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Old 04-04-2021, 11:17 PM   #1
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The ongoing issues with sideloading books onto the nook is making me rethink it.

My wife really likes the nook. She started with the original nook with the color screen on the bottom and has worked her way up through all the various nook models through her current Glowlight 3. All the models have given me no end of hell with side-loading books. When the Glowlight 3 came out, I was thrilled that Barnes and Noble FINALLY dumped mtp and went with simple mass storage. But every time there's a software update, it seems to mess with side-loading.

I own a Kindle and will side-load Amazon purchases onto her nook, if I have already bought the book an Amazon. Plus there is Amazon content you can't get on the B&N store sometimes.

That was the case this evening. I plugged the nook in, fired up Calibre, and converted my AZW3 purchase to ePub and tried to side-load it. Calibre said that the copy was done, so I ejected the device and patiently waited for the device to refresh, and the screen on the nook just kept saying it was still connected.

After 15 minutes of this, I just unplugged it from my laptop and the nook got all pissy and said my device was ejected prematurely and it wanted me to wipe my USB partition. Even though I resisted at first, a half hour later I gave in and let it erase the USB partition.

This, of course, wiped all the side-loaded books. But it also hosed the purchased content. All the purchased content gave an error and said the book would be "downloaded later."

When I plugged the device into my computer, sometimes it would mount on Windows Explorer, and sometimes it would not. When it did mount, if I clicked on the drive letter, Windows Explorer would ask me to insert the disk. Another 45 minutes of this madness, and I gave up and did an erase and deregister.

The erase and deregister seems to have fixed most of my issues with the device now. I can side-load with Calibre. Purchased content downloads and opens.

But I can't tell you how many times I have had to erase and de-register the device in its lifetime to fix side-loading issues.

Meanwhile, my Kindle has had zero issues with side-loading. It just works 100% of the time.

My wife really likes the nook, and doesn't want to switch to the Kindle platform, though I am tempted to get her an Oasis for Mother's Day and be done with it.
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Old 04-05-2021, 03:59 PM   #2
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I haven't had any side-loading issues with either Glowlight Plus or Glowlight 3. I'm beginning to wonder if Linux works better with Nooks than other OSes.
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Old 04-05-2021, 04:26 PM   #3
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I haven't had any side-loading issues with either Glowlight Plus or Glowlight 3. I'm wondering if Linux works better with Nooks than other OSes.
My personal laptop is running Arch Linux. That gives me more problems than any other operating system in my house. I usually have to reboot my laptop and the Nook to get it to work.

And when I call B&N support, their answer is ALWAYS to do an erase and deregister. They won't even try something else until I do that. With the Glowlight Plus, they had me erase and deregister AND create an Adobe Digital Editoins account in order to get books to sideload again.

Sideloaded books are obviously B&Ns worst enemy, or they're using cheap flash storage that gets corrupted easily and needs a reformat to get it working again.
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Old 04-06-2021, 08:15 AM   #4
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My personal laptop is running Arch Linux. That gives me more problems than any other operating system in my house. I usually have to reboot my laptop and the Nook to get it to work.
Sorry to hear that. I'm lazy, I just use Linux Mint. So far none of my computers have ever NOT hooked up to an eReader. I have had trouble with Calibre and a Glowlight Plus, however. So I just drag the books to the Nook on that computer.

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And when I call B&N support, their answer is ALWAYS to do an erase and deregister. They won't even try something else until I do that. With the Glowlight Plus, they had me erase and deregister AND create an Adobe Digital Editoins account in order to get books to sideload again.
That doesn't sound good. Sounds like Microsoft's "reboot... reboot... reinstall" mantra.

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Sideloaded books are obviously B&Ns worst enemy, or they're using cheap flash storage that gets corrupted easily and needs a reformat to get it working again.
I guess I'm lucky, I haven't had these issues. But I don't put a lot of books on the Nook at a time, so that's probably why.

Good luck whatever direction you go. Sorry you're having so much trouble with the Nook.
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Old 04-06-2021, 12:06 PM   #5
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I rooted it and installed nookmanager. Much better. The Nook screen is lovely, but the software is poor.

Not for everyone. It requires a little IT knowhow.

https://forum.xda-developers.com/t/h...ght-3.3802331/
The 7.8" process is slightly different.
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I plugged the nook in, fired up Calibre, and converted my AZW3 purchase to ePub and tried to side-load it. Calibre said that the copy was done, so I ejected the device and patiently waited for the device to refresh, and the screen on the nook just kept saying it was still connected.
i noticed you did the transfer through calibre. have you tried using calibre just to do the conversion, then the transfer by using the computer's file explorer (drag and drop)?

my process is to use calibre to convert the file without the nook being connected while calibre is running. when i'm done with the conversion. i close calibre, connect the nook, navigated to the converted file, then dragged and dropped the converted file into the nook. i never had a problem with an epub file side loaded this way.
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I guess I'm lucky, I haven't had these issues. But I don't put a lot of books on the Nook at a time, so that's probably why.
I've only had the Simple Touch with Glowlight and the Glowlight Plus (6" model) and never had issues sideloading.

The Glowlight 3 though has been a pain in the tuchus since the update I mention below.

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When the Glowlight 3 came out, I was thrilled that Barnes and Noble FINALLY dumped mtp and went with simple mass storage.
Actually, they still have it partitioned. When the Glowlight 3 came out, most of the storage was reserved for Nook content and only 1.5GB was available for sideloading.

There was an uproar and they released an update, swapping the two partitions. I think that is the issue with Glowlight 3 sideloading.

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Good luck whatever direction you go. Sorry you're having so much trouble with the Nook.
Yeah, I think Nook hardware and screens are lovely and their software, while being mediocre works good enough. But I don't blame you if you decide to move on.

Incidentally, I have had an issue where it seemed like the sideloaded content wasn't on the Nook. But using search would find the book. For me at least, the Glowlight 3 just doesn't show the truly most recent books on the home screen.

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I haven’t had any problems side loading to my Glowlight Plus, but you do have to wait a few minutes before unplugging. Watch the screen of the device and wait until it shows new side loaded books.

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