8 Replies Latest reply on Nov 13, 2012 5:08 PM by bklvr896

    Credit Card Requirement

      I don't much like B&N requiring a credit card for the Nook. My son won a Nook at school and I am THRILLED for him to have it but I don't like the idea that he could run up some huge bill on it before I know about it. There really has to be a better way. I would gladly keep a pre-paid gift card amount on the account. Can it not tie to one of those instead???

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          Heh try pressing skip.
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            kamas716

            dhoots wrote:

            I don't much like B&N requiring a credit card for the Nook. My son won a Nook at school and I am THRILLED for him to have it but I don't like the idea that he could run up some huge bill on it before I know about it. There really has to be a better way. I would gladly keep a pre-paid gift card amount on the account. Can it not tie to one of those instead???


            This is a fairly common question on these boards.  Blame the publishers who require Digital Rights Management.  B&N uses a social DRM that uses the default credit card on file to create a key.  This allows you to share your eBooks with anyone, as long as you are willing to input the CC number into their device to unlock the eBook.

             

            With your NT you should be able to password protect purchases, which will keep purchases safe.  As an alternative, you could remove the CC from the account you create, and then side load any of the eBooks you purchase on your account.  That would allow you to manage any eBooks he is reading.

             

             

             

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                This allows you to share your eBooks with anyone, as long as you are willing to input the CC number into their device to unlock the eBook.

                 

                What this means is that I am not sharing any books with anyone, because I am not inputting my CC number onto someone else's device. That is just plain stupid, and can lead to identity theft.

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                    kamas716

                    petewr wrote:

                    This allows you to share your eBooks with anyone, as long as you are willing to input the CC number into their device to unlock the eBook.

                     

                    What this means is that I am not sharing any books with anyone, because I am not inputting my CC number onto someone else's device. That is just plain stupid, and can lead to identity theft.


                    If you don't want to share your eBooks with anyone, that's fine.  There are many people who do want to share them with friends and family.  If you buy your eBooks from someplace like Google, you can only legally share those DRMed eBooks with a device that has been authorized with the same ADE account.  And ADE limits the number of devices that it will authorize (seven I think).  With the B&N social DRM, you can legally share your eBooks with as many people/accounts as you are willing to input the account name and CC# for.  It doesn't matter if it's 5 people, 50 people or 500,000,000 people.  But, they're betting that you don't want to share that information with that many people, which they hope will then drive those other people to purchase the eBook themselves.  It's the publishers that are requiring the DRM.  You could choose to strip the DRM, but that may not be legal.

                     

                    For people who want share eBooks with their friends and family, B&N has the least restrictive DRM scheme out there.  For other people, they may want to choose a different device or app that fits their lifestyle/needs more closely.  Thankfully, there are choices.  Hopefully, everyone makes an informed choice.

                     

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                      bklvr896

                      petewr wrote:

                      This allows you to share your eBooks with anyone, as long as you are willing to input the CC number into their device to unlock the eBook.

                       

                      What this means is that I am not sharing any books with anyone, because I am not inputting my CC number onto someone else's device. That is just plain stupid, and can lead to identity theft.


                      The cc info isn't stored in the device, it's just used to create the unlock key for the book. It also takes more information than one cc number for identity theft.  They can try and use the cc to buy something, but to steal your identity, need more info about you.

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                    You can buy a gift card and add it to the account. Then it would use the gift card.

                     

                    And for your credit card you can add a password and require it for purchases. Just go to Settings and there's an option there.

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                      Melissa_W

                      Under the device settings you can require a password to be entered for all purchases.  As long as you don't share that password your son won't be able to purchase anything without it.

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                        I would think you could add a B&N gift card, possibly or set a spending limit for the account