Adobe keeps track of information about the ereader, the ebook and the user
- you. You cannot switch ereaders and use the ebooks you downloaded to the
other one on the new one. Sorry!
You are kidding.
I can authorize several devices / computers but it is not allowed to read my books on another eReader?
ADE added your user ID to the ebooks you downloaded and transferred to your
defunct ereader. That's straighforward. If you want to copy your ebooks
to more than one ereader (for example, if your previous ereader died as
yours did) AND your ID is the same as the one you used to download the
ebooks, AND the digital rights permit making another copy, THEN you can do
it the same way as you did the first time.
When you try to copy those ebooks to a different ereader again, AND If
you've used a different user ID, ADE will stop the transfer and give you
that message. This is required under the Digital Millenium Copyright Act
of 2000. Ebooks are not treated the same way as printed material, and the
DMCA as Adobe has implemented it will not let you copy ebooks with a
different ID. This is NOT the same as DRM protection.
So, what is different about DRM protection? It's designed so that the user
who downloaded the ebooks cannot make copies or print the ebook for
distribution. Those restrictions are contained in the digital rights that
are embedded in the ebook's ID file, and if your ID matches the one that
was used to download the ebook, you can see the ebook's digital rights by
using the Item Info tab on the drop-down menu that you can access from the
small arrow next to an ebook's name in Library view.
A word. You mentioned removing DRM protection in another post. This is
possible, but is illegal. Only the publisher, author or distributor of
ebooks are supposed to mess around with digital rights.