Last week, Adobe officially released Digital Editions 2.0. It’s a new version of the software patrons use to read eBooks on their computers and transfer eBooks to eReaders like the NOOK. ADE 2.0 comes with a bunch of improvements and changes you should know about. First, the UI has been completely redesigned to be screen-reader friendly.
That’s right, you read that correctly. ADE now works with screen readers for low-vision and visually impaired users. Specifically, NVDA, JAWS, and VoiceOver are compatible for menu navigation and reading books.
You’ve probably also noticed that each eBook is now represented by a simple tile. There are no more hover-over context menus. Instead, ADE uses the standard right-click (or control-click for Mac) menu for individual eBook options.
Activating compatible eBook readers with ADE has become real easy. You just plug in the eBook reader you want to activate, then drag the book you want to read over to the device. That’s it. The Adobe ID is automatically registered, and the book is transferred all in one step.
ADE 2.0 does have one quirk that you should know about (remember, it’s brand-spanking-new). The banners across each eBook that show how many days are left on a loan aren’t always accurate. If you check out an eBook for three weeks, it might say that there are only two weeks left for you to read it. Don’t worry, the loans will still expire at the right time, and we’ve let Adobe know what’s going on.
For all of our library partners out there, we’ll have Help articles up soon and will send an email blast to you at the beginning of next week with some specifics. In the meantime, start telling users the good news about ADE 2.0.
Quinton Lawman is a Technical Writer at OverDrive.