24 Replies Latest reply: Jun 1, 2013 6:21 PM by BruceMcF

    How to Read Kindle Books on a NON-ROOTED Nook Color

      It occurred to me the other day that there is now a very simple and effective way to read Kindle books on your Nook Color, even if you're in the stock NC interface. It'll cost $2.99, but worth it. Here are the steps:

       

      1) Download the Kindle for PC app to your home computer or laptop.  Link it to your Amazon account.

      2) Using your Nook Color, download the Splashtop app.  This allows you to see a perfect and crisp and clear image of what's going on with your computer.  It also allows you to control your Windows programs with almost no lag.

       

      That's it!  You can now use Splashtop on your Nook Color to navigate to your Kindle for PC app, open the book and read. As I said, the resolution is quite good and the lag is very minimal. 

        • Re: How to Read Kindle Books on a NON-ROOTED Nook Color
          bobstro
          Unfortunately, you also need a full-time, reachable and dedicated PC as well. Fine if you're just in another room, but not practical unless you are comfortable letting your home computer be accessed from the Internet. It's also problematic reading on a plane. :smileyhappy: Once Amazon decides to support mobile browsers with their cloud reader, they'll defeat B&N's attempt to lock in users just a they've done by opening their cloud music up to Apple users.
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              Yep you'd have to have a connection to your nearby computer....but at least this is an option for those who currently have no way to read Kindle books, other than sitting at their computer.

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                The downside is yes you need to have a PC active to make it work.

                 

                But

                 

                The upside is you would still be supporting BN by buying an app from it's app store.

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                    ....and supporting Amazon by buying a book from them if they're your preferred vendor. A win-win!

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                        richardwrite25 wrote:

                        ....and supporting Amazon by buying a book from them.



                        Well so what?  If B&N wants people to purchase the Nook over the Fire they must give people a way to read the books they already own, even if those books were purchased from a rival company. 

                         

                         

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                            Nooksie wrote:

                            richardwrite25 wrote:

                            ....and supporting Amazon by buying a book from them.



                            Well so what?  If B&N wants people to purchase the Nook over the Fire they must give people a way to read the books they already own, even if those books were purchased from a rival company. 

                             

                             



                            You know, I give up.  I just give up.  This board is really starting to disgust me.  If I post anything that smacks of being a positive thing about the Nook Color, I get raked over the coals regularly.  I offered this as a way for NC owners to read Kindle books....and you're getting mad at me for that and saying "Well Barnes & Noble needs to offer a way to read these books."  Maybe so......but take that up with them. Why must every bit of positive news I post be the cause of people ridiculing or insulting me?  Have we reached the point that the only thing that is not tolerated here is someone saying good things?

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                                The easiest way to read Kindle books on a NON-ROOTED Color is to insert a CM7 card and open the Kindle app :smileyhappy:
                                Hey, you never rooted.

                                richardwrite25 wrote:You know, I give up.  I just give up.  This board is really starting to disgust me.  If I post anything that smacks of being a positive thing about the Nook Color, I get raked over the coals regularly.  I offered this as a way for NC owners to read Kindle books....and you're getting mad at me for that and saying "Well Barnes & Noble needs to offer a way to read these books."  Maybe so......but take that up with them. Why must every bit of positive news I post be the cause of people ridiculing or insulting me?  Have we reached the point that the only thing that is not tolerated here is someone saying good things?

                                Unless some posts were deleted, you're tilting at windmills. Re-read and take some breaths, maybe have Pancho fetch you a soda.  

                                 

                                 

                        • Re: How to Read Kindle Books on a NON-ROOTED Nook Color
                          BruceMcF

                          bobstro wrote:
                          ... you also need a full-time, reachable and dedicated PC as well. Fine if you're just in another room, but not practical unless you are comfortable letting your home computer be accessed from the Internet. It's also problematic reading on a plane. :smileyhappy: ...

                          But can be great for reading in bed. I'll be using my Nook Color when I take the Megabus to the economist's convention in Chicago, but most of the time I'm using it around the house.

