This is ADE from A to Z... The most common problems are addressed here and should take care of almost anything that has been reported as a problem in the past. Please forgive the formatting, I did this in Word and these message boards don't allow for a multi-level outline with much grace at all...
- While you are at the ADE website, register if you do not already have an Adobe account.
- Your Adobe registration does not have to be the same user name and password that you use for your B&N account, many do use the same logon information to make it easier to remember both.
Setup ADE on your computer
- Open ADE and the “Setup Assistant” will be displayed
- Click “Continue”
- The “Authorize Computer” box will display
- Enter your Adobe account information
- Click “Activate”
- Click “Finish”
Authorize ADE on your Nook
- Connect the Nook to your computer via the USB cable
- Open ADE
- ADE should “see” the Nook and the “Device Setup Assistant” box should appear.
- Click “Authorize Device”
- If ADE does not “see” the Nook, try the following steps.
- Go to “My Computer” (or the equivalent on your PC or Mac) and click on the Nook drive.
- Find and delete the “.adobe-digital-editions file.
- Close ADE
- Restart ADE
- Your Nook should now be visible to ADE, if not
- Go back to the Nook drive
- Find the “Digital Editions” file and delete it
- Close ADE
- Restart ADE
10. Nook will be visible
11. Click “Authorize Device”
- This is not a standard download like you have seen or used in the past, this download is an .acsm link.
- After you purchase or borrow your book, click the download link or box
- You should be asked if you want to open (do NOT choose to “save” the book) in “digital editions” click yes, if you are given the option to ALWAYS open the .acsm link in this program, choose yes or put the checkmark in the box.
- ADE will open and your book will be downloaded into ADE
If you do not have the option to always use ADE to download the following steps will allow you to opt in for this
- Go to Start-->Control Panel-->Default Programs-->Associate a file type or protocol with a program
- The “Associate a file type or protocol” window will pop up.
- Under the “Extensions” heading, select '.acsm' and click the “Change program…” button.
- The “Open With” dialog box is displayed.
- Click the “Browse…” button.
- A second “'Open With” dialog box is displayed.
- Browse to 'C:\Program Files\Adobe\Adobe Digital Editions and select 'digitaleditions.exe'.
- Click “Open”. Adobe Digital Editions is now set to open ACSM files automatically
For a Mac
- Control-click the 'urllink.acsm' file and select 'Get Info'.
- The 'urllink.acsm Info' window is displayed.
- Expand the 'Open with:' section and click 'Other…'.
- A list of programs is displayed.
- Select 'Adobe Digital Editions'.
- Check the 'Always Open With' checkbox.
- Click the 'Add' button.
- Close the 'urllink.acsm Info' window.
- Adobe Digital Editions is now set to open ACSM files.
How Do I Get the Book on my Nook?
Once everything is downloaded, installed and authorized, this is the easy part! Just "grab" the book (that you have previously purchased or borrowed and downloaded into ADE) you want to copy to your Nook, drag it over to the "Nook" (on the left hand side of ADE) and drop it in!
I want to return my library book early, how can I do this?
Beside the book (highlight it in ADE) you will see an arrow, click on the arrow, one of the options is to return the book.
When I plug my Nook into ADE, I have error messages and some of my books don't show their covers, it's just a black box!
While Barnes and Noble eBooks are in the epub format, they have a special DRM (copyright protection) that most other epub books do not use, Apple is the only other exception that I know of. So your B&N eBooks cannot be read in ADE, or on a Sony or Kobo eReader (for instance) while your library books and anything you have purchased through Sony, Kobo, Borders, etc can be seen and read in ADE on your computer.
Don't worry, this doesn't mean anything is wrong with your eBooks from B&N, they just aren't compatible with ADE. All versions of epub, except the Apple iBooks eBooks, are compatible with your Nook.