Frequently Asked Questions

What is an eBook?

An eBook is an electronic version of a printed book that can be read on desktop or laptop computers, tablet computers, as well as many mobile devices and dedicated eReading devices.

What is an ePub?

ePub is the standard eBook format, which makes it possible to optimize and customize text and images for both large displays like your desktop computer and small screens like your smartphone.

What does DRM-Protected mean?

Digital Rights Management (DRM) ensures that the person who buys a file is its sole owner and is unable to create illegal copies to distribute on their own. DRM specifications for each eBook are set by the publishers who own the respective copyrights.

How do I purchase an eBook?

You can browse AbingdonAcademic.com’s extensive selection of eBooks the same way that you would browse for any other product on the AbingdonAcademic.com website.

When you find the eBook that you wish to purchase, clicking the "Add to Cart" button will allow you to sign in and confirm your purchase. Your eBook will be added to your “My Downloads” where you will have immediate access to generate a link and start reading if you have Adobe Digital Editions® installed on your computer. You can include both eBooks and print books in the same order! Your eBooks will be available immediately, and your printed materials will be shipped to you by our distribution partner, Cokesbury.com.

How do I read my eBook on my desktop or laptop computer?

Adobe® Digital Editions is an eBook reader that is used while online or offline to read .ePub and .pdf files. ADE is also used to transfer eBooks from your computer to dedicated eReading devices such as the Sony® Readers, nook™, and other popular devices.

Download Adobe Digital Editions® for free.

Once the installer has been downloaded, open the program; you will be prompted to authorize your computer with an Adobe® ID. This will allow you to open your DRM-protected content. If you do not have a free Adobe® ID, click on the link “get an Adobe® ID online.” When you’ve finished, return to ADE and sign in.

Please note: If you are downloading your eBooks from the “My Downloads” section of your AbingdonAcademic.com account, you will be prompted to install Adobe® Digital Editions if it is not already installed.

How do I read my eBook on my iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad/Android?

There are several apps available in the Apple and Android stores that support Adobe Digital Editions DRM, that allow eBooks to be read. Kobo, nook, and Stanza are a few of the most widely-used mobile applications that allow DRM-protected file sharing. Another options is the BlueFire Reader, which can then be activated through Adobe.

Which dedicated eReaders are supported?

View a complete list of supported dedicated eReaders.

Please Note: Due to the Kindle™ proprietary format, eBooks purchased at AbingdonAcademic.com cannot currently be transferred to Kindle™ devices.

How do I read my eBook on my dedicated eReading Device (nook™, Sony® and Kobo® Readers, etc.)?

To load your purchased eBook onto a dedicated eReading device—such as a Sony® Reader, nook™, Kobo® eReader or many other popular devices—you must first download your eBook to Adobe® Digital Editions. To do so, go to the “My Downloads” section of your AbingdonAcademic.com account. From there, you can download your eBook to ADE by clicking the “Generate Download Link” button corresponding to the eBook you wish to download.

If you have already installed ADE and registered your computer with your Adobe® ID, skip to the next paragraph. If you have not installed ADE to your computer, you will be prompted to do so. Once ADE is installed, you will need to authorize your computer with an Adobe® ID. If you do not have a free Adobe® ID, click on the link “get an Adobe® ID online.” When you have signed up for your Adobe® ID, return to ADE and sign in. When you’ve finished, return to your internet browser and proceed to the next paragraph.

Select either to save or open the file “URLLink.acsm”. If you choose to open it, your eBook will download and automatically open in ADE. If you choose to save it, be sure to save to a location that you will be able to find. Once it has been downloaded and saved, manually opening the file will display your eBook in ADE.

While you are still in ADE, connect your dedicated eReading device to your computer. When it is connected, your device will appear as a "bookshelf" in the left column of ADE. You will then be able to transfer the eBook to your dedicated eReading device by dragging the book from your ADE library onto your device. Please note that your device’s ID and your Adobe® ID must match for DRM protected eBooks to be transferred to your device. Once this is completed you can start reading on your eReading device immediately, whether or not your device is connected to the internet.

