Q. Can I read eBooks without using Adobe Digital Editions?
Some eBook platforms use Adobe Digital Editions to ensure control over digital rights to their collections while lending to library patrons.
If the file extension of the eBook file is .ascm, it will require Adobe Digital Editions.
For most of platforms, apps are the answer. They are designed by the owners/lenders of the content and give immediate search and access on mobile devices (some are also available for Windows and iOS).
Dedicated eReaders: Kindles do not require Adobe Digital Editions. Nook Tablets, in many cases, use the same apps as mobile devices, so do not require Adobe Digital Editions. Nook Simple Touches and Kobo readers do require Adobe Digital Editions to transfer titles from computer to device.
See our Digital Media page for more information.