I wrote a response to someone who couldn't seem to get books into her
library in the Windows environment. I'm not totally familiar with a Mac
(but I plan to buy one soon), but you might try to add the books using ADE's
'Add Item To Library' feature. The only requirement is to know where the
ebooks are located on your computer.
Open ADE and go to Library view. You'll see a drop-down tag next to the
word 'Library', and if you click on it, you'll get a drop-down that includes
a choice to 'Add Item To Library'. If you click on that, ADE should open a
dialogue window that asks you where the item is located. You specify the
location (in Windows, ADE opens to Digital Editions), find the ebook you're
looking for, and click on it. ADE will then enter the ebook into the
It may work - it may not. But it's a cheap solution! Hope this helps!
I did try this, found the books just fine but the books remained gray and would not move to the library. Tried this several times, seemed logical being a windows user up until recently.... MACs are a whole new beast, but fun!
I have as one of my issues the same one as yours. Can see, but can not add a book to the library either by the add a book or double clicking on a acsm file from overdrive book checkout, although mine is not greyed out, it just won't load into the library. Don't know if this relates to you or not, but It might.
I posted the below in an earlier post here and got no response, so I then emailed my library for assistance who forwarded to overdrive. I am posting here the response from overdrive. FYI: I can get it to work by creating the new account, but I don't want to have to log out and log in another account just to read a book. I feel that Adobe or overdrive or whoever is responsible for account issues should be able to resolve the account issue on my main account login. Adobe won't talk to you without putting up some money first though and who knows if it will get resolved.
Here is the information that was provided:
Brief Description/problem area: does not apply
Detailed Description: Mac OSX 10.6.7 Current version of ADE I must
have a local issue on my iMac, because I don't have this problem on
my laptop with the same settings and account information. I check
out an epub book from my library via Over Drive, get the acsm
file. Double click on it. ADE opens, but no book ever appears in
the library screen. Every time I attempt it I get another incident
of a task in the task folder. All previous books, have been
returned. I did have one task that kept popping up on a previous
book that I had already downloaded successfully, telling me that it
still needed to complete. And everytime that I tried to follow the
process, it failed. I finally found the task folder and deleted
that task and it never returned. I was able to download one further
book after that and then no more. I don't get an error, just no
response to the download request other than opening ADE. I followed
the lame instructions on Over Drive to clear my browser cache, also
to no avail. Also copying the epub from my laptop to the iMac and
double clicking on it doesn't resolve the probelm either. Today I
tried the delete and reinstall of ADE routine to no avail. Not sure
what other information I can provide. Can anyone assist me on this?
Hi ..we forwarded your problem to the OverDrive support team and their reply is below:
From the information provided, it appears that Adobe Digital Editions opens
when you click the .ACSM file but it only display the main window and does not
begin downloading your title.
In previous cases where this problem has occurred on Mac computers, there was
an issue with the 'user account' on the Mac OS itself. If you have another
'user account' on your Mac, we would like to have you attempt to download your
titles under that account.
If you do not have another 'user account', please create another one by going
to 'Apple | System Preferences | User Accounts'. You may also follow the steps
at the Apple support link below for creating another user account. Please be
sure that you create an account with 'Administrator' privileges.
Once you have created another account, please use this account to download
Adobe eBook titles from your library. Please note, you will need to authorize
Adobe Digital Editions with an Adobe ID under the new Mac user account. You
should be able to use the same Adobe ID that was used to authorize Adobe
Digital Editions previously.
how do you create another account for a regular PC this may help me as i cannot download any books from my library
Not a big PC user, more Mac.
Working from memory, I believe that you go from the start menu/settings/accounts. Add a new account with administrator rights. Maybe name it something like "bookreader" so you know what it is used for. Not sure, but you will probably have to restart, if not, at least logout and log back in as "bookreader". And then start the whole process over in terms of getting ADE to work on your PC.
Some one who is more knowledgable about PC's probably needs to respond to your question so that you get it right. Don't trust me on the account process on the PC.
Took your advice and created another account and it WORKED Thanks so much