Reading ‘ascm’ files on MacBook

how-to-open-acsm-filesI wouldn’t have come across this horrific file type had I not been a NetGalley addict. I requested a dozen Graphic Novels and when I was approved, I found out that their format was “.ascm” which doesn’t open in Kindle and most of the e-readers.

I did ferocious Google searches every time I had free time but was mostly mislead. Now that I know the procedure, it seems only too easy, but when I did”t it seemed like the hardest task I faced in the entire year!

jimcarreytypinggif I’m sure a lot of you already know how to read these files and I’m really glad that you do, but there are some (like me) who find it difficult, especially because the links of the concerned software were wrong in all the articles.

Finally I found the correct link for downloading this software and was able to read these seemingly horrendous files with ease.

One of the problems with this ascm  files/books is that the book expires. Yea, it just stops functioning after the date set by the author. Hence, you need to be prepared beforehand with the software and time to read these files if you don’t want to end up loosing them.

I’ve wasted months and lost a lot of books in searching the right article that addressed my problem, so now I’ve decided to write one in hopes that atleast one of my readers will get benefitted by this.

The software that opens ascm files/books is: ADOBE DIGITAL EDITIONS and the link to download the authentic FREE software is here.

As I use MacBook Air, I’ve jotted down the procedure for Mac users only. Though, I’m sure it’ll be somewhat same for Windows users as well.

Steps to read .ascm files on your Mac:

  1. Download Adobe Digital Editions from iStore (click on the link to download it.)Screen Shot 1937-01-23 at 7.32.28 pm
  2. Download the .ascm file from the source.
  3. Open Adobe Digital Editions and select File > Add To Library.Screen Shot 1937-01-23 at 8.28.38 pm
  4. Select ascm files option.Screen Shot 1937-01-23 at 7.58.47 pm
  5. Then from the list select the all the ascm files you want to read.Screen Shot 1937-01-23 at 7.59.44 pm
  6. It’ll open a small window that will show you the progress of files getting loaded.Screen Shot 1937-01-23 at 7.35.39 pm
  7. Once the files are loaded, simply click on the file.Screen Shot 1937-01-23 at 8.17.45 pm
  8. The book/file is ready for reading.Screen Shot 1937-01-23 at 8.17.52 pm


One additional Mac fix: You might need to delete the 1.6 Adobe Digital Editions and replace it with the 1.7. Go to the Adobe Digital support page and follow directions for this specific issue. Before downloading 1.7 Adobe Digital Editions you need to purge every instance of the previous version from every nook and cranny of your Mac. – Taken from net (can’t remember the source.)

8 responses to “Reading ‘ascm’ files on MacBook”

  1. Thanks hun for this tip. If I will have a graphic novel I will do this 🙂
    Sounds like it was hard to figure it out, but it’s nice you made it 🙂
    Makes it easier for the rest of us, hehe 🙂

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