Adobe Digital Editions

Nook GlowLight Plus Adobe Digital Editions

(Last Updated On: Jun 7, 2016)

If you tried to use Adobe Digital Editions on your Nook GlowLight Plus, you may have experienced a problem that your Nook is not recognized by the ADE. The Nook GlowLight Plus Adobe Digital Editions issue is a common problem, but there are solutions.

Adobe Digital EditionsThis ongoing problem has been reported for at least two years, but now there is a way to get Adobe Digital Editions to recognize your Nook.

The Nook is often purchased in favor of the Amazon Kindle for its ability to support ePub files. This issue renders this ability useless, especially if you often download library books. It can be a deal breaker for a lot of users.

The first thing that may come to mind to contact Barnes and Noble or Adobe support but not necessarily will they be able to help you.

One of the updates at the end of 2015 was meant to fix this issue. It was the software version 4.5.1.xx that was obviously created by Barnes and Noble to fix the issue. However, just the update by itself does not solve the problem; rather it is one of the ingredients of the recipe.

On their website the Barnes and Noble have instructions on sideloading library books. How this works: you download the book as described, and then you sideload a link to the book into your reader. The eBook is then sent to your Nook via that link. It is similar to sideloading a book purchased from Kobo. It may take some time to get it right but it will eventually work.

Here is how to transfer and read Adobe DRM files on your Nook GlowLight Plus:

  • First of all make sure that your Nook has the latest software version. Software versions starting from 4.5.1 support Adobe DRM ePub and PDF files on this electronic reader.
  • Second, you will need to authorize your Nook GlowLights Plus. To do this you need to have an Adobe ID or create one at
  • Once you have the ID, from the Home screen on your Nook tap Settings and navigate to the second screen. Under Account and Profile, select Adobe DRM Settings.
  • Add your Adobe ID email and password. Press OK.
  • The next step is to transfer the epub or PDF file – connect your Nook to your computer via micro USB cable. yYou should see the Nook appear on your computer as a removable drive.
  • On your computer, find the PDF or ePub file that you want to transfer.
  • Copy the file to your Nook into the sub-folder called My Files.
  • On your Nook, go to Library, then select My Files and open the newly transferred file.

If the above is too much of a hassle for you, there is always an option to choose another eReader such as a Kobo. You may also want to look into purchasing a non-plus Nook GlowLight Nook, which support the ADE application with no problems. They are not a waterproof but otherwise are quite suitable for reading needs. Or you may want to try to fix the issue on your Nook.

Reportedly the Barnes and Noble were well aware of the Nook GlowLight Plus Adobe Digital Editions issue but were not able to fix it for a couple of years. It would be nice if the B&N headquarters were more upfront about this problem, which had caused some users days and even weeks spent on trying to resolve it.

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