well said. What may be puzzling you about how 'astro' fits into the process
is that 'astro' is middleware.
That means the translation of the file is done via 'astro', but instead of
opening ADE and ADE storing the ebook in its library, 'astro' opens Aldiko
and Aldiko stores it in its library. Bluefire reader and Overdrive are also
other applications that would receive the books from middleware. However,
the software/hardware that they hand off to is different from ADE, which is
targeted at Windows PC's and MAC's.
Help! It's been a while since any posts but this discussion is excellent, hopefully I can get a solution here.
Hope things haven't changed too much, but I've tried almost all of the methods here and they didn't work. I'm hoping it's my device (Asus TF101) and not something Adobe have done to encumber all the great various solutions listed above.
I've tried Overdrive, Txtr, ADE (via usb), aldiko, and every other ereader app to open both the ACSM and PDF file from my local library.
The library uses Overdrive, but I've had problems with this:
(1) normal browser only gets the mobile version of the overdrive/library website, cannot download because it says something like "cannot download from mobile website".
(2) with firefox, I get the desktop version but can't download either. Just get some XML gobledegook garbage code in the browser when I click the download link that says "download PDF file". (Although what I get in windows from clicking this same "PDF" link is an ACSM file, not PDF.)
Would this process work if it was EPUB instead of PDF I was trying to get? (Sounds silly but I see above many say overdrive can't open PDF. However the Tech guy at the library says Overdrive can. So maybe a device issue.)
This is really a case of having tried everything, but no luck. Am tempted to abandon ebooks altogether (for life) and unless I can find a fix, and am inclined to suggest all users do the same.
(Ebooks officially suck balls.) Please help if you have some better suggestions.
I have been reading ebooks for years, as soon as they were available on the Dell Axims and Palm handhelds... it seems like you have to relearn how to get the things onto your device everytime you get a new one. I get frustrated because I'm constantly getting the "too many devices activated" message. The only books I read anymore are library books. I used to love Overdrive, but the last few months I've had the same problem, you can't just download to your device anymore. It seems like you have to go to a PC download it, open it in ADE then hook up your device and transfer it. But not every device is recognized by ADE so then you are stuck.
Have you tried the Kindle app on your device? It works the best for me. You still have to use a PC but on the PC you can tell it to send the book to your device. It's very simple and slick... most of the books are available in PDF and EPUB as well as Kindle.
Hope that helps!
I don't know when you've tuned into this discussion, so let's start at the
Android is an OS that works on 'hand held devices' - that is smartphones,
tablets and some ereaders. It is incompatible with DE, which uses either
Windows or Mac interface protocols for those devices. So, how do you get
from one to the other?
First, the most logical thing to do is to download your ebooks via DE to
your computer - as long as it's a Windows or Mac machine. Once the ebook
has been transferred and is in the DE library, then you can set to work
with one of the various tools that will import it to your Android device.
Is it better to download EPUB or PDF? I have a personal view that EPUB
format is the way to go. It has flexibility and scalability that allow
compatible ereaders to display the text and graphics embedded in it. In
point, they were designed to those spec's. PDF is a format that was
designed mainly for documents, not books, and there are many
'incompatibilities' in PDF's when you try to read them as ebooks. DE will
handle a subset of PDF formats, but I would suggest Adobe Reader for you if
you have PDF's, not DE. And Reader doesn't interface with ereaders or
Android devices, so if you go that way, you are pretty much confined to
The tools for porting ebooks to Android devices vary a lot. Apple has
iTunes. Aldiko has software that will interface with ebooks, and it's
mentioned in the 'supported devices' list from Adobe with certain
ereaders. I believe that Calibre and Bluefire Reader software may be able
to do something for you. Your Android device 'user manual' may have
something about how to import and read ebooks - some do, some do not.
Hope this helps!
Hi, thanks for the replies. I have not managed to get ADE (on PC) to connect to my android device, probably because it isn't on the device list and the apps installed on it didn't help either - very unfornately. A real shame to ease of use and flexibility.
However, I was able to get access to it AFTER the library tech guy clicked onto what some of you guys said above - that epub can be used with overdrive on android (but I found PDF didn't work). However, it worked by direct download to my android tablet (Asus TF101) after he made that change to epub.
It's a shame that the same overdrive approach has turned out not to work for you DL. But it fortunately worked for me, maybe for a reason? (see below) A couple of pointers I found in being able to download direct from my browser on android via overdrive:
(1) I had to access it through overdrive by going to "libraries", finding my local library and only THEN did it let me access the site and download. Was quite convenient too.
(2) It only worked on one browser on my tablet. It happened to be the Asus native browser on the TF101. For me it didn't work on Firefox, Chrome (beta) or Skyfire. Each of these gave me the "mobile version" of the webpage = no download!
