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Toronto Library eBooks using Adobe Digital Editions

These instructions are actually for Mint 17 Xfce – but hopefully they are written in a generic enough manner to work with any Ubuntu 14.04LTS based Linux Distribution.

Needed Account Information

  • To use eBooks from the Toronto Public Library, you need to have a valid/active Toronto Library card– and you need to know your 4 digit PIN#. If you don't have either of those, then please contact the Toronto Public Library.
  • To use Adobe Digital Editions to read a DRM (Digital Rights Management) eBook will require having and using an account with To sign up for one use the following link:

Install Needed Wine Packages

If a Linux PC is using Nvida video – and that is using the nvidia 331 video driver – then just installing wine will uninstall your video driver. To install Wine and leave the Nvidia drive installed, use the following alternate instructions:
sudo apt-get install nvidia-cuda-toolkit
sudo apt-get install ocl-icd-opencl-dev
sudo apt-get install wine

Source: nvidia-libopencl1-331 has to be removed before installing WINE

  • Using the Mint Software Manager or Ubuntu Software Centre do the following:
    • * Install wine ← (see the above note)
    • * Install winetricks
    • * Install wine-mono0.0.8 ← Search for “mono”

Download ADE 1.7.2

  • Adobe Digital Editions 1.7.2 is an older version, but that is still the version that works best with Linux PCs. (Newer versions can be very problimatic to get installed and working using Wine.)

Install ADE 1.7.2 using Wine

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

  • in the user Downloads folder, right click on digitaleditions_172.exe and select “Open With Wine Windows Program Loader”.
    • Note: On right-click, this selection could possibly be in a sub-menu.
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