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MariaTipps
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Books not from Nook Store

Hi!  I recently purchased a Nook, and I have a question.  If I download books from websites (not the Nook store), how do I get them on my Nook?  What do I need to do?  Thanks for your help!

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Byteguy
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Re: Books not from Nook Store

Short answer... SIDELOAD.

 

  http://bookclubs.barnesandnoble.com/t5/NOOK-General-Discussion/sideloading/m-p/780508/highlight/true...

 

Long answer... it depends on the book.  There are formats that are not supported (no Kindle for you) and there are formats (like library books) that need to be put first on your PC and then pushed over using special software.

 

One suggestion.  Get an SD card for your Nook.  Internal memory can be a bit small and you can load thousands of books on even a $4 2GB card.

 

 

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jwdriggs
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Re: Books not from Nook Store

I'm not sure of all the file types supported but if it's either an epub or pdf file you will be fine.  Adding them to the nook is simple also just follow those directions linked above and you should have no problems.  The abilty to do that is why I chose a Nook over a Kindle.

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Alanakat
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Re: Books not from Nook Store

I noticed you used to be able to request a title become a Nook book, but I don't see that option anymore when you look up a book. Has this been removed or am I just missing it?

 

Thanks,

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Byteguy
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Re: Books not from Nook Store

You're not missing anything.

 

There's a thread about its absence over in Tech Support:

 

  http://bookclubs.barnesandnoble.com/t5/Ask-Your-Community-Manager/Tell-the-Publisher-Button-Missing/...

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BrewManNH
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Re: Books not from Nook Store

Download the program Calibre from http://calibre-ebook.com/ .It will allow you to load nearly any type of ebook onto a Nook, it will convert them on the fly if needed to a format you specify as well if it isn't in a Nook compatible format already. I've used it for a while now with my Nook 1 and it works great.

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MariaTipps
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Re: Books not from Nook Store

I understand that I need to put the books on my computer first, but what I'm wondering is how to get the books from my computer to my Nook.  I need to connect my Nook to my computer, but then what?

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gkaiseil
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Re: Books not from Nook Store

You connect your Nook to your computer with the USB charging cable to your computer's USB port. The first time, your computer will recognize the new device and install the necessary drivers so your computer will recognize the Nook as a new removable disk drive. If you insert a Micro SC card, that card will also appear as new removable hard drive. You can use Window's Explorer or Mac's Finder program to copy and paste files as needed.

 

If you install Adobe Digital Editions, ADE, , you can register you Nook to ADE and use the ADE interface to drag and drop books form your computer to your Nook.

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keriflur
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Re: Books not from Nook Store


BrewManNH wrote:

Download the program Calibre from http://calibre-ebook.com/ .It will allow you to load nearly any type of ebook onto a Nook, it will convert them on the fly if needed to a format you specify as well if it isn't in a Nook compatible format already. I've used it for a while now with my Nook 1 and it works great.


You can only convert the files with Calibre if they are not DRM protected, unless you also download and install the plug-in that strips DRM (note that this is from a different vendor than Calibre, though it is also free, and that stripping DRM is illegal).

 

Just an FYI.

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Zion21
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Re: Books not from Nook Store

Sideloading through Calibre is nice, but you will never be as organized as you will be purchasing through the Nook Store. I find it's so much easier to buy through the Nook store and have everything arranged properly and kept up-to-date, especially if I upgrade or replace my Nook in the future.

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Byteguy
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Re: Books not from Nook Store


Zion21 wrote:

Sideloading through Calibre is nice, but you will never be as organized as you will be purchasing through the Nook Store. I find it's so much easier to buy through the Nook store and have everything arranged properly and kept up-to-date, especially if I upgrade or replace my Nook in the future.


Calibre has tons of organizing tools that far exceed the B&N website.  Add tags, search and sort by tag or date, or author, or series, or...  The website sorts by Title, Author, Date added, or Rating.  I like to tag books as "done", "now", "next" and "eventually" and quickly search by that.

 

If you get new hardware, Calibre will happily load your books on to your new Nook (or your phone, or your "insert one of hundreds of other devices here").

 

And, well, I'm frugal (ok, poor-ish) so I like free books and Calibre is happy to manage them for me. I don't see any way to add my Baen free books to My Nook Library on-line.