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How to authorize Adobe Digital Editions on a computer

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

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

If you plan to use ADE and our mobile app, we encourage you to use your OverDrive account to authorize ADE. That way, you won't run into authorization issues when you read the same eBooks on your mobile device and on your computer. You can sign up for an OverDrive account through our mobile app or on overdrive.com.

Note: These instructions are for ADE 2.0 or newer. We recommend always using the latest version of ADE. You can learn how to install Adobe Digital Editions on your Windows or Mac computer here.

Authorize your computer with an OverDrive account

  1. If you aren't prompted to authorize ADE the first time you open it, you can go to Help > Authorize Computer to start the process manually.
    Screenshot showing the Help menu with authorize computer selected
    Or, if you're already authorized with an Adobe ID, press Ctrl + Shift + D (or Command + Shift + D on a Mac) on your keyboard and follow the prompts to deauthorize your computer. Select Erase Authorization to remove your Adobe ID, then go to Help > Authorize Computer.
  2. In the "Computer Authorization" window, select OverDrive from the eBook Vendor drop-down menu.
  3. Enter the email address and password for your OverDrive account, then select Authorize.

Authorize your computer with an Adobe ID

  1. If you aren't prompted to authorize ADE the first time you open it, you can go to Help > Authorize Computer to start the process manually.
    Screenshot showing the Help menu with authorize computer selected
  2. If you have an Adobe ID, enter it along with your password.
    Screenshot showing the authorization window for ADE
  3. If you do not have an Adobe ID, click Create an Adobe ID to make one on Adobe's website.
    Once you're done, return to the "Computer Authorization" dialog box and enter your Adobe ID and password.
  4. Click Authorize. Your computer is now authorized with your Adobe ID.

Note: If you choose to authorize 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.

Last Updated: Oct 03, 2014 05:01PM EDT

How to authorize Adobe Digital Editions on a computer

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

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

If you plan to use ADE and our mobile app, we encourage you to use your OverDrive account to authorize ADE. That way, you won't run into authorization issues when you read the same eBooks on your mobile device and on your computer. You can sign up for an OverDrive account through our mobile app or on overdrive.com.

Note: These instructions are for ADE 2.0 or newer. We recommend always using the latest version of ADE. You can learn how to install Adobe Digital Editions on your Windows or Mac computer here.

Authorize your computer with an OverDrive account

  1. If you aren't prompted to authorize ADE the first time you open it, you can go to Help > Authorize Computer to start the process manually.
    Screenshot showing the Help menu with authorize computer selected
    Or, if you're already authorized with an Adobe ID, press Ctrl + Shift + D (or Command + Shift + D on a Mac) on your keyboard and follow the prompts to deauthorize your computer. Select Erase Authorization to remove your Adobe ID, then go to Help > Authorize Computer.
  2. In the "Computer Authorization" window, select OverDrive from the eBook Vendor drop-down menu.
  3. Enter the email address and password for your OverDrive account, then select Authorize.

Authorize your computer with an Adobe ID

  1. If you aren't prompted to authorize ADE the first time you open it, you can go to Help > Authorize Computer to start the process manually.
    Screenshot showing the Help menu with authorize computer selected
  2. If you have an Adobe ID, enter it along with your password.
    Screenshot showing the authorization window for ADE
  3. If you do not have an Adobe ID, click Create an Adobe ID to make one on Adobe's website.
    Once you're done, return to the "Computer Authorization" dialog box and enter your Adobe ID and password.
  4. Click Authorize. Your computer is now authorized with your Adobe ID.

Note: If you choose to authorize 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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