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Subject: Downloading to Nook from non-B&N sites question
Date Posted: 12/21/2011 5:55 PM ET
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If I download a free book for my Nook from a site other than B&N, will it look the same?  Will I be able to see the cover/artwork?  I must admit I've never downloaded a book from anywhere other than B&N, and have no idea how it will show up on my Nook.  Does it go into my library, or somewhere else? 

Also, do I have to do it through my computer with the USB, or can I do it direct to my Nook if I'm on wi-fi?  I have a NookColor if that matters for any of this.  Thanks for any help!

Date Posted: 12/21/2011 7:05 PM ET
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Can't speak for the Nook Color, but on the N1 ( and assuming the Touch), in order to put content other than purchased from B&N, you need to use a sideload program such as Calibre or Adobe Digital Editions. I use Adobe Digital because that's the software the library uses to lend out digital books and also the software used by NetGalley for advance copies.

Using Adobe Digital, you buy a book from somewhere else (say, Ellora's Cave). You choose the ePub or PDF format to download. It will give a little pop-up box asking you whether you want to run it or save it. You "Save as" and pick the spot on your hard drive to send it to. Now you own the book. Then, you open up ADE and at the top it says "Add to Library". You tell it where to look on your hard drive and it willshow all the files there. Click on the book you want to add and it loads right in to ADE. This manages your books all in one place where you can see. To put it on your Nook, open ADE, then once it's open, hook your Nook up to your computer with the cable. A Nook shelf will appear on the right and you drop and drag any content you want to move over.

This will also work backwards. If you have things on your Nook that you want to load back into ADE (say, if your hard drive gets wiped LOL- not like I would know that) you can drop and drag backwards. And eventually, all your B&N content will sync itself in.

Date Posted: 12/21/2011 7:41 PM ET
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I use Calibre (and ADE for library books) for my N1.  My Nook has two folders, one with B&N content, another, my documents, with non B&N books.   Only the Nook books have the lend me feature.

Date Posted: 12/21/2011 8:38 PM ET
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in order to put content other than purchased from B&N, you need to use a sideload program such as Calibre or Adobe Digital Editions.

Not COMPLETELY true.  You can use these programs but you CAN also just drop and drag onto the Nook.  Unless its a .acsm file which if it is, you'll have to use Adobe Digital Editions to load it.

Date Posted: 12/21/2011 9:20 PM ET
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Calibre has this big arrow, send to device. Then it shows check marks of what is on device and what isn't. With an easy button to download book details and clear methods to sort by file type, author, publisher, and date. Blows ADE out of the water.
Date Posted: 12/22/2011 12:12 PM ET
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Just downloaded my first book using Calibre.  I really wish it was not under the "My Documents" section and was integrated into the library of my Nook so I could see what I've got all at once, but for free, I won't complain. 

I downloaded Emma Holly's free book as my first.  Gotta have my smut!

Date Posted: 12/22/2011 1:34 PM ET
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Shelia that book isn't super smutty but its a darn good paranormal romance.

Date Posted: 12/22/2011 3:31 PM ET
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Shelia, when I download books to Calibre and send them to my nook color they go to my main library.  The only time I have not gotten a cover image was when I bought a book from Kobo.  For some reason I can't get an image to work with the book.  Everywhere else should get you a cover image.  I highly recommend calibre.  I wouldn't use ADE if I didn't have books that needed to be converted through ADE before going to the nook.

Date Posted: 12/22/2011 5:00 PM ET
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I use the Calibre button to download covers. It searches Google books and Amazon for covers and summaries. Often will not work on novellas.
Date Posted: 12/22/2011 8:54 PM ET
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I use Nook for PC.  When I plug in my Nook, the software recognizes it and asks if I want to transfer anything to it (not the exact wording).  It's very simple to use for non-Nook books.

I have ADE but have pretty much given up on it.  It was slow on my computer. Then it had some sort of malfunction that causes it to give me errors on book titles repeatedly for about 5 minutes before it finally will work.  I uninstalled it and reinstalled from a new version and I still have the same problem.  Nook for PC works for me.

Date Posted: 12/22/2011 10:07 PM ET
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I downloaded more this afternoon from other sites.

I first downloaded the book in the format I wanted to my desktop first.  Then I told Calibre to get the book from the desktop, then sent the book to my Nook Color.  It's under the Main "Library" button, but I have to go to "Files" then "Books" then the author's last name, then title.  So, all Emma Holly books would be together.  They all have cover art just fine, so that's no issue with the way I downloaded them.  When I was done, I deleted the copy from my desktop.

Not sure if this is the "approved" way, but it's working for me so far.  I haven't really used the "Files" feature on my Nook Color much--maybe I should move all my books there instead of cluttering up the Home screen?

Date Posted: 12/22/2011 10:39 PM ET
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I back most of my books up on a USB drive.  As I have gotten them from all over.  Not worried about the Amazon and B&N books...