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eBook Information

About Artech House eBooks

IMPORTANT: You must use Adobe Digital Editions to read your Artech eBook.
Artech House utilizes the Adobe Content Server environment for the authorization and display of our e-Book titles. In order to read your eBook, you will need to utilize the Adobe Digital Editions reader application on your computer, and/or a compatible app on your mobile device. You may download the Adobe Digital Editions reader application for free at We recommend mobile users utilize the free Bluefire Reader app for reading on all mobile devices. Bluefire Reader is available for both iOS and Android devices.

How To Setup an e-Book or e-Chapter

You will be presented your download link(s) on our website upon order submittal and credit card verification. Please Note: We no longer provide download links via order confirmation email. To retrieve your eBook, you must click on the download link presented to you on our website.

We recommend downloading your eBook first to a computer, then transferring to other devices as necessary. If you are downloading to a mobile device first, please follow the mobile installation instructions below.

To Download and Install on a Computer First

  1. Click on the download link and choose a location to save your eBook file to. It will have a file extension of ".acsm".
  2. Download and install the latest version of the Adobe Digital Editions reader to your main work computer from:
  3. Open Adobe Digital Editions while connected to the Internet.
  4. The Setup Assistant wizard prompts you to authorize Adobe Digital Editions (you must be online during this process) and create an Adobe ID. (see image below)
  5. Click "Create an Adobe ID" and choose a simple email/password combination. *
  6. Enter your Adobe ID and password into the text fields, ensuring the "eBook Vendor" dropdown is set to "AdobeID".
  7. Click the “Authorize” button to complete Adobe Digital Editions setup.
  8. Choose File>Add to Library from the top menu of Adobe Digital Editions and choose the .acsm file you downloaded in Step 1.

*Please do not authorize your computer without an Adobe ID. You will not be able to transfer your eBook to other devices nor recover it in the event of hard drive failure or file corruption unless the Adobe ID is created when you authorize the computer.

Adobe Digital Editions

To Download and Install on a Mobile Device First

We recommend using the Bluefire Reader app for display across all iOS and Android mobile devices.

  1. Click on the download link and choose a location to save your eBook file to. It will have a file extension of ".acsm".
  2. Download and install the latest version of the Bluefire Reader to your mobile device.
  3. Create an Adobe ID if you don't already have one. An Adobe ID is a simple email/password combination.
  4. Open the Bluefire Reader app while connected to the Internet.
  5. The Setup Assistant wizard will prompt you to authorize the app.
  6. Enter your Adobe ID email address and password to authorize the app.
  7. Close the Bluefire Reader app.
  8. Using a file explorer application, locate the eBook file you downloaded and copy or cut the file.
  9. Open the Bluefire folder from the main menu of the file explorer.
  10. Open the Imports folder.
  11. Paste the file into the Imports folder.
  12. Open Bluefire Reader and navigate to the Info tab.
  13. Select the "Import" button.
  14. At this point you should be redirected to the Library tab with the "Processing" dialog displayed and the book should be successfully transferred into the Bluefire Reader Library.

For more information on Bluefire Reader operations, please visit their Frequently Asked Questions page.

To Transfer Your eBook to Mobile Devices

Your eBook may be transferred to 6 different devices, all of which must be authorized with the same Adobe ID. The concept remains the same for all transfers: You must locate the eBook file on the device your transferring from and place it on the device you are transferring to. This may be accomplished in a number of ways, depending on your devices and preference. Often the easiest way to accomplish this is via email, but you could also transfer via portable media or an online file repository such as Dropbox. iOS users may also transfer files via iTunes.

For detailed instructions on transferring from computers to mobile devices, please view this Frequently Asked Questions page.

To transfer Your eBook to another authorized computer:

  1. On the computer you're transferring from, locate and open the My Digital Editions folder, located inside the My Documents folder.
  2. Choose the EPUB or PDF files that correspond to the eBook titles you want to transfer.
  3. Copy the selected files to portable media such as a flash drive, or e-mail the files to the target computer.
  4. On the target computer, copy the EPUB or PDF files into the My Documents\My Digital Editions folder.
  5. Open Adobe Digital Editions on the target computer. Choose Library > Add Item, and then navigate to the My Digital Editions folder and select the new files to bring them into the library.

Please note that the rights to print or copy e-Books are not included in the purchase price.

How To Get Help With an e-Chapter or e-Book

For Artech House e-Chapter or e-Book Customer Support, please contact us via email here.

If you notice any instances of online piracy of Artech House books, please send an email to