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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.
This Document contains my summary notes for how to use Wine to install the Windows version of Adobe Digital Editions – to be able to borrow & read eBooks from the Toronto Public Library.
Adobe Digital Editions is used to access only Printed type eBooks. For Audio eBooks, the Windows OverDrive application (which is different from the Windows 8 OverDrive application) would need to be installed – again using Wine to do that on Linux PCs.
Since other Public Library Systems use Adobe Digital Editions to permit borrowing eBooks on-line, hopefully this document will be of use to a far greater audience, than just Toronto Ontario.
Needed Account Information
To borrow 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
Please Note: Adobe Digital Editions will use your Adobe ID (your Adobe Account) to Authorize the computer. So only one (1) Adobe ID should be used with each User Login on a Linux PC.
Install Needed Wine Packages
If a Linux PC is using Nvidia 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 driver 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
Download ADE 1.7.2
Install ADE 1.7.2 using Wine
Install Adobe Digital Editions
in the user Downloads folder, right click on digitaleditions_172.exe and select “Open With Wine Windows Program Loader”.
Adobe Digital Editions Setup windows:
For the “Select components to install:” window, just press the “
For the “Destination Folder” window, just press the “
Once the Setup shows as Completed, just press the “
Adobe Digital Editions Install window:
Adobe Digital Editions Setup Assistant windows:
The 1st window just states this is the Setup Assistant … so select the “
The 2nd window is used to Authorize the computer using your Adobe ID
ensure “Authorize Computer (Recommended)” is SELECTED
enter your Adobe ID e-mail address
enter your Adobe ID password
select the “
The 3rd screen provides a link to the Adobe Digital Editions Library … so just select the “
Configure Wine so eBooks are Correctly Accessed
On my own PC, I created an eBooks folder in my home directory. So please replace [ebooks] in the below with the folder where you will be storing your ADE ebook (.acsm) files.
Borrow & Read Toronto Public Library eBooks
Move the Downloaded .acsm file from Downloads to the folder you configured as Drive E: (in Wine)
Double-click on the .acsm file, to add that eBook to your Adobe Digital Editions ebook reader
The .acsm file just permits downloading the actual ebook by Adobe Digital Editions. So your PC must be connected to the Internet while loading any new ebook into Adobe Digital Editions.
Then Adobe Digital Editions can “just be opened”, to access that already loaded ebook from within your ADE Library.