5 Replies Latest reply: Mar 12, 2013 2:59 PM by kamas716

    Buying a NOOK without a credit card?

    ElfDuchess

      I am currently looking into buying a NOOK for myself. I, however, have no credit card. I normally buy print books from B&N.com using gift cards. I was planning on doing the same thing with e-books - but had heard  in passing that does not work without a credit card. Is this true? I checked B&N's FAQ for the NOOK, but all they said you needed a credit card for was to 'access protected purchases'. Is this all books? Or are some books protected purchases and others not?

       

      (By the way: I'm new to these boards and do hope I posted this at the right place.)

      Thanks

        • You must have a valid credit card, registered to a US zip...
          MacMcK1957

          You must have a valid credit card, registered to a US zip code, in order to purchase and access material from B&N, even if you actually use gift cards for all your purchases.  There must be a single credit card on the account that it uses to encrypt the content.

           

          You can use a prepaid card, loaded with a nominal amount, but the trick is that it must have a zip code tied to it.  I don't know how you set that up but others have posted that it can be done.

          • Most books that are published by major publishers have DR...
            keriflur

            Most books that are published by major publishers have DRM, making these books "secured content."  Some (I don't know the percentage) self-pub books also have DRM.

             

            As a general rule, it's safe to assume that a decent chunk of what you might buy will be secured.  B&N's DRM uses the default credit card on file in your account to create a hash that they then use to secure that content.  No card = no hash = no ability to secure the content, so no sale.

             

            Also, I *think* that the pre-e-sale check for a valid credit card is across the board, as opposed to being limited to DRM'd purchases, so even if you're downloading non-DRM freebies, you may need a card on file.

             

            It's getting easier to find pre-paid cards that allow/require an address; that's the route I would go if I were buying a nook and didn't have a regular credit card.

            • I do not know if having a credit card is a must, but I ha...
              lipplounge
              I do not know if having a credit card is a must, but I have attached several different BN gift cards to my Nook account over the years and have never had a problem when purchasing books. I have found that the Nook specialists in the BN stores are far more helpful and knowledgeable than the individuals in tech support.