I have Adobe Digital Editions installed on my computer. Adobe Digital Editions is tied to my Adobe ID email address,
Over the past several years, I have purchased several (non-public domain) ebooks from the vendor ebooks.com, both EPUB and PDF. My ebooks.com account is, like my Adobe ID, associated with
When I purchase and then download ebooks from ebooks.com, I am given an
.acsm file ("Adobe Content Server Message" file). Once I have downloaded the
.acsm file to my computer, I double-click on it, Adobe Digital Editions opens, and the ebook file (EPUB or PDF) is downloaded to my computer and automatically placed in Adobe Digital Editions.
Once the ebook is in Adobe Digital Editions, if I right-click on it and select "Item Info," it says:
Permissions Licensed To: email@example.com urn:uuid:########-####-####-####-############
# is a number
9 or a letter
f. When it says
Licensed To: firstname.lastname@example.org, what does that mean?
My overall question is, are ebooks tied to (i.e., licensed to) a particular email address?
Are they tied to a particular email address as soon as they are purchased or only when they are opened on Adobe Digital Editions for the first time?
Another way to ask this question is the following: which of the following statements is true?
An ebook is tied to a particular email address as soon as it is purchased. So if I purchase an ebook from a vendor (e.g., ebooks.com), the ebook is tied to the email address I used to purchase the ebook as soon as I click purchase. In other words, if I use
email@example.com purchase an ebook from a vendor, I can only open that ebook using software that is authorized to
An ebook is tied to a particular email address only when the
.acsmfile is actually opened and the ebook is loaded into Adobe Digital Editions (which itself is tied to a particular email address). In other words, if I use
firstname.lastname@example.org purchase an ebook from a vendor, I can open it for the first time either with Adobe Digital Editions authorized to
email@example.com with Adobe Digital Editions authorized to
firstname.lastname@example.org. However, once I open it with either authorization (either
email@example.com), the ebook is forever tied to that particular email address and I can no longer open it with the other authorization.
My issue is that I want to change my email address, from
firstname.lastname@example.org, without losing access to my ebooks. To do this, do I need to ask the vendor (i.e., ebooks.com) to change the email address associated with my account, or do I need to just to redownload the
.acsm files and open them in an Adobe Digital Editions authorized to
email@example.com? Neither support team is at all clear on what I will need to do.