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.
As default, purchased ePUB books can be read on any Adobe DRM supported devices. The following eReaders can read books from the Kobo Store in EPUB format. New eReaders are introduced all the time, though, so this list may not be complete.
Note: You'll need free software called Adobe Digital Editions to transfer your Kobo books to your eReader.
Kobo Wireless eReader
Sony PRS-300 Reader Pocket Edition
Sony PRS-505 Reader Digital Book
Sony PRS-600 Reader Touch Edition
Sony PRS-700BC Reader Digital Book
Aluratek Libre eBook Reader Pro
Asktak (EZ Reader, EZ Reader Pocket Pro, Mentor)
Barnes & Noble Nook
BeBook (One, Mini)
Bookeen (Cybook Opus, Gen 3)
Elonex eBook 600
HanLin eBook (V3, V5)
IREX Digital Reader 1000S
Sharper Image literati
Sharper Image LookBook
So, if you just want to read the books on one of these eReaders, you do not need to remove ePUB DRM, but transfer ePUB books directly.
Remove DRM from Kobo eBooks
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. 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.
3. Install Adobe ePub&PDF 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.
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.
If you can't find the EPUB ebook, open Adobe Digital Editions and find the path in the properties of the ebook.
3. Transfer the books to devices.
Now, the books have no limitations, so you can print or read them on any ePUB supported device.
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. Then you have 3 ways to transfer DRM free Kobo eBooks to Kindle.
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.