4 Replies Latest reply on Oct 10, 2010 2:49 AM by geertm

    B&N/Nook books on Sony reader?

      I have a Nook but my wife likes the look/feel of the Sony reader.  I'm not sure we'll get one, but I was wondering if the books from the B&N bookstore will work on the Sony too?  I'm looking for some clarification on how this all works.

       

      I was told when I bought nook that you can activate 4 of them (i.e. my wife and I can share the same B&N account and books).  Is that true?

       

      If so, does that apply to a Sony reader?  Is it 4 devices, or 4 nooks?  Can the Sony reader even read books from B&N store?  I know it reads the Adobe PDF/ePub files from our local library.

       

      Basically what I want to know is if I can buy books with the nook and also use them on the Sony reader.  I know we can use them on our Android phones when the application is finally released, and on our laptop.  But we want another reader and I want her to get the one she likes the look/feel of most.

       

      Thanks!

       

      edit:  So after some google searching I found the answer (on this forum no less, but didn't find it through my first search here!).  Apparently I can't put the B&N books on the Sony reader.  So if I want to remain device agnostic I should buy Adobe PDF/ePub books from somewhere else.  Although it looks like if you buy from fictionwise (which is owned by B&N) I can use the books on both Sony and nook... is this true?

        • Re: B&N/Nook books on Sony reader?
          Rasyr

          IIRC, the eBooks from the B&N store contain DRM which means you cannot transfer them to another device that cannot handle that specific DRM (B&N does have software that allows for transferring/reading your books on various devices, but I am unsure of the specifics on how it works).

           

          http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comparison_of_e-book_formats#Supporting_Hardware

           

          This link shows you which formats of eBooks are supported on which readers. From this table, you can see that any non-DRM'd PDF or epub formated eBook will be readable on both the Sony Reader and the nook.

           

          As for books from Fictionwise, from what I was looking it, it appears that your supposition would apply only to those books listed as [Multi-format] and not any of the other formats.

           

          According to their help site:

           

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                  • MultiFormat: Unencrypted eBooks that are available in a variety of formats for handheld devices and computersWhen you purchase a MultiFormat eBook, you can download it in any or all of these 13 formats:


                    eReader [-er.PDB]
                    ePub [.EPUB]
                    Adobe [.PDF]
                    Microsoft [.LIT]
                    Palm Doc [.PDB]
                    Rocket/REB1100 [.RB]
                    Franklin [.FUB]
                    Hiebook [.KML]
                    Sony Reader [.LRF]
                    Isilo [-is.PDB]
                    Mobipocket [.PRC]
                    Kindle [.MOBI]
                    OEBFF Full VGA [.IMP]
                    OEBFF Half VGA [.IMP]

          The bolded one is the one you would want for both readers.

           

          • Re: B&N/Nook books on Sony reader?

            I just got the new Sony PRS-350 and am very disappointed that B&N's DRM'd protected books will not open on it.  This especially doesn't make sense when the books that I am trying to open are books that B&N has given away free.   Isn't the aim of free ebooks to entice readers to start to buy ebooks?  Or is the sole purpose to make us buy a Nook?  I mean, a Nook is a one-time purchase; ebook purchases are ongoing.  Which is more valuable to the company?

             

            My B&N library is currently composed of free books.  I haven't bought any ebooks here yet, and it looks like I'm not going to.  Too bad that B&N's exclusive attitude toward DRM is going to cause them to lose me as a potential ebook customer (I've been a paper book customer of B&N for years) unless I learn how to strip DRM off of my own books in order to use them on my own reader.:smileymad:

             

            (PS:  I absolutely hate to read books on a computer screen - it really bothers my eyes - so using the Nook Reader for PC software is no help).

             

            (PPS:  Thanks to bilbravo for starting a thread with this question - saved me a lot of searching.)

              • Re: B&N/Nook books on Sony reader?
                bklvr896

                 


                Mayfayre wrote:

                I just got the new Sony PRS-350 and am very disappointed that B&N's DRM'd protected books will not open on it.  This especially doesn't make sense when the books that I am trying to open are books that B&N has given away free.   Isn't the aim of free ebooks to entice readers to start to buy ebooks?  Or is the sole purpose to make us buy a Nook?  I mean, a Nook is a one-time purchase; ebook purchases are ongoing.  Which is more valuable to the company?

                 

                My B&N library is currently composed of free books.  I haven't bought any ebooks here yet, and it looks like I'm not going to.  Too bad that B&N's exclusive attitude toward DRM is going to cause them to lose me as a potential ebook customer (I've been a paper book customer of B&N for years) unless I learn how to strip DRM off of my own books in order to use them on my own reader.:smileymad:

                 

                (PS:  I absolutely hate to read books on a computer screen - it really bothers my eyes - so using the Nook Reader for PC software is no help).

                 

                (PPS:  Thanks to bilbravo for starting a thread with this question - saved me a lot of searching.)


                Actually, B&N has provided its DRM to Adobe and Adobe is supposed to be integrating it into ADE so that other devices can read the B&N books.  They just haven't done it yet.  So perhaps one could ask Adobe why this taking so long since this was announced on the Adobe website in October of 2009.

                 

                  • Re: B&N/Nook books on Sony reader?
                    geertm

                    bklvr896 wrote:

                     


                    Mayfayre wrote:

                    I just got the new Sony PRS-350 and am very disappointed that B&N's DRM'd protected books will not open on it.  This especially doesn't make sense when the books that I am trying to open are books that B&N has given away free.   Isn't the aim of free ebooks to entice readers to start to buy ebooks?  Or is the sole purpose to make us buy a Nook?  I mean, a Nook is a one-time purchase; ebook purchases are ongoing.  Which is more valuable to the company?

                     

                    My B&N library is currently composed of free books.  I haven't bought any ebooks here yet, and it looks like I'm not going to.  Too bad that B&N's exclusive attitude toward DRM is going to cause them to lose me as a potential ebook customer (I've been a paper book customer of B&N for years) unless I learn how to strip DRM off of my own books in order to use them on my own reader.:smileymad:

                     

                    (PS:  I absolutely hate to read books on a computer screen - it really bothers my eyes - so using the Nook Reader for PC software is no help).

                     

                    (PPS:  Thanks to bilbravo for starting a thread with this question - saved me a lot of searching.)


                    Actually, B&N has provided its DRM to Adobe and Adobe is supposed to be integrating it into ADE so that other devices can read the B&N books.  They just haven't done it yet.  So perhaps one could ask Adobe why this taking so long since this was announced on the Adobe website in October of 2009.

                     


                    The new Abobe software for e-reader devices supporting the B&N DRM has been available for some time. Unfortunately Sony has chosen to disable B&N DRM support in their new readers.