(3) By trying to access the library's site directly from the brower (not thru overdrive first) it didn't work! I kept getting the mobile version of the webpage. Overdrive directs you to a specially enabled link that allows non-mobile webpage, so download works.
(And (4) it only worked with Epub and not PDF as you guys have said above. For PDF I got a bunch of XML code in the browser once I clicked the download link.)
Thanks for all the great info on this thread! It's still a shame that only the above has worked on my device. I really would have liked it if TXTR worked for me, but no luck I'm afraid.
So I'm stuck with overdrive only, but at least I get to finally read my book! Thank you all!
you mentioned using the kindle app. ADE does not recognize my new phone and I've been reading forums for days to try to find how to fix this problem. Everyone who mentions how to do the library books, no matter what app they mention, says that it has to be recognized by the ADE. That doesnt help if ADE cant find your phone. Is there a kindle software to put on your computer that will recognize your phone so that you can transfer library books? or are you just generally talking about bought kindle books?
I don't know what he will answer, but please understand that Kindles are
welded to Amazon, and are not supported by Digital Editions because of the
proprietary software that Amazon uses. There's no 'Kindle app' I know of
for Android devices either.
Hope this helps!
thanks for your quick answer. I thought that, but by reading his post, I thought maybe I was wrong. I guess I just misunderstood him.
Anyway, do you know any other way for me to get my lended library books onto my Pantech Marauder other than using ADE since it does not support my phone? I have downloaded and tried like 6 different e-reader apps to no avail. All the app answers I've seen in this forum all go back to connecting to the ADE and I cannot do that until they start supporting my phone and I dont buy ebooks anymore, I get all of them from the library.
The situation is a bit different than it appears. Digital Editions is one
of several software packages that support Digital Rights Management of
ebooks and other epublications. Adobe's Content Server Manager is the
encoding piece of Digital Rights by industry standards. So, when you're
directed to Digital Editions, what they're telling you is that any ebooks
with Digital Rights can be processed by Digital Editions, so, the
supposition is ALL ebooks should use DE, but that's not necessary.
Getting ebooks from your computer onto your phone is problematic for
several reasons. DE doesn't support most Android devices. Some software
systems, like Aldiko, can interface between the two, and that might be
something to look at. Other packages like Overdrive, Bluefire Reader and
Calibre may interface - you'll have to get more information from them and
see whether it's gonna work for you. Also, check your device and see if it
interfaces with iTunes - because you could use that to do the transfer.
Many devices have custom software on them that will aid in transferring
ebooks to the device - the question is 'where from'. Some will allow you
to link directly to an ebookseller or distributor. I've never heard of
your device, so I can comment only generally on this. But, if the device
tells you that you can read ebooks on it, then somewhere in the User's
Guide is more information on how to do that.
Summing up, it seems like it should be simple - but technology gets in the
way. If you want to do this, you'll have to understand more technology
than you thought you would - or should.
This is Debbie (not a he ;-) ) and Kindle is not really welded to Amazon, they want you to buy their ebooks, so they offer the Kindle app for Androids and Apple devices. Hopefully these links work, it will show you what I mentioned. library2go is offered by our local libraries, you just sign in using your library card then you can check books out in different formats, quite often Kindle is one of those formats. When you check it out you'll get a message telling you to go to Kindle to retrieve the book. Then you just log onto your Kindle account online on amazon.com and send the book to your device. Prior to getting the book you'll want to install the Kindle app on your phone and sign in with your username and password that you use for the online Kindle, that will enable your to send the books from Amazon online to your device via wifi. You don't have to connect your device to the computer. As long as you have the same type of library services in your town you should be able to do the same!
I've tried Overdrive, but none of the others you've mentioned, so I'll try those for my epub files. Thanks for all your help today!
1st off, sorry I called you a he... habit (and I'm a girl so it shouldnt be ). Anyway, I see what you are saying now, it totally went over my blonde head earlier. You are saying that I should download it in Kindle format from the library in the first place instead of epub then use the kindle app on my phone. Gotcha. The reason that never ocurred to me is that I'm a Nook user and so I never download in Kindle format. Only problem there is that it then wont go onto my nook. Oh well, I've been thinking about switching to Kindle anyway, so if I do that I wont have that problem. Thanks!
While I've got you here, it sounds like you are a Kindle user. I used a Kindle (the very first one they ever made) several years ago and at that time, compared to the very 1st Nook they had, I liked Nook better. Now that they've got the new kindles that can do so much more, what's your take on Kindle vs Nook?
I don't have a Kindle but I did set a friend's up to download the free library books. I've had lots of Nooks, I had the first color and then I got the Nook Tablet, now I have the Galaxy 8.9 Tablet which for me is perfect. I honestly think any of the readers are good. When the Nook first came out it was very simple to root so you could read your Kindle books on it, now I think they've changed that.
