07-17-2011 10:48 PM
When the first Nook came out, we were excited about being able to download/checkout ebooks from our local Overdrive library... until I actually looked and found the ebook inventory very limited and usually having a wait list of several users for a single ebook copy. But that's a different thread & topic.
I never bought the original Nook, or the Sony, or the .... because of this Overdrive fantasy.
Recently we acquired the Nook Color - and enjoy it as a simple tablet for email & browsing.
Also bought I book, magazine, newspaper, and some apps to get a feel for each element.
Today, I decided to re-install the "library lending" aspect, and downloaded Adobe Digital Editions, activated the computer, and then connected the Nook Color via USB.
I had a couple of sample ebooks from ADE, and also found a couple I could checkout from our Overdrive library. Everything looks good on the ADE side, but had not considered how, what, or where the ebooks would look like on the Nook side after the USB transfer.
In a word - Disappointing -
The library books, or anything else you have acquired and loaded into ADE,
comes across into the Nook as just another set of My Files - nothing special -
Here I was expecting them to show up in their own area of "library" books or something... nada.
In fact, for some folks, they would not even have a clue as to where to find them...
It's too bad that the ADE transfer is no different than any other side loading into My Files.
Yeah, there is a new folder called Digital Editions, but it's still just a directory listing that you have to navigate to locate your book and touch it to open.
SO - sure the ebooks are there - just placed way down in the cargo hold - and hard to find.
07-18-2011 08:59 AM
I agree that the library books can be difficult to find the first time. What I have started doing is after I sideload the library books I go to My files, Digital Editions and long press the book icon and choose the option to place the book on the home page. This way my library book is right in front of me all the time and I don't forget to read them first before the checkout time expires. When I am done reading them I remove them from the Home page and the next time I go to sideload something I remove (delete) them from my NookColor.
07-18-2011 09:37 AM
The first time I did a library book it did take me a while to find them. But I do what the PP suggested and open then when I side load them and then they are on the home screen. Otherwise they are just like any other book.
Content available has absolutely nothing to do the Nook or B&N. The content available to you, titles, quantities etc is set by your library system. So if you are unhappy with the selection your local library is who you should be telling.
But I will say, that every post you start is a complaint about some function of the Nook Color and you never seem to be asking for assistance or how other people handle what you consider to be a big issue. Are you just generally that unhappy with your purchase? Maybe you should consider selling it and buying something that will make you happier.
07-20-2011 07:21 PM
I agree - the process of getting books from the library onto my NC could be a lot better. But to be able to save money on books has been great. I was spending a fortune buying 3-4 ebooks a week!
If your library selection is really lacking, you can check out some of the libraries of larger cities. Some allow you to purchase a library card for a minimal annual fee (like $35 or so) even if you aren't a resident. That might make the experience more worth it to you. Here's a link of libraries that might work for you: http://wiki.mobileread.com/wiki/EBook_Lending_Libr