Some JCU staff and students may have downloaded this software for reading e-books that are provided as part of the Library’s collections. The library e-books that are affected are those from the ProQuest EBL and ebrary collections. These e-books can be read online; however, due to DRM (digital rights management) restrictions, if a user chooses to download a book to a device for offline reading, they must use Adobe Digital Editions software. This is a condition of purchase that has been unavoidable for all libraries providing e-book content.
We are consulting a range of organisations about this issue, including the providers of our e-book packages. We have expressed our concerns and have instructed these providers to also advocate on behalf of all users.
If you are concerned about using ADE 4.0 to access e-books, you can take one of the following steps:
- Read e-books from the ProQuest EBL and ebrary collections online without downloading them, or
- Uninstall Version 4 of Adobe Digital Editions and install an earlier version. As far as can be detected, Digital Editions 2 and 3 are unaffected. You can download earlier versions from http://www.adobe.com/support/digitaleditions/downloads.html.
If you have any questions please consult your liaison librarian.
Director Library & Information Services