I’ve been using Adobe Digital Editions since it first came out. I’ve been involved with providing tech support for ADOBE PS 208 this program and developing documentation on its use. I have researched and solved many of its error messages, and I have been able to compile some instructions for the best way to set it up when you first install it so that you can avoid a lot of DRM*-related problems that people commonly experience.
* DRM stands for Digital Rights Management. It’s the digital security that prevents a user from passing around an eBook for free.
The authorization process that Adobe Digital Editions uses is the most important thing to learn. This is the method that the software uses to verify that you are the person who bought your ebooks, and you didn’t get them emailed to you for free from someone else. Most people will only need to do this authorization once or twice, and it doesn’t take very long.
You should authorize your copy of Adobe Digital Editions before you buy any ebooks. In fact, it’s best to authorize it right after you install it.
How To Authorize Adobe Digital Editions
1. Create an Adobe ID
The first thing you need to do is create an Adobe ID. This is the account that you’ll use to authorize Adobe Digital Editions and all of your ebooks in the future. **link provided below
Once you have your Adobe ID, you can do your authorization.
a. Open Adobe Digital Editions. If you haven’t already declined the authorization prompt, you should get it now.
b. You will be prompted to enter your Adobe ID username and password. Enter that information.
c. Click “activate”
From now on, all of the ebooks you buy while under this authorization will be tied to your Adobe ID. Try not to mess this up by switching to a different Adobe ID later. That will render your ebooks unopenable.
The Adobe eBook downloading process makes use of files that end in.acsm. That stands for Adobe Content Server Manager. This is one of the things that causes a lot of confusion for people.
This file is what you initially download when you start an eBook download. It acts as a “transfer file”, managing the communication between the download server and Adobe’s servers. My understanding is that it verifies your Adobe ID and then starts the eBook download process.
The majority of the time you won’t even see this file or have to interact with it. If everything goes smoothly, it will do its job in the background and begin your eBook download for you.
If you don’t have Adobe Digital Editions installed, your computer won’t know what to do with this file. People often complain that they got a small file ending in.acsm but they didn’t get the book they bought. That’s because they didn’t follow posted instructions for downloading Adobe Digital Editions and authorizing it before they tried to download their ebook.