You might want to go with something like a Galaxy Tab or the 7 Nexus tablet made by Asus simply because you will be able to have the Nook app AND the Kindle app as well as dozens of other book readers. That would be my choice! I also bought my device as refurbished on Amazon so it was much less than purchasing new, I've had it serveral months and it has been just like a new device.
If you don't mind my chiming in......
The Kindle world is built on a slightly different version of the industry
standard epub formats, and is thus unique. Yes, some libraries and some
ebooksellers will have a Kindle version of the ebook or epublication you
want, and you could download directly from them to your Kindle.
But the whole idea of the '.epub' format was to provide an industry
standard that ANYONE could create and interchange. So, being restricted
largely to obtaining your ebooks from Amazon is keeping you from buying or
downloading ebooks from other sources like B&N (who has a similar situation
with the Nooks) or some other ebookseller. Plus, many of the 'classics'
are available in epub format without digital rights restrictions. Unless
the website has Kindle formats for these ebooks, you're not going to be
able to work with them either. I read somewhere that Amazon's Kindle
formats covered only about 25% of the ebook world, but I don't know how
they got that number or what's considered part of the ebook world.
iTunes is an option that's got a lot going for it, and I feel it's worth a
try. As for me: I'm old, crochety and can't see worth a darn. I have
issues reading 12 point type on a standard computer screen, so I'm not
headed for 'tiny' phone screens soon....
Thanks for the input and I hadnt considered that, so that helps alot. My reason for getting a new one was that Nook came out with the "Glowlight" so you can read at night without a book light. Once I started mentioning buying it, all my "kindle" friends online were telling me to "buy a Kindle, they have that light function too and its better". Alot of people keep telling me to just buy a generic tablet. I dont want a tablet because I like the fact that the Nook still has the reading screen that is like reading a book and tablets are not made to be an "ereader" but a "little computer with an ereader function" and everyone I've asked says their tablets' screens are just like a computer and have that glare that a computer screen has. I work on a computer all day and couldnt stand to have to use a screen like that all night too to read. I, too, have to put my font up to "extra large" to read at night so I wont be reading on my phone much, but did want it to sync for emergencies when I forgot my nook. I think you are right; I dont need to be limiting myself to the kindle format, every book I've read in the past year has been epub format from the library, so I probably wouldnt be happy with that choice.
It has been so long since this discussion started that I thought it was all settled but I see there is still confusion and frustration. I can only add my experience to this discussion but it may help someone. First off I very seldom buy books but mostly use my library which is Salt Lake County. They use the overdrive system and I have used it successfully on a number of devices. I started with using my computer and ADE but soon used my phone (a Droid X) which I still use with overdrive but not much for reading. I then went to the original nook which easily connected to ADE from my computer for downloading books but not directly with overdrive. I then started using the 10" Galaxy Tab using Overdrive to download books directly to the Tab and it works great but was a bit big to hold. I now use the Nexus 7 (made by Asus and sold through Google) which is a 7" tablet and the best reader I have found so far. I use Overdrive mostly with EPUB books and download them directly to the Nexus. I also use the kindle android app and sometime download the kindle version of a book from the library. Kindle app is a not as seamless but it is a good reading app. I have also used Aldiko App and it works well but isn't necessary for me anymore. From the perspective of downloading, reading, buying books and magazines etc the Nexus ($199) with Overdrive app is the easiest and best I have found. Especially now that they have updated the Overdrive app to work with the latest version of the Android OS. It gives me all the control I need from a font, lighting, and layout perspective. Easy downloading, easy book purchase through Google, Amazon, or others and easy Library lending. I seldom use my computer for books anymore but that depends on what you have and can afford. Hope that helps someone and if you have any questions please ask. - Keith
I think you may have overlooked what a couple of us "newbee's" to the conversation have said. Overdrive does not work on some of the newer phones, mine (and a few others have said it on here) included. When we download with overdrive's adroid app, instead of downloading the book, an html code comes up on our phone and it doesnt download the library ebook or audiobooks to my phone correctly.
The main IT developer at the company I work for helped me out with my problem by finding a reader for android the does NOT make you go through ADE to recognize your phone and I finally found one that works!!! It is Aldiko. If you download that app then go to their website and use the 2nd method for getting library books, you can go to your library straight from your phone, never hooking it to your computer and download your already checked out library ebook straight into the Aldiko app. Its doing what Overdrive is supposed to if Overdrive supported my phone. I works great! Aldiko is free on Google Play.
Here is the link to Aldiko's main website to go to on your computer (after you've downloaded the app from google play to your phone) which tells you the two methods of downloading to the phone. For those of you having trouble with ADE recognizing your phone as I did, you will want to use Method 2:
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