When we purchase eBooks from public library, you may find that the majority of these books are the ACSM format but not the common EPUB or PDF format.
What is an ACSM file? As the image below shows, an acsm file is not an actual eBook but just a file download link.
In my opinion, converting ACSM to common EPUB or PDF is the best way if we want to open acsm and read them on common reader devices and software. For details about converting ACSM to EPUB, I highly recommend you have a look at the article convert acsm to epub and remove DRM.
Today what I'm about to deal with in this article is the way how to convert ACSM to PDF. Just 3 steps.
To convert .acsm to PDF, you just need these simple steps:
- Install Adobe Digital Editions
- Authorize ADE with your Adobe ID
- Drag .acsm file into Adobe Digital Editions
Please note that the PDF generated from .acsm is DRM protected, if you want to convert the format, back up the file, or want to read it freely, you need to remove the DRM. This article also covers this part.
Below is the detailed guide.
Step1: Install Adobe Digital Editions
ACSM is designed by Adobe which helps you manage, read or transfer your ebooks to another e-reader. Furthermore, only Adobe Digital Editions can open acsm file.So firstly please download and install it.
Adobe Digital Editions for Windows download: ADE 4.5 Windows (8.13MB)
Adobe Digital Editions for Mac download: ADE 4.5 Mac (23.2MB)
If you have already installed you can skip to the next step.
Step2: Authorize Adobe ID
If this is the first time using ADE, you will see a dialogue box. Then you need to input your Adobe ID to authorize the current computer. Of course you can also creat an Adobe account to register if you don't have an Adobe ID.
Then enter your Adobe ID and password, click the "Authorize" button to activate it.
Step3: Open .ACSM and Download the PDF books
Now find the acsm files you downloaded in the computer, then double click them, they will be opened by Adobe Digital Editions as default. If they can not be opened normally, you can click the right mouse, select "Open with"-"Adobe Digital Editions".
When Adobe Digital Editions runs, it will automatically download the PDF books, which are the actual eBooks. And if you have already downloaded the ACSM files as ePub format, you can also try to convert ePub to PDF.
As soon as the downloading work is completed, you would see all your PDF books. Choose one book in the main window, click the right button and select "Item Info" , a new dialog box will pop up. It shows the location of the downloaded ebooks.
For Windows: ...\ My Documents (Documents)\ My Digital Editions ...
For Mac: Users\ Your computer name\ Digital Editions ...
Until this step all the job converting acsm to PDF has been finished with the free acsm to pdf converter. Congratulations!
You can read your converted PDF books on Adobe supported devices, such as Kobo Aura, Sony eReader, etc. Just copy them with the USB cable. But there is an important thing you should remember that it would be better to make your eReaders be authorized with the same Adobe account (the same e-mail address).
In addition, I have to tell you a truth that you can't read these converted pdf books on Apple devices (iPad mini Retina, iPod, iPhone) and Kindle devices (Kindle Paperwhite, Kindle Fire HDX) because these PDF books are protected by Adobe DRM. To meet your demand perfectly, I recommend you the best software Adobe PDF ePub DRM Removal which makes it possible to convert ACSM to Kindle (azw, mobi) and convert acsm to iPad.
All you have to do left is just to run the soft and click the "Remove DRM" because it can grab your PDF eBooks automatically.
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Jonny Greenwood joined Epubor since 2011, loves everything about eBooks and eReaders. He seeks the methods to read eBooks more freely and wants to share all he has got with you.