Is there a working version of Adobe Digital Edition or an alternative? Some of the books in my library work fine,others may show the work error in the far right column but there is no explanation. I have books which were uploaded to my ColorNook via ADE but now don't work in ADE but work on my ColorNook. If this is the best Adobe can do, why would I spend money on their other products?
I agree with your post and share your frustration. I think the problem is that you're stuck with whatever digital rights management scheme the publisher chooses, which is kind of a dumb model. It's unclear whether publishers use multiple digital rights management schemes. Perhaps those of us who are fed up with ADE should voice our opinions to publishers, who may listen because it affects their bottom lines.
I think there is a small Scottish company that does digital rights management in a way that sounds reasonable. Maybe they can offer something that works better. Hey, maybe Google can do this. They do everything else ;-).
Better still, someone can write a specification of how digital rights management programs should behave, to put the horse before the cart.
This is still a young field, and everyone's product is still developing. I
would guess that your problems don't have to do with ADE itself, but with
the way ebooks have been transfered, the digital rights assigned to them, or
the files themselves.
ADE and the Nook/Nook color are the subject of several threads in the
Forum. I don't have one, but it would make sense that setting up the Nook
has to be done very carefully. I have seen a couple of posts that show how
to get the Nook to work that tell you to manipulate data on the Nook using
your system's utilities, not ADE.
Ebooks are a different subject. ADE supports only a couple of formats. The
ones that work well are .epub and .pdf - both are formats that Adobe helped
develop. There are some issues with certain .pdf characteristics, such as
named pages and native annotations, and certain other anomalies (JPEG 2000
pictures). Also, ebook publishers can specify how the ebook is managed by
anyone's software (it's part of the conventions established to conform to
the Digital Millenium Copyright Act), and that can cause differences in what
you can do with an ebook.
ADE itself has some quirks. Sometimes, if you are downloading an ebook, and
you choose 'OPEN' during the process, rather than 'SAVE', the ebook will
transfer to ADE in the Reading panel, not the Library panel. You can still
download the ebook to your Nook while the Reading panel is open, though.
When it's on the Nook, it might not appear in ADE's Library view. It's
caught me off-guard several times.
There are ways to 'fix' some of these problems so that ADE and your Nook are
showing the same thing. What you can't get around, though, are the digital
rights assigned to the ebook itself.
I hope this is helpful background. If you want more, lemme know, and I'll
give you what processes I have for specific issues. Putting them in this
post would make it unmanageable.
Yes, I think my frustration is the lack of documentation on the product itself coupled with Adobe's unwillingness to respond to specific questions. Wishful thinking would give it some directory structure documentation so that those of us who are experienced can do some of our own fixes or cleanup. The uninstall/reinstall often gets to be a useless exercise in futility.
RE: uninstalling. I've learned that you can 'uninstall' ADE on both or
either your computer or your ebook reader. If you uninstall it on your
computer (Windows PC), you have to empty the TRASH folder before
reinstalling because ADE's installation routine will reactivate some of the
files on your hard drive if they are there. If you uninstall it on your
ereader, you can clear up some of the issues concerning authorisations.
The problem is that my library does not use bluefire but ADE and one cannot download ebooks from library directly to an ipod/iphone. They have to be downloaded to a computer with ADE first and then to a device... since ipod is not supported by ADE I'm fxxxqqqyz:/
Any ideas how to move the content between?
It seems that everybody is bitching about the current state of DRM, and the virtual stranglehold Adobe has on the field. With their monopoly, they have no incentive to improve the functionality of ADE. So it is up to us users. Why not crowd source a class action suit, potentially all the way up to the supreme court to break the ADE monopoly. Where are the civil right activists?
Rationally, it sounds like a good idea. Practically, with the world struggling with climate change, COVID and political upheavals it's hard to see picking this one as your battle. I'm about as long in the tooth with ebooks as anyone I know, having started 20 years ago, and I'm not willing to take that on. It's so aggravating, though, maybe someone with legal knowledge and motivation would do that.