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<Solved> Calibre Help Is No Help; I Give Up

Post by victoriagrimalkin » Sat Apr 08, 2017 7:36 pm

I recently successfully installed Calibre but need assistance with e-book downloading. I am using an Acer Aspire one running 32 bit Mint Rosa. When I download (actually, borrow) a book from the library, it says the format is EPub, but when it arrives in the Calibre window, it shows the format as ACSM, and it is unable to convert, since it says the format is not supported.

When I view or open the file, this is what appears:

<fulfillmentToken fulfillmentType="loan" auth="user" xmlns="http://ns.adobe.com/adept">
<distributor>urn:uuid:f1227b83-f91b-4f30-9ae2-0f65ffeea9ac</distributor>
<operatorURL>https://acsepub.contentreserve.com/fulf ... peratorURL>
<transaction>coopinfonetid~856-474541-00020_5f3b7414-11d1-48e3-bcce-1b5ec32a0fa1-410</transaction>
<expiration>2017-04-08T02:23:45-04:00</expiration>
<resourceItemInfo>
<resource>urn:uuid:ba3d9ae8-b558-455e-ba0a-2d5ee6d862e7</resource>
<resourceItem>1</resourceItem>
<metadata>
<dc:title xmlns:dc="http://purl.org/dc/elements/1.1/">Universal Harvester</dc:title>
<dc:creator xmlns:dc="http://purl.org/dc/elements/1.1/">John Darnielle</dc:creator>
<dc:publisher xmlns:dc="http://purl.org/dc/elements/1.1/">Farrar, Straus and Giroux</dc:publisher>
<dc:identifier xmlns:dc="http://purl.org/dc/elements/1.1/">97803 ... identifier>
<dc:format xmlns:dc="http://purl.org/dc/elements/1.1/">appli ... /dc:format>
<dc:language xmlns:dc="http://purl.org/dc/elements/1.1/">en-US</dc:language>
<thumbnailURL>https://images.cdn.overdrive.com/ImageT ... umbnailURL>
</metadata>
<licenseToken>
<resource>urn:uuid:ba3d9ae8-b558-455e-ba0a-2d5ee6d862e7</resource>
<permissions>
<display>
<duration>604756</duration>
</display>
<excerpt>
<duration>604756</duration>
</excerpt>
<print>
<duration>604756</duration>
</print>
<play>
<duration>604756</duration>
</play>
</permissions>
</licenseToken>
</resourceItemInfo>
<hmac>gkckEH+u7MF7g+pEjS6tETyEpb0=</hmac>
</fulfillmentToken>

Surely there is something simple I am missing, but if anyone can direct me to an easy-to-use e-book reader (I used Adobe Reader on Windows 7, but it does not seem to be available for Linux). Unfortunately, few of the book sources offer PDFs, which I have no problem using.

Thanks
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Re: Calibre Help Is No Help; I Need e-book Guidance

Post by phd21 » Sat Apr 08, 2017 11:47 pm

Hi "victoriagrimalkin",

It would help to know more about your system setup. If you run "inxi -Fxzd" from the console terminal prompt, highlight the results, copy and paste them back here, that should provide enough information.

Calibre is an awesome ebook library manager. It can view, convert and catalog ebooks in most of the major ebook formats. It can also talk to many ebook reader devices. It can go out to the Internet and fetch metadata for your books. It can download newspapers and convert them into ebooks for convenient reading. It is cross platform, running on Linux, Windows and OS X.
https://manual.calibre-ebook.com/index.html

Can you please be more specific in telling us where you are downloading this from, perhaps providing us a link to one of the downloaded ebooks, so that we can try it? (Tip: if you do not have a "cloud" service to provide a secured shared link to a file, then I would recommend "pCloud" (10gb free), "Mega.nz" (50gb free), or Google's Drive (15gb free).

Don't forget that in Calibre's Preferences->Change Calibre's behavior, there are many options, including plug-ins to enhance its capabilities...

Possible to transfer Adobe Digital Edition ePUB books from my local library to my Kindle?
- install the DeDRM plugin to read certain protected ebooks.
https://ebooks.stackexchange.com/questi ... brary-to-m


There are also other ebook applications and many browser add-ons for ebooks, epub, etc...

Hope this helps ...
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Re: Calibre Help Is No Help; I Need e-book Guidance

Post by BenTrabetere » Sun Apr 09, 2017 12:33 pm

victoriagrimalkin wrote:When I download (actually, borrow) a book from the library, it says the format is EPub, but when it arrives in the Calibre window, it shows the format as ACSM, and it is unable to convert, since it says the format is not supported.
The .acsm file is not your actual eBook, but a link to your e-book. ACSM stands for Adobe Content Server Manager, and these files are protected with Adobe DRM. You need use Adobe Digital Editions to download the actual book, and from there you should be able to work with the e-book using Calibre.

A Linux version of Adobe Digital Editions (ADE) is not available, only Windows and MacOS. I run ADE in a Win7 virtual machine. I download the .acsm file, feed it to ADE, copy the file to a shared drive, and then give it to Calibre.

Someone has been able to get ADE to work under Wine - the instructions are here, but it looks like a lot of work.

Here is what Calibre has to say about .acsm files. https://manual.calibre-ebook.com/faq.ht ... acsm-files.

Here is what Calibre has to say about DRM in general. https://drmfree.calibre-ebook.com/about#drm.

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Re: Calibre Help Is No Help; I Need e-book Guidance

Post by phd21 » Sun Apr 09, 2017 1:20 pm

Hi "victoriagrimalkin",

In addition to "BenTrabetere" web links, here are a couple others:

If the information I gave you before will not work for "importing" your Library's ebooks into Calibre, then you can install and use Linux "Wine" and "Play On Linux (POL)" and "Adobe Digital Editions" to download the ebooks, then you can use Calibre to "import", and read, and manage your ebooks.

