4 Replies Latest reply on May 1, 2012 7:54 PM by mjcopeland

    Convert ACSM ebook/file to epub....?

    rugmojo

      I have d/loaded a book/file into my ADE library OK , then transferred it over to my Calibre library. However, when I then try to install it on my Sony T1, Calibre says it cannot do so becaues ACSM - how can I convert this into epub so I can get it onto reader please ? And please take pity, I am Mr TechDunce, so kindergarten language please !

        • 1. Re: Convert ACSM ebook/file to epub....?
          Frustrated in AZ Level 4

          There are a couple of things going on here.  I'm going to gloss over the

          technical stuff first, as you asked, but there are some 'catches' in the

          process you'll need to keep in mind, and I'll cover them at the end.  I'll

          also assume you have a Windows PC.

           

          The normal process of downloading an ebook has a couple of steps.  The

          first one is that the download site creates a small file of information

          about the ebook.  This file has a suffix of .ascm.  The download site then

          interacts with your computer to activate ADE, which reads that file, finds

          the ebook and downloads it onto your computer in .epub (or.pdf for those

          types of ebooks) format.  ADE then can manage the ebook, opening it so you

          can read it on your computer, or transferring it to your ereader.  The

          .ascm file disappears as soon as ADE has started the download.

           

          The next step in the process is to hook up your ereader to your computer,

          make sure it's recognized by the computer, and transfer the ebook to it

          using ADE.  That's done simply, by dragging and dropping the ebook from ADE

          to the ereader.

           

          Now, for the 'catches'.  The first one is that you should have registered

          with Adobe when you downloaded and installed ADE.  Next, your ereader needs

          to be registered with SONY and you should use the same user ID for that

          registration as you used for ADE because ADE looks at the registration

          information of your ereader.  Using the same ID makes it very simple and

          works 99.9% of the time.

           

          Next, SONY ereader registration includes downloading and installing the

          Reader Library.  If that's not on your computer, then you will have

          problems with transfers.  ADE doesn't use this library, but apparently the

          SONY ereaders check for it when they attach to your computer.

           

          The next catch is that some ereaders are not supported by ADE.  Although

          it's in the list of supported devices, ADE seems to have problems with

          the SONY PRS-T1 when doing a transfer.

           

          The process for hooking up and doing transfers is pretty simple, but needs

          to be followed in order: attach the ereader first and power it up if it

          doesn't do that itself when you plug it in.  Make sure that the computer

          recognizes the ereader and has given it a drive letter.  Then, start ADE.

          If all is well, ADE will show the ereader as an item in the Bookshelf

          section of the Library view screen - that's the left hand side of the

          screen.  You can click and hold your cursor on the title you want to

          transfer, then drag it to your ereader and drop it.  Repeat as desired.

          When you're done with the transfers, you need to detach the ereader

          LOGICALLY from your computer first.  That means going down to the right

          hand corner of the START bar at the bottom of your screen, finding the

          little icon that looks like a small computer, and clicking on it.  Then,

          click on the drive letter assigned to your ereader.  Once that's done, you

          can close ADE, but DON'T disconnect your ereader physically from the

          computer yet.  Most of them tell you that they're processing new content or

          words to that effect.  Wait until that stops and then you can disconnect it.

           

          I hope this helps.

           

          To your other question: since ADE can do the transfers, I don't know why

          you transfer an ebook from ADE to your Calibre library.  If the ebook is

          already in the ADE library as an .epub, then there's no way that Calibre

          would see it as an .ascm file.  Calibre itself is the same kind of program

          as ADE, so you could use it with download sites in a similar way as I

          describe above, and bypass ADE altogether if that works better for you with

          your T1.  Also, you can always go back to the SONY website and get your

          ebooks from SONY.

           

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          • 2. Re: Convert ACSM ebook/file to epub....?
            rugmojo Level 1

            Thanks VERY MUCH  - but I have ADE and SonyReader all registered etc... and I prefer Calibre (as do a lot of Sony users) as it's so straightforward and simple !

            So I download any book I buy/get(Gutenberg etc..) and "Save to File" ,so it is in my "Downloads" panel/box so I can drag 'n Drop it into Calibre. This is fine, in it goes. It's when I hit "Send to Device" that a box comes up and tells me it's ACSM, and has to be in a format Calibre can handle - ie epub.

             

            Hope this is clear. 

             

             

            Date: Mon, 9 Apr 2012 07:57:43 -0600

            From: forums@adobe.com

            To: rugmike@hotmail.co.uk

            Subject: Convert ACSM ebook/file to epub....?

