ActEd eBooks are in rights-protected PDF format and are read using the free Adobe Digital Editions software, enabling them to be downloaded and read on your PC or laptop. They can also be transferred to a compatible portable device (eg your iPhone, iPad or Android-based device) so that you can study on the move. ActEd eBooks are compatible with the newer Amazon Kindle Fire tablets, but NOT Kindle dedicated e-readers.

This exciting new option is:

  • Portable - enabling you to study on the move
  • Space saving
  • Easy to navigate - for example you can search an eBook for words or phrases
  • Easy to annotate with your own comments.

You can access an ActEd eBook on up to 6 authorised devices, including for example your work computer, your personal computer and an iPad.

If using a company computer, check you have permission to install the required software.

When you order an ActEd eBook you will receive an electronic "token" which will enable you to download your eBook to your PC or laptop. More details can be found at http://www.adobe.com/solutions/ebook/digital-editions.html and in the Technical Information and Frequently Asked Questions document.


Once you have purchased your eBook and we have processed your order; you will then receive two emails: one confirming your order and a second containing your electronic “token” enabling you to download your eBook. These emails should be sent within 24 hours, assuming the relevant eBook is available. This may be slightly longer during our busy periods.

Before you click on the electronic “token” please ensure you have completed the following steps:

  1. Download and install Adobe Digital Editions
  2. Create / log in with your Adobe ID and authorise your computer
  3. Click the electronic “token” link in the email to download your eBook
    Failure to follow these steps and the instructions may result in a lost/corrupt eBook token. We reserve the right to charge for a new token.

Frequently Asked Questions

The Technical Information and Frequently Asked Questions document provides more details about ActEd eBooks, instructions on how to use them and contains the questions asked most frequently by students.


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