Absolutely Useless 1/5
Very poor documentation, login and authorization system keeps users running in circles - without end. Like others, I've come back to this app for years, hoping that it has been fixed. Nope. How this EVER got adopted by libraries and others to make it easy to download and enjoy their offerings, I'll never understand.
Overall a good app, could use more improvements. 3/5
Great app, just wish it offered more futures and advanced futures that Adobe PDF provides. I would also like to see this app support split-view mode in a future update.
By asah dude
I'm in disbelief at how bad this app can be, and even looking back 5 years, it is STILL as bad today.
"Go to Page" does not work (are you kidding me???)
It takes me 20 minutes on average to load a book from the cloud.
There are tons of weird zoom glitches, that end up making the book ultra small in the top left corner of the iPhone screen.
Ive used this app for a total of about an hour and it already is the worst thing in existence on my phone.
I feel bad for the development team of this program. Someone in management absolutely does not care about the quality of this app.
Unable to download e-books from library 1/5
By Wild Type
I tried to use this app to download Overdrive e-books borrowed from our county library. The app fails to connect with the fulfillment server, so e-books can't download. I tried the app on my iPhone 5S, iPad Air 2 and Samsung tablet, with the same frustrating results. I was however able to successfully use the PC version of Adobe Digital Editions, and can transfer downloaded e-books onto my Nook Simple Touch Reader. For smartphone and tablet users who want to borrow Overdrive e-books from a library, I would highly recommend the Libby app. It's excellent!
Does not work 1/5
This app does not work on iPad. A total waste of time trying to set up an account with Adobe since the fields offered through this app don't work. Deleted.
Terrible does not work 1/5
Can't download books from my library. The error message says there is a connection problem
Unable to get past "Connection Error Detected". 1/5
By AF Honey Badger
Program does not appear to work.
Ugh. What horrible software. 1/5
Please kill this app and apologize before you ruin any more ebooks.
I agree 3/5
I agree with leairving's post. Hopefully Adobe will fix the problems.
Won't fulfill book. 1/5
Checked out ebook from library. Tried to download onto phone. Wouldn't fulfill order. Works on computer tho so that's what I'll be using just for this book because it won't let me "fulfill" my order in two places, but then after I'm done, I'll just use Overdrive.
So Buggy 1/5
Sporadic unresponsiveness. Highlights the wrong passage. Does not sync bookmarks and highlight across devices. Overall it is a severe distraction.
Not for public libraries 2/5
By Olmue Ann
To download a book electronically from my public library, they require opening this adobe digital system - which does not work in any way, shape or form. I've notified my public library system. If someone, somewhere, HAS gotten this app to work, please inform the rest of us.
Not up to Adobe standards 2/5
I use Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator. Best programs, hands down. Unfortunately this app is confusing and awkward, expecially compared to Kindle. Needs work, great potential.
Poor sync, poor page presentation. 2/5
Anyone using this on more than one device is wasting their time.
Not for School or Recreation 2/5
There are problems that me and all of my classmates mentioned while we were using this app. The main problem is that it lags and stops a lot if you are using it offline. When you flip through pages too much, it starts to freeze for a while before you can flip the pages again. So when we were looking for a certain page in our ebook, the app lagged every 10-15 seconds. This happens less frequently with internet connection, but it can still happen. Especially if the app has not loaded certain parts of the book yet.
Another problem is that there isn't a simpler way to find a certain page. Even though the app has a scroller that helps you jump through the pages, it doesn't indicate which page you're going to flip to. If there's a way you can do this in the future, that would be good as well.
TL;DR I don't recommend this app for anyone who wants to use this for ebooks. Whether for educational or recreational purposes. It's better if you find an app that can do so much better until Adobe fixes these problems. It's not worth it.
Doesn't work 1/5
Downloaded this app to read an library ebook, and it won't allow me to open the book. I get an error message every time.
Don't waste your time; app totally worthless 1/5
The app is worthless! You can't get access to any of your books. It give a lame useless error saying connectivity issue check your internet connection. No amount of help, search, or forums allows you to resolve this problem. If you are looking at this app; step back, turn around and run away!!!!
