So I’ve been in love with my Kobo Aura H2O. And I think I’ve been a Kobo fan because of it’s ease of use but I’ve never purchased a book from Google before and for some reason I couldn’t understand how to put the book onto my Kobo e-Reader. I’m sure the process is pretty much the same for all the other e-readers but this is the 3-step process that I went through and it works!

How to Put a Book on Your Kobo E-Reader

So I always heard that you could take your books from other platforms and put them on your Kobo (unlike the Kindle). But I just couldn’t remember how to do it. And sure enough I gave it a a shot in the bling and I had no idea what I was doing. So here are the three steps that I took to get it on.

Google Play Book to Kobo

Step 1: How to download books from Google Play

So when I download a book I purchased from Google Play Books I got this weird a** file that said “.acsm”. I’ve always thought that I was pretty computer savy but I’ve never seen this file before so I had no idea what I was supposed to do with it. A few quick Google searches and you learn acsm is short for Adobe Content Server Manager and it’s a XML-based message to show where the file is, basically meaning you need to install a program to read the file and download the epub for you.

  1. First go to your Google Play Books Library
  2. Select the book you want to download and press the options button (3 dots)
  3. Select Download EPUB

How to download epub from Google Play Books


You should receive a file that looks like “Title_Of_Book-epub.acsm

Step 2: How to Convert an .acsm to .epub file

  1. First off you need to download the latest version of Adobe Digital Edition (ADE)
  2.  Install ADE and authorize your computer with your Adobe accountHow to download epub from acsm Authorize your Adobe Digital Editions to download epub
  3. Directly drag the .acsm file you downloaded into ADE progress to download epub
  4. Get your epub from your file location

Windows: C:\Users\Administrator\Documents\My Digital Editions
Mac: Home\Users\YourName\Documents\Digital Editions

Step 3: Authorize your Kobo eReader.

  1. Connect your eReader to your computer.
  2. Tap Connect on your eReader. 
  3. Start Adobe Digital Editions.
  4. Next to Devices on the left panel, click the gear icon, then click Authorize Device
  5. In the Device Authorization window, select your Adobe ID and click Authorize Device. 
  6. Click OK
  7. On your computer’s desktop, right-click on KOBOeReader, and click Eject

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