Free eBooks? Really?
Yup, you may be able to "borrow" some of the latest eBooks for free from your local library to read on your nook or nookColor. Can't do this on a Kindle!
The nook supports the Adobe Digital Rights Management (DRM) format for eBooks. Basically it's a copy-protection technique they employ to ensure you can't pass around your e-books to all your friends. The nice thing about B&N using the DRM technique from Adobe is widely used by many other e-book providers - potentially even your local library!
A company named OverDrive provides support for distributing digital content like e-books. Overdrive uses the same Adobe copy protection scheme that the nook and nookColor support which is great news for us. A large growing number of libraries across the US employ Overdrive to allow their library patrons to "rent" e-books. Thankfully, my local library is one of them! So what does this mean for me as a nook owner? It means I can download books from my local library's "Overdrive" site (ePub or PDF format) and move them to my nook or nookColor for reading!
Another company named "NetLibrary" provides a similar service using the same content protection (but a PDF format).
So how do you get started? First check with your local library and find out if they support Overdrive or NetLibrary. Typically your library site will have an "eMedia" section with the details. There might be an additional signup before you can do eBooks, my library did not. Next you'll want to download Adobe Digital Editions (ADE). This is the tool you'll need to download, view, and transfer the library eBooks to the nook/nookColor.
Here are the basics:
- Download/Install the Tool
- Download/Open a book from the library site. This will import the book into the Tool.
- Plug in your nook and drag your new book to the nook icon.
I'd strongly recommend watching our video tutorial on the ADE tool before installing it.
The ADE tool is pretty flaky with the nook/nookColor. You'll often get error messages about the older formatted B&N books not being licensed, and sometimes the tool needs some "convincing" to do what you want. The good news is we have a troubleshooting guide that details most of the issues and fixes.
If you run into trouble be sure to post your issue in our forum and we'll try and help you out.
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