                           

                          ({I deleted the "Unfortunately" because it's just a case of horses for courses).

                           

                          The straightforward approach is to use a program to strip the Amazon DRM and then convert it with Calibre, but not everyone is interested in following that approach ~ and if SOPA passes, it seems likely that access to the sites that sell the software to strip DRM will tend to get shut down.

                           

                          And, yes, if Amazon decided to put a Kindle reader on the cloud, then just like some people use the ePub reader in the cloud to read ePub's on Kindle's browser, it would make for an Amazon reader on the Nook Color whenever you're in reach of a WiFi signal (supposedly there's one on the Megabus ~ it's not got the best reputation, but it'd probably be OK for a cloud based ereader, which is not very bandwidth intensive.

                           

                          Its not an issue for me, but if it becomes an issue, I'd likely put an open Android system on a SD card. Then the Amazon books would be stored alongside the system to allow them to be read.

                           

                           

                           

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                          That is a creative solution, but, if I was that set on reading the Amazon books, and couldnt get it in epub from them, I'd just either keep using the Kindle i'd bought  them for, buy the cheapest kindle I could tolerate, or find the book elsewhere.  (or pop in that ole CM7 card with the Kindle app) Remote computing can be done, but in general is a major security risk  that should be avoided unless there is a secure way to do it, and a way to make sure that security isnt easily breached.  Its great to see the good possibilities,  of the device, and its uses, but  one should always consider the  security of their computers as the first priority given how so much personal identity data is now on the home computer.

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                            daenas

                            Actually a good idea!  I bought Splashtop about a month ago, I knew it would be handy, but never started using it until the other day.  I was watching Netflix on my computer (23 inch screen) in the livingroom, while sitting in my recliner across the way and didn't want to get up to "change the channel" on Netflix but had my NC w/ me as I was playing a game at the same time.  Then it dawned on me to use Splashtop as a remote control of sorts!  Now I can sit back, relax and never have to get up from my recliner!  LOL

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                              Nancy_BC

                              Hi Richard,

                              I really appreciate your solution! I have asked this question numerous times on this website and have gotten- although well meaning- technical steps that were way above my abilities. I am this close to buying a kindle just ot be able to get the Amazon books I want with no complications.

                               So, a clarifying question, please. When I download the app- is it easy to negotiate on the NC screen?

                               That would be the persuader for me befroe buying the kindle for $79. Is it like dowloading from ADE?

                               

                              IN response to some of the posts- Can't you load the books you want from your home computer when you can and just forget about doing it remotely? seems that's reasonable unless you have an emergency craving while you're travelling.

                               

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                                mbratch

                                This is a cool trick.

                                 

                                B&N isn't likely to sponsor an app that directly allows reading of Amazon purchased books because it is, ultimately, a razors and blades business. Sure they want people to buy Nooks, but more because they'll get continued revenue from those customers buying books from them. There's a whole lot more value to them in that than selling the hardware.

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                                    roustabout

                                    I'd be interested if knitkicky and richadwrite have tried following the walkthrough at nookworks?  I tried to be very thorough and include screenshots.

                                     

                                    I was floored by how simple the process is for Kindle books - simpler than for BN stuff.  You can't use it with books downloaded to the Android device, it only works on books downloaded by the Kindle app for the computer on the computer where Calibre and the tools are set up.

                                     

                                    All the tools are free and open source.  I hadn't realized there were folks trying to make money selling them, but it shouldn't surprise me. 

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                                        Ozman69

                                        roustabout wrote:

                                        I'd be interested if knitkicky and richadwrite have tried following the walkthrough at nookworks?  I tried to be very thorough and include screenshots.

                                         

                                        I was floored by how simple the process is for Kindle books - simpler than for BN stuff.  You can't use it with books downloaded to the Android device, it only works on books downloaded by the Kindle app for the computer on the computer where Calibre and the tools are set up.

                                         

                                        All the tools are free and open source.  I hadn't realized there were folks trying to make money selling them, but it shouldn't surprise me. 


