4 Replies Latest reply on Feb 10, 2011 10:20 AM by cbtengr

    Nookcolor won't recognize book purchased on Mac

      I just purchased a book (Faithful Place) on my Mac and neither Adobe Digital editions nor the Nookcolor recognize this as a book - here is the file name 9781101190265-pdb.v2.pdb.  I've tried removing the v2 (making it 9781101190265-pdb.pdb) from the name as suggested in another posting.

        • Re: Nookcolor won't recognize book purchased on Mac
          Desert_Brat

          Nook Color won't recognize the old pdb format. I'm not sure about Adobe, but I think someone said earlier that Adobe doesn't recognize it either. You can search and find the thread, it was posted yesterday, and you've probably read most of it since you know about renaming the file.

           

          However, there is an easy fix. Download a free program called Calibre (it's available for Mac, calibre-ebook.com) and convert the file to epub, which is what the Nook color reads. Then you can sideload it using Calibre.

           

          Perhaps someone else will pop in and explain about Adobe.

          • Re: Nookcolor won't recognize book purchased on Mac
            Nallia

            If the file is DRM protected Calibre won't convert it.

             

            A lot of people download and install NOOK Study to their Macs and use that to download their B&N books.  When they are downloaded through that they come as epubs instead of pdbs.  I have no idea why.  The NOOKcolor will read the epubs.

            • Re: Nookcolor won't recognize book purchased on Mac

               


              cdbcdb wrote:

              I just purchased a book (Faithful Place) on my Mac and neither Adobe Digital editions nor the Nookcolor recognize this as a book - here is the file name 9781101190265-pdb.v2.pdb.  I've tried removing the v2 (making it 9781101190265-pdb.pdb) from the name as suggested in another posting.


               

              I am assuming this is a BN book.  Why not just use wifi to download it to the NOOKcolor?  It appears you are trying to sideload it, but it should show up in your library on the NC automatically if you have wifi and it's on.

               

              If wifi isn't possible-you could go to a McDonald's or Starbucks or sometimes your main library has free wifi, connect there and then get it.

               

              The thing is some books (and apparently this happens with Macs I think more often) when they are downloaded to computers do come in pdb format, not readable by the NC.  I haven't recently had this happen on my Windows PC, but it could.  This is the other suggestion-if you have access to a Windows PC, try downloading the book to that (if wifi is not at all possible where you are), check the format and remove the v2 from it and all.

               

              As for what BN is doing about pdbs, I can only say that when I got mine back in November and this discussion was really prevalent, I contacted Nook_Engineer (Jeffrey) and he said he forwarded the issue to those that could make the decision at BN, but to remember that things sometimes work slowly.  Well, no new news on this.  I do hope that there will be some movement on this, because a great many people do not want to do something that is not quite legal (stripping DRM), but yet want to read Fictionwise and other pdbs on their NOOKcolors.

                • Re: Nookcolor won't recognize book purchased on Mac
                  cbtengr

                   


                  deemure wrote:

                   


                  cdbcdb wrote:

                  I just purchased a book (Faithful Place) on my Mac and neither Adobe Digital editions nor the Nookcolor recognize this as a book - here is the file name 9781101190265-pdb.v2.pdb.  I've tried removing the v2 (making it 9781101190265-pdb.pdb) from the name as suggested in another posting.


                   

                  I am assuming this is a BN book.  Why not just use wifi to download it to the NOOKcolor?  It appears you are trying to sideload it, but it should show up in your library on the NC automatically if you have wifi and it's on.

                   

                  If wifi isn't possible-you could go to a McDonald's or Starbucks or sometimes your main library has free wifi, connect there and then get it.

                   

                  The thing is some books (and apparently this happens with Macs I think more often) when they are downloaded to computers do come in pdb format, not readable by the NC.  I haven't recently had this happen on my Windows PC, but it could.  This is the other suggestion-if you have access to a Windows PC, try downloading the book to that (if wifi is not at all possible where you are), check the format and remove the v2 from it and all.

                   

                  As for what BN is doing about pdbs, I can only say that when I got mine back in November and this discussion was really prevalent, I contacted Nook_Engineer (Jeffrey) and he said he forwarded the issue to those that could make the decision at BN, but to remember that things sometimes work slowly.  Well, no new news on this.  I do hope that there will be some movement on this, because a great many people do not want to do something that is not quite legal (stripping DRM), but yet want to read Fictionwise and other pdbs on their NOOKcolors.


                   

                  Fictionwise often provides their books in multiple formats and you can choose which works for you.  For some reason BN can't figure out how to do this.

                   

                  The ePUB  format works on the BN reader for Mac so that isn't the reason.

                  While adding Nookstudy to a Mac will allow download of the ePUB format, it requires Snow Leopard and the installation of a complete application for the sole purpose of getting a file that will work on their product.

                   

                  Everyone is chomping at the bit for the 2.2 upgrade and an app store.  I'm not sure BN is up to the challenge yet.  Their software is inconsistent between platforms.  Just compare the softoware for PC vs that for Mac.  The Mac version is a recycled version of the old Peanut Press (eReader) software that has been around for over a decade.

                   

                  BN seems to be stuck in the old Windows-centric model.

                   

                  The wishlist situation is also very odd.  The NC wishlist exists separate from anything else in your account.  I've seen contorted reasoning for this, but BN has never explained it.

                   

                  I love my Nook classic and NC, but fear that we may be in for a bumpy ride when apps appear.

                   

                  -That'll hold me for now!