8 Replies Latest reply on Jan 4, 2012 3:05 PM by Frustrated in AZ

    Adobe Digital Editions problem when downloading epub books from free sites.

    JAM@home

      I have read similiar threads on this issue but I do not see any solution to this problem.  I am using Windows 7.  I downloaded Adobe Digital Editions and have it registered correctly.  When I download an ebook from a free site such as ManyBooks.net the book appears in the reading view but when I click on the library view the book disappears.  I have tried open, save, save as and it all acts the same way.  What is the problem?

        • 1. Re: Adobe Digital Editions problem when downloading epub books from free sites.
          Frustrated in AZ Level 4

          When you download an ebook from a site, you have a choice as to whether to

          OPEN it or SAVE it.  If you OPEN the ebook, ADE does this in Reading mode.

          When you SAVE it, ADE registers the ebook in its library.

           

          You can register the ebook you see in Reading mode using ADE.  Find the

          ebook on your hard drive (it's usually in the Digital Editions library).

          Then open ADE in Library mode.  Click on the arrow next to the word

          'Library', and you'll get a drop-down menu.  Pick 'Add Item To Library',

          and you'll get a screen that will let you go to the place where the ebook

          is.  Double click on the ebook and it will be added to the Library.

           

          Hope this helps!

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          • 2. Re: Adobe Digital Editions problem when downloading epub books from free sites.
            JAM@home Level 1

            Thank u. I am new to the nook. When u buy a book or take a book out of the libray ADE acts differently.

            • 3. Re: Adobe Digital Editions problem when downloading epub books from free sites.
              Frustrated in AZ Level 4

              The Nook is one of the more discussed ereaders here on the forum.  More

              people seem to have trouble getting them interfaced with ADE than other

              ereaders.

               

              I'd like to respond to your comment about ebooks.   The process ADE follows

              is the same, whether you buy an ebook or take one out on loan from a

              library.  There's no difference at that level.  You perform your

              transaction with the source of the ebook, ADE interfaces with that source

              and downloads the ebook to your computer.  Library ebooks, however, have

              additional parameters associated with them that limit the time that you can

              access them.  Purchased ebooks do not.

               

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              • 4. Re: Adobe Digital Editions problem when downloading epub books from free sites.
                JAM@home Level 1

                Hi

                When you purchase an ebook from b&n or take a book out from the library it opens ADE in view mode and then when you go to library mode it will appear and then the option to add to library is available.  When you download from sites such as Manybooks.net,, it opens ADE but when you go to library mode the books disappear.  You then have to go to ADE folder, click on book, add to library.  This the differences that I encountered, which lead me to ask my question in the forum.  I have not have any difficulties in transferring to my nook.

                • 5. Re: Adobe Digital Editions problem when downloading epub books from free sites.
                  Eagle One Eye

                  I've got a new Nook Tablet andseem to  have it even worse than you do. I have downloaded the .acsm file from my library consortium, and ADE is supposed to download the actual ePub book and open it when you double-click the .acsm, but mine does nothing at all, except to open itself. I get no library view, reading view, just nothing but an empty and unresponsive ADE. Actual ePub files open and load instantly, so the problem is with ADE reading the .acsm file, obviously. Saving or opening the .acsm file makes no difference whatsoever. The browser I'm using makes no difference. On top of all that, "adding to ADE library" doesn't offer any path for me either, since it only looks for and accepts ePub or PDF files, not the .acsm file. If ADE is the only path to obtain public library books, it could not have been designed to be more difficult. I'm assuming that this is deliberate.

                  • 6. Re: Adobe Digital Editions problem when downloading epub books from free sites.
                    JAM@home Level 1

                    Hi

                     

                    My issue with the nook was with sites where you can download free books such as

                    ManyBooks.net.  ADE acts differently when using these sites; for example, it

                    opens ADE with the book in read view but when you go to library view the book

                    disappears.  I actually solved the problem before the forum answered my

                    question--when I download the book from the free sites I choose Save As to make

                    sure the book goes to the ADE folder.  Then I choose LIBRARY and I get a drop

                    down menu and choose "Add to Library" and I get the book from the ADE folder. 

                    Then I have my NookColor attached to the computer and I drag the book into

                    MyNookColor.

                     

                    I just got a book from the public library and ADE acts differently.  The program

                    that my library uses is CONNECT Downloadable Catalog@Library Connection, Serving

                    Patrons of Participating CT Libraries.  I had the book on hold so I was notified

                    by email that it was available.  I went to my account in the CONNECT program and

                    added the Adobe EPUB ebook to my cart, proceeded to checkout, and downloaded the

                    book in acsm format.  ADE opens the book in Library view, I drag the book over

                    to MyNookColor and I am done. 

                     

                     

                    I was researching my problem on the internet and found my solution.  My point

                    was that ADE acts differently with free book sites versus public library and

                    buying directly from B&N.  I see you have a tablet and I have a nook color.  You

                    can bring your nook tablet to B&N and get help.  Another suggestion is to

                    download ADE again and make sure it gets registered properly (doing this from a

                    laptop not the nook).  I have downloaded audible books and I have had no

                    problems--you have to use the program OverDrive Media Console for audible

                    books.  I also have put music on my nook which has to be MP3 format and movies

                    have to be in MP4 format.  Good Luck. 

                     

                     

                    Jean

                    • 7. Re: Adobe Digital Editions problem when downloading epub books from free sites.
                      Eagle One Eye Level 1

                      Thanks for filling me in on all of your experiences, Jean. I think that

                      will be valuable information for me, eventually.  You're ahead of where

                      I've been able to get to, though, and so I've got a query into my library

                      consortium that sends out the digital .acsm files.  ADE simply won't open

                      or download from the .acsm file, in any way shape or form. It's strange,

                      but I'm sure I'll eventually get a solution, perhaps from the library folks.

                       

                      Allmybest,  Larry

                      • 8. Re: Adobe Digital Editions problem when downloading epub books from free sites.
                        Frustrated in AZ Level 4

                        I think you're on the right track.  Those .ascm files should contain the

                        information that ADE needs to find the ebook and download it successfully.

                        If ADE won't do anything with the .ascm file - you said it just sits there

                        - then the data in the file is either missing or corrupted.  Going back to

                        the tech support of the source where the ebooks are coming from is the only

                        way to get this fixed.

                         

                        Hope this helps!

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