28 Replies Latest reply on Jun 17, 2015 3:54 PM by sherrb1158

    Is there a way to read Kindle books on the NOOK?

      I had a nook color and bought a Kindle Fire when I learned that I can shut of the security settings to load non-kindle apps and I have now the nook app on the kinde and I can read nook books on it. I would consider buying a Nook tablet if they allowed me to read kindle books on it somehow?  if they would at least alow read only-no purchase it will be easier to intice kindle users to give the nook a try?

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          TnTexas

          When it first came out, you could find a setting that allowed you to install non-B&N apps. About a month later, B&N fixed the so-called "bug" and that's no longer possible so unless you root the device, the only way you can  use the Kindle app on a Tablet or Color now is to buy or make a dual boot SD card that allows you to run a full android system on it. (In android mode, the device is running off the SD card instead of the device's stock operating system - kind of like wearing a mask.) 

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              byter67

              As an altrernative to a do-it-yourself project you might consider purchasing an N2A or AFN card for a Nook tablet. AFN is less expensive and AFN will preinstall the Nook and Kindle reader apps on the card for you if requested. As mentioned, these apps will run from the SD card under Android.

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                TnTexas

                TnTexas: When it first came out, you could find a setting that allowed you to install non-B&N apps. About a month later, B&N fixed the so-called "bug" and that's no longer possible so unless you root the device, the only way you can  use the Kindle app on a Tablet or Color now is to buy or make a dual boot SD card that allows you to run a full android system on it. (In android mode, the device is running off the SD card instead of the device's stock operating system - kind of like wearing a mask.)

                 

                Since this thread has come back to life, thought I should update my post for those who might peek in before it fades into oblivion again. The information about the Nook Tablet is still correct. However, the Nook HDs and HD+s now provide access to the Google Play Store and the Kindle app can be easily downloaded and installed from there directly onto the device - no rooting or dual boot SD card needed.

                 

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                    Thank you, for the information. The Nook was a gift from my children. I couldn't possibly turn it down. They couldn't afford the expensive Kindle. But I keep getting these free book messages, but it is for Kindle.

                    You have been very helpful.

                     

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                      sherrb1158

                      "InTexas" .... I totally agree.  I upgraded to a Nook HD from a Nook Color, actually .... the Nook VP happened to be in the B&N at Silverlake in Pearland, TX, at Christmas time two years ago when I came in griping about having to buy my fourth charger for my Nook Color due to the problem with the USB connectors breaking.  He heard me mention how much I loved my Nook and how many books I had invested in it and my frustration.  Well, he tapped me on the shoulder and asked me if he could solve that problem by replacing mine with an HD or HD+ model with the new USB connector!  Well, SURE!  I selected the HD, wanting the smaller footprint, and WOW! was I thrilled with the new model!  The resolution is EYE POPPING and the addition of the Google PlayStore and email, etc. is so awesome that I don't want to go to the new Samsung model.  The only thing missing off of the HD/HD+ being a fully functional tablet for me is not having a phone or camera, but Geeesh!, it's AWESOME!

                       

                      But, back to the point of the Kindle APP on the Google Playstore, I really had no reason to mess with it until yesterday, when I found that the 4th book in one of my favorite author's series was only available on Kindle.  Well, thinking this would be a hassle, I took a deep breath, went to the APPS option, searched on Kindle, found the APP, downloaded it, entered my Google sign-in info, found the book, downloaded it and BINGO!  It showed up immediately under the "Kindle" logo and I was able to start reading immediately.  The learning curve of the Kindle vs Nook book reader options was minimal and very intuitive.  (I have to say, the Nook reader app is far superior, in my opinion, but hey, I'm happy!)   My only complaint, and this applies to my B&N account also and is not related to the APP itself, is that I don't have the option to choose "PayPal" for my payment info.  (I hate spreading my credit card info around more than I need to.)

