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Subject: My Nook book won't open with Adobe Digital Editions
Date Posted: 9/30/2011 1:45 PM ET
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I bought my first Nook book. All other ones have been the freebies. Those open fine with Adobe Digital Editions. Even the sample of the book I bought opened with ADE. I tried downloading the file to my PC and opening it with ADE, didn't work, I then tried just opening the file straight to ADE. My PC registered that it downloaded the file, would open Adobe, but the book doesn't show up. It's no where on the list. The last book would re-open instead, until I finally closed it.

YES, I have the latest Adobe updated version.

I finally had to download the Nook for PC app, which I'd prefer not to do, as it's an extra 40MB clogging my computer. I need all my MB space on my hard drive as this is an old PC.

Any ideas on how to get the book to open with Adobe? 

 

 

Date Posted: 9/30/2011 2:07 PM ET
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I have had this happen to me before!

I download a lot fron "Netgalley" and thats what they use - ADE.

Every once in a while one won't show up. I get out of it, go back, or try downloading it again and there it is.

Also some of them take a real long time to download. And I have thought it was not there and it was just not finished downloading yet.

Also try going to -"Documents" on your computer. Then to "My Digital Editions" and see if it is there.

 

Date Posted: 9/30/2011 2:44 PM ET
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I tried waiting for it to download once Adobe was opened. Nope, nothing.

Then, as you said, I went to the "My Digital Editions" folder. It wasn't there so I downloaded it directly into the folder and tried opening it up. It did download but will not open with Adobe - which still can't seem to see the file to add it to the list. And when I clicked on the ebook file, it would open Adobe, but the book, itself, will not open.

 

 

Date Posted: 9/30/2011 3:28 PM ET
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Argh! Found out what the problem is. I found a button to add the book to Adobe. When I did that, a window popped up saying, "Document is licensed for a different user account." I have my Adobe authorized under one email address, along with my library account, and my Nook and Kindle accounts under another email account. I don't see how I can ever get this resolved as even if I delete Adobe, re-download Adobe and start up and reauthorize a new account with the Nook & Kindle email address, all the OLD books I already opened with Adobe will be authorized to the old account. I don't think they will ever be able to be opened on a Nook or Kindle. http://i234.photobucket.com/albums/ee62/rhonda6699/gah.gif

Date Posted: 9/30/2011 8:56 PM ET
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How about Calibre?  Download that and install the plugins to strip DRM.  Once you have the plugins configured correctly, you should be able to get that Nook book you can only read in the Nook for PC into Calibre which will strip the DRM.  Then, you shouldn't have a problem getting that Nook book into ADE.

Then, you can delete the Nook for PC program.  Keep Calibre though, it's a handy little program.  I much prefer it over ADE.  I do keep ADE on my computer.  When I purchase from Kobo, they DRM all their ebooks so I have to get them into ADE first and then I can get them into Calibre and strip the DRM.

Date Posted: 9/30/2011 11:19 PM ET
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Thanks for the suggestion Sarah. I purposely bought the eBook in the Nook format as I thought I'd have less trouble with it down the road in EPUB format, than if I bought the Kindle version. I don't have either eReader, just the PC apps for both readers now. I knew I could always put it through Calibre if I needed to for something. Whereas, I never heard any one say they put a Kindle book through Calibre. What a pain all this DRM crap is. frown

Date Posted: 10/1/2011 2:52 AM ET
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Whereas, I never heard any one say they put a Kindle book through Calibre.

you can do that too, and i have to have my own backups of a few things i've purchased just in case.  if i'm going to actually *read* a book on my PC screen though, i like the Kindle for PC app better to read from than either Calibre or ADE.  it has no real features to speak of, but it's *so* simple to read with.

since i have a Kindle, i'm generally only reading on my PC screen if i have something where i'm going to have my hands full and i'm already in the middle (or planning to start) a Kindle book, but the task doesn't require that much attention.  it's super easy to poke the next button once in a while, and then i can just go upstairs, synch the Kindle, and keep going.  lately i've actually checked out a couple of Kindle library books for paper books i was already reading so i could do that, since they happened to be available.  :)

Date Posted: 10/1/2011 3:28 AM ET
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I've got no clue.  I have found Adobe ADE to be incredibly tempermental.  At one time, I had to uninstall it, remove it's stuff from my Nook, then reinstall it because it kept freezing up whenever I loaded it.  I still have 3 ebook files that go through this weird error thing everytime I load ADE.  It usually takes about 5 minutes before it goes through all it's spasms and I can use it.  It was doing this before I reinstalled it and continued to do it after.

