How do I authorise Adobe Digital Editions on a computer and/or device?

To download protected eBooks to your computer, you'll need to install and authorise Adobe Digital Editions (ADE).

To read the same eBooks on additional computers or devices, be sure to authorise each one with the same Adobe ID. You may authorise up to six devices on one account.

If you plan to use our digital publications, we encourage you to use your Adobe ID to authorise ADE. That way, you won't run into authorisation issues when you read the same eBooks on your mobile device and on your computer. You can sign up for an Adobe ID once you have downloaded and installed ADE.

Authorise your computer with an Adobe ID

Watch a video tutorial on how to set up Adobe Digital editions

  1. If you aren't prompted to authorise ADE the first time you open it, you can go to Help > Authorise Computer to start the process manually.
  2. If you have an Adobe ID, enter it along with your password.
  3. If you don't have an Adobe ID, you can create one on Adobe's website by selecting Get an Adobe ID and filling out their form.
    Once you're done, return to the "Computer Authorisation" dialogue box and enter your new Adobe ID (which is your email address) and password.
  4. Click Authorise. Your computer is now authorised with your Adobe ID.

Note: If you choose to authorise your computer without an ID, you will still be able to view eBooks on your computer. However, you will not be able to transfer or download those titles to other devices.

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