3 Methods to Convert Adobe Digital Editions to PDF (with Video)

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When you bought an eBook (you have spent money) which can only be written by the Adobe Digital Editions, you may want to know is it possible to convert Adobe Digital Editions to normal PDF.

The answer to this question is "Yes", of course. But before the conversion job, you should know that Adobe Digital Editions implements a proprietary scheme of Adobe Adept DRM (we usually say Adobe DRM). And so the ebooks adopted with the Adobe DRM can only be read through Adobe DRM supported apps or eReader. You even cannot copy and transfer the files to other places with DRM-protected.

Here I will introduce 3 methods to convert ADE to PDF.

Convert Adobe Digital Editions to PDF Online

There are some online converters that can convert Adobe Digital Editions to PDF if you want to convert the files online. For example, ebook.online-convert, Zamzar.

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Pros: It's very easy and convenient for you to operate when you are online. Those converters support many kinds of formats and they're totally free.

Cons: We cannot use those programs when you are offline. That means you cannot convert Adobe Digital Editions to PDF when you cannot connect to the Internet.
We will be disturbed by ads that pop up from time to time.
Nearly all of the online eBook converters don't support the DRM protected eBook titles.

Convert Adobe Digital Editions to PDF Calibre (Free)

Also there are ways to convert Adobe Digital Editions to PDF free. Here I recommend Calibre. Converting Adobe Digital Editions to PDF Calibre, you need to download and install this tool.

Step 1 Click here to download Calibre (version 5.x) and add DeDRM Plugin v7.2.0 to Calibre (for removing adobe drm).

Step 2 Run Calibre and click the "Add books" button at the top left corner to import books.

Step 3 Choose one book (or multiple files) and then click on "Convert books" button.

convert ade to pdf with calibre

Then a new window will appear, and you can choose your output format as PDF at the top right corner of the new window. Click the "OK" button and it will convert your Adobe Digital Editions ebooks to PDF.

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It's easy to use Calibre to convert Adobe Digital Editions ebooks to PDF. Now you can print the converted PDF out or transfer it to other devices.

Pros: Calibre is free. And its management function is really powerful.

Cons: You need to install DeDRM plugins if you want to convert DRM protected ADE books. What's worse, you can't get any help from Alf's developers if you meet problems.

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Convert Adobe Digital Editions to PDF Mac/Win with Epubor Ultimate

How to convert Adobe eBooks on Mac or Windows computers with ease? Here you will meet a powerful all-in-one tool — Epubor Ultimate. It's a powerful program for you to remove DRM and convert ADE eBooks to pdf or any other formats. As one of the best eBook Converter, it stands in contrast to Calibre in that it has much simpler interface and 7/24 customer support. Compared with the above two-mentioned two methods, this tool is user friendly and much easier. It allows you to remove adobe drm and convert Adobe Digital Editions to PDF without installing the plugin or keeping the internet connection all the time. Please go ahead to find the detailed steps to convert Adobe Digital Editions to PDF with Epubor Ultimate.

Step 1 Download and install Epubor Ultimate.

Download Epubor Ultimate for free:

Step 2 Remove Adobe DRM.

Run the program, on the left panel you will find that it automatically detects all your Adobe eBooks(opened and downloaded via ADE). Drag the books to the right area of the program directly, then it will remove adobe DRM within seconds.

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Step 3 Convert to PDF.

Choose the pdf as the output format at the central bottom, then click "Convert to PDF" button. The files will be converted to PDF immediately.

Pro features: as above image shows, Epubor Ultimate also supports converting the adobe drm to kindle supported format (mobi or azw3).

Video guide is here Watch this video tutorial please.

Pros: Easy to use; 24 hours online customer service and technical support; No extra plugin to install.

Cons: Paid software. Free trial version only converts 20% of each book.

From the steps above, it is clearly show that the Epubor Ultimate is easy to operate. It comes with DRM removing and ebook format converting functions. Also, this best Adobe to PDF converter will get your Adobe books converted at a faster speed and higher quality.

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You paid for the book, Adobe cares on what eReader you actually read it, but now with Epubor Ultimate there is no need to worry about it. Enjoy your multiple device reading!

Download Epubor Ultimate for free:

works for Epubor and writes articles for a collection of blogs such as ebookconverter.blogspot.com.

06/20/2015 01:13:21
Thank you, that is really helpfull
03/9/2016 12:15:58
Thank you !! This helped me
04/17/2016 16:10:37
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05/14/2016 13:26:02
09/8/2016 11:58:49
This didn't work at all
10/10/2016 15:54:16
LOVE IT! Seriously, wonderful!!!!!
10/11/2016 02:33:33
11/20/2016 11:04:32
SUPERB! Wasn't really expecting it to work. But it sure did!
01/21/2017 02:36:07
Worked awesomely!!!!!  Would definately recommend.
03/5/2019 01:14:20
never recommand it is fuck they only convert a small peace assfuckers
03/7/2019 09:50:08
Thank you for using Epubor trail version. The trial version allows you to decrypt and convert 20% content of each book.
05/4/2017 14:21:36
Really awesome tool
05/4/2017 14:21:39
Really awesome tool
01/9/2018 03:09:21
Do I need to have an Adobe ID to get this method to work?
01/10/2018 10:17:01
Yes. You should ensure this book can be read in ADE AT FIRST.
01/9/2018 03:46:21
I had high hopes for this, but it doesn't work for Digital Editions at all.
01/10/2018 10:28:10
Please contact support@epubor.com about this issue. They will help you fix your problem. Please describe your problem clearly in your email.
04/29/2018 15:11:52
None of the above worked. Epubor is a scam. They want your money!
01/11/2019 04:58:34
chapeau bas!
02/9/2019 00:33:31
Using Calibre, you must FIRST open the .acsm file in Adobe Digital Editions, so that the DRM-protected file is now a .pdf file in the Documents\My Digital Editions folder. Then in Calibre you Add THAT .pdf file (NOT the .acsm file), which creates another DRM-free .pdf file in Calibre's own Library (that is, in its own folders). So you do not need to convert it. But "just to be sure", you can convert that .pdf to a another .pdf with a slightly different name.
04/1/2022 17:29:48
Thank you so much!! Your comment helped me a lot!
02/16/2019 05:17:29
Thanks for allowing scabs to rip off authors and publishers
03/6/2020 09:58:13
Having several times in the past paid for drm protected e-books only to have the lose access for varying reasons; website fails, sold out or format can't be read on other device or software, etc. Removing drm and converting to other formats too is a basic and sensible precaution. I rather feel that paying out hundreds of dollars and then having those books become unusable is the real rip-off. I am also an author, but yes, there are good reasons to remove drm whenever possible, I avoid purchasing any protected books for this exact reason. Not to pirate, to protect my access to books I have legally obtained. Deal with it.
07/26/2019 12:28:42
Worked really well
07/27/2019 09:22:42
Thank you for your comments. Glad these methods are helpful.
04/22/2020 23:43:38
You deceive people with the free trial. It is not a free trial
04/23/2020 09:00:39

Thank you for your comments. The free trial allows you to convert 20% content of each book.This will help you find out if our software can handle your books or not. If you want to freeware, please try  Calibre. We've already mentioned in the article.

Have a nice day.

04/23/2020 19:40:09
Nice one lol
04/24/2020 09:29:49
Glad to know you like it.
08/28/2021 19:32:14
First method works well. Great!
01/6/2022 23:34:11
Thank you so much! You are a lifesaver. I did option 2 - I had to use the v4.23 calibre and the v6.8.1 of deDRM but it then worked like a charm :D
04/25/2022 17:07:30
this is really helpful
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