eBooks Help and FAQs
Buying an eBook is simple and quick, but if this is your first eBook purchase and you are unsure what is involved, let us help you through the process. Please be aware that the eBook you have purchased is protected by DRM (Digital Rights Management) at the publisher’s request. The ‘urllink.acsm’ file is not the eBook but the licence which allows you to download the eBook.
To open your eBook, please take the following steps:
1. Create Adobe ID
Ensure that you have created an Adobe ID on the Adobe website, if you do not have one, please navigate to the Adobe website and in the top-right corner, click “Sign In” and then “Get an Adobe ID”.
Fill in your details and then verify your Adobe ID by checking your email confirmation.
2. Download Adobe Digital Editions
3. Download eBook License
Click on your eBook download link, this will download the eBook license file ‘urllink.ascm’.
Depending on which web browser you use, you may be given the option to either ‘Save file’ or ‘Open file with…’, however some web browsers may just automatically save the file (usually in your ‘Downloads’ folder).
4. Import eBook License
If you are given the option to 'Open with.... ' then choose Adobe Digital Editions, otherwise navigate to the ‘urllink.ascm’ file and open it with Adobe Digital Editions (see device specific guides below). Your eBook should now be downloaded and displayed ready for reading.
The eBook may be viewed on to up to six devices but all must be authorised with the same Adobe ID.
eBook Device Guides
Please select your device below for more information
iOS | Android Device (coming soon)
For any other eBook related issue, in the first instance check out our FAQs below as the answer you are looking for may be right there!
Otherwise, don't worry, we're here to help! Our customer and technical support teams are available to help. You can contact us Monday - Saturday 9am - 6.30pm and Sunday 10am - 4pm. We will endeavour to respond to emails within working day. During the Covid-19 crisis in order to ensure the well being of our team and also to comply with social distancing requirements, our phone lines will not be open. Please contact us via email and we will respond as quickly as possible. Thank you for your patience and understanding at this time.
Do Hive eBooks work on all eReaders?
What is an ePub?
What is a PDF?
Can I buy eBooks for my Kindle?
What does DRM protected mean?
What are the eBook file type options PDF and ePub?
What are Adobe Digital Editions(ADE) and Hive eReader?
Where can I get help with Adobe Digital Editions?
Do I have to pay for Adobe Digital Editions?
Why should I authorise my computer when installing Adobe Digital Editions?
How can I authorise my Adobe Digital Editions without reinstalling it?
Purchasing and Downloading
Can I buy multiple eBooks at the same time?
Can eBooks be returned?
What do I do if I'm having a problem downloading or accessing my eBooks?
Can I share my purchased eBooks with others?
Can I download my eBook to more than one device?
How do I return an eBook ordered in error?
I have downloaded an eBook to my bookshelf Software but cannot see it.
I have deleted my email which contained the eBook download link, is my order now lost?
My downloaded eBook will not open. If I have a problem with an eBook download, who should I contact?
If I have a problem with an eBook download, who should I contact?
How long are download links valid for?
How do I find eBooks on hive.co.uk?
Can I print my eBook?
Do eBooks get updated as new revisions are released?
Who do I contact if I have a problem?
eBook terminology explained
Why isn't the Hive eReader app no longer available?
Formats and Compatibility
As there are new devices being produced weekly, it is impossible to guarantee compatibility of all makes and models of eReader. However the majority of eReaders will work with our eBooks. The notable exception is the Amazon Kindle.
ePub is the standard eBook format that makes it possible to optimise and customise text and images for both large displays like a desktop computer and small screens like smartphones. Sometimes the format is also referred to as 'flowing text'.
PDF, or Portable Document Format, is the standard format for document interchange created by Adobe.
No, sorry, the Kindle eReader is a 'closed' device, and does not support DRM protected content from other providers. Only DRM protected content bought from Amazon can be viewed on a Kindle eReader.
Digital Rights Management (DRM) ensure that the person who buys an eBook is its sole owner and is unable to share the file with others. DRM specification for each eBook are set by the publishers who own the respective copyrights. There may be restrictions with regards to printing especially PDF versions, please check before purchasing if you need to be able to print as this might not be possible.
PDF stands for Portable Document File. As its name implies the document can be read on many different devices. The text and graphics in the document are fixed to the page much like a physical document. ePub stands for Electronic Publication. The content of this is ‘reflowable’ meaning that the document displayed can be optimised for the device it is being displayed on, much like a web page on a computer. This is usually the preferred option for an eBook.
They are programs that you need to install on your computer that will allow you to read the eBooks that are downloaded from Hive. When an eBook is purchased it is encrypted so that no one else can read it. This software decrypts the eBook so that it can be read. For more information on the various Bookshelf software, please follow the link below.
No. The software provided by Adobe is totally free.
