Howto install Adobe Digital Editions on Ubuntu 12.04 and use it with an e-book reader

June 3, 2012

A local public library here in Tirol/Austria allows you to rent e-books, you only need to have Windows PC or Mac to run Adobe Digital Editions – at least that is stated on their homepage, but it is quite easy to get the software running on an Ubuntu 12.04.

This is a short description on how to install the software and than integrate a generic e-book reader so you can read the rented e-books on your e-book reader. The e-book reader just needs to presents itself a USB mass storage device. I’ve tried it with an Iriver Story HD and an old Sony PRS-505 – both work. I guess the e-book reader needs to be Adobe Digital Editions ready as both of mine show that during boot up.

Anyway lets start. First you need to start the Ubuntu Software Center and search for the meta package “wine” and install it.

Than you need to download the Adobe Digital Editions Installer for Windows. I provide here a direct link (hope it stays valid for a long time) as on the Adobe homepage you don’t get the download link as it “verifies” with Flash if your OS is supported which it is not in this case. So here is the link.

Start now your file browser (Nautilus) press the right mouse bottom on the installer and select than “Open With Wine Windows Program Loader”.

After some seconds you are within the installer. I would say just press “Next” as the software is installed anyway within the .wine subdirectory in your home directory.

Now the Adobe Digital Editions got started and greets you with following window.

And after a next click you need to select “Authorize Computer” if you want later to connect an e-book reader.

Just click on “get an Adobe ID online” and your default browser is launched and you can create one.

The Adobe Digital Editions is running but it does not see the e-book reader. For this we need to start the program “Wine Configuration” (Just type “wine” in the “Dash Home”), which looks like this:

Go to the Drives tab where you need to add a new drive letter for your e-book reader (even if it shows it already with an other drive letter).

After choosing the drive letter select “Show Advanced” and choose the path of the mount point for your e-book reader (plug it into your computer and a directory within /media should be created automatically) and now the important setting: Change the type from automatic to “Floppy disk”.


Save the changes, and restart “Adobe Digital Editions” (Just close it and than type “adobe” in the “Dash Home” and select it). If your e-book reader is mounted in the specified directory, the e-book reader should be detected and its content shown or if you connected it the first time you will be asked to peer it.

The End!


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  1. It works through wine – that’s great news and thanks for sharing it. Wish itunes did too.

    Comment by simon — June 5, 2012 #

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  3. Thank you, great guide, it works for me as well, now I don’t have to go over to my Windows computer to borrow books from the library anymore :) .

    Comment by Christian — July 18, 2012 #

  4. Thanks, Man–very helpful.

    Comment by mlnease — July 25, 2012 #

  5. Tried this, and the DL link worked but now wine is saying the .exe is not executable and offers to let me read about the executable bit. It won’t start the install. Any suggestions? Thx! (ps 5th time typing this in bc I couldn’t get the security code… at least I’m using copy/paste now :-()

    Comment by Jennifer in MamaLand — August 20, 2012 #

  6. hmmm …. are you sure wine is installed, as “reading the exe” is not a message from wine. And you’re running Ubuntu 12.04? anyway you can also open a Terminal and try it with “wine digitaleditions_172.exe”. This way you also get errors printed out.

    Comment by robert — August 21, 2012 #

  7. It’s not working for me. Might be due to the fact that ADE_2.0_Installer does not ask for id and password. If I try to install again it says that is installed and it also added a new directory (My Digital Editions) but if I click the acsm or the sample epub-file nothing happens. I added the adobe directory to wine. Any idea?

    Comment by ulrike — September 30, 2012 #

  8. Thanks, wonderful.
    It worked for me already after activating Adobe Digital Editions. Apparently I did not have to do all the adjustments to wine that follows in the manual. I have to admit that I have not tested it thorougly.
    Anyway, thanks a lot.

    Comment by Kristoffer — October 9, 2012 #

  9. Hi there!
    Unfortunately it did not work out so good after all. I cannot get the ebook reader to show in ADE. My reader is a Sony PRS-T1
    I anyone can help, i will be very greatful.

    Comment by Kristoffer — October 11, 2012 #

  10. This is the reason for the special wine settings. ūüėČ

    Comment by robert — October 12, 2012 #

  11. You’re great! It work for me as well. Congrats and thanks so much!

    Comment by Davide — October 24, 2012 #

  12. Thanks a lot, works perfect!

    Comment by elzoido — November 12, 2012 #

  13. The newest version of DE, version 2.0 does not work. THe installer quits before coming to “Now the Adobe Digital Editions got started and greets you with following window.”.
    I was able to find version 1.7 on the internet, which works as described here.

    Comment by Kees — December 6, 2012 #

  14. Thanks a lot, it works also on Ubuntu 10.04 LTS. Great guide.
    Issues with DE 2.0 are confirmed. It seems to need some version of Mono. Couldn’t have it to work installing mono either with wine or through repos for Ubuntu
    Cheers, Francesco

    Comment by Francesco — December 15, 2012 #

  15. Thanks a lot, very useful, especially regarding that the version at the Adobe webpage does not work (it installs the program but cannot be executed) and your link does.

