The following FAQ pertains only to customers who previously purchased eBooks directly from the MIT Press books website. Currently the MIT Press is not selling eBooks directly from its website. Each MIT Press eBook is available in either PDF or ePub versions, or in both PDF and ePub versions. MIT Press eBooks aren’t supported on the Linux operating system.
If you are interested in purchasing any of MIT Press's titles in eBook format, many are available through the following retailers and aggregators: (Please note that each collection and service has its own pricing and delivery system.)
- Academic Pub
- Alexander Street Press
- Barnes & Noble Digital
- Baker & Taylor Axis 360
- Credo Reference
- Google Play
- IEEE Xplore
- ProQuest (Ebrary/myiLibrary)
- University Press Scholarship Online (UPSO)
- University Readers
For Adobe Digital Editions users only: Please note that Adobe recently updated Adobe Digital Editions. To access MIT Press eBooks, users must download the latest update here: http://www.adobe.com/solutions/ebook/digital-editions/download.html
If you have rented a MIT Press eBook, please visit https://mitpress.ublish.com/auth/login
How to Install Adobe Approved E-reading Software | How to Access an MIT Press eBook | How to Read an MIT Press eBook | Authorizing your computer with an Adobe ID | Authorizing your computer without an Adobe ID | Deuthorizing your Device | Adobe Digital Editions Issues and Error Codes | MIT Press PDFs vs. EPUB Files | Adobe Authorized eBook Reading Software | Supported Devices | Frequently Asked Questions
A Note about Digital Rights Management (DRM)
MIT Press eBooks employ digital rights management (DRM). We recognize this is not a popular option for some, but as a not-for-profit publisher, we are mindful of the risks posed by piracy, and take certain steps to protect our content. When downloading your eBook, the format will show up as an Adobe Content Server Manager file (.ascm). This format is just the file “wrapper" that provides digital rights management for both MIT Press PDF and EPUB files. So while the file says .ascm, be assured that whichever file format you chose to download will be available.
MIT Press eBooks can be read only in certain applications that can "unlock" the .ascm digital rights management. Adobe Digital Editions, Bluefire Reader, and Aldiko are authorized to do this. The files will not open up in Adobe Reader, unlike any regular PDF, because it has that DRM. They need to be opened in one of the applications mentioned above. Note that Aldiko Book Reader works on Android phones and tablets with Android version 2.3 or above.
How to Install Adobe Approved E-reading Software
- For help installing Adobe Digital Editions on a PC (Windows 7/Vista/XP), see: Installing ADE on a PC
- For help installing Adobe Digital Editions on a Mac, see: Installing ADE on a Mac
- For help installing Bluefire Reader on a PC (Windows 7 SP1/8), see: Installing Bluefire Reader on a PC
- For help installing Bluefire Reader on a Kindle Fire, see: Installing Bluefire Reader on a Kindle Fire
- For help installing Bluefire Reader on an iPad (Apple iOS), see: Bluefire Reader Help for iPad
- For help installing Aldiko on a Kindle Fire, see: Installing Aldiko on a Kindle Fire
How to Access an MIT Press eBook
1. Click on the My Account icon in the site header.
2. Log in with your MIT Press username and password. After successful login, your eBook library will appear. You should see a cover image of the ebooks that you've purchased.
3. Click on the cover of the ebook you'd like to view, and options to download either an EPUB or PDF will appear. Click on your preferred format. Ensure that your web browser is set to allow pop-up windows for MIT Press' website. Note that there are known issues when trying to download .acsm files on an iPad using the Google Chrome web browser. For iPad users, please use Apple's Safari web browser.
4. Click on "open with," then click "OK."
How to Read an MIT Press eBook
To read your MIT Press eBook you will need to use an e-reading application such as Adobe Digital Editions, or if you’re using a tablet, Bluefire Reader or Aldiko Book Reader. These applications are free.
To download Adobe Digital Editions for Macintosh or Windows, go to:
After installing and running Adobe Digital Editions, you will be prompted to authorize your computer. If you have an Adobe ID, sign into your account. If you do not have an Adobe ID, click on the link to “Get an Adobe ID.” Your web browser will then launch and bring you to Adobe’s sign-in page where you can create an account. While you are not required to have an Adobe ID to read your eBook, if you do not create one, you will not be able to read your eBook on multiple devices. You will only be able to read your eBook on the one device that you authorize
Authorizing Adobe Digital Editions on your computer with an Adobe ID
1. Open Adobe Digital Editions, then click on "Help" at the top, right side of the menu bar.
2. Next, in the eBook Vendor drop-down menu, confirm that it’s showing "Adobe ID," then enter your Adobe ID and password. Lastly, click on the "Authorize" button at the bottom, right corner of the window (see figure 2a). If you have not created an Adobe ID, click on “Create an Adobe ID,” and create your account. Once you’ve created your account, open Adobe Digital Editions again, and enter your Adobe ID and password. Click “Activate,” and then “Finished,” after your computer is authorized to use Adobe Digital Editions.
If you do not want to create an Adobe ID, see the section "Authorizing your computer without an Adobe ID" below, along with figure 2b.
