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jjansen
04-01-2009, 01:07 AM
I just purchased an Adobe Digital Edition book from fictionwise. I expected it to be in EPUB format. It was in ACSM format which I have never heard of. I downloaded Adobe's Digital Edition software and even it didn't recognize the file type. I use Calibre to manage my books for my SONY 505 and I don't know what to do with this book I just purchased. I am new at this. Any help appreciated. Thanks.

dreams
04-01-2009, 01:51 AM
I don't have any experience with this but, I did google it and found the below information...

http://www.adobeforums.com/webx/.59b6cefd

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.acsm file format converter??

Cotannah - 01:35pm Oct 21, 2008 Pacific

I paid for an ebook in the .acsm ( Adobe Digital Edition) format and did read it very well and it wont load into my sony reader as I only have the 500 not the new one. Is there any way to change the file format to either .pdf or .txt??? Because I would really like to read this book.

Thanks for any replies.


JimLester - 2:44pm Oct 21, 08 PST (#1 of 22)

The .acsm file isn't the book - it a purchase ticket that allows you to download the book.
In Digital Editions you can find the path to the book in the Item Info dialog. You can bring up the Item Info dialog from the Reading Menu (in Reading View) or pressing Ctrl+I (Cmd+I on the Mac).

--
Jim Lester
Adobe Systems

Cotannah - 10:22pm Oct 21, 08 PST (#2 of 22)

Thanks for that. I still have an issue, I have found teh downloaded file but when I open it with adobe reader 8 it just pops up a web page telling me to download digital edition. So I cant read it in adobe reader

JimLester - 10:39am Oct 23, 08 PST (#3 of 22)

This is expected. Content Server 4 protected ebooks can not be opened in either Adobe Acrobat or Adobe Reader and can only be opened in Digital Editions."

Hope this helps... Maybe someone with more experience with jump in.....:blink:

Liviu_5
04-02-2009, 12:17 PM
I just purchased an Adobe Digital Edition book from fictionwise. I expected it to be in EPUB format. It was in ACSM format which I have never heard of. I downloaded Adobe's Digital Edition software and even it didn't recognize the file type. I use Calibre to manage my books for my SONY 505 and I don't know what to do with this book I just purchased. I am new at this. Any help appreciated. Thanks.

Just right click "open with", choose ADE - if not there find it wherever it's installed - make sure it's authorized and open. You will get your ebook in your Documents/Digital Editions folder in whatever format - epub/pdf - is

Or you could open ADE and use open file to open the acsm and same will happen

jjansen
04-03-2009, 02:07 AM
Thank-you all. I know have the book I paid for and can see it in Calibre. Thanks again.

lexila
10-06-2010, 07:00 PM
I am aso having the same problem with diesel books. I purchased a ebook and its in a acsm format and I dont know how to add it to the Kindle. I submitted 3 inquries to this website which has no telephone number and I hav not gotten any reply so I have had my ebook purchase forever and have yet to e able to read it because there seems no way possible to add the file to the Kindle.

Diesel book sucks and their customer service is non-existant. I urge anyone NOT to ever makea purchase from that site.

wallcraft
10-06-2010, 07:23 PM
I purchased a ebook and its in a acsm format and I dont know how to add it to the Kindle. As explained earlier in the thread, an .acsm file is a "ticket" to get an Adobe .epub. Install Adobe Digital Editions on your PC or Mac and use it to open the .acsm file. Adobe Digital Editions will download the .epub and open it for reading.

The Kindle does not read ePubs directly, but Calibre can convert a DRM-free ePub to MOBI for your Kindle. However, most Adobe ePubs have DRM (encryption).

avidreader53
11-30-2010, 02:29 AM
I have access through my library for e-books, but they download as an acsm file. How can I convert it to e-pub seems calibre is unable to recognise .acsm. Help please

wallcraft
11-30-2010, 02:52 AM
I have access through my library for e-books, but they download as an acsm file. How can I convert it to e-pub seems calibre is unable to recognise .acsm. Help please Download Adobe Digital Editions, and register an AdobeID. Then click on the .ascm file and ADE will use it to download the DRM-protected ePub. To get it on a Kindle you need to strip the DRM and format shift to MOBI using Calibre. The DRM-stripping is done by a 3rd party plug-in to Calibre, look for the tools_v2.2a bundle. Apprentice Alf's Blog is a good place to study DRM issues, don't forget to look at the early posts which are still relevant.

halibrewer
12-26-2010, 03:15 PM
As explained earlier in the thread, an .acsm file is a "ticket" to get an Adobe .epub. Install Adobe Digital Editions on your PC or Mac and use it to open the .acsm file. Adobe Digital Editions will download the .epub and open it for reading.

