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Kobo & other ADE compatible e-readers (PC)

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Creating an Adobe ID

  1. Go to Adobe sign-in page.

  2. Click Get an Adobe ID


  3. Fill in the form and write down the email address and the password you chose. Check the box "I have read and agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy", then click Sign up.


Your Adobe ID is the email address you used in the form. Don't forget to write it down, along with the password you chose: you will need this information to configure the software and devices you will be using to read ebooks.

Installing Adobe Digital Editions (Windows 7, 8 & 10)

The Adobe Digital Editions application allows you to open ebooks and to transfer them onto your reading device.

Warning: The following instructions will install the latest version of Adobe Digital Editions (4). If Adobe Digital Editions is already installed on your computer, you can check which version is currently installed and upgrade it to version 4, if applicable.

There may be issues affecting some Kobo e-readers when they are used with Adobe Digital Editions version 4 and later. When transferring an ebook from the Adobe Digital Editions library to the Kobo e-reader, you may receive an error message stating that the file cannot be opened because of an authentication issue. If this is your case, we recommend that you uninstall Adobe Digital Editions and then install version 3.0.

  1. Go to

  2. Click Windows to download the application.


  3. The installation procedure varies depending on your browser:

    1. In Edge/Internet Explorer, click Run in the download bar at the bottom of the page.


    2. In Chrome, choose a location to save your file, then click Save. When the download is complete, click on ADE_4.0_Installer.exe in the download bar at the bottom of the page.


    3. In Firefox, click Save file. When the download is complete, click on the download button in the download bar, then click on ADE_4.0_Installer.exe.


  4. The installation of Adobe Digital Editions will start. Check the box "I accept the terms in the Licence Agreement", then click Next.


  5. Click Next, then click Install.



    Windows may ask you to install Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 Service Pack 1 before continuing the installation. If so, install the component before restarting the installation.

  6. If this is your very first Adobe Digital Editions installation, a Get Norton Security Scan window will pop up. To avoid installing this unsolicited application, disable the Include Norton Security Scan checkbox before clicking on Next.

    If you are updating Adobe Digital Editions, you will be redirected to point 7.


  7. When the installation is complete, click Close to close the installation program. Adobe Digital Editions will start automatically.


  8. In Adobe Digital Editions, click the Help menu, then click Authorize Computer.


  9. Type in the Adobe ID (the email address) and the password you chose when you created your Adobe ID, then click Authorize.


  10. Click OK to complete the authorization.

Your computer is now authorized to download protected ebooks.

If you have questions or if you experience problems with Adobe Digital Editions,
refer to our FAQ for more answers.

Checking out and opening a book with a Kobo e-reader (PC)

Borrowing a book

  1. In your device's Internet browser, find the book you want to borrow on Yellowhead Regional Library.

  2. In the results page or in the book's details page , click Borrow.


  3. On the loan confirmation page, click Download. You may also download this ebook by following the link that was sent to you by email.


    You have 24 hours to download the borrowed ebook. Downloading it on multiple devices is possible, as long as they are all authorized with the same Adobe ID.

  4. Open the book you downloaded. By default, it will open in Adobe Digital Editions and it will be added to your library.


  5. You can now read the book in Adobe Digital Editions or transfer it to your e-reader.

Transferring a book to your e-reader

  1. Make sure Adobe Digital Editions is open.

  2. Connect your e-reader to your computer with the device's USB cable. When the following screen appears on your e-reader, click Connect.


  3. In your library, select the book you want to transfer and drag it to your device.


    The first time you transfer a book to your e-reader, the device will be authorized with the same Adobe ID as the one you used for Adobe Digital Editions.

  4. You can redo this last step for every book you want to load on your Kobo.

  5. To safely remove your Kobo from your computer, in the Windows notification area in the lower right corner of the screen, click the Safely Remove Hardware icon.


  6. In the device list, click Eject e-reader.


  7. You can now unplug your Kobo's USB cable and read the books your transferred, wherever you are.

For more information about your Kobo e-reader

To know more about your e-reader's main functions, refer to your Kobo user guide:

Returning a borrowed book with Adobe Digital Editions (PC)

  1. In Adobe Digital Editions, select and right-click on the book you want to return. Select Return Borrowed Item, and in the next window, click Return.


  2. In a few minutes, Yellowhead Regional Library will have processed your return and the borrowed book will disappear from your account.