How to Download and Transfer Google Play Books to eReaders?

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Google play is a great place to download not only apps, games, but also a better store to download books, especially for those Android users. It has a collection of every kind of ebooks you could possibly think of, and sometimes it’s cheaper than Amazon Kindle store.


It’s very simple to read Google play books on your smartphones and tablets. But when you want to read the book on computers or ereaders, it will be little difficult, since what you get from Google Play store are acsm files. What is acsm file and how to convert it to epub or pdf? If you have these questions, don’t worry, here are several simple steps help you get the problem solved.

1. Download Books From Google Play

Step 1 Go to Google Play Books Store

First go to Google Play books store on your computer, and choose titles which you like, after payment, the title will be added to your account.

Google Play Books Store

Step 2 Click My Books on the top-left side of web browser

In My Books, you can find and manage all your purchased and uploaded books.

Google Play My Books

Step 3 Choose the title which you want to download

In My Books, find the title which you want to dowoload, and then click on three black dot button, select ePub or PDF formats to download the book. If you also want to read the book on eReaders, I suggest you download ePub format.


Note: If the title is DRM free, we will get an original ePub or PDF format book, and it's very easy to transfer it to eReaders with USB cable or calibre.

If the title is DRM protected, we will download an Urllink.acsm file, so we got more work to do, read below to know how to convert Google acsm file.

2. What is Google acsm file?

Acsm is the abbreviation of “Adobe Content Server Message”, it was created by Adobe to protect and distribute eBooks which is Epub or PDF format, so that you can’t copy and transfer eBooks to others. To do this, it contains Adobe drm(digital rights management) to activate and download an eBook but does not contain the eBook itself. It could only be opened by Adobe Digital Editions.

So with this background it’s easy to understand why you get the acsm file when download the ebook from Google Play. That is when you want to read books on your computer or ereaders, you get an acsm file first and then you need to convert it to epub or pdf format with ADE.

3. Convert Google acsm files to EPUB or PDF

Before we start , make sure you already get the Google acsm file.

Step 1 Download and install Adobe Digital Editions

Adobe Digital Editions is a freeware, just like Adobe Reader for PDF, you can click here to know more about Adobe Digital Editions. After downloaded it, follow the instructions to install it.

Download Adobe Digital Edition 4.5 Macintosh (23.2MB)

Download Adobe Digital Edition 4.5 Windows (8.13MB)

Step 2 Create a new account and authorize your computer with an Adobe ID.

To use ADE, you need to have a Adobe ID to track the books you already have and bind to your computer. If you have an Adobe ID, just log in. If not, creat a new account and authorize your computer.


Step 3 Open downloaded acsm file with ADE.

You can open the acsm file with double click directly. If it didn’t work, right click the acsm file and select "open with"—then choose Adobe Digital Editions. You can also set ADE as the default program to open acsm in this menu. Or you can open ADE first, and select the acsm file to open in ADE.

Then the program will begin to download the Epub or PDF ebooks. After finished, you can read the book on your computer or ereaders such as Sony eReader, Kobo or Barnes & Noble Nook. But kindle is an exception.

4. Transfer Google Play Books to eReader

Transfer Google Play Books to Kobo, Nook, Sony eReader.

First, you need to make sure your Kobo or Nook account is registered with the same account of Adobe ID.

Then, connect your eReader to computer with USB cable, and open ADE.

The next step is very simple, as the picutre shows, just drag the book to your device which you want to transfer it to.

tansfer books from ADE

Transfer Google Play Books without limitation, even to Kindle eReader.

You may have a Kindle for its better reading experience. So can you read Google play books on Kindle? Google Play official said, you can’t do it. But you must believe there is always a solution out there. Because never underestimate the power of Geek.

Suppose you already convert the Google acsm file to epub or PDF, you can find the converted eBook on the following folder:
Windows: ...\My Documents (Documents)\My Digital Editions ...
Mac: Users/Your computer name/Digital Editions...

Step 1 Download Ultimate eBook Converter and Install.

Ultimate eBook Converter is a powerful tool to help you read and transfer eBooks between different device withour limitation, no matter the book is Kindle format or Epub/PDF format. You can download the tool below and follow the instructions to install.

Download Epubor Ultimate for free:


Step 2 Connect Kindle to your computer

Connect the Kindle to your computer with a USB cable. it will appear soon as a removable storage device.

Step 3 Open Ultimate eBook Converter and Convert Books to Kindle Format.

Ultimate eBook Converter will find the eBook on you computer automatically, select Google Play books from ADE and drag them to main interface, then choose Kindle Format and click on “convert” button. Wait a few seconds, jobs done.

Ultimate eBook Converter

After the conversion is finished, all that's left is to send the converted epub files to Kindle.

Easy and fast, now you can read the Google Play books on your kindle.

At last, I hope this guide would help you convert Goolge acsm files to any ebook format, so you can read the book on you computer and ereaders freely, even on your Kindle. If you have any questions, leave your conments, I will reply them as soon as possible.

Bonus Tips: If you want to make better use of Google Play books, you should never miss the ultimate guide--Google Play 101: Up to 16 Golden Tips and Tricks You Must Know


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

04/11/2016 21:10:44
hello, I uploaded an epub file to play books awhile ago. Since I had it online, I deleted the original file from my computer. I would like to download the file again to use in another ereader, but when I go to the play books website and "my books" the only option I have for books I uploaded myself is to delete them. Is there any other way I can download my book from play books?
04/12/2016 18:37:40
You can download personal books you upload to google play books via <a href="https://takeout.google.com/settings/takeout"> Google Takeout </a>, but it takes some effort. So if you want to transfer ebooks to ereaders, I don't suggest to upload them to google play.
04/12/2016 20:49:51
Ah, well. If only I had known that two years ago, haha. Thanks for the quick response!
08/26/2017 00:05:14
I dont understand how to purchase ebooks if I want the flexibility to save and read on different devices. I recently found books linked to an email account that I  no longer use and am unable to transfer the purchase to my regular email address. I just happened to be logged into that email address at the time of purchase. If I purchase something I should be able to read how I want to.  Help :)
12/14/2018 22:56:33

How about transferring books from an e reader(Sony) to my Google Play library...I have both a Samsung phone plus tablet...any suggestions??


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