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Supported eBook Formats

There are numerous formats that you will find eBooks in across the web. Most are constrained to a particular device: whether it is Kindle or the iPad every company wants you to support their proprietary reader. Sourcebooks carries Adobe PDF eBooks and ePubs. These formats were chosen for their versatility and reliability. They are fairly easy to operate; however, if you have any problems you should look through this page for the answer. If you have a problem that is not covered on this page please contact Technical Support.

Adobe Digital Editions Support
Supported Devices

Adobe® Digital Editions (ePub and PDF/A)

Adobe® Digital Editions software offers an engaging way to view and manage eBooks and other digital publications. Use it to download and purchase digital content, which can be read both online and offline. Transfer copy-protected eBooks from your personal computer to other computers or devices. Organize your eBooks into a custom library and annotate pages. Digital Editions also supports industry-standard eBook formats, including PDF/A and ePub.

What is Adobe® Digital Editions?

Adobe® Digital Editions software offers an engaging way to view and manage eBooks and other digital publications. Use it to download and purchase digital content, which can be read both online and offline. Transfer copy-protected eBooks from your personal computer to other computers or devices. Organize your eBooks into a custom library and annotate pages. Digital Editions also supports industry-standard eBook formats, including PDF/A and ePub.

Where can I download Adobe® Digital Editions?
This download can be found at http://www.adobe.com/products/digitaleditions/

The minimum system requirements for Adobe® Digital Editions are as follows.

Supported formats

Adobe eBook (.ebx)
Adobe eBook (.PDF/A)
ePub

Windows

  • Microsoft Windows 2000 with Service Pack 4, Windows XP with Service Pack 2, or Windows Vista (Home Basic 32-bit and Business 64-bit editions supported)
  • Intel Pentium 500MHz processor
  • 128MB of RAM
  • 800x600 monitor resolution

Mac

PowerPC

  • Mac OS X v10.4.10 or v10.5
  • PowerPC G4 or G5 500MHz processor
  • 128MB of RAM

Intel

  • Mac OS X v10.4.10 or v10.5
  • 500MHz processor
  • 128MB of RAM

Supported devices

Support Questions

Learn more about using Adobe® Digital Editions.

The location to which Adobe eBooks and ePubs are saved varies by operating system:

  • On Windows Vista, eBook PDF files are saved in Documents > My Digital Editions.
  • On Windows XP and Windows 2000, eBook PDF files are saved in My Documents > My Digital Editions.
  • On the Mac OS, eBook PDF files are stored in Documents > Digital Editions.

The 'urllink.acsm' file is the license for the eBook, and downloading it should cause Adobe Digital Editions to open.

Open the 'urllink.acsm' file as follows:

  1. Once you have installed Adobe® Digital Editions, right-click the urllink.acsm file.
  2. Select 'Open With', and choose 'Adobe Digital Editions'.
  3. Click 'OK'. Adobe® Digital Editions opens and downloads the eBook.

If you have already installed Adobe® Digital Editions, you may need to adjust your computer's file associations so that the Adobe software opens the ACSM file type.

*Please note that Adobe eBooks can be downloaded three times. Please contact customer service for further assistance.

This error message typically occurs if you try to download an Adobe eBook with Adobe Reader. As of March 2009, Adobe discontinued Adobe Reader support for the Adobe PDF eBooks. In order to download Adobe PDF eBooks, you must have Adobe Digital Editions installed.

In order to download a single Adobe eBook on multiple computers, Adobe Digital Editions must be activated using the same Adobe ID on each computer.

To activate Adobe® Digital Editions using an Adobe ID?

  1. Open Adobe® Digital Editions.
  2. Select Library > Authorize Computer?.
  3. The 'Authorize Computer' dialog box is displayed.
  4. In the appropriate fields, enter the email address and password for your Adobe ID.
  5. Click 'Activate'. Your computer is activated to your Adobe ID.
  6. Click 'Finish' to close the 'Setup Assistant' dialog box.

Adobe® Digital Editions is activated using an Adobe ID. Repeat this process on each computer on which you intend to download Adobe eBooks.
Note that if you activate Adobe Digital Editions with an Adobe ID which has already been used to activate Adobe Digital Editions on another computer, any DRM-protected Adobe eBooks downloaded before activating with the Adobe ID will no longer work.
Also note that if the subsequent download of an Adobe eBook is attempted on a computer that has been activated using a different Adobe ID, DRM-restrictions will make the title incompatible with the second computer.

A downloaded Adobe eBook remains on your computer, even after it has expired or been returned, unless you manually delete it.


Supported Devices

Adobe PDF eBooks and ePubs are supported by many of the popular eReaders available today. If you buy an eBook from Sourcebooks.com you will be able to read it on the devices listed below.

ePub Supported and Adobe PDF supported:

Nook
iPad*
iPhone/iPod Touch*
Sony Readers
Kobo Reader
PC
Mac
Most other eReaders

*Sourcebooks uses DRM to protect our eBooks. To read these eBooks on your iPad, iPod Touch, or iPhone you will need to download the free Bluefire Reader App.

Sourcebooks is unable to sell eBooks for the Amazon Kindle directly from Sourcebooks.com, however, our eBooks should be available through Amazon. If you see a book available on Sourcebooks.com which is not available for your Kindle, please contact us so that we can make the eBook available to you.

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