eBook System Requirements
System Requirements for Adobe Digital Editions for Windows®

  • Operating Systems:
    • Windows 7
    • Windows Vista®
    • Windows XP SP2
    • Microsoft Windows 2000 with Service Pack 4
  • Supported Browsers:
    • Internet Explorer® 6 (or newer)
    • Firefox® 2 (or newer)
  • Additional Software: Adobe® Flash® Player
    • Windows Vista (or newer) requires Adobe Flash Player v9.0.28 (or newer)
    • Windows XP and Windows 2000 require Adobe Flash Player v7.0 (or newer)

System Requirements for Adobe Digital Editions for Macintosh®

  • Operating Systems:
    • Mac OS X® v10.6
    • Mac OS X v10.5
    • Mac OS X v10.4.10
  • Supported Browsers:
    • Safari 2.0.4 (or newer)
    • Firefox 2.0 (or newer)
  • Additional Software: Adobe® Flash® Player 8 (or newer)

Download and Installation Instructions for Adobe Digital Editions for Windows

To download and install Adobe Digital Editions, complete the following:

  1. To go to the Adobe Digital Editions download page, click here.
    Adobe Digital Editions requires Adobe Flash Player. Windows Vista (or newer) requires Adobe Flash Player v9.0.28 (or newer). Windows XP and Windows 2000 require Adobe Flash Player v7.0 (or newer). To download and install Adobe Flash Player, click here.
    JavaScript must be enabled in your browser to install Adobe Digital Editions. For instructions on enabling JavaScript in your web browser, click here.
  2. Under the 'Download and Install' heading, click 'Install Adobe Digital Editions'.
  3. Click 'Install' to begin installation of Adobe Digital Editions.
    The 'Adobe Digital Editions Installer' screen is displayed.
  4. Click 'Yes' in the 'Adobe Digital Editions Installer' screen to begin the download of Adobe Digital Editions.
    The 'Adobe Digital Editions License' screen is displayed.
  5. If you accept the terms of the license agreement, click the 'I Agree' button.
    Adobe Digital Editions is installed. Adobe Digital Editions opens once installation is complete.

Download and Installation Instructions for Adobe Digital Editions for Macintosh

To download and install Adobe Digital Editions, complete the following:

  1. To go to the Adobe Digital Editions download page, click here.
    Adobe Digital Editions requires Adobe Flash Player 8 (or newer). To download and install Adobe Flash Player, click here.
    JavaScript must be enabled in your browser to install Adobe Digital Editions. For instructions on enabling JavaScript in your web browser, click here.
  2. Under the 'Download and Install' heading, click 'Install Adobe Digital Editions'.
  3. Click 'Install' to begin installation of Adobe Digital Editions.
    The 'Adobe Digital Editions Installer' screen is displayed.
  4. Click 'Yes' in the 'Adobe Digital Editions Installer' screen to begin the download of Adobe Digital Editions.
    The 'Adobe Digital Editions License' screen is displayed.
  5. If you accept the terms of the license agreement, click the 'I Agree' button.
    Adobe Digital Editions is installed. Adobe Digital Editions opens and installation is complete.

Should I activate Adobe Digital Editions anonymously or with an Adobe ID?

Activating Adobe Digital Editions using an Adobe ID allows you to do more with Adobe eBooks, such as downloading them on multiple computers and transferring them to supported portable devices. However, this is a matter of personal preference. Before deciding, please consider the following:

If you use anonymous activation, note these limitations:

  • You will only be able to read a downloaded Adobe eBook on a single computer.
  • You will not be able to download an Adobe eBook on more than one computer. After the initial download of an Adobe eBook, subsequent downloads of that title can only be completed on the same computer.
  • You will not be able to transfer Adobe eBooks to supported eBook devices.
  • You can decide to activate using an Adobe ID at any time. However, if you activate Adobe Digital Editions with an Adobe ID which has already been used to activate Adobe Digital Editions on another computer, the Adobe eBooks you originally downloaded when using anonymous activation will no longer work.

If you use an Adobe ID:

  • You will be able to download an Adobe eBook on computers that have been activated with the same Adobe ID (up to 6 computers/devices can be activated using the same Adobe ID).
  • After the initial download of an Adobe eBook, subsequent downloads of that title can be completed on computers activated with the same Adobe ID.
  • You will be able to transfer Adobe eBooks to supported eBook devices activated with the same Adobe ID.

Activating Adobe Digital Editions anonymously

To activate Adobe Digital Editions anonymously:

  1. Open Adobe Digital Editions.
    The 'Setup Assistant' dialog box is displayed.
  2. Click 'Continue'.
    The 'Authorize Computer' screen is displayed.
  3. Select the 'Don't Authorize Computer' option.
  4. Click 'Activate'.
    You are prompted to confirm that you do not want to activate Adobe Digital Editions using an Adobe ID at this time.
  5. Select 'Continue'.
  6. Click 'Finish' to close the 'Setup Assistant' dialog box.

If you choose not to activate Adobe Digital Editions using an Adobe ID at this time, you may do so later.