There's still room for improvements 3/5
The 3-star is for the fact that I'm thankful for it to have a mobile app counterpart at all; this is also the first time ever I'm reviewing an app for my phone.
Adobe digital editions is my only means to read the ARCs provided by NetGalley, so I started off with the pc app, and was soon pleasantly surprised that in addition to that I can read when I commute since there's this mobile app.
However, a great difference is that the mobile version doesn't label the remaining time before expiration, which is inconvenient when I've re-downloaded the same title to expand the time; it's just an extra step to go through, having to switch to sort by purchase date to remove the sooner expired copy, when I usually prefer to sort by last read.
It's also quite troublesome ATM because for some reason it stopped retrieving my recent downloads, and I have absolutely no idea why. I've refreshed several times, closed the app and opened it back on, and turned off my phone then turned it back on to do the same, but refreshing still didn't get me my new ARCs, which my account is authorized to read and can do so on my laptop.
I just really hope this could be fixed soon, otherwise my commute time would go back to being boring, and at the same time I'll have to squeeze my other time in order to read the ARCs.
Won't download library books 1/5
Get a connection error when I try to add library books. There is no adequate support for this problem on the adobe website.
By jp library
All I wanted to do was read some books that I downloaded from my library's website. This app didn't allow me to download the books onto my phone or even my nook. Not a happy customer.
Tragic experience 1/5
By cj mesina
Buying an ebook from a supposedly reputable group such as ELSEVIER means that the user should have full-access to the document; including being able to highlight, underline, annotate, and even scribble with ease.
How come that with ADOBE DIGITAL EDITIONS, highlighting a document needs to be done through several unnecessary steps?
Adobe Acrobat Reader seamlessly allows users to read and enjoy their materials as if it is a real book complete with close-to-reality-user-interface (making reading interesting and convenient for end-users)
ADOBE DIGITAL EDITIONS is clearly a rearward form of technology a lot of people would fall victim to.
I am utterly disappointed with ADOBE DIGITAL EDITIONS and with ELSEVIER as well for forcing us to access paid ebooks through this deplorable app.
It's functions are quite primitive. There is no back button in the app to jump to the previous page. There is no sync across devices. Each book in each device is standalone. I spent more money on pdf book I bought than kindle version not knowing these bothering limitations. I am limited in my flexibility due to above constraints ex. A highlight in the pdf text doesn't sync not across devices as it is standalone with no sync and you can't get to pick up the book again where you left when you switch devices. I don't recommend pdf version of any book because of the limitations of Adobe digital edition. It's not worth the name and branding of Adobe.
I couldn't delete it fast enough 1/5
Won't download library books? Pffft, I'll stick with the kindle app which works perfectly. This is a junk app
Garbage app 1/5
Horrible App! 1/5
Absolutely awful app! I can't access the library books that I download on my computer. I get a connection error every time.
"Connection Error Detected". Won't download library books. Just keep getting error. Junk app, good thing it was free. Don't download! Wish I could give zero stars.
Won't download to my iPad 1/5
This app just gets stuck while trying to download to my iPad. Useless! I wouldn't even give this one star if I could.
This app says it cannot connect to the internet while on iPad. Will not work if I use cellular data either.
Do not download
Not returning book 3/5
I like the app, because it connect my PC with my iPhone. But I don't like the fact that I can return the books I borrowed.
Wasted my time downloading this trash despite the ratings. Tried to authorize my account and it cannot connect to the server. What a waste of time. I wish my library hadn't switched to this format. AVOID
Bad connection 1/5
By Nook fan
Couldn't even use this app. Every time I tried to authorize through the app using my iPad, it keep saying error connecting to network and to connect to internet. Not sure what else it wants from me since iPad is connected to wifi.
Could Not Go Lower Than 1 Star 1/5
Shame on me by not reading the reviews and listening to others!!! ABE is not a good product.
