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Subject: Just got my Nook--and have a few questions
Date Posted: 1/17/2011 9:42 AM ET
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With the little experience I have so far, I have two complaints.

I would love a real keyboard instead of a touchscreen keyboard.  The touchscreen keys are so small, smaller than my fingers.  If I didn't have acrylic nails (although I keep them pretty short because I'm a musician and do a lot of computer work at my job ) maybe it would be easier (I'm also a smidge over 60, and that may have something to do with it.)

The screen background seems so grey.  I know it's better for your eyes not to have a computer back-lit screen, but grey seems a little extreme.

I haven't read a book on the Nook yet because I had to wait for my e-library audio and e-library books to expire. 

So my questions:

- Can you download them on to your computer and then on to the Nook, or do you have to go directly to the Nook?

- I know there are some extra steps you have to take before you can put a library book on the Nook.  What are those steps?


Date Posted: 1/17/2011 10:59 AM ET
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I don't know about library books, if you are talking about the kind you borrow.

As far as other books, yes they can be put on your computer first, then added to the nook.

I am not sure about the grey part, when I read a book the pages are fairly light, though they are by no means what I would call white.

You might try looking in the settings and see if you can adjust it. I don't have my nook handy, so I can't say for sure.

Sorry about the keyboard though. Did you look at the Kindle before you purchased? They have the buttons, which is why I chose the Nook for myself.

Date Posted: 1/17/2011 12:38 PM ET
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I chose the Nook because it would accept downloads from my library (which uses Overdrive.com through a statewide system called Library2Go.)

Kindle wouldn't--and I am more of a book borrower than a book buyer.

But I would like to have a real keyboard.

Date Posted: 1/17/2011 3:33 PM ET
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The grey color of the screen is normal.  It surprised me at first, I was thinking the background on my e-reader would be more white.  But, it didn't take me too long to get used to it.  I do find the appearance of the background to be vary quite a bit depending on the lighting.

Regarding loading library books on your nook--as far as I know you have to use your PC.  You can't just load them on your nook.  If you haven't already, you'll need to download Adobe Digital Editions and authorize your nook through that.  There should be links and pretty good explanations through the help files on your library's Overdrive site.  It's been quite a while since I authorized my reader, but I don't remember it being too difficult--and you only have to do it once--after it's authorized you should just be able to transfer books to it as soon as you have them downloaded.

Good luck--and I hope you enjoy your nook!!

Date Posted: 1/17/2011 8:41 PM ET
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My library didnt have any eBooks or MP3 books....   Even tho they use Overdrive!  I was very disappointed!  eBooks have to be downloaded via your computer.  Download Adobe Digital Edition [ADE] Signup & Sinc with your nook [using USB]  Then click on the book & DRAG/Drop it over the NOOK pic!  There you go!!  Now to find them on the Nook   Go to Library....look under Documents!  They should be listed there & ready to read!! 

Date Posted: 1/18/2011 9:09 AM ET
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Thanks, everyone.  I'll give it a try today.

Date Posted: 1/18/2011 7:08 PM ET
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The gray is normal. I adjusted to it quickly and find it very restful for my eyes. See what you think after you've read on it for a day or two. 

Also, I find that there's quite a bit of difference, not only between Nook and Kindle, but between this Nook and that Nook, or this Kindle and that Kindle. My K2 is lighter, noticeably so, than one a friend has, and is darker a bit than one another friend has. All are comfortable to read, but there's a difference. If it remains a problem, you could take it back and see how it compares to other Nooks. 

In addition to the great information above, I'll add this. I find the easiest way for me to get the OverDrive epub library books onto my Nook is this. I was having trouble getting ADE and the Nook to talk to each other, and this is the procedure that got me around that little problem. 

  • download book from library onto Desktop (I download everything to the Desktop so I don't lose it -- you download it wherever you want) 
  • open Adobe Digital Editions
  • drag book from Desktop into Adobe Digital Editions window and wait a bit until it downloads into ADE -- on my PC, this can take 5-6 seconds and then you see the download bar
  • then I hook my Nook up to the computer and wait a second (usually 5-10 seconds on my PC) for it to be recognized by ADE. You'll see Nook appear at the bottom of the list there on the left-hand side. 
  • then I select and drag the book into the Nook that's there at the bottom of the list there on the left-hand side. 
  • Works like a charm. If you have trouble, give us a holler. 

Looks like this. See Nook at the bottom left there? 


Last Edited on: 2/19/11 7:40 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 1/18/2011 11:44 PM ET
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Well, I just downloaded my first library book and transferred it to the Nook, and it worked like a charm.

My only mistake was connecting the Nook before I opened Adobe Digital Editions.

I watched an Adobe help video, and soon discovered that I should connect the Nook afterwards, so that "nook" shows up in the left hand corner.  After that it was a piece of cake.

I'm reading a mystery right now with about 120 pages to go (my very first David Morrell book--I had never even heard of David Morrell until I went to a Steve Berry writing workshop on my birthday--a present from my hubby--and discovered that Morrell is Berry's favorite writer.)  As soon as I'm finished with that, I'll start on my Nook book.

Date Posted: 2/19/2011 7:10 PM ET
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okay, i searched these forums for the answer to my issue ... i got a nook for v-day from my dh & i am currently trying to download a library book to it... i have done all that marilyn has said to do... but i don't see the book on my nook... it shows that it is in my nook when i look at ade & when i open the nook device folder on my computer... can you help me find it?

Date Posted: 2/19/2011 7:39 PM ET
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Be sure you're looking in My Documents and not in My B&N Library. 

Date Posted: 2/22/2011 10:48 AM ET
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of course it would be that easy!  thanks so much, i found now!  wink