By authorising your computer you will link all your eBook purchases to your Adobe account. This means that you can then transfer those eBooks to other computers. If you have eBooks on multiple computers, you need to authorize each one with Digital Editions prior to transferring eBooks between them. Conversely if you do not authorise your computer, DRM protected items that you have already downloaded or will download later are tied to that particular computer and are not readable on other computers or devices. They also can’t be restored from backup if the operating system is reinstalled.
By opening the 'Help' menu and selecting the 'Authorize Computer…' option.
Purchasing & Downloading
Yes, you can. You can buy different formats and also buy books, DVDs at the same time. In fact anything we sell on the site can be added to your shopping basket and will deliver it to you in the correct format.
No sorry, once the download has started even if you don't download the entire book, we're unable to cancel and refund your order. However, if you're not happy with the experience or there are content issues, please let us know so we can try to resolve this for you. Please contact our support team who will be able to help. Please make sure before you submit your order you know that you are ordering an eBook and this is the format you want - check here for format details. Please check before you attempt to download your eBook that it is compatible with your eReader or device as we cannot issue a refund once the content has been downloaded.
Don't worry, we're here to help! We'll need some information from you to help us solve your problem. Usually we'll want to know what version of Adobe Digital Editions you have, where you are attempting to download your eBook and where in the process the error occurred, a print screen of any error message, what device you're using, browser etc. Problems don't happen often but when they do they are usually quick and easy to resolve. Click here to contact us.
eBook copyright rules only allow the purchaser to use the eBook for personal use. You may however put the eBook onto more than one device that is registered to you.
Yes, as long as the device is registered within your Bookshelf* software, you can share your eBook on up to 6 authorised devices.
Once an eBook order has been placed we cannot refund it regardless of whether the eBook has been downloaded to your computer or not.
Please make sure that your Bookshelf Software is regularly updated, if it is not the newest version then this may be the reason your eBook is not visible on your Bookshelf. Following this you can click here to see our guide on reading eBooks on your PC/Mac and confirm all the steps taken. Please do make sure that when you are asked if you want to “Open” or “Save” the eBook link that you choose the “Open” button.;
You can download each eBook up to three times from the download link. Simply log into your hive account and then click on ‘My account’ at the top of the page. Then scroll down to the ‘eBook Library’ where you can click on the relevant download link.
There can be a number of reasons that an eBook will not open, but the main reason is that the Bookshelf software needs to be updated. Please check that you have the most current version installed on your system.
Please confirm you have read all the Frequently Asked Questions and the relevant download instructions before sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please make sure you include as much detail as possible e.g:
- Hive order number
- eBook ISBN or title
- A clear description of the problem
- Details of any error messages
- The eBook bookshelf software that you are using
- The device that you are trying to move the eBook onto
Your query will be passed on to our technical team who will contact you by email to resolve the problem.
eBook links will expire after two years. We would suggest that you create backup files and store your eBooks on one of the free cloud services such as Google drive, OneDrive or Dropbox to ensure you can still enjoy and access your ebook after the link expires.
To find out if the book you want is available as an eBook, simply enter your search term (title, author etc.) and all matches will be returned, you can then filter the results by format. Or, you can select eBooks from the dropdown search box, enter the search term and only matching eBook items will be returned. In the search results we also provide details of the eBook format, eBook or Google eBook.
This will vary from eBook to eBook as the rules governing the printing are dictated by the publisher. Therefore some eBooks will be fully printable; some will only allow a percentage of the eBook to be printed and some none at all. If you would like us to confirm what can be printed before an order is placed, please contact us as eBooks cannot be refunded once downloaded.
No. Much the same as a physical book, new revisions would require a new purchase.
Don't worry, we're here to help! Our customer and technical support teams can be contacted by email or phone. Email us at email@example.com or call us Monday to Friday 9am - 6pm, Saturday 9am - 5.30pm on 0203 176 3838. We will respond to your email within one working day. During the Covid-19 crisis in order to ensure the well being of our team and also to comply with social distancing requirements, our phone lines will not be open. Please contact us via email and we will respond as quickly as possible. Thank you for your patience and understanding at this time.
- Bookshelf software: An essential piece of software that allows you to decrypt and read the downloaded eBook. (Our eBooks work with the following Bookshelf Software: Adobe Digital Editions (ADE), Sony Reader for PC and Blue Fire).
- DRM: Digital Rights Management. This means an eBook is encrypted to stop it being copied and freely passed around. All Hive eBooks are protected by DRM.
- Download link / eBook link: A web address that takes you to the eBook download site.
- eBook reader: A mobile device that is used for reading eBooks on away from your main computer.
If you have downloaded the Hive eReader app this will continue to work, but may not be compatible with new software versions for your device. Due to the high cost of making upgrades to the Hive App in order to remain compatible with changes in Android and iOS operating systems we have decided not to continue to offer the Hive eReader App on Google Play or Apple App store. There are many free eReader apps available which are compatible with our eBooks so you will still be able to read and enjoy your eBooks on your mobile device. Suggested eReader apps are: Adobe Digital Editions & PocketBook Reader.