Install Adobe Digital Editions In Ubuntu Linux

Libraries have been around for quite some time.  One of the nice things about living in the digital age, however, is being able to check out books from the library in digital form.  Ebooks, in other words.  In order to take advantage of this, a computer user needs to have a library card, access to the Internet, and Adobe Digital Editions, the software used to download the book.  You can then use this software to read the book on your computer, or transfer it to your ebook device.

Unfortunately for Linux users, Adobe has not created a version of Adobe Digital Editions that runs natively on Linux.  Fortunately for Linux users, Wine exists (a framework that allows many Windows programs to run in Linux without emulation), and as it turns out, installing Adobe Digital Editions and getting it up and running isn’t too difficult.  Here’s how to do it in Ubuntu.

The first step will be to open up your Terminal.

01Launch_Terminal

Now, type sudo apt-add-repository ppa:ubuntu-wine/ppa which will add the Ubuntu Wine PPA to your list of software sources.  Next, type sudo apt-get update to update your lists and make the software in that repository available to install.

02Add_Wine_PPA

03Update_Software_Lists

Finally, type sudo apt-get install wine1.3 wine1.3-gecko which will install the latest 1.3 beta and its Gecko web rendering support.

04Install_Wine

Note: you’ll also notice a few other libraries being installed, including some new fonts and a program to deal with CAB files in Windows.

Once you have Wine installed, head over to the Adobe Digital Editions website.

05ADE_Website

If you scroll down, you’ll notice that you aren’t able to directly install Adobe Digital Editions as you could in Windows.

06Can_Not_Install_Message

That’s okay, simply click the link below the brown button (“Installation TechNote”).

07Click_Installation_TechNote

Here we’ll find the direct link to the Windows installer.

08Download_Installer

Once downloaded, right-click and use the Wine Windows Program Loader to begin the installation process.

09Install_ADE

The process is very simple; just select which options you want and click Next.

10Installer_Options

Once you’ve installed Adobe Digital Editions, launch it from your Application menu, keyboard launcher, Dash, or however you choose.  You’ll first be asked to authorize your computer, which will be necessary to check books out from an online library.

11Authorize_Computer

Next, head to your library’s ebook website and check out a book, or download one you’ve already checked out.

12Download_Library_Book

What you’ll actually download through your web browser is a file that tells Adobe Digital Editions the location of the ebook to download.  Once Adobe Digital Editions starts up, you’ll see the actual ebook being downloaded.

13ADE_Downloading_Book

You can now read your book on your computer.

14Read_Book_In_ADE

As said at the top, it’s unfortunate that Adobe hasn’t created a native Linux version of Adobe Digital Editions.  When considering how well it runs in Wine, it would seem that a native Linux version wouldn’t be too difficult to accomplish.  Still, because of how simple the installation process is, maybe it doesn’t matter all that much.  Thanks to the ease of installation, it really is quite simple to start reading library ebooks on your Linux computer.

Comments [3]

  1. Ben says:

    I’m having issues getting this to work. Have you tried this with newer versions of wine/ADE? I’m running Ubuntu 12.10 with wine-1.5.18 and Adobe Digital Editions 2.0. When I run the desktop shortcut I get this error: “fixme:exec:SHELL_execute flags ignored: 0×00000100″. When I run the DigitalEditions.exe file directly, I get this error: “The entry point method could not be loaded”. Any ideas on how to fix this?

  2. Martin Magnusson says:

    Now there’s an even simpler way to do it. Install wine (I have version 1.4), run “winetricks –gui”, select “install an app” and then select Adobe digital editions from the list.

  3. Julie says:

    I installed ADE through winetricks (the other method didn’t work), but ADE doesn’t recognize my iRiver Story when I connect it to my computer. I use ubuntu 13.10.

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