Nancy, ADE is useful for a couple of reasons. You have to be the judge as
to whether those reasons make any sense to you.
ADE is a library management system and a 'transfer agent' for
epublications. Among other things, it interacts with the digital rights
management of epublication material, and that was designed into it so it
complies with the Digital Millenium Copyright Act of 2000. This role is
important to the industry, and is one of the reasons that ADE is 'required'
by libraries and some distributors when they are transferring ebooks to
users. Libraries provide unique loan data that ADE interpretes so that
library ebooks are controlled within the loan periods set at the library.
Booksellers use features of ADE to manage and control the distribution of
material you pay for.
ADE also serves as a 'translation agent' so that epublications can be
transferred to different types of devices. It supports several 'unusual'
device types and their various quirks and special features.
I've transferred ebooks directly to my ereader also. The catch is that the
ones I've transferred are free, so most of the points in my first paragraph
don't apply - except that I like to have a FREE program that lets me manage
my elibrary on my computer, which is much more reliable than my
ereaders...... Backup pays off.
Hope this helps!
Thanks so much!
I now understand the purpose of ADE. My downloads are from free sites but I will use ADE as my mnagement site from now on.
I really appreciate the full explanation and the time you took to answer my question.