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DE refuses to transfer my books to my Kobo - can anyone help?

Apr 14, 2012 4:38 AM

Tags: #error #library #ebook #failed #ebooks #bookshelf #digital_editions #adobe_digital_editions #ade #transferring #kobo

I have successfully downloaded books into DE, and it recognises my Kobo, showing it as a bookshelf that I can view.

Both DE and my Kobo are authorised with the same Adobe ID.

However, DE always refuses to transfer books onto my Kobo, saying it is not permitted.

I've tried the usual sort of thing: uninstalling & reinstalling DE.


Does anyone have a suggestion?




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    Apr 14, 2012 7:59 AM   in reply to jcb54

    Reinstalling the software doesn't change anything, because the message

    relates to the digital rights of the ebooks you downloaded.  The publisher

    or distributor has assigned digital rights that permit you to download the

    ebook to your computer, but not to transfer it to another device.  They do

    this to try to prohibit copyright violations as they see them.  You may

    disagree, but, short of breaking the law, there's nothing you can do.



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    Apr 22, 2012 9:06 PM   in reply to Frustrated in AZ

    Sorry, but that answer doesn't make sense. I have the same problem. I bought and borrowed several ebooks and I can read them on my computer but not on myKobo Lookbook. There I get only an empty box and the message that "The content you are trying to view is locked. Please use your Adobe ID to authorize your ereader to view content protected with Adobe Mobile Ereader Technology"


    I reauthorized my ereader several times and am still getting the message. If the publisher permits "not to transfer it to another device," what is the point of buying an expensive ereader?


    Especially since I bought my books from the Kobo site!

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    Apr 23, 2012 6:20 AM   in reply to UnclePaul3914

    Well....  Publishers don't think in terms of ereaders, only in terms of

    copy protection.  I think that's a flaw in their thinking, but that's the

    way it is.  Not all ematerial is copy-pprotected, and you always have the

    option to go back to a publisher that's locked the ebook up and ask for

    them to unlock it.  I don't know if that works, but you could try.


    Another thought:  did you go to the ereader's website and register it with

    them using your Adobe ID?



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    Apr 23, 2012 9:58 AM   in reply to jcb54

    I found the following on the Kobo site and downloaded it, and to my surprise, it works. The book showed up on my lap top and also on my Lookbook, under Currently Reading:



    Ironically, after all that trouble, I don't even like the book, at least so far. I'll keep reading, but I may be the only living human who doesn't like The Hunger Games.


    Anyway, thank you all for your help, and I will refer back to your suggestions in case the new software causes me problems.

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