5 Essential Tips Every Barnes & Noble Nook Owner Should Know

Load public library books.

Library systems across the country are now lending eBooks in addition to physical ones, and you can read many of them on your Nook as well as any of Sony’s new eReaders and Kobo’s device. However, this doesn’t currently hold true for the Kindle or the iPad. Your local library will have specific instructions for finding and downloading eBooks from their system, but here are basic steps and tips that will apply to most libraries:

  • Authorize your PC (Library > Authorize Your Computer) using the Adobe ID you created.
  • Connect your Nook to your computer via USB. An icon for the device will appear in the right sidebar of the Digital Editions window, and the software will prompt you to authorize the eReader.
  • Download eBooks from your local library in EPUB format.
  • Click Library > Add Item To Library, and navigate to the folder where you saved the loaned eBooks. Now they will appear in the library on Digital Editions.
  • Drag the book cover over to the Nook icon and drop it once you see the green “+” sign next to the cursor arrow.
  • Disconnect the Nook, then go to My Library > View My Documents. Even though the titles from your local library are books, the Nook puts non–Barnes & Noble files in the My Documents folder.
  • With some library systems, the Adobe Digital Editions library will display a banner on the cover of loaned books that indicates how many days you have left in the loan.
  • Once your loan period is over, you won’t be able to access the eBook. And when you connect with your PC again, ADE will automatically remove the book from the My Documents listing.

Essential Nook Tips

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  1. Elvenrunelord Says:

    I think your a little confused about what your writing about.

    Currently most of the public libraries are using the Overdrive system for their ebook library offerings and depending on the book its available in the PDF or Epub formats. Epub is an old international standard while the PDF files are only readable through Adobe’s Digital Editions software.

    Currently Overdrive is working or already has apps for the Ipad, but I doubt you will see that function on the Kindle any time soon.

    I’m pretty sure Overdrive has a Ipad app though.

  2. Elvenrunelord Says:

    Very few books are lendable and most of them are available on the net in many formats for free.

    I really like the idea of digital books, but I do not like how the publishing industry is forcing it to go forward.

    Not really interested in books I can’t lend or pass on for a dollar or two when I’m done with them.

    Working on an article with a solution for this problem but I doubt the publishers will go for it.

  3. silentsquee Says:

    Elvenrunelord –
    I think you may be confused, or maybe your library uses Overdrive only. My library, and all of the libraries in my major metropolitan city, use Overdrive exclusively for audiobooks and movies. Adobe Digital Editions is the program they use for eBooks. ADE is also the program I use to load library epubs and pdfs on to my Nook. Kindle and Nook both have apps for the iPad, and I believe the Nook app can load library books as well. According to Overdrive’s website their iPad/iPhone app is for audio only. I have over 300 books purchased from B&N on my Nook and at least 1/3 of them are available for LendMe. I have only paid for about 50 of those books.

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