The Kindle does not read ePubs directly, but Calibre can convert a DRM-free ePub to MOBI for your Kindle. However, most Adobe ePubs have DRM (encryption).

--- thanks, but how do you do that? I have calibre, but to add books, you need to find the file, I did that but it says cannot convert - no suitable format was found - so now what? I have the adobe digital editions software too, but do not wish to read the books on my computer - I want to read them on kindle.
I do not know how to get them into my kindle. from either digital editions or calibre. is it possible?

wallcraft
12-26-2010, 03:54 PM
I do not know how to get them into my kindle. from either digital editions or calibre. is it possible? The DRM-stripping is done by a 3rd party plug-in to Calibre, look for the tools_2.4 bundle. If you add the plug-in, Calibre can import the ePub and make it DRM-free and you can then convert it to MOBI for your Kindle. Apprentice Alf's Blog is a good place to study DRM issues.

squidly
12-27-2010, 07:22 PM
The DRM-stripping is done by a 3rd party plug-in to Calibre, look for the tools_2.4 bundle. If you add the plug-in, Calibre can import the ePub and make it DRM-free and you can then convert it to MOBI for your Kindle. Apprentice Alf's Blog is a good place to study DRM issues.

I saw your post here and downloaded the plug-in you mentioned, but it does make any changes to my epub files when I import them into Calibre - I still get the DRM error message? I have been googling looking for help with it, but have not been able to find anything.

wallcraft
12-27-2010, 07:36 PM
I still get the DRM error message? First, make sure you can read the ebook with Desktop Adobe Digital Editions. Second, make sure you have loaded the correct plug-in, there is one for Adobe and one for B&N epub DRM. Then try importing again.

blackops
12-30-2010, 10:40 PM
First, make sure you can read the ebook with Desktop Adobe Digital Editions. Second, make sure you have loaded the correct plug-in, there is one for Adobe and one for B&N epub DRM. Then try importing again.

How are you able to make sure the plugin for Adobe Digital Editions is installed properly?

I am able to read the the file through Adobe Digital Editions.

I have loaded both the Adobe and B&N version to be safe but it still does not work properly when I import a new book and try to convert it over to mobi file. I get the file has DRM on it.

I do not know if it installed properly or configured properly and I cannot find the *.der file that it is suppose to create.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

squidly
12-31-2010, 02:56 PM
First, make sure you can read the ebook with Desktop Adobe Digital Editions. Second, make sure you have loaded the correct plug-in, there is one for Adobe and one for B&N epub DRM. Then try importing again.

I discovered I had not loaded the correct plug-in - I didn't go far enough into the directory of Calibre plug-ins for the right zip file. It is working like a charm now. Thank you for your reply.

blackops
12-31-2010, 03:30 PM
I discovered I had not loaded the correct plug-in - I didn't go far enough into the directory of Calibre plug-ins for the right zip file. It is working like a charm now. Thank you for your reply.

Squidly, what did you have to do? I am not sure if I am doing it correctly.

However when I look under Calibre and the preferences and plugins I can see the 3 inept plug-ins listed there. However I do not think it is installing correctly.

So did you install the wrong plug-in thus why it was not doing what you wanted it to do or did you install the correct plug-in but it just had not installed properly?

Do I need to move certain files to certain directories manually or what.

Any help would be appreciated.

Mura35
12-31-2010, 05:18 PM
I don't use Calibre, have no idea what it is.
I manage my books easily enough without any additional software.

If you want to download your non-existent epub or pdf book that comes with acsm file,
right click on acsm, select "open with" and choose either ADE or Sony Reader.
It took my computer a couple of months to actually get used to these files. I am not kidding. No matter how many times I went through the proper procedures, I could not open the acsm files. Finally, about three weeks ago either windows or ade or sony finally updated themselves and it started working.

All I know, is that I am not buying TICKETS (acsm files) any more. If I pay for something, I want the real thing, normal epub or pdf format, not some "ticket".

squidly
01-07-2011, 08:20 PM
Squidly, what did you have to do? I am not sure if I am doing it correctly.

However when I look under Calibre and the preferences and plugins I can see the 3 inept plug-ins listed there. However I do not think it is installing correctly.

So did you install the wrong plug-in thus why it was not doing what you wanted it to do or did you install the correct plug-in but it just had not installed properly?

Do I need to move certain files to certain directories manually or what.

Any help would be appreciated.




I had picked the wrong .zip file as the plug in file - it is further down in the downloaded zip file than I went initially.

These are the instructions I typed up for a friend of mine - hope it helps you.