So, most of the time I just use Nook for PC when I need to transfer books to my Nook.

Date Posted: 10/1/2011 9:44 AM ET
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"Document is licensed for a different user account."

 

Yes, I have this same thing happen to me! I was like - huh, this is the same way I've always done it! So I just ignored it and downloaded it again and it worked fine the second time. I do always find problems with Adobe Digital Ed. - what a pain in the neck! It took me forever to figure out how to transfer them to my nook! Then when I did, I couldn't do it a second time. I think I have it figured out now. But then it throws me for a loop with "Document is licensed for a different user" yeah right!

All I can say is just keep trying, don't give up. Once, I couldn't get one to load, I tried over and over and nope! Then two days later there were 6 copies of it in my dig. editions folder!!!! Weird!

I hope you get this straightened out! Let me know the outcome! I'm interested.



Last Edited on: 10/1/11 9:46 AM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 10/1/2011 10:13 AM ET
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Question for ya'll-

If I'm understanding correctly, if I do decide to switch from a Nook to  Kindle (now that they have library capabilities), there is a way to take all of the books that I have purchased from B&N in the Nook format and reformat them through Calibre and then could load them onto the Kindle? And should that time arise, one of ya'll could walk me through that? And as far as the odds and ends titles that are loaded via PDF, those can be moved over as well? 99% of my Nook books are either B&N or from the library, so this is new to me.

Date Posted: 10/1/2011 11:11 AM ET
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If I'm understanding correctly, if I do decide to switch from a Nook to  Kindle (now that they have library capabilities), there is a way to take all of the books that I have purchased from B&N in the Nook format and reformat them through Calibre and then could load them onto the Kindle?

Only books that have no DRM. That goes for PDF files as well.

Some people can find plug ins for Calibre to remove DRM, but it's not something I've ever done for B&N books.

On Amazon, there's a way to check to see if a book has DRM or not. If the technical information says ....

Product Details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 482 KB
  • Print Length: 252 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Gryphonwood Press (March 6, 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001UV3B3G
  • Lending: Enabled

 

That "Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited" means no DRM. I'm not sure how you tell if a B&N book has DRM or not.

You can't format anything to an .AZW file in Calibre, but the kindle will read .Mobi format just fine and Calibre can do that. AFAIK, right now that's the only format that their e-ink screens can handle. I don't remember what the Fire edition can handle.

Whether it's worth the change over will depend on how many DRM books you have, if you can find and use the Calibre plug ins, and if you can find the freebies you've collected free on there as well.

The Mobilereads forums, BTW, can't tell you how to find and implement the plugs ins that break DRM. For legal reasons, same as this site probably doesn't want the instructions posted here, same reasons. So you'll have to dig a bit to find that info.

 

Date Posted: 10/1/2011 11:39 AM ET
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Yes, you can install Plugins in Calibre to strip the DRM from any format ebook.  Nook books, Kobo books, Kindle books, etc.  Once you install and configure the plugins, anything you import into Calibre gets the DRM stripped from it.

I have stripped DRM from Nook books and Kobo books.  I don't have any Kindle books to try it on but, yes, it's doable.  Most Nook books I've run into don't have DRM but I've run into a few that do.

Anyone that wants the link to the Calibre plugins, just PM me and I will give it to you.  Don't wanna post it publically on PBS but I'm happy to PM it to you.

Date Posted: 10/1/2011 2:16 PM ET
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"i'm generally only reading on my PC screen if i have something where i'm going to have my hands full " 

Yes, that is one of the reasons I put off getting an eReader for so long. That, and waiting for the eReaders to work out all the bugs, so I know which one to get, and for the price to drop. I don't generally read when I'm out and about. And I've gotten really spoiled at not having to hold my laptop screen up to read a book. It's on a laptop tray so I don't even have to hold it in my lap. I can sit in front of the screen with greasy, messy foods and eat while reading. I can be lazy as all heck and only have to press the button to turn the page. I keep wondering, if I'm NOT going to be carrying an eReader around, do I really want one I actually have to hold up? My PC is so old and the screen isn't very bright, and I can sit in front of it for hours. I don't have the eyestrain from backlighting. A friend said it's so old it probably doesn't even have an LED screen.

 

Wendy, thanks. I'll keep trying to download it. Or maybe I'll re-install ADE to see if that corrects the problem. I just hope I don't have Melody's problem after re-installing it, making things worse. I keep thinking, this is the ONLY book I've actually bought for an eReader. I'll be finished with it soon and have a huge pile of freeebie TBRs.  Do I really want to go messing around with stuff when it's all been working fine up until this one book?