I would install Wine version 2 (Wine Staging) and its related Play On Linux, then follow any instructions from the web links provided to install Adobe Digital Editions 4.5 (see 2 web links at bottom)

Get New Wine Features Faster With `Wine Staging` [PPA] updated Aug 2016
http://www.webupd8.org/2015/06/get-new- ... -wine.html

*Read - How To Install Wine Staging 2.4 On Ubuntu And Derivative Systems, April 1, 2017
http://linuxg.net/install-wine-staging-on-ubuntu/
Wine Staging Website wrote: https://wine-staging.com/installation.h ... tro_ubuntu
Ubuntu/Linux Mint
To install this, open a console terminal, type in, or copy & paste, each line below one by one:
Start by importing the key for our repository:

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wget https://repos.wine-staging.com/wine/Release.key
sudo apt-key add Release.key
Then use the following command to add our repository to your /etc/apt/sources.list file:

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sudo apt-add-repository 'https://dl.winehq.org/wine-builds/ubuntu/'
As a next step, please update the package cache and install Wine Staging:

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sudo apt-get update

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sudo apt-get install --install-recommends winehq-staging
You should now be able to start Wine Staging. For more information about using Wine you can take a look at the Wine User Guide.
https://www.winehq.org/docs/wineusr-guide/index
Update: I used the instructions above in the quote box, but the last step did not work for me on Linux Mint 18.1 KDE, so I added the PPA below, and it worked fine.

OR use these instructions from the Webupd8 website (this is what I use)

To install this using the PPA method, open a console terminal, type in, or copy & paste, each line below one by one:

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sudo add-apt-repository ppa:wine/wine-builds

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sudo add-apt-repository ppa:pipelight/stable

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sudo apt-get update

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sudo apt-get install --install-recommends wine-staging
If you're on 64bit and want to use the 64bit Wine version, also install 'wine-staging-amd64':

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sudo apt-get install wine-staging-amd64
You can avoid having to type the full path by installing a package which installs compatibility symlinks:

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sudo apt install winehq-staging
WineTricks is another good option to install, if you are going to use the Linux "Wine" system
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Winetricks
WineHQ and WineTricks
https://wiki.winehq.org/Winetricks
Install WineTricks

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sudo apt-get install winetricks

PlayOnLinux should be available in the Software Manager or Synaptic Package Manager (SPM).
Note: POL shows up in my Games menu even though it can be used to install all kinds of software from games, MS Office, Adobe Digital Editions, etc...

FYI: How to install PlayOnLinux on Ubuntu 16.04 (Linux Mint 18.x) and Linux Mint 17.x
https://askubuntu.com/questions/770687/ ... -04/770703
To install this using the PPA method, open a console terminal, type in, or copy & paste, each line below one by one:

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sudo add-apt-repository ppa:noobslab/apps

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sudo apt-get update

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sudo apt-get install playonlinux


Adobe Digital Editions 4.5 - using Linux "Wine" and "Play On Linux (POL)"
https://www.playonlinux.com/en/app-2671 ... ns_45.html

Install Adobe Digital Editions In Ubuntu Linux Step by Step
http://helpdeskgeek.com/how-to/install- ... ntu-linux/

Update: After reading the two links above, and doing some more research, some people claimed they had to install from the Software Manager or Synaptic Package Manager (SPM) the Samba "winbind" package before applications like "Adobe Digital Editions", or "MS office", would work properly. Search for Samba or WinBind and install it as well.


Hope this helps ...
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Re: Calibre Help Is No Help; I Need e-book Guidance

Post by phd21 » Sun Apr 09, 2017 5:44 pm

Hi "victoriagrimalkin",

Preface: If you can download the actual book as an ".epub" file, then you might be able to just import those directly into Calibre per my previous reply, and if need be, by enabling or installing various plug-ins, without installing Linux Wine, PlayOnLinux, or "Adobe Digital Editions".

Okay out of curiosity, I wanted to see if I could install "Adobe Digital Editions" in my Linux Mint KDE 18.1 system, and it worked, see screenshots.

I had already installed Linux Wine and PlayOnLinux as per my previous post. Then I read, some people claimed they had to install from the Software Manager or Synaptic Package Manager (SPM) the Samba "winbind" package before applications like "Adobe Digital Editions", or newer "MS office" suites, would work properly in "Wine". Search for Samba or WinBind and install WinBind as well. So, I installed "winbind" too.
http://forums.fedoraforum.org/showthread.php?t=294059

Then I brought up PlayOnLinux, clicked install, put in "Adobe Digital Editions" in the search box, and up it came version 4.5. So, I told it to install it. It installed a lot of other stuff first,
(watch the screen carefully, and click agree when asked), like another version of Wine v1.7, MS Fonts for Wine, DotNet (.net 4) framework, etc..., then it installed "Adobe Digital Editions", and during that it also wanted to install Norton which I unchecked and said to continue (Next), and it finished installing just fine, even created a desktop shortcut launcher.

Hope this helps ...
Adobe_Digital Editions45_pic1.jpeg
Adobe_Digital Editions45_pic2.jpeg
Adobe_Digital Editions45_pic3.jpeg
Last edited by phd21 on Tue Feb 20, 2018 4:20 pm, edited 1 time in total.
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Re: <Solved> Calibre Help Is No Help; I Give Up

Post by victoriagrimalkin » Sun Apr 09, 2017 7:29 pm

Just lost my whole reply, but I thank phd21 and BenTratere for their kind suggestions. As I feared, my dislike of reading e-books makes the complicated solutions beyond my desire to download books. My ultimate wish would be for Linux Mint to offer Adobe Digital Editions.

Oh, well, again, I thank you both.

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