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message 1: by Stacia (the 2010 club) (last edited Aug 12, 2010 07:37PM) (new)

Stacia (the 2010 club) (Stacia_R) I downloaded a few books from a free site, and the books are opened on my computer with Adobe Digital editions (which I had to download to view them). When I was starting the download it gave the option to have them sent to my Kindle, but since I own a Nook, I used the "save to desktop" option.

How do I transfer the books onto my Nook? It's listing the file with a .acsm extension if that helps.


message 2: by [deleted user] (new)

Go to Barnes & Noble and have them show you how. The reason I bought the Nook instead of the Kindle is to be able to go to a store and ask questions.


message 3: by JK (new)

JK (eimajtl) @Maggie

Why not just answer the person instead of directing them to another site? This group is for talking about the nook and helping one another out. Kinda defeats the purpose of even having it if people are just told to go elsewhere. =\


@Stacia

Loading books on the nook is SUPER easy. Just plug it into your computer and it'll show the folders of your nook like a flash drive. Pick out the folder My Documents and just drop the files in there. Once you are done, just eject the nook (by clicking the little icon on the task bar of your computer.) Go to your library on the nook and to My Documents and you should see them there - after the nook scans for new media.

Feel free to ask more questions here if it doesn't work or if you are confused.


message 4: by Rick (new)

Rick (ricklauder) If you decide to go to a store and ask, which IS an option (although Jamie is absolutely right - we should help each other out here), be careful with what the "expert" there tells you. I was browsing the nook section the other day at my local B&N when this lady struck a conversation w/one of the booksellers and she was trying to decide whether or not to buy a nook. She then asked the guy if she could buy ebooks from Amazon and put them on her nook, and he said YES!!!! I almost died! I didn't want to embarass him so I kinda stuck around to wait for her to finish with him and find her and tell her the truth, but when I looked again, she was gone. Who knows if she bought the nook and tried to do that. Be careful - some of their employees do not know what they're talking about.


message 5: by Stacia (the 2010 club) (last edited Aug 12, 2010 08:27PM) (new)

Stacia (the 2010 club) (Stacia_R) Did step 1, plugged in and dragged the book file into the My Documents folder onto the drive.

Did the safe hardware/eject thing. Did the search for new content manually. Checked the "View my Documents" area, checked the music folder, even scrolled through my library. Nothing. Even did a full reboot and enabled Wifi and tried again.

What am I missing here? Is it because the file is an adobe file and the other books are EPUB? Do I need to convert the file?


message 6: by ★Meghan★ (new)

★Meghan★ (starinheaven) | 340 comments I think the problem is that your book is saved as an ACSM file. The Nook accepts EPUB, PDB, and PDF files. There is a site called Calibre where you can convert files. I haven't used it personally, but many people say that it is really easy to use. Maybe you should try this one out?


Stacia (the 2010 club) (Stacia_R) That's what I was thinking. I'll check it out and see if that works.

Thanks for all the help so far.


message 8: by Rick (new)

Rick (ricklauder) Calibre can convert almost any format of ebooks, but they cannot be encrypted. I believe (I def COULD be wrong here) that ACSM is Adobe DRM-encryption. What I would suggest to Stacia is to go back to that site where you got the books (since they were free) and see if they have those same books in ePub format; most free ebook sites have several formats available, and ePub is the de facto standard now. Since they're free (and hopefully legal), they should have them in ePub w/o encryption of any kind. Those would definitely work on your nook (drag and drop), and you wouldn't have to convert them. That being said, Calibre is AWESOME so it's always a good idea to get it regardless. HTH


message 9: by Rick (new)

Rick (ricklauder) Oh, and Calibre is not a site, it's a program, and it's free. Definitely get it. The guy who wrote it is a genius, and he is constantly updating it. I really don't know how he does it, and for free. :-D


Stacia (the 2010 club) (Stacia_R) Rick wrote: "Calibre can convert almost any format of ebooks, but they cannot be encrypted. I believe (I def COULD be wrong here) that ACSM is Adobe DRM-encryption. What I would suggest to Stacia is to go back ..."