Authorizing Adobe Digital Editions on your computer without an Adobe ID
Click on the check box next to “I want to Authorize my computer without an ID,” then click on the “Next” button on the bottom, right corner of the window, and continue through the authorization process.
De-authorizing Adobe Digital Editions on your device or computer
If you want to authorize your computer or device with a different Adobe ID, you first need to deauthorize it. (If you read your eBooks on a device other than your computer, ensure that the device is off and disconnected from your computer, and that Adobe Digital Editions is not open. Plug the device into your computer using its USB connector, and then turn the device on. If a message pops up asking you if you want to connect to the computer, select yes.)
Open Adobe Digital Editions on your device or computer. If you're on a P.C. or Android device, hit the Control, Shift, and D keys simultaneously. It will ask you if you want to get rid of the authorization on your computer. Click on "Deauthorize." You then must reauthorize your device or computer. If you're on a Mac, hit the Apple, Shift and D keys simultaneously, and click on "Deauthorize." You then must reauthorize your computer. For instructions on how to reauthorize your computer or device, go to:
Authorizing your computer with an Adobe ID
If you need help transferring an eBook to your e-reader device, please see Adobe’s instructions here:
Adobe Digital Editions Issues and Error Codes
If, after installing Adobe Digital Editions, you get the following error messages:
or if you get the error message: Error Getting License: License Server Communication Problem. E_ACT_NOT_READY, the following steps will rebuild the activation file, and should solve this issue. This error occurs when the authorization information is damaged.
1. Open Adobe Digital Editions.
2. If you're on a P.C. or Android device, hit the Control, Shift, and D keys simultaneously. It will ask you if you want to get rid of the authorization on your computer. Click on "Deauthorize." You then must reauthorize your device or computer. If you're on a Mac, hit the Apple, Shift and D keys simultaneously, and click on "Deauthorize." You then must reauthorize your computer.
For instructions on how to reauthorize your computer or device, go to:
“Error getting License. License Server Communication Problem: E_ADEPT_REQUEST_EXPIRED,” could mean that you clicked the download link for your eBook, prior to installing Adobe Digital Editions. This error can also occur when your machine's system time, date, and time zone does not match the time/date/zone when you purchased your eBook. Because of this mismatch, the activation server thinks that the title has expired, resulting in the error. You will need to go into your system settings and ensure that the time/date/zone matches that of your eBook. Next, delete the eBook from your computer or device (the ebook’s file extension will be .acsm). Finally, clear out any temporary files in your web browser’s cache. After doing that, re-download your eBook from your eBook library in your MIT Press account.
More information can be found here:
“Error W_ADEPT_CORE_USER_CREDENTIALS_NOT_FOUND,” appears when you move your eBooks from anonymous activation to Named activation. To fix this, please see Adobe's instructions here: User Credentials Not Found Error
"Error getting license/License server communication problem: E_LIC_ALREADY_FULFILLED_BY_ANOTHER_USER," means that you've tried to download an eBook with Adobe digital rights management (DRM) a second time using a different Adobe ID or anonymous activation. Downloading a DRM protected eBook on more than one computer or device requires activating them with the same Adobe ID.
To fix this issue, de-authorize your copy of Adobe Digital Editions and then authorize it again. Next, log into your MIT Press account and download your ebook from your ebook library again. Make sure to log into Adobe Digital Editions with your desired Adobe ID so that it's associated with the correct account activated in Adobe Digital Editions.
MIT Press PDFs vs. EPUB Files
When purchasing digital versions of MIT Press titles, if available, you will get the option to download both the PDF and EPUB versions of the books. (See figure 1.)
PDFs are fixed format, that is, they reproduce exactly what the printed book looks like. The typeface remains the same, as do all of the other elements on each page of the book. (See figure 2.)
EPUB files are reflowable format, that is, the pages will fit to your computer’s or device’s screen; the text will reflow to fill your device’s screen size. Many find the reflowable text easier to read on smaller screens because with EPUB the reader can adjust the type size. (See figure 3.)
Adobe Authorized eBook Reading Software
- Adobe Digital Editions for Windows and Macintosh
- Adobe Digital Editions for iPad
- Bluefire Reader for Windows
- Bluefire Reader for iPad
- Bluefire Reader for Android OS devices
- Aldiko Book Reader for Android OS devices
- Aldiko Book Reader for iPad
For a list of Adobe Digital Edition supported devices, go to:
Frequently Asked Questions
Note: Ensure your web browser settings allow pop-up windows for MIT Press’ website. Also, set your web browser to accept cookies from MIT Press' website, or you won't be able to log into your account.
Why can’t I download my eBook on my iPad using Google Chrome?
There are known issues when trying to download .acsm files on an iPad using the Google Chrome web browser. For iPad users, please use Apple's Safari web browser.
Will access to my MIT eBook ever expire?
If you have purchased an MIT Press eBook, access to the file never expires.
What is the maximum number of devices that I can activate with my Adobe ID?
The maximum number of computers and devices that you can activate is six. Once you have reached the limit of six devices, to add an eBook to another device, you need to deauthorize one of your devices first.