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Old 06-18-2010, 06:16 PM   #1
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ACSM file - anyway to download book without ADE?

I just checked out a book from the public library and downloaded the acsm file. I hate installing Adobe products (resource hogging bloatware) on my laptop. Is there anyway to download the ebook without installing Adobe Digital Editions?
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Old 06-18-2010, 06:20 PM   #2
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I don't have that installed either. Any other options?
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Old 06-18-2010, 06:28 PM   #4
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I don't have that installed either. Any other options?
Not that I'm aware of. The acsm needs to be used by software that supports Adobe Adept DRM and AFAIK those are the only two.
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So how does this work - ADE or Sony's software fetches the ebook, decodes it and leaves a viewable ebook on your hard drive? Which you then copy to your e-reader using Sony's software or Calibre? Does the ebook contain a self-killswitch that activates after the borrowing period is finished?
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So how does this work - ADE or Sony's software fetches the ebook, decodes it and leaves a viewable ebook on your hard drive? Which you then copy to your e-reader using Sony's software or Calibre? Does the ebook contain a self-killswitch that activates after the borrowing period is finished?
Got it in one.


I generally use ADE as it doesn't seem to bog down my system like the Sony software sometimes does.
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Old 06-19-2010, 11:24 AM   #7
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Thanks.

And if I don't bother installing ADE or Sony, and never fetch the ebook using the acsm file, will the ebook be automatically 'returned' to the public library on the due date?
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In that case it doesn't have to be `returned' because you haven't even downloaded the book. The acsm file is just a description (or ticket) for the real thing.
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