Reading Applications for DRM-Protected eBooks


Most major publishers require that digital formats of their titles be protected by digital rights management (DRM) when they’re distributed to readers.  K12 Student Direct utilizes the industry standard, Adobe DRM, when protecting EPUBs and PDFs on behalf of publishers. We’ve compiled a list of applications which are compatible with DRM and outlined their features so that you can take full-advantage of using a non-proprietary format.


Bluefire Reader

Bluefire Reader is a versatile e-book reader that handles EPUB and PDF files, with support for antations and Adobe DRM. Bluefire has a clean, customizable viewer that allows you to set text size and margin widths, themes and a night mode, as well as a table of contents and bookmarks. Users can highlight, set antations, search the text, look up definitions and share excerpts. The iOS version also includes reading location synchronization, allowing you to switch between devices without losing your reading location.
iOS / Android / Windows


Aldiko Book Reader

The Aldiko Book Reader app has an attractive interface and robust features. Students can highlight, log and share tes, global text search, and a dictionary. Additionally, it has advanced options to customize the appearance of your texts with settings to change the font size, margin, typeface, brightness, text color, background color, and justification. A built-in browser means that you can log in and view your K12 Student Direct library from within the application.
Free with a premium version available for $3.99
iOS / Android


Adobe Digital Editions

ADE has a clean, undistracted and responsive reading interface and is the only application available for reading DRM-protected eBooks on a desktop or laptop computer. It includes bookmarking, highlighting, te-taking, and dictionary access. Support for navigating a title may be found within the easy-to-view table of contents and a universal search function. The mobile application additionally includes a counter for how long you’ve been reading.
iOS / Android

We’ve compiled a snapshot of the applications listed above along with other Adobe DRM-compatible applications:

Adobe DRM-Compatible Applications Snapshot.png



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