                       

                      IN SUMMARY ... If you have a Nook HD, HD+ or later ..... Installing the initial Kindle APP, then subsequent purchasing, loading and reading of Kindle books on your Nook with the GooglePlay Kindle APP is nearly effortless!  You do EVERYTHING directly from your Nook HD/HD+ with a Wi-Fi internet connection .... no need for a PC, no file conversions, no other software, etc.!!!  Anyone can do it in less than two minutes!  The only difference is that you access you're Kindle books via clicking on the Kindle APP icon.   It makes me love my Nook even more than I ever did!!!!!  The only unfortunate thing is that, in my opinion, the Nook HD and HD+ software and navigation are much better than the new Samsung models, but they're only available now on the second hand market.  It's soooo sad that B&N went through so many iterations in the market before getting to the HD and HD+, where they hit GOLD, and then had to give up outsource them due to loss of market share.  I understand that was a business decision, and Samsung was probably the best choice to move to given that decision, I just think the HD's and HD+'s were AWESOME.  (Kind of like what IBM went  through with OS/2 ... a superior OS to Windows, but unfortunately too late to gain the market needed to sustain it.)

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                      sherrb1158

                      IN SUMMARY ... If you have a Nook HD, HD+ or later ..... Installing the initial Kindle APP, then subsequent purchasing, loading and reading of Kindle books on your Nook with the GooglePlay Kindle APP is nearly effortless!  You do EVERYTHING directly from your Nook HD/HD+ with a Wi-Fi  internet connection .... no need for a PC, no file conversions, no other software, etc.!!!  Anyone can do it in less than two minutes!  The only difference is that you access you're Kindle books via clicking on the Kindle APP icon.   It makes me love my Nook even more than I ever did!!!!!   (See my detailed post below for details.)

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                      bobstro

                      kcladyz wrote:

                      I had a nook color and bought a Kindle Fire when I learned that I can shut of the security settings to load non-kindle apps and I have now the nook app on the kinde and I can read nook books on it. I would consider buying a Nook tablet if they allowed me to read kindle books on it somehow?  if they would at least alow read only-no purchase it will be easier to intice kindle users to give the nook a try?


                      The short answer is that there's no officially support means of doing this. If you're willing to do some work, it can be done in a number of ways:

                       

                      1. Convert the Kindle books to epub format. The free Calibre software can do this, but you must remove DRM (copy protection), if any, on the ebook. Laws on removing DRM vary by country. The process is trivial.

                       

                      2. Root your device. This will allow you to install 3rd party apps from the Google Play Store, including the Kindle Android app. This voids your warranty, but you retain the full B&N functionality.

                       

                      3. Boot alternate firmware from uSD card (e.g. AFN). This will allow you to install 3rd party apps as well, but you are booting into a completely different OS. You will lose the B&N shell and reading integration. Some B&N functionality is provided by the B&N NOOK Android app, but a number of things are more limited, and some content isn't available for non-B&N firmware. You can still boot back into the B&N firmware, and don't jeapordize your warranty, but the two environments are separate.

                       

                      4. Don't buy a NOOK. Buy a device that gives you unfettered access to the Amazon and Google apps, including both the Kindle and B&N NOOK apps (and Kobo and others). Again, you lose some of the functionality of the B&N firmware. Very competitive devices with additional hardware capabilities (bluetooth, GPS, camera) can be found for $250 list, and more are coming.

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                          sherrb1158

                          No longer necessary for Nook HD, HD+ or later.  Just download and an effortless install of the the Kindle APP from the GooglePlay Store and start reading Kindle books on your Nook.  AWESOME!!!!

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                            sherrb1158

                            I totally disagree with your post, but mainly because it is very out-dated.  The newer Nook HD, HD+ and Samsung models come with the GooglePlay APPS which make using Kindle books on your Nook almost effortless.

                             

                            Just go to the APP option with your Wi-Fi connected on your Nook HD/HD+ or later model, search on "Kindle", install the APP .. (it took about 45 seconds on mine), login or set-up a GooglePlay account, open the Kindle APP, search for the book, click on the purchase, the book downloads, then start reading!!!!  The only diff is that you will need to open the Kindle App to find those Kindle books.  Someone may correct me, but I don't think you can integrate them into you Nook Library shelves ....  I may be wrong on that, but I haven't tried to do that yet.

                             

                            I LOVE MY NOOK HD!!!!!!!  STILL!!!!!  And more now!!!!!

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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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                                  If you have a nook hd or hd+, it is in your google play app store as a downloadable app

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                                      lochnez

                                      kmoody83 wrote:

                                      If you have a nook hd or hd+, it is in your google play app store as a downloadable app


                                      Very true. Adding the Google Play Store to the HD/HD+ made it possible to download the Kindle reading app to your device. I think a lot of people think you can only get the Kindle reader from the Amazon App Store, but this is not true.

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