If you’re using a laptop or desktop, you need Adobe Digital Editions.
Adobe Digital Editions, not to be confused with Adobe Reader, allows you to access e-Books downloaded to your computer in either ePub or PDF format protected with Adobe Digital Rights Management (DRM). The books you purchase or download on one device will appear automatically across all the devices you have ADE on.
Digital Rights Management (DRM) is copyright protection for an electronic product that limits the length of the loan of the downloaded e-book, and the amount of copying and printing. You will usually be told what the limits are when you try to print or copy from e-books that are DRM-protected.
Many tablets/smartphones/e-book readers and applications now support Adobe DRM. On a computer the free Adobe Digital Editions is needed to access (read) downloaded Adobe DRM protected content on your computer. Adobe Digital Editions Help.
What is the difference between PDF and EPUB when downloading eBooks?
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In the case of e-books, the meaning of “download” is to borrow the book for a number of days and to be able to read the book offline. The one big advantage of downloading a book is that for the entire time of the download (up to 7 days, even 14 in some cases), the user has sole access to this book. The book can be accessed offline on a laptop or other mobile device. The disadvantage of course is that for the entire time of the download the book is not available to anyone else.
Keep in mind that a book does not have to be downloaded to be read. A book can be read online, the user can copy and print, make notes, etc. and when the user leaves the platform, the book is available for someone else to use.
The following e-book platforms are called aggregator platforms (as opposed to publisher platforms) and are DRM protected (see box on the left). Each platform has its own specifications regarding downloading, copying and printing.
All (or most of) the other platforms on our e-book website are publisher platforms that are DRM free, which means there is no limit on the number of pages that can be copied or printed, and you can download an e-book chapter without having to create a personal account. Please note, however, that everything is still subject to general copyright laws and to our licence agreements.
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