The error code you see indicates unable to contact the server, or unable to extract the Authorization Service information from the response.
If you have authorized Digital Editions 1.7, normally you don’t need to authorize Digital Editions 1.8 again because they share the same authorization information. Are you running both 1.7 and 1.8 concurrently? Did you authorize Digital Editions 1.7 anonymously or namely? Can you please share more information about what have been done before authorizing Digital Editions 1.8?
I have authorized digital editions 1.7. It shows my nook and nook color.
Digital Editions 1.8 will not let authorize. Maybe, I will try and
uninstall 1.8 then reinstall it. I authorized 1.7 with my adobe id. I
haven't done too much with digital editions, I have put on my nook maybe 1
or 2 library books but that is it.
I am seeing the same. 1.7 is installed and still says authorized. 1.8.3 says its not authorized and says
This computer is Authorized without an ID
Opering Adobe DRM protected item on this computer will make the item only readable on this particular computer. This item will not be readable on other computers or devces and wont be able to be restored from backup if you ever need to re-install your OS.
To change this computer's authorization to be associated with an Adobe ID, dick on the Continue button
If you hit continue and try and enter your id and password you get the
E_AUTH_NOT_READY mesage with Digital Editions encountered an error on the activation server.
Since 1.8 still is not complete, I am not ready to remove 1.7 yet.