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Old 08-22-2011, 03:49 PM   #1
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Hey guys, new to eBooks on Android but not Android itself (I'm a developer on XDA) but I wanted to post in here and do some searching as well. Basically, I go to Penn State and they are pushing the NOOKStudy application for PC or Mac for you to rent your textbooks. Of course, the NOOKStudy format is not compatible with anything other than the PC/Mac app (not even iDevices) so I figured I would download a free eTextbook and use Calibre to convert it to ePub. I did that and when I tossed it on /sdcard/Nook/Content and the Nook app doesn't show it in my library. But in that same folder is another ePub book that I downloaded from the Nook app which shows up in my Library.

So my question is, does anything need to be done specially to make it show up in the Android Nook app or should I maybe use a different reader/format? Has anyone tried converting and using an eTextbook for an Android tablet? Any help or direction is appreciated and I will also be looking for more help on this site, I just didn't find anything too useful yet. Thanks!
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If you can post a link to this "free eTextbook", I would be glad to check it out on my
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If you can post a link to this "free eTextbook", I would be glad to check it out on my
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http://www.barnesandnoble.com/nookstudy/index.asp

You have to download the NOOKStudy app and sign in there and on the Nook webpage. On that page there is a link that shows some free eTextbooks. I downloaded the exciting one on MLA formatting or something like that but it stores the .pdf in you Documents folder in Barnes and Noble Books, I believe. And, of course, if you want to convert it, you need Calibre and the plugins for DRM, but I'm sure you know all that

When you test it, however you get it to work, I would love to know the App that you used and any conversion method if you had to do it. I haven't looked into many Honeycomb specific readers either - do you have a suggestion?
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download a free eTextbook and use Calibre to convert it to ePub.
Can this converted epub be viewed by the built-in calibre viewer?

How about an epub editor like Sigil? Perhaps, resaving it using Sigil may help it display.

I usually use the ADE pc viewer as my ultimate .epub compatibility tester...

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should I maybe use a different reader/format?
So if it works outside of the nook app, then perhaps it needs to be tweaked to work there, but you could also try Aldiko, cool reader or Moon+ reader available from the Market. On my TF I usually use the nook app, but version 2.5 (not the latest as it crashes too much on HC). On my rooted NC (GB ver. 2.3), I do use the latest nook app (version 2.6.2) and it works quite well on virtually all of my epub's.

You could try converting the original ebook to .prc/.mobi first using calibre, then used FBReader for android to read it.

Or perhaps re-convert that converted .prc ebook to .epub again using calibre and try that new one in the nook app.
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Can this converted epub be viewed by the built-in calibre viewer?

How about an epub editor like Sigil? Perhaps, resaving it using Sigil may help it display.

I usually use the ADE pc viewer as my ultimate .epub compatibility tester...



So if it works outside of the nook app, then perhaps it needs to be tweaked to work there, but you could also try Aldiko, cool reader or Moon+ reader available from the Market. On my TF I usually use the nook app, but version 2.5 (not the latest as it crashes too much on HC). On my rooted NC (GB ver. 2.3), I do use the latest nook app (version 2.6.2) and it works quite well on virtually all of my epub's.

You could try converting the original ebook to .prc/.mobi first using calibre, then used FBReader for android to read it.

Or perhaps re-convert that converted .prc ebook to .epub again using calibre and try that new one in the nook app.
Thank you so much for the suggestions, I have to try a few of them when I get home. I never tried reading the .epub file in Calibre, I had to run to work. I guess I really need to try out some more readers and more formats (DRM-free .pdf, .mobi, .epub etc)
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OK, I had to find my tools to disinfect Adobe .pdf, not one I use very often.

(Have you tried downloading the book from within the Transformer? It's "MyLibrary"
app supports the ADE scam.) (Also the nook app shows the free trials in it's library
and they have a "Download" button on them, but when you try it it you get a notice:
"File type not supported".)

Once the file is disinfected Calibre has no problem with it. The Transformer's "MyLibrary"
app has no problems with the disinfected .pdf either.

The issue then becomes what format and output profile to use.

I tried both the "Tablet" and the iPad output formats with an Epub conversion, both
can be read in the Transformer.

I prefer the disinfected .pdf, myself.

Luck;
Ken

P.S.; For a student the Mantano reader with it's many features (but limited format
support - .epub & .pdf) could be your best bet. I tried your book on the trial and
it looked very good.

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