How to Remove DRM from ePUB PDF on Adobe Digital Editions

If you have bought many EPUB ebooks and want to remove DRM from EPUB Books. It is worthy for you to read this article which will tell you the easiest way about how to easily remove DRM from EPUB and PDF eBooks (All the steps are simple and clear without any redundant step).


There is one thing I want to explain that why need to remove DRM from EPUB/PDF books. Because it will limit the ebook you bought to be read on the specific reader device, that is to say, you can not copy and read it on other devices. When you want to read this ebook on other e-readers, it would be very difficult. Compared with this kind of ebook, traditional books can be read any time and any where. For the ebooks containing DRM, they are not easy to be moved.

But that is not to say impossible. One way is to remove the the DRM from the ebooks your purchased, then you can read them on any devices or application. Except reading on other devices, you can also convert it to other formats, for example, EPUB to PDF,EPUB to Kindle, then you can read it on those devices (like Kindle,iPhone,Android series) which are not compatible with EPUB. After the file is converted, you may manage your ebook via using some ebook managing software or read it on cross-platforms.

Necessary steps before converting ebooks: Firstly, install Adobe Digital Editions on current computer. This is a requisite step. Secondly, When you have installed Adobe Digital Editions, download the ebooks you want to convert to this computer through Adobe Digital Editions. Generally speaking, the files you copy from other computers or devices will not be converted. The ebook can be converted only when it is downloaded from the Adobe Digital Editions installed on current computer.

First of all, you need to install Adobe Digital Editions on your computer and a DRM Removal program, then the goal of removing DRM will be reached.

Adobe Digital Editions for Windows   Adobe Digital Editions for Mac

Secondly, if you have downloaded the ebook before, and install the Adobe Digital Editions again now (or update the Adobe Digital Editions), you have to delete the old EPUB file first, then download it again through the new Adobe Digital Editions, or it also can't be converted. The new downloaded ebook will be saved in the below folder.

Windows: My Documents\Adobe Digital Editions
Mac: Documents/Digital Editions

3 methods are introduced below to solve this problem

Method 1: Use Calibre DRM Removal plugin.

If you need to convert directly on Calibre, please refer to this method. If you are not familiar with this method, click here to jump directly to method 3.

1. Prepare the requisite software--Calibre. If you haven't installed Calibre, you need to download and install it first. This plugin doesn't support all the Calibre version (x64).

>> Click here to download Calibre <<

2. Download DRM Removal Plugin. Click here to download this tool. When you download this file successfully, double click the zip file to find all the parts of the plugin and keep the position where the file is saved in mind. Additional help information is provided by "ReadMe.txt" of the folder.

3. Install DRM Removal plugin in Calibre. First, click menu "Preferences" - "Change calibre behavior" on the top right corner of the software.

Then, click "Plugins" button, then click "Load Plugins from file" button and input the save position of DRM Removal file which is recorded in previous step in the new pop-up dialog box. At last, click "OK" button. Calibre will prompt that the installation is finished.

When Plugin is installed successfully, you only need to add the ebook contains DRM to Calibre, and this plugin will start to work.

Method 2: Use a free python scrip to strip epub DRM.

This is one of old methods, if it is invalid to use other methods, you can have a try with this method.

Firstly, install the below components.

>> Click here to download this tool <<.

1. Decompress all the files of this zip.

2. Install python 2.6, pyCrypto for Windows in order.

Note: If the order you install the components is not as suggested, maybe they can't be installed successfully.

Secondly, run ineptkey.pyw. It will scan Adobe Digital Editions in current computer automatically and create a Key which is used for converting EPUB.

If everything goes smoothly, it will pop up prompt contents like below. Then, you can find the adeptkey.der as below in current folder.

Finally, run ineptepub.pyw to start convert EPUB books

Input the saving position of adeptkey.der in the first line of the interface.

Choose the folder where the EPUB file you want to convert is put in the second line of the interface.

Choose the saving position of the converted file in the third line of the interface.

After you have filled all these information, click "Decrypt whole directory", then the software will begin to work. When it prompts that the conversion is finished, you can find your file in the new catalog.

Method 3: More simple EPUB DRM Removal Tool.

If you wish to remove DRM from epub/pdf books in faster and easier way, you can download the conversion tool specialized for EPUB/PDF. There won't be any complicated operation like above. You can finish the conversion of ebooks quickly by only clicking mouse. Compared with Method 1, the method by downloading conversion tool is more stable and better conversion quality will be assured.

1. Download and install EPUB DRM Removal.

EPUB DRM Removal for Windows

EPUB DRM Removal for Mac

2. Run EPUB DRM Removal, then click "Add" button to select your EPUB books.

3. Click "Start" button to start converting.

4. Click "View" button to find your new EPUB/PDF books.