19 Replies Latest reply on Mar 10, 2015 9:47 PM by bobstro

    Updated to 4.0.0!

    EB613

      This morning I was pleased to find an update to the NOOK app! YESSSSSSSSSSSS. About time! If you have updated, what is your experience with the new format? Apparently you can search the NOOKbook catalog inside the app now, among other things.

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          captainnook

          EB613 wrote:

           

          This morning I was pleased to find an update to the NOOK app! YESSSSSSSSSSSS. About time! If you have updated, what is your experience with the new format? Apparently you can search the NOOKbook catalog inside the app now, among other things.

          I like it. Search doesn't do the full book list though, just free samples.

           

          Here's a review:

           

          Barnes & Noble's Nook app for iOS goes 4.0 with new design, features and improvements -- AppAdvice

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            MacMcK1957

            Version 4.0.1.20 is now available for all Android devices (if they have a recent version of Android), not just the Samsung Nooks.  Personally, I love it.  It's a huge improvement over the old basic app.  (The version available for iPad doesn't have quite as much functionality.)

             

            One available feature that may not be immediately obvious is the Nook Widget.  Go to Widgets on your phone/tablet and locate the "NOOK Library Widget" and add it to your home screen.  Depending on how large you size the widget, it can display anywhere from the last four to the last dozen books/magazines/papers you had open, and allows you to open any of them from your home screen with a single tap.  No need anymore to open the Nook app and then find your publication.  No need to add a single book to your home screen.  They're right there.

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                bobstro

                The new Android app does look nice. Unfortunately, it still only allows video content to be stored on secondary μSD storage. I don't see any folders being created on my card. Has anybody tried sideloading ebooks to card with the new version?

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                  lkmiller

                  Unfortunately, it moves the book storage to area that is inaccessible unless you have a rooted device.  One less way for us to get our hands on the actual ebook files.

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                      MacMcK1957

                      Which, based on the new encryption settings, we wouldn't be able to unlock if we could get at them anyway.

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                          bobstro

                          The B&N giveth, the B&N taketh away. Hardly surprising, but still disappointing. Without a method of supporting sideloaded content on μSD storage, it does me no good.

                           

                          Now I need to futz with getting the old version reloaded on at least one of my Android gizmos just in case I need it.

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                            lkmiller

                            You can still unlock them with a little help from Alf.

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                                LectorGS

                                Thank you!

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                                  bobstro

                                  lkmiller wrote:

                                   

                                  You can still unlock them with a little help from Alf.

                                  Where are they stored with the new app?

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                                    MacMcK1957

                                    lkmiller wrote:

                                     

                                    You can still unlock them with a little help from Alf.

                                    With what keys?  At least on the epubs I downloaded to Nook for PC, I can't unlock them with my name and credit card.  I could on the ones I downloaded in January, not on the ones I downloaded last week.  If they use a new encryption key and don't tell you what it is, Alf can't help.

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                                        Mercury_Glitch

                                        Alf updated things back in December of 2014, the help file that comes with the new version tells you how to generate a key for the new encryption.

                                         

                                        One thing I hadn't consider until now is, maybe this change in DRM encryption is part of a move away from requiring a credit card being on file.  That's easily one of the biggest complaints, and most asked questions when troubleshooting for folks who can't download an ebook.  I know it's not happened yet, but this would lay the groundwork for that change.

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                                            MacMcK1957

                                            I tried looking through the AppData\Roaming\Barnes & Noble\BNDestopReader folder and subfolders as suggested in Alf's help file and could find nothing resembling the text file he describes with the encryption key.  All I found was a ClientAPI.db and a folder CachedImages with all my book covers.

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                                                lkmiller

                                                You need NOOK Study.  Then you can go into the settings area, then the about tab, and there's a link to copy the log to the clipboard.

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                                                    MacMcK1957

                                                    Yes, once I loaded Nook study instead of Nook for PC I found the encryption key easily.  So I can continue to future-proof all my purchases.

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                                                        bobstro

                                                        As much as B&N's library management and DRM annoy me, their reader app does a nice job with ebook formatting. My regular workflow is to prep my ebooks in Calibre, then download them to my tablet using Calibre Companion (CC). I use CC on my tablet to view my library, sort and search. From CC, when I select read, I'm presented with a list of Android reading apps. If I select NOOK, the ebooks opens up just fine in the B&N reader no matter where the file is stored. There's no multi-device sync, and the NOOK library ignores my sideloaded books, but the reader is nice. Unfortunately, the Current Read and Library widgets only show B&N library items.

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                                        LectorGS

                                        Does this app work on the Nook Samsung Tablet or is it only for iPad or Android devices?

                                        Thanks

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                                          Mercury_Glitch

                                          You need Nook Study, -and- you need to login using it and to download a book.  It does not appear at this time that the book needs to be a newly purchased book, I believe that even archiving and re-downloading a book would generate the key needed.

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