We often face a problem while purchasing eBooks from online. The books are often given in ACSM format which turns out to be not the actual eBook rather it is a downloadable link for the book with DRM protection. Today in this article I am going to discuss how to convert ACSM to PDF without going to any online websites.
What Is an ACSM File?
Making the actual digital copy of that book available on regular websites and other sources can lead to piracy and theft of that book. This is not good for digital publication. That is why digital publications use this ACSM files to protect their book from piracy
Only authorized and verified users (actually devices) can access and read those books. But DRM protection can be removed and the original digital copy of the actual book can be obtained if you verify your device as an authorized user by confirming that you have purchased that book legally.
To remove DRM protection and to get the actual digital copy of that book you will need Adobe Digital Editions installed on your device. You will also need an Adobe ID created or logged in from the same device that you are intending to perform this conversion.
Installation of Adobe Digital Editions
Adobe Digital Edition is available for Windows PC, Macs, Androids, and iOS devices.
For your Windows device download the installer from here.
For your Mac download the Adobe Digital Editions installer from here.
For your Android device download the Adobe Digital Editions from here.
For your iOS device download the Adobe Digital Editions installer from here.
Download and install Adobe Digital Editions on your device.
Authorize Your Device Using Your Adobe ID and Remove DRM Protection
After installing Adobe Digital Editions on your mobile or computer device you must authorize that device by using your Adobe ID. This will enable your device to open DRM protected ACSM files and you will be able to convert them to PDF which can be read in PDF readers. You can also transfer them to other devices.
Step 1: Open Adobe Digital Editions and from the upper-left corner of the window click on Help.
Step 2: After clicking Help, go to Authorize Computer.
Step 3: After that, a pop-up window will appear that will ask for your Adobe ID and password. Enter your Adobe ID and password and click Authorize from the bottom-right corner of the pop-up window.
After a few moments, your device will be authorized.
How to Convert ACSM to PDF
After completing the device authorization process follow these steps to begin the conversion process.
Step 1: Open your ACSM file with reader software.
Step 2: Click on File from the upper-left corner and then click on Add to Library.
Step 3: A pop-up window will appear. From there, browse to the folder of your device containing the ACSM file that you want to convert.
Step 4: Make the extension type from EBooks to Adobe Content Server Message.
Step 5: After that select your target ACSM file and click Open.
After this Adobe Digital Editions will start downloading the digital book in PDF file format. Some sources prefer EPUB more. If it is downloading Epub you can convert it to a PDF file later. We have a tutorial on Epub to PDF conversion. You can check that out.
After the downloading is complete you can see your PDF book from All items. If you want to know where it has been saved on your device, right-click on it and go to Item info and you will see the directory where it has been saved.
If you want to read it on other devices such as an eBook reader, then open the Adobe Digital Editions software and connect that eBook reader to the computer via USB port, and the Adobe Digital Editions will automatically ask you to authorize the connected device. Once you have authorized the device you can also read it on that device. You can do this with up to 6 devices.
I hope this writing helped you with your ACSM to PDF conversion. There is a lot of online ACSM to PDF conversion methods also. Please be careful to use them as some of them might lead you to annoying ads or malicious websites.