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e-books at Wellesley: Adobe Digital Editions

Installing Adobe Digital Editions

For security and privacy reasons, we strongly suggest downloading Adobe Digital Editions version 3.0 rather than Adobe Digital Editions version 4.+

  1. Go to the Adobe Digital Editions download page and scroll down until you see Download Adobe Digital Editions 3.0. Click on that link.

  2. Select Windows or Mac download.

To install on Windows:

  1. Double-click on the downloaded ADE Installer to open. When prompted, click Run, and follow the installation instructions. 

2. Adobe Digital Editions Install will launch and display a license agreement. Check off "I accept the terms in the License Agreement", then Next

3. Select which options you wish to install. (If you don't wish to install desktop shortcuts or other quick launch options, you may uncheck them here. The Adobe Digital Editions program will still be available in your Start Menu). Click Next.

4. If desired, click Browse to select where to install Adobe Digital Editions. Otherwise, click Install.

To install on Mac:

  1. Double-click on the downloaded ADE Installer to open. Double-click again to install, and follow the installation instructions.
  2. Once the installation files have been downloaded, Adobe Digital Editions Setup will open. Double-click the Adobe Digital Editions installer to launch.
  3. Adobe Digital Editions Install will launch and display a license agreement. Click Continue, then Agree
  4. If desired, click Change Install Location to select where to install Adobe Digital Editions. Otherwise, click Install.


Authorizing your computer

For many advanced functions, such as transferring or reading e-books that use Adobe Digital Editions DRM (like those from our library collections) between up to 3 computers and other devices, you must activate your Adobe Digital Editions with your Adobe ID. (Do not authorize if you are on a public computer.) For more information, go to the Creating an Adobe ID box in the right-hand column of this page.

  • If you have an Adobe ID, go to Help > Authorize Computer, enter your Adobe ID and password, and click Authorize.
  • If you want to create an Adobe ID, go to Help > Authorize Computer, and click get an Adobe ID online.

Finally, click Activate.


Adobe Digital Editions

Adobe Digital Editions allows you to access ebooks downloaded to your computer in either ePub or PDF format protected with Adobe Digital Rights Management (DRM).

Adobe Digital Editions is pre-installed on computers in the Clapp, Science, Music, and Art Libraries.

Adobe Digital Editions FAQ

Adobe Digital Editions Help

Creating an Adobe ID

Q: What is an Adobe ID? Do I need one?

A: You don’t need an Adobe ID to download e-books from Ebook Central.

However, you will need an Adobe ID to transfer downloaded files between your computer and e-readers or other devices.  Creating an Adobe ID is free and does not require download of Adobe Digital Editions.

What is DRM?

Digital Rights Management (DRM) is a system used by copyright holders to prevent unauthorized uses of their electronic property.

DRM is often used to limit the length of the loan of a downloaded ebook, or limit the amount of copying and printing.