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mrobinson1201
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Why is B&N hiding the compatibility information?

I purchased 2 books for my grandaughter to read on my nook.  There was nothing on the page anywhere that said it was only for nook color.  I called and they told me that there is a tiny question mark all the way over to the left by the orange button, and if you click there it will list in small font, the devices that the book is compatible with. 

 

I had a hard time finding it even after she told me where it was.  Why?  I can't even imagine why that would be hidden.

 

also, why can I not view these books on my PC or my Android?

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kamas716
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Re: Why is B&N hiding the compatibility information?

If you click on that little question mark, it tells you what it's compatible with. It's not compatible with most apps and none of the eInk devices.
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Wulfraed
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Re: Why is B&N hiding the compatibility information?

Many such books aren't "books" -- they are actual programs ("apps") formatted for specific devices.

 

As a result you'd only be able to view them on a computer if you were running a device emulation (something that many software development environments may include).

 

 

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keriflur
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Re: Why is B&N hiding the compatibility information?

An easy way to tell books that won't work is the word Enhanced in the title. None of the Enhanced titles will work on the first edition nook.

 

There are other books that won't work - it's not THAT easy - but you can safely assume none of those will.

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NookGardener
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Re: Why is B&N hiding the compatibility information?

"PagePerfect" (ebooks) don't seem compatible with NE1 or NST either. Well, the ones I have checked so far.

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keriflur
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Re: Why is B&N hiding the compatibility information?


NookGardener wrote:

"PagePerfect" (ebooks) don't seem compatible with NE1 or NST either. Well, the ones I have checked so far.


Nope, these are not compatible.

 

Anything that isn't straight up .epub format or .pdf format won't work on the N1E or NST/G.  That's another way to tell for those devices - check the format listed on the sale page.

 

It's a bit more complicated with the nook apps, unfortunately.  Some stuff works in some apps and not in others, and unless you've memorized the specs of your apps, you'll need to click the question mark to verify.

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richdebate
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Re: Why is B&N hiding the compatibility information?

Yes the same thing happened to me. It seems unfair that all of a sudden random books can't be read on the PC or on Android devices. My book was a children's book, as well. 

 

Very frustrating. 

 

Is this going to be a trend? If so, I will wrap up my relationship with Barnes & Noble.

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kamas716
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Re: Why is B&N hiding the compatibility information?


richdebate wrote:

Yes the same thing happened to me. It seems unfair that all of a sudden random books can't be read on the PC or on Android devices. My book was a children's book, as well. 

 

Very frustrating. 

 

Is this going to be a trend? If so, I will wrap up my relationship with Barnes & Noble.


Which books are you referring to?  Books don't just magically morph into PagePerfect or enhanced eBooks.

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