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Old 08-16-2012, 03:32 PM   #1
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Can Nook read books from USB device that were not bought from B&N?

Hi everyone

I am looking at purchasing Nook, but I want to make sure it will do what I need it to do.



Can Nook open files from USB flash memory that were not purchased from B&N? Say I have a book in ePub format, can read it using Nook, without having to crack or root the device?

Or is Nook only intended to read books purchased from B&N?





Thanks in advance and thank you for your time.
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Old 08-16-2012, 03:57 PM   #2
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Hi everyone

I am looking at purchasing Nook, but I want to make sure it will do what I need it to do.



Can Nook open files from USB flash memory that were not purchased from B&N? Say I have a book in ePub format, can read it using Nook, without having to crack or root the device?

Or is Nook only intended to read books purchased from B&N?





Thanks in advance and thank you for your time.
You can read DRM-free ePubs. Or BN DRM-ed books, as long as you know the credit card used to purchase them.

All my books are sideloaded; whenever I get a new one, I remove DRM and sideload it.
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Hi everyone

I am looking at purchasing Nook, but I want to make sure it will do what I need it to do.



Can Nook open files from USB flash memory that were not purchased from B&N? Say I have a book in ePub format, can read it using Nook, without having to crack or root the device?

Or is Nook only intended to read books purchased from B&N?





Thanks in advance and thank you for your time.
You can read ePub books with Adobe DRM and ePub books without DRM.
The Nook can read all ePub books, except those from the Apple ibooks store (because Apple uses its own DRM).
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You can read DRM-free ePubs. Or BN DRM-ed books, as long as you know the credit card used to purchase them.

All my books are sideloaded; whenever I get a new one, I remove DRM and sideload it.
Are you reading them off your USB device? Just want to confirm before I buy it.

Also do you have a new Nook Touch? A friend of mine told me that new edition of Nook Touch won't read non B&N books from USB device.

How do you remove DRM from the book (or make sure it has none)? Sorry for the dumb questions - I am a total newb when it comes to e-readers.
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Old 08-16-2012, 05:07 PM   #5
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Are you reading them off your USB device? Just want to confirm before I buy it.

Also do you have a new Nook Touch? A friend of mine told me that new edition of Nook Touch won't read non B&N books from USB device.
as far as i know, the ST can't read books from a USB device (though i haven't tried it). do you mean USB or just microSD card? i have the original ST (though the system is current) which reads non-B&N books off its microSD card with no problems.
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Old 08-16-2012, 07:38 PM   #6
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Are you reading them off your USB device? Just want to confirm before I buy it.

Also do you have a new Nook Touch? A friend of mine told me that new edition of Nook Touch won't read non B&N books from USB device.

How do you remove DRM from the book (or make sure it has none)? Sorry for the dumb questions - I am a total newb when it comes to e-readers.
I have a touch and, if by "USB" you mean the SD card, then yes, you can use an SD card for your sideloaded books.
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Can Nook open files from USB flash memory ... without having to crack or root the device?
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In order for the NST to access USB-attached flash media you'll have to root it and install a special app -- see here for instruction.
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Old 08-17-2012, 01:42 AM   #8
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In order for the NST to access USB-attached flash media you'll have to root it and install a special app -- see here for instruction.

Oh I don't want to do that, no cracking/hacking/etc.

If I can move files from my PC with USB cable over to Nook w/o, that is sufficient.
Looks like that is doable according to other posters. Or do I need to root it too in this case?
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Oh I don't want to do that, no cracking/hacking/etc.

If I can move files from my PC with USB cable over to Nook w/o, that is sufficient.
Looks like that is doable according to other posters. Or do I need to root it too in this case?
That's how it works, no need to root. When you connect the nook to the PC it appears as a mass storage device. You can drag and drop books to it, or use a Library app like Calibre to do it for you.
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Can the nst w/g read pdf files directly from any ordinary sd card?
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Can the nst w/g read pdf files directly from any ordinary sd card?
Yes, it can, but reading PDFs on a 6" device is not a pretty experience.
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How do you remove DRM from the book (or make sure it has none)? Sorry for the dumb questions - I am a total newb when it comes to e-readers.
Google Apprentice Alf. There are some Calibre plugins......
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I will try to be precise:

- The Nook has a slot for a microSD card (not SD). You can put non-B&N epub books on a microSD card (that you provide - it does not come with one).

- The (stock) Nook can act as a USB slave, but not as a USB master. That is, you can connect the Nook to your PC or Mac (or...) and copy files to/from the Nook (both the internal memory and the microSD card) using the PC and appropriate software. But you cannot connect a USB drive to the Nook and do anything with it.
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Let me use some non-technical, flabby language here:


Connect your nook to your computer. Your computer will "recognize" your nook.

That's it.

I have over 2,000 ebooks on my nook. I do, however, use calibre to "manage" my ebook collection.

By the way, we a have Library of FREE ebooks here - thousands of public domain epubs. Every one of those ebooks can be loaded into your [future nook].


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Yes, it can, but reading PDFs on a 6" device is not a pretty experience.
Why? Can you view me a screen shoot of a pdf file on nst, please? Almost all my reads from pdf files and i read them on a galaxy note 10.1 but for the issue of battery i want to buy an ereader
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