Installing Adobe Digital Editions in Ubuntu

Recently I discovered that my local public library was offering books to download and read in ebook format. Thought to try it out, because ebooks were better as  there is nothing physical to get and return to the library.  So I downloaded the ebook file from the library website.  But it turned out I had to install Adobe Digital Editions software to read the ebook, and  there were only windows and mac version of the product only.  I had ubuntu os 9.10 installed in my machine,  so  here was a problem which I had to solve, and thought of sharing the solution here (Thanks to many ubuntu forum posts, giving the solution, but anyway wanted to repost in this blog).  Follow the instructions below -

  • Install wine (it allows you to run windows programs in linux – https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Wine)
  • sudo apt-get install wine
  • Download the Adobe Digital Editions .exe file – http://www.adobe.com/products/digitaleditions/#download
  • Double click on the downloaded .exe file, to install as you would on a windows system
  • Now double click the Adobe Digital Editions launch icon on your desktop,  to  open it.  First time, it asks for setup,  follow the instruction on screen to complete it.
  • Now drag and drop the .acsm(ebook file)  onto the  Adobe Digital Editions  window to load the ebook.

Start reading and enjoy .

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4 Responses to Installing Adobe Digital Editions in Ubuntu

  1. steve says:

    This doesn’t work. The installation is sucessfull but I can’t handle acsm files.

  2. Tomas Nygren says:

    drag the file “mybook.acsm” directly into the digital editions library window since the digital editions can not open .acsm files in the “add to library command” in menu

    worked for Ubuntu 10.04 netbook edition, I had to turn off maximiser for the actual windows to be able to drag the file beween folder window and adobe digital editions

  3. nazaroo says:

    I click on setup.exe, but I just get a busy-mouse for a few seconds and nothing.
    I have wine installed, and tried running it from the Wine pull-down sub-menu. No go.
    The only download from Adobe right now is 1.7, maybe only 1.6 worked (?!)

  4. Kris says:

    I installed wine but when I go to download adobe digital editions, it still says my system does not meet the minimum requirements. I’m running ubuntu 12.04

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