It may be possible using 'old fashioned' transfer mechanisms.
PDF's are just that - portable documents. And ADE uses Adobe Reader
software to open and read the books. So, try copying them using your
desktop computer's utility software onto a USB thumb drive. Then, transfer
the drive to your laptop, and copy them to the library where you keep your
files/ebooks and try to open them using Adobe Reader.
This will not work the same way with any .epub books. You can transfer the
ebooks to your laptop the same way, but you'll need a copy of ADE installed
on your laptop. Then, you can open ADE in Library view, click the drop-down
box and then click on 'Add Item To Library'. You'll get a screen that will
allow you to set the location of your ebooks or browse for them. Once you
see the ebook, click on it and ADE will add it to your library. You can use
this method for adding PCF files to ADE on your laptop also if you'd rather
use ADE to read them than plain old Adobe Reader.
Hope this helps!
The second paragraph addresses my question but I can't get to the point of being sure. I have a few questions related to the answer, but will start with one that precedes getting to the point described in the response.
How exactly do I install and activate ADE on the laptop that doesn't have a network connection and, consequently, no access to the Internet (except, as noted previously, through a USB key). I had previously downloaded the setup.exe (available through their support site) but upon reading the manual install instructions assumed that steps 2 and 3 suggested it was not possible to install ADE to a computer that did not have access to the Internet.
Manually install Adobe Digital Editions for Windows
- Download the latest installer for Windows: Adobe Digital Editions 1.7.2 for Windows.
- Click Run in the File Download screen to start the installation.
Note: If your connection times out, click Save, instead of Run, to save the installer to your desktop.
- When a message appears asking you to trust the publisher, click Run again. You can safely download the Digital Editions installer from Adobe.
- Follow the onscreen instructions.
However, given the response, I thought there might be some way around this and decided to give it a go anyway. ADE did indeed install but when opened it displays an error related to the activation. Not surprisingly it says:
"Activate Digital Editions
E_ADEPT_IO ActivationServiceInfo Error #2032"
I've tried to hit the Cancel button on the error message in the hopes there is some other manner of activating the software (you know, through a registration file I can download and copy over to the laptop separately like some software provides) but ADE simply closes. I haven't been able to find anything online that suggests an offline way to activate ADE.
Is there one that anyone knows of?
I didn't realize that your laptop did not have access to the Internet. I
just assumed that it did, given this day and age when everything is
'connected'.... So the error you're getting is one that relates to the
interaction ADE has with the Adobe website during activation: Adobe captures
some information about your computer and also transfers some information
from its website to your computer.
I am not sure that you're going to have any luck with transfers of any books
or documents that require Adobe Reader to your laptop because you have to
link to the Adobe website to complete the installation of Reader or ADE.
Maybe one of the Adobe employees who frequent this site will have a better
Thanks for taking the time to respond and trying to help.
From everything I've read, I really don't think there's anything I can do; but many years of programming has taught me that it's sometimes useful to ask around on a forum somewhere. Lots of other people know a heck of lot more than I do and one of them might be aware of something that can help.