             

             

             

             

             

             

                  

                       

                       

                       

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                created by Frustrated in AZ in Adobe Digital Editions - View the full discussion

             

             

             

            There are a couple of things going on here.  I'm going to gloss over thetechnical stuff first, as you asked, but there are some 'catches' in theprocess you'll need to keep in mind, and I'll cover them at the end.  I'llalso assume you have a Windows PC. The normal process of downloading an ebook has a couple of steps.  Thefirst one is that the download site creates a small file of informationabout the ebook.  This file has a suffix of .ascm.  The download site theninteracts with your computer to activate ADE, which reads that file, findsthe ebook and downloads it onto your computer in .epub (or.pdf for thosetypes of ebooks) format.  ADE then can manage the ebook, opening it so youcan read it on your computer, or transferring it to your ereader.  The.ascm file disappears as soon as ADE has started the download. The next step in the process is to hook up your ereader to your computer,make sure it's recognized by the computer, and transfer the ebook to itusing ADE.  That's done simply, by dragging and dropping the ebook from ADEto the ereader. Now, for the 'catches'.  The first one is that you should have registeredwith Adobe when you downloaded and installed ADE.  Next, your ereader needsto be registered with SONY and you should use the same user ID for thatregistration as you used for ADE because ADE looks at the registrationinformation of your ereader.  Using the same ID makes it very simple andworks 99.9% of the time.  Next, SONY ereader registration includes downloading and installing theReader Library.  If that's not on your computer, then you will haveproblems with transfers.  ADE doesn't use this library, but apparently theSONY ereaders check for it when they attach to your computer. The next catch is that some ereaders are not supported by ADE.  Althoughit's in the list of supported devices, ADE seems to have problems withthe SONY PRS-T1 when doing a transfer. The process for hooking up and doing transfers is pretty simple, but needsto be followed in order: attach the ereader first and power it up if itdoesn't do that itself when you plug it in.  Make sure that the computerrecognizes the ereader and has given it a drive letter.  Then, start ADE.If all is well, ADE will show the ereader as an item in the Bookshelfsection of the Library view screen - that's the left hand side of thescreen.  You can click and hold your cursor on the title you want totransfer, then drag it to your ereader and drop it.  Repeat as desired.When you're done with the transfers, you need to detach the ereaderLOGICALLY from your computer first.  That means going down to the righthand corner of the START bar at the bottom of your screen, finding thelittle icon that looks like a small computer, and clicking on it.  Then,click on the drive letter assigned to your ereader.  Once that's done, youcan close ADE, but DON'T disconnect your ereader physically from thecomputer yet.  Most of them tell you that they're processing new content orwords to that effect.  Wait until that stops and then you can disconnect it. I hope this helps. To your other question: since ADE can do the transfers, I don't know whyyou transfer an ebook from ADE to your Calibre library.  If the ebook isalready in the ADE library as an .epub, then there's no way that Calibrewould see it as an .ascm file.  Calibre itself is the same kind of programas ADE, so you could use it with download sites in a similar way as Idescribe above, and bypass ADE altogether if that works better for you withyour T1.  Also, you can always go back to the SONY website and get yourebooks from SONY. ======================

             

             

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            • 3. Re: Convert ACSM ebook/file to epub....?
              Frustrated in AZ Level 4

              Quite clear, and very useful.  Because what you said means that the .ascm

              file did not go through the download process using ADE.

               

              I'm not as clear on the process you used, so let me assume that it went

              something like this:

               

              You logged onto Gutenberg and found an ebook to download, then selected the

              format for the ebook (.epub) and pressed the button.  What should have

              happened is that Gutenberg.org would begin the download, and during that

              process, you would get a Windows screen that asked you whether you wanted

              to OPEN or SAVE the file.  If you chose SAVE, then Gutenberg should have

              initiated the download and opened ADE, which would use the .ascm file to

              find the ebook, then download it to the ADE library as an .epub.

               

              So, let's do a little detective work.  Pick the name of one of the ebooks

              that seem to be messed up.  Open ADE and look at the Library view and see

              if that ebook shows up.  If it does, then put your cursor on the small

              arrow next to the ebook's name, and pick 'Item Info' from the drop-down

              box.  The information will include the address of the ebook on your

              computer, and the ebook's format type.  If everything worked correctly, the

              ebook will be in the Digital Editions libraries, and the name will have the

              .epub extension.

               

              If the ebook doesn't appear in ADE's Library view, then ADE did not convert

              the ebook during the download process.  There could be several reasons for

              this, including a bad definition file (.ascm file) or a missed connection

              between the download site and your copy of ADE.  If the problem involves

              more than one ebook, there's a chance that your copy of ADE isn't

              registered properly, and the download site is unable to open it.

               

              Let's start there, because these are the 'normal' problem situations....

              • 4. Re: Convert ACSM ebook/file to epub....?
                mjcopeland

                Great detective work! Thank you for the information. Very useful.