How to Convert Adobe Digital Editions to Acrobat Reader

Adobe Digital Editions are specially-formatted electronic books (ebooks) that can be read in two ways: through the stand-alone Adobe Digital Editions program or through Adobe Acrobat Reader, also known as Adobe Reader. With a few preparations, both programs can work together. Details can change slightly depending on which versions of the programs you use.

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Step 1

Download and install the latest version of the free Adobe Reader (see Resources). You need version 8.0 or later.

Step 2

Download and install the latest version of the free Adobe Digital Editions (see Resources).

Step 3

Adobe Reader

Run Adobe Reader.

Step 4

Choose the "File" menu and then "Open" to display the "Open" dialog box.

Step 5

Navigate to the Digital Editions folder. By default, this folder is under "My Documents" and is called "My Digital Editions."

Step 6

Click on the desired title to select it. Digital Editions are stored as PDF files. This example uses HUCKFINN.PDF.

Step 7

Ebook in Adobe Reader

Click the "Open" button to open the title in the Reader window. You can navigate through the file like any other PDF document.

Step 8

Choose the "File" menu and then "Digital Editions." A dialog box asks if you want to launch Adobe Digital Editions.

Step 9

Digital Editions window

Click the "OK" button to display the "Digital Editions" window. The titles of available books appear in the main window.

Step 10

Ebook in Digital Editions

Double-click the icon of the book you want to read. The book opens in the main window.

Things You'll Need

  • Adobe Reader, version 8.0 or later

  • Adobe Digital Editions program and ebooks


If you don't have access to ebooks from a third party, you can find samples on the Adobe website.

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