After purchasing eBooks on Kobo books store, you may want to share them with your wife, friends, or read them on your other devices. But you can't share them because the purchased books are protected by Adobe DRM. It feels like the books is Kobo Vox Reader's but not yours.
Following this guide, you can really own the books you purchased and share the books with anybody and read them on any eReader, even print the pages out if you like.
- Universal method: Remove Kobo DRM from Adobe Digital Editions -- If you use ADE to help manage files.
- Easy method: Remove Kobo DRM from Kobo desktop app -- If you just have a Windows or Mac computer.
- Simplest method: Remvoe DRM from Kobo eReader device -- If you have a Kobo Glo or Kobo Aura.
As default, you have two ways to get Kobo books to your computer: Sync to computer via Kobo desktop software, or download ACSM file from Kobo website, then use Adobe Digital Editions to convert ACSM to EPUB.
But when you sync Kobo books via Kobo desktop software, you can only get fragile files saved in KEPUB folder, not a complete EPUB file. Therefore, if we want to remove Kobo DRM, we have to download ACSM file from Kobo website, then handle it with Adobe Digital Editions and Adobe DRM Removal.
Update on 2015/04/16: Kobo changed their content sync policy, now you cannot get an EPUB file from Kindle desktop (PC/Mac). We update the article to react with the new policy. The guide below is guaranteed to work.
Update on 2015/07/10: Now we developed out a new method that supports removing Adobe DRM directly from Kobo (desktop app and Kobo e-ink devices), which saves your time much more than using ADE.
Update on 2015/12/23: With the release of Kobo desktop reading app version 3.19 and Kobo eReader firmware version 3.19, Kobo changed the DRM protection method. We've updated Epubor Ultimate Converter and Epubor All DRM Removal to support the new Kobo 3.19 DRM.
Method 1: Remove DRM from Kobo eBooks via ADE
1. Download .acsm files from Kobo website
Visit your Kobo library, where you can see all the purchased books. On the right side of the cover, there are "Download EPUB" and "ADOBE DRM EPUB" buttons. "Download EPUB" button indicates this book is DRM-Free, while "Adobe DRM EPUB" indicates the book is encrypted.
Clicking "ADOBE DRM EPUB" button you can download an .acsm file, which is the key to get a complete EPUB book.
2. Install ADE and convert acsm to EPUB
Install Adobe Digital Editions (ADE), and authorize your copy.
Drag the .acsm file into ADE, and you will see the EPUB book is being downloaded.
After the book is fulfilled, the EPUB file will be saved in "Documents/My Digital Editions", and you can remove DRM from this EPUB file.
3. Install All DRM Removal.
The software automatically scans your Adobe Digital Edition's content folder and imports all the books if you want. And all the imported books will be immediately decrypted. You can also manually drag the EPUB file into Adobe DRM Removal's main interface.
When the process has been finished, you can right click on an item and choose "Explore output folder", where saves the DRM-free books.
Before decryption, please make sure you can read them in Adobe Digital Editions, which is very important for your successful decryption.
This is a common used method during a long time we tried, yes? But the good news is that there are 2 easier methods provided for you, which saves your time to find your acsm files or kepub files, and what's better, you don't have to use ADE and authorize with Adobe ID. You know, we are always meeting kinds of problems when using ADE to manage files.
Method 2: Remove DRM from Kobo Desktop Win/Mac
1. Download Kobo desktop and sync books.
Visit here to download and install please: https://www.kobo.com/desktop
(Please note that Kobo desktop support has ended for Windows XP.)
Follow those steps to finish your installing of this app on your computer. Then you should log in with your own Kobo account. The "Library" will show up all of your purchased Kobo files. You can also choose "BookStore" to buy some books and then click "Sync".
Where does the Kobo desktop store my books (KEPUB format)? Where to find them?
For Windows: C:\Users\(user name)\AppData\Local\Kobo\Kobo Desktop Edition\kepub
For Mac: .../Library/Application Support/Kobo/Kobo Desktop Edition/kepub
2. Install All DRM Removal to handle Kobo DRM.
Finish your downloading and installing, then get it run. From the right side you can see a "Kobo" icon. Drag books to the left then all the books' drm will be removed quickly.
Quickly helps you remove drm from Kobo KEPUB books and with high quality. If you want to deal with these Kobo Kepub books deeply, you can read this article how to convert Kobo Kepub to epub.
Method 3: Remove DRM from Kobo eReader
This method is pretty easy to go. Just make sure that you had a Kobo eReader and your Kobo books has been finished downloading to your device.
1. Connect Kobo to computer.
Connecting via USB, then Kobo says "Computer detected", click "Connect" please.
2. Run All DRM Removal to remove DRM.
Get this recommend tool started. It will detect your device including all the downloaded books in it.
As what the image shows, from the right side we can see “Kobo device" icon and we can also see some files under this icon.
Note: I should tell you that the step 1 is very important. Don't forget to touch your Kobo after connected to computer, or this tool won't detect your Kobo and kobo books.
Drag them to the left area. DRM removing will soon start and finish.
Just click on "Remove DRM" to get your free files from the output folder.
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Q: How to convert and transfer Kobo eBooks to Kindle
A: The most simple and efficient way is to use our most powerful porduct Epubor Ultimate Converter, which can convert the DRM protected Kobo eBooks to Kindle format. This detail guide how to read Kobo on Kindle can also be a refer.
A: Unlike Kindle and Nook, so far at least, Kobo has no intention to implement the "Borrowing / Lending" features.
If you want to share your Kobo eBooks with your friends, you can only remove the DRM then send the copy to him/her. This is the only way in which you can do it. For how to remove the DRM from Kobo eBooks please scroll up and read that part carefully.
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Ada Wang works for Epubor and writes articles for a collection of blogs such as ebookconverter.blogspot.com.