    Comment by J. Carlos — January 16, 2013 #

  16. Sorry but finally the e-reader (SONY PRST1) was not recognized even after assigning in wine unit E to /media/READER

    Comment by J. Carlos — January 17, 2013 #

  17. Did you also change the type of the device?

    Comment by robert — January 19, 2013 #

  18. Thanks very much. very helpful.

    Comment by John Devlinl — February 21, 2013 #

  19. To all having a SONY PRS-T1 or PRS-T2 – these devices are not recognized by ADE. To transfer files to these you need to install the Sony Reader software.

    Even on Windows, the latest Sony models are not recognized by Adobe Digital Editions.

    Comment by Vlad — February 25, 2013 #

  20. In Debian also work it.

    Thanks very much.

    Comment by David Fuertes — March 13, 2013 #

  21. I can’t get it to open in ubuntu 12.04 classic. I don’t want to use an ereader but read the ADE book from my laptop. I did set up a drive for an erearer as you said, thanks

    Comment by cmcanulty — March 13, 2013 #

  22. I have Ubuntu 12.04 Classic. These instructions worked perfectly. Thanks so much!

    Comment by Amanda — April 2, 2013 #

  23. Thanks, I was desperated before , everything is ok now !


    Comment by Dani√®le Delafolie — April 16, 2013 #

  24. Thanks, I was desperated before, everything is ok now !

    Comment by Dani√®le Delafolie — April 16, 2013 #

  25. Thanks a lot, I was desperated before … everything is ok now !

    Comment by Dani√®le Delafolie — April 16, 2013 #

  26. I tried several different methods, then found that if I used Wine tricks, it offered to install the adobe digital edition (under install app). Then I could access the adobe digital edition, put in my ID, (after going to adobe and creating an ID), then it was just a matter of dragging the Book.ascd file onto the open pane of adobe digital edition and reading the Ebook.

    Comment by LinFos — April 28, 2013 #

  27. Thank you LinFos – installing through winetricks did the job for me also.

    Comment by Shadwell Shadwell — May 1, 2013 #

  28. Great thanks – first time I’ve used wine – and all went smoothly.

    Comment by Manjuvjara — May 3, 2013 #

  29. Adobe Digital Editions would not recognize my NOOK no matter how many variations of your instructions I tried. I installed ADE through WineTricks so if I just click MENU > WINE > Configure Wine I got nowhere. I had to go to MENU > WINE > WineTricks > Select ADE > RUN WINECFG. Then I created a new drive letter F (it automounted E but would not keep changes) added directory /media/samdrucker/NOOK/ changed to floppy drive and wala, no more beating my head against the wall.

    Comment by Sam Drucker — June 15, 2013 #

  30. I installed ADE 2.0 but it doesn’t work with Ubuntu 12.04 LTS. Then I installed ADE 1.7.2 and it works.
    Doesn’t matter where you have your e-books; just drag-and-drop them onto Library view.
    Thanks Robert!

    Comment by Joan Inglada Roig — June 30, 2013 #

  31. I am very happy about this intructions.
    Now it works very good.

    Comment by luca — August 12, 2013 #

  32. In our experience, even after assigning a drive-letter, drive type, etc. ADE only sees a device if the device is already mounted before opening ADE. If ADE is open first, one must close ADE, re-mount the device, and then open ADE to get it to see the device. It also helps to authorize the device for the first-time on a Windows machine, if it hasn’t been authorized before, as ADE under WINE doesn’t always cooperate with authorizing devices.

    If having issues transferring books to the device and seeing error messages in ADE, be sure that the device isn’t set to read-only (which can sometimes happen when not properly ejected in Ubuntu). If it won’t allow books to be added, hook it up to a Windows machine, change the properties from read-only to full-access, then properly eject it, and mount it in Ubuntu again and it should be able to accept files from ADE under WINE.

    Sometimes ADE takes a long time to respond, so waiting until it resyncs the bookshelves from the computer and device before trying to add new books or transfer books to a device is also helpful.

    Comment by mnm — August 13, 2013 #

  33. Thank you so much for your help. I could install the software with success. ūüėČ

    Comment by Patricia — November 12, 2013 #

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  35. I used the version of ADE that you linked (1.72) and it also worked with Linux Mint 15 (based on Ubuntu 13.10) and my Kobo mini. Thanks a bunch!

