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linuxhippy 03-28-2012 05:47 PM

epub book reading
I am running ubuntu and xubuntu on all my pc's here. I also borrowed an e-book from the library that only comes in epub format. It needs overdrive software and adobe digital editions to read it. This page has the needed links to the software:

I would like to read this book (as I do with my kindle books) on 2 of my Linux pcs that have larger screens. I was able to download it onto my iPod Touch 2G and I can read it there with the OverDrive app, but each page turn is very slow. I think each page (there are over 350 pages) is encrypted and gets decrypted by Adobe when the page is turned.

Is there anyway to read this book with Linux or in a web page? The free library has given me 21 days before it expires.

jkirchner 03-28-2012 06:29 PM

There is an add on for firefox that allows you to read epubs, search them for EPub reader. Another app that is quite good is Calibre (It will not do drm books though). I use Calibre on both Linux and Mac OSX and also epub reader in Firefox. All are free as well

linuxhippy 03-28-2012 06:48 PM

The library hasn't given out the epub file (although they say it's for an epub reader). What they give is a small .acsm file that OverDrive software uses to download the book. Then Adobe Digital Editions decrypts the file into epub format. I was able to see the book files that OverDrive downloaded to my iPod Touch. They are a bunch of xhtml files that I cannot open with any opensouce software. I am pretty sure that's because it is encrypted and that's why each page turn is slow.

I tried to use Wine1.3 to open the OverDrive msi file but was me with an error. AdobeDigitalEditions won't even let me download the software from firefox since my system doesn't meet their specs.

jkirchner 03-28-2012 07:02 PM

The DRM is going to be an issue. It sounds like they have something going on with it since there is encryption. I use mostly free eBooks (Lots of them here Project Gutenberg ) and other places as well. If you like sci-fi and such there are a lot of free books here: Baen Books

You might want to take a look at Calibre, it does a lot. It may even be in Ubuntu's software libraries. Check Here for Calibre

frankbell 03-28-2012 08:56 PM

I like FBReader, but I agree with jkirchner--this is likely an encryption/DRM issue.

linuxhippy 03-29-2012 04:29 AM

I like Calibre a lot and I have gotten books at Project Gutenberg before my free public library started to make e-books available for my kindle. I really wanted to read the epub book I borrowed and cannot view it on my usual kindle software (it will install with Wine1.3 and then read with my netbook on a big 24" LCD monitor).

I suspect that the only way to view this book because it is DRM is using wine with OverDrive and AdobeDigitalEditions. I cannot even get the AdobeDigitalEditions file...maybe it's because I'm running Linux. Here's what happens with wine1.3 and OverDrive:

wine msiexec /i ODMediaConsoleSetup.msi

fixme:storage:create_storagefile Storage share mode not implemented.
err:msi:ITERATE_Actions Execution halted, action L"VSDCA_VsdLaunchConditions" returned 1603

Any ideas how I can install OverDrive and AdobeDigitalEditions in Linux?

linuxhippy 03-29-2012 07:04 PM

got it by using Sony Reader Software & Adobe Digital Editions. Both files can be downloaded here:

Reader for PC:
Adobe Digital Editions:

Both programs can be installed with wine1.3

Then open Adobe Digital Editions and set up an account to register the pc. You don't need to setup an account with Sony to read library books. Go to the free library and download their .ascm file for the epub book. Now open the Sony Reader and add this .acsm file to the library. It will now download the needed book file (epub book). Then go back into Adobe Digital Editions and you will see it there to be read on the pc! I did this on my netbook using Ubuntu 11.04 and a 24" LCD monitor.


I found that the book may not open in Adobe Digital Editions until it is loaded manually. First do an updatedb and then locate .epub to find out where your book is located. Then go into Adobe Digital Editions and do a CTRL-o to load an epub file. Browse to your epub file location and then it will load.

The book can be viewed in Sony or Adobe Digital Edition. I'm not sure if the Adobe Digital Edition is may be able to get by with just the Sony software. I got this method from the local library...this is what they said to do if you had a Sony e-reader.

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