on 03-11-2013 11:06 AM
I am currently looking into buying a NOOK for myself. I, however, have no credit card. I normally buy print books from B&N.com using gift cards. I was planning on doing the same thing with e-books - but had heard in passing that does not work without a credit card. Is this true? I checked B&N's FAQ for the NOOK, but all they said you needed a credit card for was to 'access protected purchases'. Is this all books? Or are some books protected purchases and others not?
(By the way: I'm new to these boards and do hope I posted this at the right place.)
on 03-11-2013 12:10 PM
You must have a valid credit card, registered to a US zip code, in order to purchase and access material from B&N, even if you actually use gift cards for all your purchases. There must be a single credit card on the account that it uses to encrypt the content.
You can use a prepaid card, loaded with a nominal amount, but the trick is that it must have a zip code tied to it. I don't know how you set that up but others have posted that it can be done.
on 03-11-2013 05:01 PM
Most books that are published by major publishers have DRM, making these books "secured content." Some (I don't know the percentage) self-pub books also have DRM.
As a general rule, it's safe to assume that a decent chunk of what you might buy will be secured. B&N's DRM uses the default credit card on file in your account to create a hash that they then use to secure that content. No card = no hash = no ability to secure the content, so no sale.
Also, I *think* that the pre-e-sale check for a valid credit card is across the board, as opposed to being limited to DRM'd purchases, so even if you're downloading non-DRM freebies, you may need a card on file.
It's getting easier to find pre-paid cards that allow/require an address; that's the route I would go if I were buying a nook and didn't have a regular credit card.
on 03-12-2013 05:26 PM