12 Replies Latest reply on Oct 31, 2010 7:26 AM by WilliamHartnett

    NOOKcolor Supported File Type Question

      I don't see eReader PDB files listed as supported or unsupported.  I have around 1000 books from before B&N started in the eBook game.  Are they supported on the NOOKcolor like they are on my NOOK?

       

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      From Specs Page:

       

      Supported File Types****

      Load these popular formats for eBooks, graphics, audio, and other file types from your computer or microSD card.

      • EPUB (including Non or Adobe DRM)
      • PDF
      • Other documents: XLS, DOC, PPT, PPS, TXT, DOCM, XLSM, PPTM, PPSX, PPSM, DOCX, XLX, PPTX
      • Graphics: JPG, GIF, PNG, BMP
      • Audio: MP3, AAC
      • Video: MP4

      Not Supported: LIT, AMZ (Amazon), LRZ/LRX (Sony)

        • Re: NOOKcolor Supported File Type Question

          @tonyabionda,

          NOOKcolor will NOT support PDB file type.

          FYI.

            • Re: NOOKcolor Supported File Type Question

               


              Michael-V wrote:

              @tonyabionda,

              NOOKcolor will NOT support PDB file type.

              FYI.


               

              I realize it's the red-headed stepchild from down the street, but...

               

              You just lost my pre-order.

               

              Looks like I'm still in the market for an Android tablet.  Way to support your legacy format, B&N.  

              • Re: NOOKcolor Supported File Type Question

                Michael-V wrote:

                @tonyabionda,

                NOOKcolor will NOT support PDB file type.

                FYI.


                IF you can load Android apps on the NOOKcolor, then you should be able to load the android ereader app from Fictionwise (owned by B&N) at www.ereader.com and use that to read your old PDB books.

                 

                Or can't you load apps on it?

                 

                 

                 

                  • Re: NOOKcolor Supported File Type Question

                     


                    donc13 wrote:

                    IF you can load Android apps on the NOOKcolor, then you should be able to load the android ereader app from Fictionwise (owned by B&N) at www.ereader.com and use that to read your old PDB books.

                     

                    Or can't you load apps on it?

                     

                     


                    I honestly don't know.

                     

                    It doesn't seem use the Android Marketplace so it's possible that I could load it directly. It's also possible that it wouldn't be able to be installed that way since NOOKcolor is built on Android, but customized for B&N and not just a generic Android Tablet.  It has it's own SDK  on top of the Android SDK.

                     

                    It's also possible that it could be ported through the NOOKdeveloper program.  It's 'Learn More' pdf uses phrases like "Barnes & Noble's open eReading platform" and "the program is open anyone who is interested in developing reader-centric, rich content and applications for Barnes & Noble products and services" and looks very open and free.  Happy, happy, joy, joy.

                     

                    There had to be a reason they removed it from the supported file formats, so here is my big question...

                     

                    If they didn't include it themselves, why would they let someone else?  

                     

                    So I cancelled my preorder and will take a wait and see approach.  If it turns out that the NOOKcolor will fit all of my needs after all, I'll purchase one.  As of right now, it doesn't.  

                     

                     

                    P.S . 80-85% of the 1000 are eReader DRM.  Even if they weren't it's not quite "one click" with that many books.  Especially if you want them to actually look nice, have TOC, chapter headings, etc.    I've done it and I know what is involved.

                • Re: NOOKcolor Supported File Type Question
                  flyingtoastr

                  Michael, what about books from BN that are still in PDB. For instance:

                   

                   

                   

                  The Way of Kings 

                   

                  Even today this file is downloading as a PDB, not an EPUB. Does this mean that I won't be able to use it on my nook Color?

                    • Re: NOOKcolor Supported File Type Question
                      Woofhoundz

                      So, are you saying that all the ebooks i've purchased so far from B & N I will NOT be able to read on the NookColor?  If so, that seems to defeat the purpose.

                        • Re: NOOKcolor Supported File Type Question
                          Doug_Pardee

                          Woofhoundz wrote:

                           

                          So, are you saying that all the ebooks i've purchased so far from B & N I will NOT be able to read on the NookColor?  If so, that seems to defeat the purpose.


                          I would expect that all of your B&N NOOKbooks that you've already bought will download and read just fine on a NOOKcolor. The questions were about e-books bought in Secure eReader PDB format from other sites (mainly Fictionwise and eReader.com).

                           

                          As for defeating the purpose... I suspect the purpose of NOOKcolor is to support NOOKkids, NOOKnewsstand, and whatever they call their app store. Support of ordinary NOOKbooks is in there, but for them, NOOKcolor adds no value over the less expensive E-Ink NOOK devices.

                           

                        • Re: NOOKcolor Supported File Type Question
                          lkmiller

                           


                          flyingtoastr wrote:

                          Michael, what about books from BN that are still in PDB. For instance:

                           

                          The Way of Kings 

                           

                          Even today this file is downloading as a PDB, not an EPUB. Does this mean that I won't be able to use it on my nook Color?


                          My guess is that an epub version will download to your NookColor.  I have several ebooks that are pdbs on my Nook (even if I archive and unarchive them), yet they are all epub files when I download them though Nook for PC or if I download them from the website directly to my PC.

                        • Re: NOOKcolor Supported File Type Question

                          Does anyone know more about the PowerPoint (PPT/PPTX) support?

                           

                          What is the application that provides the PPT support?

                           

                          Does it support animation?

                           

                          Are PPTs read-only or editable?

                           

                          Is it fully compatible with PowerPoint 2010?

                           

                          Thanks.

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                              iLibrarian wrote:

                              Does anyone know more about the PowerPoint (PPT/PPTX) support?

                               

                              What is the application that provides the PPT support?

                               

                              Does it support animation?

                               

                              Are PPTs read-only or editable?

                               

                              Is it fully compatible with PowerPoint 2010?

                               

                              Thanks.


                              Quickoffice is available on a lot of smart phones.  I have it on my iPhone.  I'm only guessing, but you could probably get a good idea of what features will be on NOOKcolor by checking out the Quickoffice website and see what is supported on those other devices. Quickoffice dot com is their website.

                               

                            • Re: NOOKcolor Supported File Type Question

                              This isn't a huge problem for any multi-format Fictionwise books.  Just login to your Fictionwise account, go to your bookshelf, change the download type to epub, and download all your books again.  eReader.com is a different story, as it is PDB only.  I believe Fictionwise will allow you to convert non multi-format books to a supported format one-time if available, but you probably need to get a hold of their customer service.

                               

                              Fictionwise is the only ebook seller that maintained compatibility through a major version change of eReader (back in the Palm only days) because they don't believe people should loose their books because of technology change.  I doubt that has changed.