What to Do When Launching Adobe Digital Editions for the First Time

Adobe Digital Editions is a great ebook reader for Mac OS X. Not only does it support epubs, it can also handle PDFs and a “reflow-centric XHTML-based format.”

Adobe Digital Editions can be used to read epubs, PDFs, and XHTML.

For readers, they can also take advantage of Adobe Digital Edition’s support for lending and borrowing. Publishers like it because it supports DRM-protected content and allows for text markup features.

It’s a free download for Mac OS X and Windows.

When you install Adobe Digital Editions, you’ll be asked to go through a set up process when you launch it the first time. Read more for a step-by-step how-to on setting up Adobe Digital Editions.

First, you should have Adobe Digital Editions installed on your computer.

Start the setup process by launching Adobe Digital Editions.

Click Continue to start the setup process.


Let's get on with it. For now let's click Don't Authorize Computer

Launch Adobe Digital Editions then start the setup process.

The first time Adobe Digital Edition launches on your computer, you will be welcomed by a settings assistant dialogue box within Adobe Digital Editions. Take the following steps.

  1. In the settings assistant dialogue box, click Continue to get started.
  2. You will be asked to choose whether you want to authorize your computer or not. Authorization is needed if you have protected books that you want to read on different computers. For now, let’s select Don’t Authorize Computer and click Activate.
  3. You will be reminded that you just chose not to authorize your computer. Click Continue.
  4. You will be given a warning that protected items “could not be authorized for this computer.” Click Finished.

To finish setup process, click Finished

This is the Adobe Digital Editions window. Select All Items to show all your books.

I’ve listed Adobe Digital Editions as one of the best epub readers for Mac OS X. For comics, I highly recommend Simple Comic.

With notebooks poised to get bigger displays (consider a 15-inch Macbook Air) and higher resolutions (notebooks with Retina Display anyone?), reading on computers could get more interesting. (Or you could also be the type who prefers working with multiple monitors.)

Would you rather go for smaller tablets or phones when it comes to reading books and comic books? Let me know what you think in the comments section below.

Tune in again for my next post on opening epubs on Adobe Digital Editions.

2 thoughts on “What to Do When Launching Adobe Digital Editions for the First Time

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