If you download an eBook from an online ebook store, and you want to read the book on your Kindle eReader, the resolution is to convert acsm to Kindle. You would ask me why and how to do. Don't worry. Here are the details.
To read acsm on a Kindle, follow these 4 steps.
- Using Adobe Digital Editions to open your ACSM files.
- Once opened, the acsm will be saved as ePub or PDF.
- Remove DRM from the ACSM.
- Convert ACSM to Kindle supported format.
The following 4 parts will address all your questions.
Part1: What's an ACSM file
After you purchase an eBook online from the public library or a private bookseller, you can download it to have a look.
However, typically the downloaded file uses an .acsm suffix but not the common ePub or PDF or the Kindle format. In other words, the majority of the books you got from online stores are in ACSM format.
You may be confused about this file type since the acsm is not your actual eBook. It behaves like a link to your eBook allowing you to download the actual book.
Part2: How to Open with ACSM File
You're probably wondering which program can download the link to open the acsm file.
Go on with the topic in part 1 referred to. ACSM stands for Adobe Content Server Manager. This name suggests that Adobe manages the download of the ACSM file.
I would recommend using Adobe program Adobe Digital Editions to open your acsm file. It's the best acsm ebook reader.
Step1: create an Adobe account and authorize it.
Step2: run the ADE program and open acsm with it.
When Adobe Digital Editons runs, it will see the .acsm file and automatically download your book as PDF or ePub, which is the actual eBook you purchased.
Step3: read acsm file in ADE. (how to read books on ADE)
ACSM doesn't allow us to reproduce and transfer, and it can only be used on the computer where you have downloaded the books. So I can't stress this enough:
Before you buy Adobe ebooks, whether PDF or ePub, please install the Adobe Digital Editions. Only by using this software you can open the acsm file and read it on your computer.
The details are referred to at these links:
Part3: How to Add ACSM File to Kindle
As previously explained the ACSM file can only be opened with ADE on your PC. If you try to open this file with any application such as Kindle for PC rather than ADE, it will issue an error message.
This is because once we download an acsm file and open it with ADE, the acsm file will be associated to ADE (Adobe Adept DRM). There is no compatibility with Kindle or iPad.
Even worse, if we want to read acsm on Kindle, there is another problem we have to solve besides the DRM protection. It's the format limitation. This is because the Kindle only supports its own format such as AZW3, AZW, MOBI, PRC, TPZ but not the common ePub or PDF.
So here you may find the key to resolve your problem to read acsm on Kindle: Remove Adobe DRM and convert ACSM to Kindle format.
By following the steps below and installing this tool Ultimate Converter. It is the best DRM Removal + eBook Converter.
1Install the Ultimate Converter.
2Remove Adobe DRM.
After you have opened your acsm file with Adobe Digital Editons, you will see your book at the left hand area inside the ADE folder when you run the software. Then please drop and drag the file you want to read on kindle to the rightside area.
As the image shows, it will remove the DRM automatically. You will see the "decrypted". You can also have a look at how to remove DRM from .acsm file.
If you download Kobo eBooks from official site online (with browser), the downladed file will be ACSM. But, if the books are downloaded or synced via Kobo for PC/Mac, the file will be Kepub, NOT the acsm. If you want to read them on your Kindle maybe you can have a good reading of this article read Kobo KEPUB on Kindle.
3Convert acsm to Kindle
At the "Output Format" list, you can select the output device as your Kindle eReader such as Kindle Paperwhite. Then click the "Convert" button, and the conversion will start soon.
You can also convert acsm to mobi at the output format list because mobi is the native kindle format (now AZW3 output format is also supported well).
Here is a video guide for you about using Ultimate Converter.
Part4: How to Read ACSM Files on Kindle
After the conversion, it will pop up automatically which displaying the completed ebook. You can also click the "Convert to" button again to get the converted eBook.
Now all that remains is just to transfer mobi to Kindle. Connect your Kindle device and computer via USB cable, and copy your converted acsm file from the output PC folder to your Kindle "Books" folder.
Enjoy your new eBooks!
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Jonny Greenwood joined Epubor since 2011, loves everything about eBooks and eReaders. He seeks the methods to read eBooks more freely and wants to share all he has got with you.