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krolique
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What is a Nook?

I just bought a Nook.

 

But what have I bought? I can not use this device without registering it!!!!

 

Does this registration mean I'm only leasing this device from BN and which I may not use if BN doesn't allow me to do so. An example of this inconvenience is portrait in the following:

 

Say I am located in the remote jungles of Cambodia and there (I've picked this just as an example. If the free people of Cambodia have since reached high peak of tcp/ip mastery already practice the shameful art of networking - please excuse me) is no internet to "register" the device. How can I use a device for which I've paid?

 

 

If i have only paid to lease this, fine but please let me know. What does paying $250 to BN mean and what do I have in my hands?

 

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Katie_798
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Re: What is a Nook?

You bought a nook.. it belongs to you permanently non B&N

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krolique
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Re: What is a Nook?

Why do I have to register it to use it?

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Re: What is a Nook?

You own your NOOK. You aren't leasing it.

 

You "register" your NOOK to your B&N account in order to buy and download B&N e-books. B&N e-books are only available in the US and, for some items, in Canada. If you're seriously going to be using your NOOK outside of the US very much, you'll need to buy and download your e-books while you're in the US (or maybe Canada).

 

The e-books reside on your NOOK. Once you've downloaded them, you don't need the wireless. You can take your NOOK anywhere and read the e-books you've already downloaded, with no Internet connection needed.

 

You can also "sideload" e-books from a computer rather than using wireless. In fact, this is required for e-books you buy from anywhere except from B&N.

 

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krolique
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Re: What is a Nook?

Lets say I have all my books downloaded and saved locally. I reset the device because, there's a glitch with the o/s and the only way around it is to reset the device. I then have no internet (my wifi is really crappy) I can't do anything at this point. Unless this device registers itself with BN it is useless for purposes of reading books. Even though you have them locally...

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Re: What is a Nook?

If you really just bought your nook, as you say, why did you pay $250?

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krolique
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Re: What is a Nook?

pardon, i dont follow. explain plz

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Re: What is a Nook?

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The Nook has been $199 since June.  Or are you talking about a nookcolor?

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Re: What is a Nook?

oui, color is very nice. i see in full spectrum =)

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Since a Nook WiFi goes for $149 and a Nook WiFi/3G is $199 and a Nook has never been $250, I believe the PP is asking what you bought.  Did you buy a NookColor perhaps?

 

Did you really spend $250 without asking any questions at the store or doing any research?

 

 

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Re: What is a Nook?

I've been following the nook for sometime. I thought the non color one was nice but I've never thought of asking the following:

 

This device, in order to use it I must ask explicit permission from BN.

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Re: What is a Nook?

 


krolique wrote:

I've been following the nook for sometime. I thought the non color one was nice but I've never thought of asking the following:

 

This device, in order to use it I must ask explicit permission from BN.


You're not asking permission, you're registering it so you can purchase and download books directly to it.  If you don't want to, don't, buy all your books elsewhere and sideload them via the PC.  Take it back and buy something you don't have to register if it bothers you that much.

 

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Re: What is a Nook?

yea @250 I figured the only way to subsidize the cost of the deice was through forced purchasing. so it's more like a BN Nook rather than e-book reader en-masse. Thank you.

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krolique wrote:

yea @250 I figured the only way to subsidize the cost of the deice was through forced purchasing. so it's more like a BN Nook rather than e-book reader en-masse. Thank you.


No that's what Amazon does.  On a Nook, you can download and read eBooks books from just about anywhere except Amazon and Apple.  You don't ever have to buy a book from B&N if you don't want to. 

 

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bklvr896 wrote:

 

On a Nook, you can download and read eBooks books from just about anywhere except Amazon and Apple.  You don't ever have to buy a book from B&N if you don't want to. 

 


 

On a related note - the only reason you "have to" register is so that you *can* buy ebooks from B&N.

 

If you don't want to purchase a B&N ebook, you can choose to NEVER REGISTER YOUR NOOK.

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Re: What is a Nook?

 


Ya_Ya wrote:

 


bklvr896 wrote:

 

On a Nook, you can download and read eBooks books from just about anywhere except Amazon and Apple.  You don't ever have to buy a book from B&N if you don't want to. 

 


 

On a related note - the only reason you "have to" register is so that you *can* buy ebooks from B&N.

 

If you don't want to purchase a B&N ebook, you can choose to NEVER REGISTER YOUR NOOK.


 

No, I must register 

 

Step 1: Agree to our terms (I dont even know why there's an option to opt out)

Step 2: Register, unless you register there's NOTHING else you can DO. Wifi isn't working ? TOO BAD. etc 

 

 

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krolique wrote:

 

No, I must register 

 

Step 1: Agree to our terms (I dont even know why there's an option to opt out)

Step 2: Register, unless you register there's NOTHING else you can DO. Wifi isn't working ? TOO BAD. etc 

 

 


 

The registration is for Barnes and Noble ebooks only. You can sideload ebooks from anywhere that sells Adobe EPUB with or without registering your NOOK.

 

Tons of people buy NOOKs for their children and don't register them and they can read sideloaded content perfectly. It isn't as convenient, but it works fine.

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Re: What is a Nook?

How? like you boot the nook, it wont even go to the screen where you can select a book unless you complete the registration section. That's it

 

I just deregistered the nook and cleared all data. I am at the prompt that says: "Select the wireless network that you want to use." Continue with setup button is grayed out and I can't go anywhere else. The device is stuck unless I register over some wifi


flyingtoastr wrote:

 


krolique wrote:

 

No, I must register 

 

Step 1: Agree to our terms (I dont even know why there's an option to opt out)

Step 2: Register, unless you register there's NOTHING else you can DO. Wifi isn't working ? TOO BAD. etc 

 

 


 

The registration is for Barnes and Noble ebooks only. You can sideload ebooks from anywhere that sells Adobe EPUB with or without registering your NOOK.

 

Tons of people buy NOOKs for their children and don't register them and they can read sideloaded content perfectly. It isn't as convenient, but it works fine.


 

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krolique wrote:

How? like you boot the nook, it wont even go to the screen where you can select a book unless you complete the registration section. That's it

 

I just deregistered the nook and cleared all data. I am at the prompt that says: "Select the wireless network that you want to use." Continue with setup button is grayed out and I can't go anywhere else. The device is stuck unless I register over some wifi


Ok, maybe you have to register a NookColor, I have no experience with the NookColor, but you certainly don't have to do anything with B&N once it's registered.  But again, I really do not understand what the problem is with registering it.

 

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Re: What is a Nook?

Because I see this device as another DRM ploy instead of buying something that is "Free and Fair" (I'm sure this message board can be filled with pro and contra arguments to no apparent end). As you have said BN was different from Amazon and Apple, perhaps I am naive but I don't see how.