    Comment by Tamsyn — November 26, 2013 #

  36. Hallo Robert,

    gibts ja gar nicht. Da google ich stundenweise (erfolglos) nach Ubuntu und wie man eine ASCM Datei mit Adobe Editions unter wine zum Laufen bringt und lande schliesslich bei einem Tiroler, der mir tats√§chlich am kompetentesten erscheint. Vielleicht kannst du mir helfen. Ich habe ADE am Laufen (nur 1.7, 2.0 geht mit allen Wine-Anwendungen nicht), ich habe Adobe Reader 9 (h√∂here Versionen gehen auch nicht). Hab mir bei der Stadtb√ľcherei Innsbruck eine ASCM Datei runtergeladen, hab die Wine Settings nach deiner Anweisung ge√§ndert, trotzdem kann ich diese Datei immer noch nicht √∂ffnen bzw. wird auch nicht in ein epub umgewandelt. Habe keinen E-Reader, nur meinen alten PC mit Ubuntu 13.10. Bitte Hilfe!!! LG aus Innsbruck Susanne

    Comment by Susanne — December 3, 2013 #

  37. PS. Es läuft! Hab irgendwie beim Reader die Adobe ID eingegeben und jetzt hat sich die ACSM Datei in mit ADE öffnen lassen. Daaankeee! Wäre super, wenn ich dich auch mal mit meinen Linux Flash Problemen kontaktieren könnte, bist anscheinend ziemlich der Einzige, der sich hier auskennt. LG Susanne

    Comment by Susanne — December 3, 2013 #

  38. For all non german speakers,

    sorry for writing in german, but I read that Robert is an Austrian man, where I am from, so it was easier for me.

    But, finally, I wanted to thank Robert, it worked. And I spent very much time before to search for a solution in Google.

    Comment by Susanne — December 3, 2013 #

  39. Good that it works now.

    Btw, There is a Tyrolian Linux User Group. Take a look at .. next meeting is 12.12.2013 in V√∂ls (Gasthof Kastanie at 19:00ct), but I’ll be not there this time.

    Comment by robert — December 3, 2013 #

    i found that if i downloaded the exe file and opened that using wine then the installed program didnt open, alternatively just install wine as this tutorial says, but instead of downloading the .exe file, search your computer for wine and open ‘winetricks’ select ‘install an app’ from the window that comes up and select adobe digital editions from their list of software and click ok, an installation wizard will come up, complete that and select ‘lauch the program’ in one of the installation wizard windows and the program will open automatically no problem

    Comment by Jay Blayk — March 1, 2014 #

  41. I tried to install the new Adobe digital edition on my ubuntu 12.4 and was first not able to start the ADE. After using wintricks to install ADE it works but all I could get was to read now on my PC, what is not the wish. I like to get my Cobo aktivated but it is not possible to activate it. I would not have any problem to selve transfer files to it but the device isn’t activated and so it doesn’t works at all. I tried to look if there is a way of managing the activation direct in my cobo but could not find any way of doing it. Maybe someone has got an idea of doing it. Sometimes I think, if these guys that steels always our time for security reasons would be responsible with there live time – they all wouldn’t be now on this planet any more. But the world would be much nicer.

    Comment by Andreas Bartels — March 9, 2014 #

  42. Thanks for notes and all the comments from others.

    By using win tricks I have successfully installed and it is working.

    Comment by Sreenivas Docca — April 22, 2014 #

  43. It has been installed on Ubuntu 14.04 LTS

    Comment by Sreenivas Docca — April 22, 2014 #

  44. Thank you, I followed your instructions with Ubuntu 14.04LTS and it worked first time, a great help.

    Comment by Richard Ireson — June 8, 2014 #

  45. thank you, it is very useful for who use windows exe in ubuntu

    Comment by vijay — December 10, 2014 #

  46. Thank you, works on Ubuntu 14.04!

    Official direct download link to ADE 1.7.2:

    Comment by Maxwel Leite — December 11, 2014 #

  47. It all went well but in the end Adobe didn’t work. There was a message – Error writing log file ‘C:\users\Val\My Documents\My DigitalEditions\importlog

    What can I do?


    Comment by Val B — January 6, 2015 #

  48. Thanks works fine on my ubuntu.

    Comment by Ulf — January 8, 2015 #

  49. Thanks this helped me, although ADE was also not able to recognise my Sony Reader (PRS 350) even with the WINE config changes. However I was able to use Calibre (v1.25) to load the book to the reader. Calibre didn’t have any difficult recognising the reader.

    Comment by Matt — February 7, 2015 #

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  52. Thanks, works excellent on Ubuntu 15.04!

    Comment by Stephan Reichel — August 23, 2015 #

  53. I’m not using Ubuntu, but that’s really nice tutorial

    Comment by Anindya — August 24, 2015 #

  54. Great instructions. Worked perfectly.

    Using Lubuntu 12.04 on a Dell Latitude D400, with a Kobo Aura eReader.

    Thank you.

    Comment by Scottie — August 24, 2015 #

  55. It works!

    I have Linux Mint 17.1 on Dell Latitude D520. I’ve tried the ADE 3.0 and 2.0, but it didn’t work with Wine. This instruction helped!

    Thank you!

    Comment by Istvan — October 22, 2015 #

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