01-10-2011 02:44 PM
I have a Nook (Wifi) and have a question. Unless I take my Nook to my college tech support, I can't get the password to put wifi on it. Is there a way for me to download books without wifi, and do I need a special program to open them on my computer?
01-10-2011 03:48 PM
I'm a little new to this, but the answer is "yes, but not all of them".
I think to get access to "Nookbooks" bought at B&N.com, you have to go somewhere with Wifi to download to your Nook them off the site. But you can do this anywhere with Wifi; a B&N bookstore, a Starbucks, etc. You go to your "library", and hit the sync button in the lower left, and it'll talk to the B&N website, and start downloading books that you bought there onto your Nook, and then they are there, and you can read them offline you don't have to be hooked up to Wifi anymore.
If you buy Google e-books, those are "side-loaded". You download Adobe Digital Editions (free) to a computer you have access to. ADE is to your Google books as Itunes is to your music; you use it to manage your e-books, and load them onto the Nook; they don't download automatically onto the Nook like Nookbooks do. You download the book onto the computer with ADE, and then hook up your Nook to that computer. Then you drag the book onto the Nook, like you would music onto your Ipod. It won't show up in your "library" on the Nook, it'll show up in the "Files" part instead. But it'll read like a book (I can't get Adobe books to work right now, they have pictures which Nook can't deal with yet, but Epub works.) I think borrowing from libraries works much the same way, but there might be another piece of software (Overdrive). You can then delete the copy on your hard drive; you can always redownload it from Google.
You can read eBooks on any computer with a browser, you can download a nook reader to your computer to read a B&N book, though that's what your Nook is for.
01-10-2011 03:57 PM
You can sideload ebooks bought from B&N. You can download them two ways:
You can log in to your account from your computer, go into your ebook library and then click the download link on the books you want to add to your computer;
You can download and install the NOOK for PC software and install it. Once you're logged in you can download all of your books through that.
Either way, you can connect your NOOK to your computer and drag the ebook files to it. You don't need ADE. You will have to drag them to you Documents folder (if you're using a NOOK Classic) or to your books folder in My Files (if you're using a NOOKcolor).