I think that you're probably right.

So yeah. I just messed around with Calibre and I think that it will come in handy for other formats, but not this particular one.

I'm guessing because a couple of these books are advanced copies they're locked down. The only reason why I was hoping I'd be able to convert them is because the site had an offering for Kindle users.

Oh well, it's too bad. I was hoping not to have to sit on my computer to read them.


message 11: by L.C. (new)

L.C. Lavado (lilianasousa) I also use calibre. It's so so great!


message 12: by Angela2932 (new)

Angela2932 | 255 comments Mod
When I download books (.acsm) using Adobe Digital Editions (library books), I then plug in my nook, and wait for it to show up in the file structure on the left side of the Adobe Digital Editions desktop/program. Then I drag the book, within Adobe Digital Editions, to the nook icon on the left, and it is side loaded to the nook. Then I follow the safe eject/disconnect thing. I don't use Calibre at all when I'm transferring .acsm books to my nook. Are you getting the books through Overdrive? There are much clearer explanations than mine for using Adobe Digital Editions at the bn website.


message 13: by Krista (new)

Krista (highfiveskate) Angela is right. I use Digital Editions all the time to put library eBooks on my nook. I usually just double-click the ascm file and it opens in Adobe Digital Editions with the new book now available under "All Items". Plug in your nook and after a few seconds you'll see "nook" added to the left sidebar. Click and drag the book from "All Items" to "nook" and it copies it to the nook.


message 14: by Eileen (new)

Eileen | 38 comments Stacia, I feel your pain. I also had trouble putting books on my Nook. Calibre helped a great deal,I still have some that don't convert over. I do think it's mostly my fault because of my lack of computer knowledge. Tonight I'm going to a Nook class at my local B&N to get help. Maybe I'll be able to help you after the class.


message 15: by Trish (new)

Trish (Clytemnestra) Stacia (new) (new) wrote: "Did step 1, plugged in and dragged the book file into the My Documents folder onto the drive."
I think you have to tell authorize adobe files for the nook each time. At least I did.


message 16: by Bree (new)

Bree (simplyparticular) FYI: .acsm files are not eBooks. They are links to eBooks on the Adobe servers. So you have to download the .acsm file, open it in Adobe Digital Editions, and transfer it to your Nook. If you haven't yet authorized your Nook in ADE, you'll need to do that before you move the book. Plug your nook in BEFORE you Open ADE, it will see it and ask you to authorize. Then you can move any books you can get via ADE (overdrive Library books, Sony eBooks, Kobo ebooks, too) onto your Nook.


Stacia (the 2010 club) (Stacia_R) Thanks for the additional comments. I will try this later tonight when I have time and hopefully have better luck!


Stacia (the 2010 club) (Stacia_R) Ok, so I got the books onto my Nook and was able to load them from the My Documents tab.

Thanks for the help from everyone that was patient enough to work with me!


message 19: by Trish (new)

Trish (Clytemnestra) hurray!


message 20: by Lesli (new)

Lesli (lesmel) | 14 comments Three cheers for this group and this thread. Even after downloading, installing, and tinkering with ADE...I couldn't figure out why my sideloaded overdrive title wasn't letting me read on my Nook. Then I found this and sideloaded the title THE RIGHT WAY! Go me. Now if I could just get the book read before the due date.


message 21: by George (new)

George (compacta_D) | 14 comments Just an after comment. I've found that just dragging the books into the My Documents folder on the nook drive does not always make them available for some reason. Using Calibre or ADE is really the way to go. Calibre seems to take up quite a bit of my memory, but one at a time seems to be alright, and it does manga!


message 22: by Raggedyann (new)

Raggedyann | 61 comments Thanks for posting about Calibre. I will have to look into that.


message 23: by ★Meghan★ (new)

★Meghan★ (starinheaven) | 340 comments So I seem to have a problem. I am trying to sideload from ADE and I have gotten the book on there but I can't seem to authorize my Nook on ADE. Anybody have another suggestion on how to do this.


