Installing Adobe Digital Editions (ADE) on your computer

Most of the ebooks available to download from (but not all) are protected by Adobe DRM. This is a requirement from our agreement with the publishers that we work with. DRM protected ebook files will not open in Adobe Reader or Microsoft Word or similar applications, but instead require special ebook reading software. For PC and Mac, we recommend using Adobe Digital Editions (ADE).

ADE is free ebook reader software provided by Adobe. It supports both EPUB and PDF ebook formats. It can be installed on both PC and Mac computers, and is supported by a large list of portable ebook devices including Sony Reader, Kobo and Nook. For a comprehensive list check our Devices with support for Adobe Digital Editions.

To install ADE on your computer, first check the system requirements to check which version you should install. always recommends installing the latest version that you can, as long as your computer meets the requirements. System requirements for the latest version:

Adobe Digital Editions for Windows Adobe Digital Editions for Mac OS
  • Intel® Pentium® 4 processor or later
  • Windows® 7 (32 or 64 bit running in 32-bit mode)
  • 512MB of RAM (1GB recommended)
  • 40MB of available hard-disk space
  • Intel Core™ Duo or faster processor
  • Mac OS X v10.8 or later
  • 512MB of RAM (1GB recommended)
  • 75MB of available hard-disk space

Once you have determined which version you need you can download the install file from Adobe's website here: (Version 4.5.10) (Versions 3.0 and 2.0.1)

Once the download has completed click on the installation file to run the install wizard.

Follow the steps on screen until the wizard says that installation is complete.

Now you have successfully installed ADE you will need to authorise it with an Adobe ID before downloading any ebooks.

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