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I have Xubuntu 14.04 64 bit. I want to download a free eBook from the eLibrary of my university. It only opens in Adobe Digital editions which is only available to Mac and Windows, it's a .acsm file.

Is there any native Linux client that works on Ubuntu 14.04? I want a gratis one, not necessarily open source.

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As far as I know there is no easy solution for this. There is no ADE for Linux, and since the .acsm file isn't the book itself but just a purchase ticket that allows you to download the book on Adobe's servers, it makes it harder to create a program that would fool Adobe's servers to retrieve the book content with the .acsm. It seems like the best you can do is using Wine (and complain to the eLibrary of your university that you don't spend $$$ in tuition fees to get books full of DRMs)

Another solution: Converting a ADE document (Adobe Digital Editions, acsm) to PDF.

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hopefully they hear what I say :) – Lynob Jun 14 '14 at 17:35
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Winetricks actually comes with an installer for ADE, making the process a snap. (I'm on Ubuntu 14.04 LTS, and I used the Winetricks GUI.) – JellicleCat May 5 '15 at 2:31
    
@Lynob Another solution would be converting a ADE document (Adobe Digital Editions, acsm) to PDF. – Franck Dernoncourt Jan 6 at 0:49
    
it's your question and still unsolved right? so still no answer – Lynob Jan 6 at 1:05
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@Lynob that's another approach, and if you are willing to pay I pointed to a tool that might work. – Franck Dernoncourt Jan 6 at 1:08

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