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Subject: Barnes & Noble removes Download Button.
Date Posted: 9/18/2014 2:53 PM ET
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Article Here.

Reports are coming in from multiple sources today that Barnes & Noble is locking down the Nook platform.

Nook customers on MobileRead Forums and on B&N’s own support forums are reporting that the download buttons for their Nook ebook purchases are no longer present in the My Nook section of the B&N website. These buttons enabled readers to download a copy of their ebook and transfer said ebook to another app or device. (While B&N is known for having mutant DRM, there are a number of apps that support it.)

I just checked mine, just some random pages in my library, and only saw a couple of Download Buttons left. I couldn't tell if the ones with the button were from my old Fictionwise account or not.

Looks like Nook for PC works, but I didn't have anything new to download on it to test.

Edited to add...

As someone mentioned on the mobileread program, if you are expecting compensation from the Apple part of the ebook settlement, and don't want a credit at B&N in the future, (Or any of the other ones) you can follow the instructions they sent in their notification to ask for a check instead of credit.

I asked for a check from B&N, because I just don't like shopping there anyway.



Last Edited on: 9/18/14 3:12 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 9/18/2014 7:40 PM ET
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Well, that sucks.  While I have a Nook HD, I've always downloaded my ebooks onto my laptop so I could back them up myself and put them into Calibre.  I don't have any download buttons left, even from my old Fictionwise stuff.

I was wondering if they were going to do that someday.  Even when someone lends you a Nook book, you still had a download button so I could always download it to my computer and put it in Calibre and have my own copy of the ebook.  Even after I returned the lended copy.

It just adds another step to getting my B&N ebooks into Calibre.  If I can't transfer them off my Nook directly with Dropbox, I can always put the Nook app on my laptop to download my ebooks so I can put them into Calibre and strip the DRM from them.

Date Posted: 9/19/2014 4:05 PM ET
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Thank heavens I'd already downloaded all my books except a couple free ones to calibre.  Makes me angry though.  No more shopping for me there.

Date Posted: 9/19/2014 9:02 PM ET
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The good news is that I only have 6 books from there that I haven't read yet, so if my Nook were to go kaput I'd only have to replace a couple.

Date Posted: 9/20/2014 11:54 AM ET
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I downloaded Nook for PC and that still does have a download button.  They haven't updated it since 2011 so I doubt they'll put the $$ into it now to take away that option.

Date Posted: 9/20/2014 3:48 PM ET
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There's also another way to get them. Here.