Download Calibre here:

http://calibre-ebook.com/

Install it

Download this plug-in:

http://www.datafilehost.com/download-90d5c1ef.html

Unzip the file.

In Calibre, go into "Preferences", lower left is "plugins", then follow these instructions.

http://dearauthor.com/wordpress/2010...in-to-calibre/

The file you want to use is in the directory you unzipped to, sub tools, sub Calibre Plugins, and choose ineptepub_v01.2_plugin.zip.

When you download library files, find the directory it puts the file in and in Calibre, you will add the book. The plugin will strip the DRM as it brings it in and then you can convert it from epub format to Mobi, which is Kindle readable. You can load it to your kindle from Calibre directly - it knows when you plug the kindle in.


You do know where your epub files are located, yes?

SA49
01-11-2011, 10:26 PM
I just downloaded the calibre and I'm having trouble converting my .acsm file.
The error shows as 'no suitable source was found'.
I don't know what that means.

The reason why I downloaded Calibre is because I'm also having trouble viewing my .acsm ebook on Adobe Digital Edition.
I activated ADE but I'm still getting 'license communication error'.
It was working earlier but I had a problem with my cpu where I had to do a system recovery. Now none of my .acsm ebooks are able to be read on ADE.
I tried redownloading an ebook but no luck.

Please help!

wallcraft
01-12-2011, 12:17 AM
I just downloaded the calibre and I'm having trouble converting my .acsm file.
The error shows as 'no suitable source was found'.
I don't know what that means. The .acsm file is not an ebook, but rather a ticket that asks ADE to download an ebook for you. The .epub which ADE eventually downloads will be in the folder My Documents\My Digital Editions.

It sounds like you need to re-authorize your Windows Adobe Digital Editions to your AdobeID. In the library view under the Library <down arrow> there is an option to authorize computer.

Mura35
01-14-2011, 02:20 PM
Dont try to open acsm file. Click on e-pub or pdf that comes with it.

SA49
01-14-2011, 09:27 PM
Thanks for helping

To: wallcraft

I've already tried to unauthorize and reauthorize my ADE. I still received the license comm error.
And I just checked the My Documents\My Digital Editions folder and it only contains files that I have been able to open (which is not the files downloaded as .acsm) but only ebooks downloaded as .epub.

To: Mura35
I don't have an e-pub or pdf that came with the .acsm files... it was downloaded as .acsm

ILuvSebago
01-19-2011, 10:41 AM
Thanks for all the helpful information in this forum!

I was able to find the .epub books, translate them to .mobi that Kindle can understand, but when I try to upload to my Kindle I get an error failed to communicate or something.

I can send regular word or PDF files to the Kindle using the same email address.

Any suggestions? Thanks in advance!

DaleDe
01-19-2011, 12:53 PM
You are must more likely to find Kindle experts in the Kindle forum on this web site. I would suggest you ask your questions over there.

SA49
01-21-2011, 11:01 PM
I finally got it figured out why my ADE books were not opening but giving license comm errors. I have been dealing with tech support from one of the sites where I buy my ebooks.
The first time I installed ADE, it didn't ask me to authorize/add an Adobe ID. Apparently it had automatically created one for me. I didn't know that one needed to be created and that was my first time using any kind of an ebook reader. After I did a system recovery and re-installed ADE, I did get a prompt to authorize. Here I created an ID, but this doesn't match the original one. Hense, wrong license.
Now I'm trying to figure out what my original ID is by trying to contact Adobe.
Meanwhile some sites are helping me out by sending me a replacement link for my ebook once I provide them with my original order numbers but others sites are not.

duhhuh58
03-09-2011, 09:22 PM
i bought my daughter a kindle to take with her on deployment. i purchased a book from feedbooks (not knowing they weren't compatible). i've downloaded calibre and i downloaded the tools bundle but i still can't convert the book. help please

The DRM-stripping is done by a 3rd party plug-in to Calibre, look for the tools_2.4 bundle. If you add the plug-in, Calibre can import the ePub and make it DRM-free and you can then convert it to MOBI for your Kindle. Apprentice Alf's Blog is a good place to study DRM issues.

ILuvSebago
03-11-2011, 01:49 AM
To translate library books to use on the kindle.

Join a library that has ebooks to check out. Download their ebook reader program. Download calibre. Download a patch for it called tools_v2.4, install the ineptepub_plug.py

When you download the book from the library it comes on your desktop as an acsm file double click on that and it loads it into your Adobe Digital Editions, you will see the cover of the book in that program.

Next you have to find the actual .ebook (c:users>name of computer>my documents>my digital editions. Then I copied and pasted the epub file to my desktop. Drag it into calibre to translate to .mobi.