                                        Thanks for the link and walkthrough roustabout.  Just bought a book on Amazon that I've wanted to get at B&N, but can't pass up saving about $8.  Followed the steps and it couldn't have been simpler.  Now I have it on my Nook and don't have to jump through hoops to read it through my PC via Wi-Fi or spend any money on a seperate app (although I actually already have that app).  Very much appreciated.

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                                            roustabout

                                            Thank you for the feedback!  It's hard to say if you've left something out or whatnot without folks giving it a run (though sometimes I get comments on individual posts at nookworks.) 

                                             

                                            I'm glad it was simple to set up.  It was for me, and it's great - there are books, especially from academic presses, which are not agency priced and which BN wants not a little premium on, but sometimes 10 dollars or more premium on.  There was one author I was looking for where BN wanted a lot more money and only had one volume of a two-volume set which (together) cost about as much from the competition as what BN wanted for the volume they carried.  (Which was, of course, volume 2!)

                                             

                                            I'm prepared to put up with some level of markup, but there's a point where I'm not willing to play along. 

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                                        BFCoughlin

                                        Thank you for this idea.  It's brilliant.  I alrady have the softrware; I never thought of using it for reading Kindle books. 

                                         

                                        I don't buy Kindle books, but they are offered by our library,  Sometimes there is a book only available in Kindle format.  In that case, I boot to the CM7 card, and I stay there until I've finished the book.  I prefer the native NC reader. This option would allow me to read Kindle books from the library while staying on the NC side. 

                                         

                                        Now that I've read halfway through the thread, sure there are things it won't do, like reading on a plane.  OK, fine.  But that doesn't mean it's useless, and I appreciate your bringing this ti our attention. 

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                                          just_jess

                                          In Google Play you can download the Kindle for Android app. You can then add Kindle items directly from your Amazon account to the Nook

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                                            Does anyone know how to transfer Nook books to a Kindle? I ask this because the Nook charger (which of course is essential to the use of your Nook) is CRAP, and Barnes and Noble don't care a bit, because they refuse to replace cables for free FOREVER because the design is FLAWED. The charger cables last at most a couple of months before they begin to have issues.

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                                                Mercury_Glitch

                                                Funny because I have customers who have had their Nook Color since we introduced them that have the same cable.

                                                 

                                                Oh I'll agree the design sucks.  But it's not wholly in the design of the cable that fault lies.  Also B&N replaces the cables for free while you're under warranty, which is pretty much how most electronic goods work.  And before you spout off in this thread about it being flawed and thus voiding the warranty, see above.  If people have been using the same cable for years, clearly they are capable of lasting for years.  Or you could just pick up any cable that matches the one for the Nook and use that, it should be fine. 

                                                 

                                                 

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                                                  bklvr896

                                                  LisaleeNV wrote:

                                                  Does anyone know how to transfer Nook books to a Kindle? I ask this because the Nook charger (which of course is essential to the use of your Nook) is CRAP, and Barnes and Noble don't care a bit, because they refuse to replace cables for free FOREVER because the design is FLAWED. The charger cables last at most a couple of months before they begin to have issues.


                                                  You can't because Kindle's won't read anything but Kindle books.  And as I said on your other thread, I'm still using my original cable so they obviously last more than a couple of months, since I've had my Nook color more than a couple of months.

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                                                    BruceMcF

                                                    LisaleeNV wrote:

                                                    Does anyone know how to transfer Nook books to a Kindle? I ask this ... [rant cut] ...


                                                    180 degree reversal of the question, yes?

                                                     

                                                    For an eInk Kindle, you probably need to pirate the file, but since you are clearly referring to the previous generation of Nook LCD media tablets, before they fixed the cord problem, I'm assuming its Kindle Fire you are talking about.

                                                     

                                                    If its a Kindle Fire, set it to download third party apk's, and download a reading app that can read Nook books ~ there are 3rd party apps that can do that as well as the Nook app. So that's pretty simple.