I think that it is very bad that some companies try to sell you a book - but do not let you know that you have to use ABE until after the purchase. Which ABE continues to fail. Save yourself time and money - use a different program.
Can't connect to activation server. Great start.
In the FAQ there's a question about the W_ADEPT_CORE_LOAN_NOT_ONRECORD error, which I get with the Bluefire Reader (now I know the real source of the error). Apparently you cannot borrow a book again, even if my library is quite happy for me to do so. Stupid! And no solution given.
I don't know why adobe is not caring after many bad reviews. I couldn't login. It throws "digital editions could not connect to activation server" error. I've been trying from 1 week. I couldn't read the books I bought. I wasted everyday 2 hrs of my time on this. I wouldn't recommend this app to others
"Please make sure you are connected to the internet."
You mean the internet I just used to download this terrible app? Ugh.
Doesn't even deserve one star. 1/5
Minus 10 stars 1/5
Absolutely useless! Whoever they paid to write this needs to fired...
Like everyone else says and their reviews this app is complete junk. After downloading and connecting it to my Adobe ID, it would not open a newly added book continuously telling me it couldn't connect to the server to check my connection. The same connection that had worked to download the app, login with my credentials, and validate with Adobe. So now I am stuck unable to read my book because this app won't open it. Guess I'll just read it in Google play, and write this off as another of Adobes many failures.
Useless app, please fix it! 1/5
This app does not do what it's supposed to do, view ebooks. I can't read any of my purchased and borrowed library books. Seriously, Adobe, please update this app and make it usable for us who want to use our legally obtained books on our mobile devices.
Needs a lot of work 1/5
Needs a lot more work. Page redraw is messy. No adjustment for text size. Just look at iBooks!!! Adobe you are better than this.
Works great 5/5
I do not have a problem with this app. It does very well what it is supposed to do.
Unreliable - why doesn't Adobe care? 1/5
Downloaded this despite the consistently poor ratings in order to take advantage of digital loans from a local library. App on ipad (and then on iPhone) failed to work properly and never downloaded titles successfully with error message indicating "Connection Error" instructing user to check internet connection, The same internet connection that I had just used to download the effing app. Tellingly the user guide calls out this problem in "Connectivity issues" in the section "Diagnosing problems". So, Adobe is aware enough of problems like I've encountered to write about it in their "Getting Started" guide but not actually do anything to fix the problem or provide an honest error message. Frustrating.
This app represents the worst case in software development.
No server connection 1/5
It won't connect to the server, tries to blame the problem on my internet connection. There is nothing wrong with my internet. This is more trouble than it is worth.
DO NOT DOWNLOAD 1/5
Does not work at all. If looking to read protected books downloaded from websites download the app OverDrive, easy to use, works great!
Good at DRM, bad at everything else 1/5
DRM aspect of this is fine, but getting a book to load on the app has been impossible for me.
Could not read drm ebook from library 1/5
Very bad. Unusable so I just deleted it. I expected more from Adobe. The programmers on the project must not be supported or something because this app looks half done.
This app isn't even as good as a steaming pile 1/5
By Hipster Kale
Borrowed an ebook from the library. Was shocked to discover that my iPad has been deauthorized from downloading ePub books. Got this crap--I mean app, authorized it, and am somehow still mysteriously deauthorized. There is no support to be found from Adobe, so I can't download my book. Even better: I can't return it and try to download it as a kindle book instead! I have to wait 14 days for my license to read this book to expire, and then I can reborrow it. I want all of the money I have ever spent on any Adobe product ever refunded to me plus handwritten notes of profuse apology from Adobe's CEO, COO, CFO, and all senior VP'sbecause of how garbage this app is.
Aplicación inestable 1/5
Tengo problemas para leer los libros... Se traba y se cierra y cuando lo hace hay que desinstalarla y volverla a configurar... Especialmente al añadir libros de bibliotecas. Por favor corrijan estos errores.
By Lemonade Dogsauce
Not able to load an already purchased book. Does not transfer as the directions indicate.