To activate Adobe Digital Editions at a later time using an Adobe ID:

  1. Open Adobe Digital Editions.
  2. Select Library > Authorize ComputerÖ.
    The 'Authorize Computer' dialog box is displayed.
  3. In the appropriate fields, enter the email address and password for your Adobe ID.
    If you do not already have an Adobe ID, click 'get an Adobe ID online' and follow the instructions to sign up for an Adobe ID.
  4. Click 'Activate'.
    Your computer is activated to your Adobe ID.
  5. Click 'Finish' to close the 'Setup Assistant' dialog box.

Activating Adobe Digital Editions using an Adobe ID

To activate Adobe Digital Editions using an Adobe IDÖ

  1. Open Adobe Digital Editions.
    The 'Setup Assistant' dialog box is displayed.
  2. Click 'Continue'.
    The 'Authorize Computer' screen is displayed.
  3. In the appropriate fields, enter the email address and password for your Adobe ID.
    If you do not already have an Adobe ID, click 'get an Adobe ID online' and follow the instructions to sign up for an Adobe ID.
  4. Click 'Activate'.
    Your computer is activated to your Adobe ID.
  5. Click 'Finish' to close the 'Setup Assistant' dialog box.

Activating a supported eBook device using an Adobe ID

To activate a supported eBook device using an Adobe IDÖ

  1. Connect the eBook device to your computer.
  2. Open Adobe Digital Editions.
    Adobe Digital Editions launches and detects the eBook device. The 'Device Setup Assistant' dialog box is displayed.
  3. Click 'Authorize Device'.
    Adobe Digital Editions activates the eBook device. You can now transfer DRM-protected Adobe eBooks to the device.

Note that both Adobe Digital Editions and the eBook device must be activated with the same Adobe ID to transfer DRM-protected Adobe eBooks to the device.

Activating a supported Sony® Reader using an Adobe ID

Note that you must have the Sony eBook Library software installed on your computer to transfer Adobe eBooks to the Sony Reader. To download Sony Reader firmware upgrades and the Sony eBook Library software, click here. Please note that the display of ebooks on Sony Reader may vary, depending on the nature of the content.

To activate a supported Sony Reader using an Adobe ID:

  1. Connect the eBook device to your computer.
  2. Open Adobe Digital Editions.
    Adobe Digital Editions launches and detects the eBook device. The 'Device Setup Assistant' dialog box is displayed.
  3. Click 'Authorize Device'.
    Adobe Digital Editions activates the eBook device. You can now transfer DRM-protected ebooks to the device.

Note that to transfer ebooks to a supported eBook device, Adobe Digital Editions and the eBook device must be activated using the same Adobe ID.

Enabling JavaScript in Your Web Browser for Windows

The steps you take to enable JavaScript depend on which web browser you are using.

If you are using Internet Explorer 7.0 (or newer):

  1. In Internet Explorer, select Tools > Internet Options.
    The 'Internet Options' dialog box is displayed.
  2. Click the 'Security' tab.
  3. Ensure that the 'Internet' zone is highlighted and click the 'Custom Level:' button.
    The 'Security Settings - Internet Zone' dialog box is displayed.
  4. Scroll to the 'Scripting' section. Under 'Active scripting' select 'Enable'.
  5. Click 'OK' in the 'Security Settings - Internet Zone' dialog box.
  6. Click 'OK' in the 'Internet Options' dialog box.
  7. Close and restart Internet Explorer.

If you are using Internet Explorer 6.0:

  1. In Internet Explorer 6.0, select Tools > Internet Options:.
    The 'Internet Options' dialog box is displayed.
  2. Click the 'Security' tab.
  3. Ensure that the 'Internet' zone is highlighted and click the 'Custom Level:' button.
    The 'Security Settings' dialog box is displayed.
  4. Scroll to the 'Scripting' section. Under 'Active scripting' select 'Enable'.
  5. Click 'OK' in the 'Security Settings' dialog box.
  6. Click 'OK' in the 'Internet Options' dialog box.
  7. Close and restart Internet Explorer.

If you are using Firefox 1.5 (or newer):

  1. In Firefox, select Tools > Options:.
    The 'Options' dialog box is displayed.
  2. Click the 'Content' icon.
  3. Check the 'Enable JavaScript' option.
  4. Click 'OK' in the 'Options' dialog box.
  5. Close and restart Firefox.

Enabling JavaScript in Your Web Browser for Macintosh

The steps you take to enable JavaScript depend on which web browser you are using.

If you are using Safari 3.0 (or newer):

  1. In Safari, select Safari > Preferences.
    The 'Preferences' dialog box is displayed.
  2. Click the 'Security' icon.
  3. Check the 'Enable JavaScript' option.
  4. Close the 'Preferences' dialog box.
  5. Close and restart Safari.

If you are using Firefox 1.5 (or newer):

  1. In Firefox, select Firefox > Preferences.
    The 'Preferences' dialog box is displayed.
  2. Click the 'Content' icon.
  3. Check the 'Enable JavaScript' option.
  4. Close the 'Preferences' dialog box.
  5. Close and restart Firefox.