*spoiler alert – to get this working you will need one time access to a PC running Windows…*
A few weeks ago I had a play with my Dad’s old Sony ebook reader and easily got it talking to Calibre on my Ubuntu laptop. I had a prod round project Gutenberg and popped a copy of Dracula on the ebook reader with no problems so I thought I would have a go at getting a new book from Waterstones… a book that was DRM protected….
Being an eternal optimist I figured first thing to try was Calibre on its own … then moved swiftly on to a prod round goggle and installing Adobe Digital Editions under WINE… After setting up an account I could see and read my new book on my Laptop but the reader would not show up under Digital Editions and moving the .epub file it had produced on to the ebook reader via Calibre looked like it had worked until I tried to open the book on the device and got a lovely “ebook reader says no” type DRM protected content message.
A few weeks later and I got my own Sony ebook reader PRS-650 and I did get readable, DRM protected content onto it using Calibre and Digital Editions on my Ubuntu laptop…
Part one – One time Set-up method
All the software listed below can be freely obtained by download/Synaptic Package Manager.
On your Ubuntu Laptop install the following :-
(WINE if you do not already have it)
Adobe Digital Editions under WINE, set up an account and activate your computer for use when prompted. If you get an executable bit error then see this…
Don’t worry if Adobe Digital Editions can not see your ebook reader on your Ubuntu machine- it wont be able to until Adobe bring out a native version.
*one time use of a windows computer to get you up and running*
On a PC running windows (I used Windows 7 Ultimate) install the following -:
Sony Reader Library Software (if you don’t install this then Adobe Digital Editions on the PC will not see your ebook reader)
Adobe Digital Editions.
Plug your Ebook reader into the PC then, In Adobe Digital Editions, log into the account you created in Stage one and register both the PC and the ebook reader. You should get prompts to do this as the software starts and you plug your ebook reader in.
Now unplug your ebook reader from the windows PC, shut down the PC and walk away from it…
Part two – Getting a DRM protected book on to your ebook reader via Calibre on Ubuntu
Part two should be business as usual when you purchase ebooks
Using your Ubuntu machine -
1. Purchase an ebook and download the .acsm file (I used Waterstone’s website).
2. Open Adobe Digital Editions and drag the .acsm file into the main window, this provokes Adobe Digital Editions to download the DRM protected .epub file.
3. Once the .epub file is downloaded then go to Calibre and add the book to your library. You should find the .epub file in your Home folder -> “My Digital Editions”.
4. Then use Calibre to transfer the .epub file to your ebook reader as normal.
Now when you open the book on the device you should be able to read it.
I have not tried this with a kindle if anyone should have a go I would be curious as to how you get on……