Then you email the .mobi book to your kindle address (name@kindle.com). I had a couple of issues mailing it at the beginning so I plugged in the USB cable and copied the .mobi book directly to the Kindle (it sees it as a hard drive).

Now I can read the books I checked out of the library on my Kindle! I kept typing in the explorer bar questions on how to do this and found different ideas and posts to try things.

reprich1
06-30-2011, 01:52 PM
I have a Mac laptop & a Nook Color e-reader. I have downloaded many books from B & N but downloading from the library is a different matter. Of the 4 books that I downloaded from the library only one came through to my Nook in a readable format. All of the rest come through with an ACSM format. I have contacted Barnes & Noble, the libraries & adobe & no one has been able to help me so far. Can anyone give me step by step instructions on correcting this situation.

HarryT
07-01-2011, 03:43 AM
ACSM is not a book format - it's a "key" which tells ADE where to download the actual book from. Open the ACSM file in ADE - it should download the book.

ILuvSebago
07-01-2011, 08:45 AM
I have a Mac laptop & a Nook Color e-reader. I have downloaded many books from B & N but downloading from the library is a different matter. Of the 4 books that I downloaded from the library only one came through to my Nook in a readable format. All of the rest come through with an ACSM format. I have contacted Barnes & Noble, the libraries & adobe & no one has been able to help me so far. Can anyone give me step by step instructions on correcting this situation.

Read in the above post how I translated the books from the acsm format to the mobi format that I need to read books on my Kindle.

eric.bear
03-29-2012, 12:07 PM
link deleted by moderator

This looks like a good step by step.

If i have an ebook loan from a library and have the DRM removed after the conversion to epub format through adobe, does that mean that it won't have an expiration date any more?!

Great forum. by the way

Please do not post links to detailed instructions for DRM removal. This is against our site policy.

Thank you.

DaleDe
03-29-2012, 01:31 PM
Read in the above post how I translated the books from the acsm format to the mobi format that I need to read books on my Kindle.

This is no longer required in the US as libraries now support direct downloading for azw format.

salsaguy
01-23-2013, 05:35 PM
I have access through my library for e-books, but they download as an acsm file. How can I convert it to e-pub seems calibre is unable to recognise .acsm. Help please

I suggest using your PC instead of your device to download/loan the book so that you can choose to pick the Kindle Version instead of the epub version as many times I have done it from my Kindle Fire and it only shows the option to use the ePub version which will only work on my Kindle Fire (glossy screen not good for reading) but if you do it from the PC you can get the file and then use Mange my Kindle on the Amazon site to send it to my Kindle Touch (eInk screen which is much better on the eyes when reading)

Your results may vary.

HarryT
01-24-2013, 02:11 AM
Do you HONESTLY think that the original poster cares about the answer after three and a half years?

Billie bucks
04-14-2013, 02:43 PM
Just right click "open with", choose ADE - if not there find it wherever it's installed - make sure it's authorized and open. You will get your ebook in your Documents/Digital Editions folder in whatever format - epub/pdf - is

Or you could open ADE and use open file to open the acsm and same will happen

Will not allow me to open...I have downloaded the acsm and ADE will not allow..is there any way I can get the files to my new kindle?

HarryT
04-26-2013, 07:22 AM
What do you mean by "will not allow me to open"? What error message do you get when you double click the ACSM file in Windows Explorer?

Ansem_93
05-12-2013, 08:06 AM
hi,i have an acsm file from google play,and i want to read it on my kindle :( how can i do?!

HarryT
05-12-2013, 08:30 AM
Read the start of the thread. It's all been explained.

oksodithen
03-07-2014, 08:16 PM
To translate library books to use on the kindle.

Join a library that has ebooks to check out. Download their ebook reader program. Download calibre. Download a patch for it called tools_v2.4, install the ineptepub_plug.py

When you download the book from the library it comes on your desktop as an acsm file double click on that and it loads it into your Adobe Digital Editions, you will see the cover of the book in that program.

Next you have to find the actual .ebook (c:users>name of computer>my documents>my digital editions. Then I copied and pasted the epub file to my desktop. Drag it into calibre to translate to .mobi.

Then you email the .mobi book to your kindle address (name@kindle.com). I had a couple of issues mailing it at the beginning so I plugged in the USB cable and copied the .mobi book directly to the Kindle (it sees it as a hard drive).

Now I can read the books I checked out of the library on my Kindle! I kept typing in the explorer bar questions on how to do this and found different ideas and posts to try things.
Cheers lovely. Can stop ripping my hair out now - lol