Tell me about it. I bought the Nook in a B&N store and spent over an hour with the salesperson. She assured me over and over again that the Nook e-reader software worked with Mac OS 10.5 (i.e. Leopard). I specifically asked for the specs because I was currently running OS 10.3.9 on a G5 PowerPC Mac, and I was planning to upgrade my computer to Mac OS 10.5(Leopard) so I could use an e-reader. I can't run Mac OS 10.6 (Snow Leopard) on my G5 PowerPC computer, it's only compatible with 'Intel' Macs. Before I upgraded the OS, I downloaded (bought) about 60? e-books to my Nook. Big mistake, since I can't read them on my computer. Called B&N, and apparently they could care less about offering e-reader software for all Mac users. They basically blew me off when I said they're using deceptive business practices. I'm extremely upset because I've been a B&N customer for years and spent thousands of dollars on books. I have over 500 books that I will be converting to e-books. NOT through B&N. I'm contacting the Better Business Bureau and am e-mailing Apple and every Mac publication and blog. You should do the same!
One of the features listed on the Nook page is the ability to sync with Macs. So when I moved from Windows to Mac, I expected to have a full- featured Mac application available to me, one with the same functionality I enjoyed on my PC.
Imagine my surprise when I discovered that no such application exists, and all I can get is an e-reader app for my new machine. Not even a particularly good one.
I'm seriously considering moving to a Kindle before I spend any more money on a machine I can't synch or manage from my desktop. I suggest to B&N that they either produce the advertised software or edit their site so it no longer misleads their customers.
On a side note, I'm not happy that my membership card doesn't do me any good when buying e-books. That's $35 I won't be spending next year.
matt- I'm not familiar with the Windows Nook app, but yes, the Mac version is basically a re-brand of the eReader app, with ePub reading added in. Reading only, not book organization.
In terms of moving books back and forth, my Nook loads just fine as a USB drive on my Mac. So I can load files manually that way.
Two other options:
1. Use Adobe Digital Editions. If you plan to borrow library books, you'll be using it anyway. The Nook, once authorized, shows up and books can be dragged and dropped. I would only recommend this if you don't have a particularly large library, as it doesn't have a large organization function.
2. You also might want to take a look at Calibre, free ebook management software. I've found it to be essential, especially if you have a large selection of books.
In terms of syncing your position in the book across multiple devices, I don't think B&N has that feature available on all devices yet.
Thanks very-simple for the NOOKstudy suggestion. It's not perfect but it's definitely better than the eReader app. Barnes & Noble should remove the eReader app and suggest this route for mac users until they come up with something comparable to the "nook for PC" for macs. I'm glad I found this thread.
BN just announced that the big update for Nook coming in December will include the ability to organize books on your device. Big step forward.
Very disappointing that Barnes and Noble do not have a "sync" version of the Mac reader (at least none that i can find). No where does it tell you this feature does not exists. I had to execute searches to find this board to find out it does not exist.
I have been very happy with the Nook and with Barnes and Noble until now. Wow, what a disaster.
THANK YOU for this thread. I spent 20 minutes trying n the phone with customer service trying to find out how to get my books to download with the Title instead of the ISBN, which is not helpful when trying to open a book. I found this thread and downloaded the Nook Study app and BAM! All my books were synced and the covers are beautifuly displayed on my iMac screen.