Adobe Digital Editions v1.8 now out – too little, too late

It’s been 17 months since the last release of Adobe DE, and I had long since given up hope. But on Monday Adobe quietly released a preview copy of the next version of Adobe Digital Edition. It’s not complete, so you might want to wait for the official release.

They only announced it today, and I just downloaded it. It really looks good. The old disgustingly ugly interface is gone, and Adobe DE now looks something like NookStudy. It still has diddly-squat for reading options, though. You can bookmark a page and that’s it. But on the upside it now supports ebooks from B&N as well as some new accessibility features.

I’m not sure that it’s even worth downloading; it doesn’t compare well to NookStudy. I’ve written about NookStudy in the past and I’ve called it the most feature rich reading app for Windows (it is!). Adobe DE is now a poor copy of the best app and it does far less.

Download via Adobe

P.S. If you don’t want to actually download it, you can read about the new features in this Epub.

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Nate Hoffelder is the founder of The Digital Reader. He has been blogging about indie authors since 2010 while learning new tech skills weekly. He fixes author sites, and shares what he learns on The Digital Reader's blog. In his spare time, he fosters dogs for A Forever Home, a local rescue group.


  1. Doug20 July, 2011

    Among the biggest limitations: ADE 1.8 currently will not interface to e-reader devices.

  2. Fbone20 July, 2011

    When it does (hopefully in the next update) will we be able to read B&N ebooks on any epub device?

    1. Nate Hoffelder20 July, 2011

      I doubt that it will transfer the B&N ebook unless the device already supports the extra DRM. Then again, it might. We’ll have to test it.

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