NuVision Publications, LLC





Print Books



Adobe Reader

E-books are available in three major formats: Adobe, Microsoft, and Palm. Adobe Reader is the software you use to view Adobe e-books.

Obtaining or Updating Your Copy of Adobe Reader

You can obtain the free Adobe Reader 6.0 from the Adobe Reader Web site, where you will also find:

  • System requirements
  • Download instructions
  • Installation instructions
  • Activation instructions


With the 2003 release of Adobe Reader 6.0, Adobe has combined Acrobat Reader with Acrobat eBook Reader. If you have a copy of Adobe Acrobat Reader or Acrobat eBook Reader on your computer or handheld, you should upgrade to Adobe Reader 6.0. Please note that most publishers don't allow their e-books to be printed. However, Amazon requires that all e-docs be printable. Note also that, on the Mac platform, only OS 10.2 is currently supported by Adobe Reader 6.0. For information not found below, please visit's Adobe Reader help pages, where you'll also find a troubleshooting guide.

About E-books

Adobe e-books are PDF files that have been encrypted in order to protect the copyright of the author or publisher. As with any Adobe PDF file, e-books can be moved, copied to a folder or a CD, posted on the Web, or sent as an e-mail attachment. You can use the My Bookshelf feature in Adobe Reader to access and manage your e-books.

To read an e-book, you must have a license to open and read the e-book (which you receive automatically when you buy the e-book on, and you must activate Adobe Reader as an e-book reader.

If you are not using the full version of Adobe Reader, you need to install the e-books plug-in before you can use this feature. If you are using Adobe Reader to open an e-book for the first time, you will be prompted to install the e-books plug-in.

To install the plug-in prior to opening a file:

1. Do one of the following:

  • Choose Help > Updates
  • Choose Edit > Preferences > Update (Windows) or Adobe Reader > Preferences > Updates (Mac OS), and click Update Adobe Reader Now


2. Select E-Books Package from the Available list, and then click Update.

Activating Your E-books Account

Before you can use Adobe Reader to purchase or read e-books, you must activate the application as an e-book reader by creating an Adobe DRM Activator account. You must activate all devices, including PDAs, on which you plan to read e-books. To read Adobe e-books on a Palm OS handheld device, download and install Adobe Reader for handheld devices. To download the Adobe Reader for handheld devices, visit the Adobe Web site.

If you did not create an e-books account when you first installed Adobe Reader, you will be prompted to do so the first time you attempt to download, read, or send an e-book to a mobile device or access the Adobe DRM Activator Web site from the Tools > eBook Web Services menu inside your Adobe Reader software.

To create an e-books account:

  • Connect to the Internet
  • In Adobe Reader, choose Tools > e-Book Web Services > Adobe DRM Activator
  • In the dialog box, click Yes to launch your browser and connect to the Adobe DRM Activator Web site


Note: To activate the e-books Adobe Reader software, you need your Adobe ID and password or your Microsoft .Net Passport ID and password. If you are a new user, follow the onscreen prompts to create an ID and password.

To use a handheld device as an e-books reader:

  • Place the handheld device in its synchronization cradle
  • In Adobe Reader, choose Tools > e-Book Web Services > Adobe DRM Activator
  • Click the Activate Palm OS Device button


Copyright 2010 NuVision Publications, LLC