Can I transfer my eBooks to my nook™ or Kindle™?

You can transfer any non-DRM eBooks from AbingdonAcademic.com to your nook™. For DRM-protected eBooks, you must use Adobe® Digital Editions to transfer the eBooks from your computer to your nook™. See the FAQ above titled “How do I read my eBook on my dedicated eReading Device (Sony® Readers, nook™, etc)?” for the step by step process.

Due to the Kindle™ proprietary format, eBooks purchased at AbingdonAcademic.com cannot currently be transferred to Kindle™ devices.

Where is the .epub file I just downloaded to my computer?

PC: If you have not changed your preferences in Adobe® Digital Editions, the .ePub file is located in “My Documents/My Digital Editions”

Mac: If you have not changed your preferences in Adobe® Digital Editions, the .ePub file is located in your “Downloads” folder.

Why do I need an account to purchase?

You will need an AbingdonAcademic.com account so your purchased eBooks can be associated with your account and your personal “My Downloads” library. Once an eBook is added to your library, you can read your eBooks on your desktop, laptop, iPad, and many popular smartphones. You can also go to your AbingdonAcademic.com account and download your eBooks to Adobe® Digital Editions, where you can read or transfer them to your dedicated eReading device.

What are my payment options?

Cokesbury.com is our retail print and digital distribution partner. Therefore, using your Cokesbury.com account number is one way you can complete your purchase. You can also purchase via a variety of credit cards. For wholesale customers, you can submit your entire cart directly to Abingdon Press customer service for processing if you have a valid Abingdon Press account number.

Only wholesale purchases, not individual purchases, will be accepted by Abingdon Press customer service. All other orders should be placed directly on AbingdonAcademic.com and paid for through the site.

Can I send an eBook as a gift to a friend?

Unfortunately, you cannot send an eBook as a gift.

Can I purchase multiple eBooks at the same time?

Yes. To purchase multiple eBooks at once, simply add each of eBooks you wish to purchase to your cart by clicking the “Add to Cart” link on the product detail page. When you have added all of the eBooks you wish to purchase to your cart, you can begin standard checkout by clicking “Your Cart” at the top of any page. Once you have successfully placed your order, all your new eBooks will be added to your “My Downloads” section where you can download them to Adobe® Digital Editions. ADE will allow you to load your eBooks onto your dedicated eReading device.

Can I purchase an eBook and a physical product at the same time?

Yes. To purchase an eBook and a physical product at the same time, add each of the desired products to your cart. When you have added the eBooks and other products you wish to purchase to your cart, you can begin standard checkout by clicking “Your Cart” at the top of any page. Once you have successfully placed your order, your physical products will be shipped to you as usual and your new eBooks will be added to your “My Downloads” library where you will be able to download them to Adobe® Digital Editions. ADE will allow you to load your eBooks onto your dedicated eReading device.

Can eBooks be returned?

No, due to the nature of the product, we cannot accept returns on digital purchases including eBooks.

What is Adobe® Digital Editions?

Adobe® Digital Editions is an eBook reader that is used while online or offline to read .ePub and .pdf files. ADE is also used to transfer eBooks from your computer to dedicated eReading devices such as the Sony® Readers, nook™, and other popular devices.

Download Adobe Digital Editions® for free.

How do I download Adobe® Digital Editions?

Download Adobe Digital Editions® for free.

Once the installer has been downloaded, open the program; you will be prompted to authorize your computer with an Adobe® ID. This will allow you to open your DRM-protected content. If you do not have a free Adobe® ID, click on the link “get an Adobe® ID online.” When you’ve finished, return to ADE and sign in.

Please note: If you are downloading your eBooks from the “My Downloads” section of your AbingdonAcademic.com account, you will be prompted to install Adobe® Digital Editions if it is not already installed.

Can I lend eBooks to a friend?

No. Due to licensing agreements with our publishers, you cannot lend eBooks to a friend.

Can I print my eBooks?

No. Due to copyright laws, we are unable to allow printing of eBooks.