There's a couple of pieces of this picture I'm not getting, so let me give
you an answer that starts with the basics.
The Kobo ereader - actually any ereader - has to be recognized by ADE as an
authorized device. If you follow a certain sequence, this takes place
automagically, because everything is aligned. First, the Kobo ereader has
to be 'activated' by registering it with Kobo. That means you have to set
up an account with the Kobo store/website, and then link the ereader to the
website. When you do this, the Kobo store will embed your Kobo ID in the
Kobo ereader. Then, turn on your computer and plug in your ereader to a USB
port. Assuming that your computer is a Windows machine, the computer will
recognize the Kobo ereader as a new device - usually a hard drive. Once
Windows reports that your new hardware is ready to use, you can start up
ADE. ADE 'should' recognize that your Kobo ereader is attached, and
register it in the left hand panel of its Library view. Once this is done,
you can drag and drop books from ADE onto your ereader.
Hope this helps!
Tom (Frustrated in AZ)
I have done all those things, including installing and uninstalling both DE and my Kobo, twice. I can't get it to work. I can a
uthorize my computer, authorize my KOBO but every time I try to read the content I have dragged to the KOBO from inside my DE libra
ry it tells me I am not authorized to read that content when I try to open the book on the KOBO. These are library books I have downloaded and can read no problem with DE on my computer desk top. I spent 20 minutes on the phone with the KOBO customer service and the instructions she gives are similar to yours. What piece of this puzzle is everybody missing?
The only thing I can think of is that the digital rights have been set to
deny the right to copy the ebook to the ereader. You can check this by
looking at the permissions for the ebook on your computer. I don't know if
you know how to do this or not, so pardon me if I repeat something you know
With ADE in Library view, place your cursor on the cover of the ebook. A
small arrow will appear in the upper right hand corner. Click on this arrow
and you'll see the Item Options screen appear. Click on 'Item Info' and
you'll see the digital rights displayed. It's pretty common that the
digital rights on a library ebook will be restricted.
Hope this helps!
Thanks for responding so quickly! I took out 5 library books. They had
different permissions. Even the one which gave permissions to make about 30!
copies could not be dragged and dropped to my Kobo "bookshelf" in Digital
Editions. I respect the rights of authors but considering the time I have
spent trying to solve this problem, I'm beginning to sympathize a bit more
with the pirates! At least they can read their books....
I was wondering, is there something I can do from my DE account using my
Adobe ID that would change how many computers I can authorize. Do you know
how to check this setting from the Adobe website? I can't seem to check it
in the program DE so I'm guessing this is info that is stored by Adobe on
their website. The info I've seen online is that you can authorize your
computer inside DE and I have (a few times now if you read my previous) but
I'm wondering if there is something I just don't know...