message 24: by ★Meghan★ (new)

★Meghan★ (starinheaven) | 340 comments Never mind I found it on the Adobe forums. And I will put it here for future reference for other people

It seems that my nook already had a ADE file and for some reason wouldn't recognize it. So what I did was delete the file and then unplug my Nook and plugged it back in and started ADE all of a sudden it recognized it on the computer and asked if I wanted to authorize it.


message 25: by Stephanie (new)

Stephanie Tuell (booksloveme) | 65 comments i just bought a nook. but now i'm lost. i have books downloaded for my sony ereader. how do i put those books on my nook? how can i download other free books? and what about library books? everything i download goes my reader library that i use for my sony ereader, but when i plug in my nook, it's not picked up but the reader library. can someone please help me?


message 26: by Joyce (new)

Joyce (Eternity21) | 81 comments Do you have adobe digital editions on your computer? If not download that and import all your books into that. It is a great way to organize your ebooks. If you plug in your Nook it should show up and then all you need to do is drag the book over to the left side where the nook is listed. When I download library books I do the same.


message 27: by Stephanie (new)

Stephanie Tuell (booksloveme) | 65 comments i do. and nook shows up, but when i disconnect my nook, i can't locate the books


message 28: by George (new)

George (compacta_D) | 14 comments I don't know what format Sony eReader uses but you can always format with Calibre.
Also try just completely restarting the nook. Sometimes it's goofy like that. Also click the update button in your library.


message 29: by Stephanie (new)

Stephanie Tuell (booksloveme) | 65 comments How do u restart it


message 30: by Stephanie (new)

Stephanie Tuell (booksloveme) | 65 comments How do u restart it


message 31: by Sandra (new)

Sandra  (Sleo) stephanie wrote: "How do u restart it"

You restart it by depressing the button on the top of the Nook and holding it for a few seconds until the screen goes blank. You turn it back on the same way. It will take a minute to show up.

Whenever I have downloaded books from another source, they are stored in 'My Documents'. If you press the library icon on the touch pad, you will see a selection in the menu that says 'View My Documents'. If you select that, you should be able to see your books.


message 32: by Stephanie (new)

Stephanie Tuell (booksloveme) | 65 comments Thanks


message 33: by Sandra (new)

Sandra  (Sleo) stephanie wrote: "Thanks"

You're welcome. Also, when downloading books from other sources than B&N, make sure they're in EPUB format. There's a free program that will convert them called 'Calibre', that someone mentioned above.


message 34: by Joyce (last edited Nov 08, 2010 06:59PM) (new)

Joyce (Eternity21) | 81 comments stephanie wrote: "i do. and nook shows up, but when i disconnect my nook, i can't locate the books"

On the Nook itself, on the library screen touch the my documents list. It won't show up on the B & N list. Also check to see that you have a folder on the nook called My Documents (when your nook is attached to computer)Usually it goes into that spot when you use Adobe digital editions.

Oops I should have read further down you already got that answer.


message 35: by Stephanie (new)

Stephanie Tuell (booksloveme) | 65 comments lol no problem. thanks anyways


message 36: by Julie (new)

Julie So I downloaded Calibre and I was able to get the items to display on my Nook under the My Documents section, but whenever I try to open them I get a message that says User Not Activated. Does anyone know what this means?

Originally the books were from Netgalley and I believe they are .acsm files


Jennifer (a.k.a The Book Nympho) (TheBookNympho) ★Meghan★ wrote: "I think the problem is that your book is saved as an ACSM file. The Nook accepts EPUB, PDB, and PDF files. There is a site called Calibre where you can convert files. I haven't used it personall..."

