Transfer books to supported, non-Android devices

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First time only

If you haven’t done so already, install the latest version of Adobe Digital Editions software to your computer and follow the instructions to create an Adobe ID.

Note that you cannot install applications onto Google Chromebooks. For this reason, you will have to use a different computer to transfer your ebooks to a Nook™, Reader™ from Sony or other supported devices.

Choose your device

Nook™
  1. Visit Google Play Books from your computer.
  2. Under My Books, hover over the title you'd like to transfer to your device and click the Menu icon.
  3. Select Download EPUB or Download PDF. This will download the ACSM file onto your computer.
  4. Open the ACSM file from your computer, and the file should open with Adobe Digital Editions. If it does not, right-click the .acsm file and select Open With..., and open the file with Adobe Digital Editions.
  5. Your book is now added to the All Items bookshelf in the Library View. If you are not in the Library View, click on the top-left most icon in the window.
  6. Connect your Nook™ to your computer with a USB cable provided with the device.
  7. Confirm that Adobe Digital Editions recognizes your Nook™ as a device under Bookshelves in left-hand pane (see below). If it does not, close Adobe Digital Editions and reopen it with the USB cable in place.
  8. Click and drag the book in the right-hand pane onto the Nook™ icon in the left-hand pane.
  9. Note: If you are not able to drag the books onto the icon, the device is not authorized.
  10. After a few seconds, confirm the transfer is complete by clicking on the Nook icon and locating the book.

Before disconnecting, safely eject the Nook™ from your computer (or unmount the device on Mac).

Re-activating Adobe Digital Editions on your device

In some cases, you may need to deactivate and re-activate Adobe Digital Editions on your device. To do so, please follow these steps:

  1. In Adobe Digital Edition (ADE), if you press Ctrl+Shift+D (Windows) or Cmd+Shift+D (Mac) will remove the activation on your computer, and allow you to reactivate with a different ID or the same ID when you launch ADE again.
  2. Press "Ctrl+Shift+E", this will bring up the "Device Deactivation" dialog.
  3. Select your Reader and deactivate it.
  4. Unplug and replug your Reader
  5. The Device Authorization dialog should show up, and you can authorize again with your Adobe ID.
Reader™ from Sony
  1. Connect your Reader™ from Sony to your computer using the USB cable provided with the device.
  2. Open Reader™ Library Software on your computer. Confirm that Reader™ Library Software recognizes your Reader™ from Sony by locating the device in the left-hand pane. If it does not, close and reopen the Reader™ software with the USB cable in place.
  3. Visit Google Play Books from your computer.
  4. Under My Books, hover over the title you'd like to transfer to your device and click the Menu icon.
  5. Select Download EPUB or Download PDF. This will either download the ACSM file directly onto your computer or Reader™ Library Software, depending on how your preferences are set up.
  6. Locate the .acsm file from your computer and right-click it. Select Open With and then choose Reader.
  7. Your Sony Reader Library will add your book to its library.
  8. In the Reader™ Library Software, select Sync Now
  9. Before disconnecting, safely remove the device by clicking on the eject icon next to the device in the left-hand pane.
Kobo Reader
  1. Visit Google Play Books from your computer.
  2. Under My Books, hover over the title you'd like to transfer to your device and click the Menu icon.
  3. Select Download EPUB or Download PDF. This will download the ACSM file onto your computer.
  4. Open the ACSM file from your computer. The file should open with Adobe Digital Editions. If it does not, right-click the ACSM file and select Open With... and choose Adobe Digital Editions. Alternatively, you can open Adobe Digital Editions, click on the downward facing arrow next to Library and select Add Item to Library.
  5. Your book from Google Play is now added to the All Items bookshelf in the Library View. If you are not in the Library View, click on the top-left most icon in the window.
  6. Connect your Kobo to your computer with the USB cable provided with the device.
  7. Confirm that Adobe Digital Editions recognizes your Kobo as a device under Bookshelves in left-hand pane (see below). If it does not, close Adobe Digital Editions and reopen it with the USB cable in place.
  8. Click and drag the book in the right-hand pane onto the Kobo icon in the left-hand pane.
  9. Note: If you are not able to drag the book onto the Kobo icon, the device is not authorized.
  10. After a few seconds, confirm the transfer is complete by clicking on the Kobo icon and locating the book.

Before disconnecting, safely eject the Kobo from your computer (or unmount the device on Mac).

Re-activating Adobe Digital Editions on your device

In some cases, you may need to deactivate and re-activate Adobe Digital Editions on your device. To do so, please follow these steps:

  1. In Adobe Digital Edition (ADE), if you press Ctrl+Shift+D (Windows) or Cmd+Shift+D (Mac) will remove the activation on your computer, and allow you to reactivate with a different ID or the same ID when you launch ADE again.
  2. Press Ctrl+Shift+E, this will bring up the Device Deactivation dialog.
  3. Select your Reader and deactivate it.
  4. Unplug and replug your Reader
  5. The Device Authorization dialog should show up, and you can authorize your Reader again with your Adobe ID.
Other

1. Verify your E Ink device is supported

Books on Google Play can be downloaded onto all eReader devices that run Adobe Digital Editions. (Note: Books on Google Play are not currently compatible with the Kindle).

Some common supported devices include: Aluratek Libre, Astak EZ Reader, BeBook, Bookeen, COOL-ER, Elonex eBook, HanLin eBook, IREX Digital Reader, Neolux Nuut, and more. Supported readers are listed on this page.

2. Download Adobe Digital Editions software

  1. Visit Adobe's page to download Adobe Digital Editions software for your computer. Digital Editions is available for PC or Mac in a number of languages. You can follow instructions on their page to download and install this free software.
  2. (Please note that you cannot install applications onto Google Chromebooks. For this reason, you will have to use a different computer to transfer books you purchased from the Google Play Store to your supported device.)
  3. Follow the instructions to install the software on your computer.
  4. During the installation, follow the steps to authorize your computer with your Adobe ID. If you don’t yet have an Adobe ID, you will find instructions on how to create one for free.

3. Download your book from Google Play

Once you have installed Adobe Digital Editions Desktop Reader on your computer, please complete these steps to download your book from Google Play:

  1. Visit Google Play Books from your computer.
  2. Under My Books, hover over the title you'd like to transfer to your device and click the Menu icon.
  3. Select Download EPUB or Download PDF. This will download the ACSM file onto your computer.
  4. Locate your file and open it with Adobe Digital Editions.
  5. Transfer content from the eBook Reader on your computer to your E Ink device by following the instructions that came with the device.

*Note: The encrypted file is known as an .acsm file. This file can only be opened with Adobe Digital Editions or compatible client software.

Offline Reading

If you're using a registered eReader or smartphone, you'll download a full copy of a book when you first start reading. You can then read the book offline. If you continue to read (and download) more books, your device may run out of space, at which point you may need to remove unpin books for offline reading to free up space. You can always add books back to My Books later (see Managing your books on Google Play).