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Registered: ‎10-05-2010
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Using while overseas

Hi Everyone,


I'm thinking about purchasing a Nook but I split my time between the US and the UK.  I have home internet broadband in both countries but was wondering if I could connect my Nook in the UK via my broadband?


Is this possible?  Also, which version of the Nook would I need in order to connect in the British home broadband?



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Registered: ‎11-11-2009

Re: Using while overseas

You say you have broadband, but you need a wifi (wireless) router to use nook wifi.  You would only be able to use wifi overseas, so there's no reason to get the 3G model unless you think you would use 3G while in the states.


Additional note - you can use your nook while overseas to read books and to connect (via wifi) to the books currently in your B&N library.  However, you cannot "officially" purchase new books from B&N while overseas, due to copyright limitations on B&N to sell books outside of the US.  There are a few workarounds to this, some more "adventurous" than others:


1.  Buy books from other sources that are compatible and that are authorized to sell overseas, and then sideload them (via computer) to your nook.  I believe there are a few UK retailers, like WH Smith and Waterstones, that sell compatible books specifically in the UK.


2.  Have a trusted family member back in the US log in to your account and purchase books at B&N on your account - these will then sync via wifi, since they will be in your library.  Since you're giving them access to your B&N account (and credit card info), this should be someone you trust not to purchase non e-book stuff via your account.


3.  Set up a VPN or something similar to "trick" your computer into thinking that it's in the US - there are additional instructions on this sort of thing elsewhere on the board - I've never done it, so I can't give detailed instructions.  

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Registered: ‎09-03-2010
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Re: Using while overseas

If you have a computer you leave hooked up to the internet in the US, you can use a free service like or something similar to remote log in to your computer in the US. Purchase your books that way, then update your B&N Library on the WiFi in the UK.


Or... just buy a crapload of books before you leave?

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