I've found that the Nook likes ePub better than PDF. I converted a lot of books using Calibre (LOVE by the way) and when I loaded them only half of the books showed up or only part of a book showed up. But once I converted them to ePub from PDF I had no problem. All the books (about 100) went to my Nook with no missing parts or books.


message 38: by Julie (new)

Julie I was able to figure it out with some help from one of my friends. I had to activate my Nook with Adobe Digital Editions. Now I can view the books with no problem!


message 39: by Sirius Scientist (new)

Sirius Scientist (SiriusScientist) I have had my nook for several months now and have never had a problem uploading books or syncing it with my phone until today. I downloaded a few of the free classics here on goodreads (in epub format) and transferred them to my nook library. They show up when I open the folder on my computer, but even after "searching for new content" and turning it off and back on again I can't get them to show in my library.

Do they have to be placed in my "my documents" folder, even if they are the proper folder? If so this is something I hope they fix in later software editions, because personally, I don't want TWO libraries on my nook!

Please tell me I'm doing something wrong and that they do not have to go in the "my documents" folder.


message 40: by Sirius Scientist (new)

Sirius Scientist (SiriusScientist) Alas, I was right, the books have to be in my documents to show up, even though they are epub files. I'm hoping they make the organization a little easier with the upcoming software update later this month.


message 41: by SheLove2Read (new)

SheLove2Read (SherriH95) Angela2932 wrote: "When I download books (.acsm) using Adobe Digital Editions (library books), I then plug in my nook, and wait for it to show up in the file structure on the left side of the Adobe Digital Editions d..."

Oh thank you, thank you, thank you!!!! I have been trying to figure this out for days. Your explanation was so simple!


message 42: by Seth (new)

Seth (NinjaaaaaofWritingbooks) | 18 comments Soo. I'm having some issues. I'm trying to download the first James Potter book onto my nook. I'm downloading it directly from goodreads and it's a .epub book. So I figured if I followed the steps you said earlier it would work. It didn't. The book hasn't shown up anywhere on my nook.


message 43: by Seth (new)

Seth (NinjaaaaaofWritingbooks) | 18 comments Never mind me :D I just turned in on and off again and wallah! It worked xD Sorry for that everyone.


message 44: by Nicole (new)

Nicole | 1 comments I just bought a book from the website and I did the steps to get the book that I bought onto my nook, but now the book isn't showing up in my nook...did I do something wrong? can someone please answer this for me?


message 45: by Max (new)

Max | 2 comments I have a question. I have downloaded books from 4shared and since I don't take my laptop everywhere with me and can't really read those books a lot I was wondering if I get a nook that would solve the problem. I am new to the whole idea of the e-book and I don't really know how it works so could you please tell me if the nook would download those books. Thank you.


message 46: by willaful, dedicated nookworm (new)

willaful | 411 comments Mod
It depends what format the books are in. If they are in epub or pdf, the nook can read them. Or if they are DRM-free, you could use the free software "calibre" to convert them to a format the nook can read.

I haven't used 4shared, but I'd guess from looking at it that the files are drm-free.


message 47: by Max (new)

Max | 2 comments willaful wrote: "It depends what format the books are in. If they are in epub or pdf, the nook can read them. Or if they are DRM-free, you could use the free software "calibre" to convert them to a format the nook ..."

:) Thank you


message 48: by Lily (new)

Lily | 1 comments I have a question about downloading library books to a Nook. I am a public librarian and was trying to help someone download books onto her Nook. It seemed to work but now she is getting "user not activated" messages when she opens the books. Is this because my Adobe Digital Editions is registered to one id and her nook is registered to another? Any help here?


message 49: by Sandra (new)

Sandra  (Sleo) Lily wrote: "I have a question about downloading library books to a Nook. I am a public librarian and was trying to help someone download books onto her Nook. It seemed to work but now she is getting "user no..."

Probably. When I sideload books onto my Nook, I have to use Digital Adobe and it registers my Nook.


message 50: by Gary (new)

Gary (gsduran) | 8 comments Lily,
If you look back on this thread, to Bree's response, you will get the answer. I assume you are using Adobe Digital Editions. When you first down load ADE, you will be asked a question something like: "Do you want to authorize ADE?" If you decline, then you will still be able to read the library books on ADE, but it will not sideload to your Nook. This is ADE.

Can you authorize after wards? Yes. To authorize ADE on your computer, go to Library-->Authorize Computer. If you do not have and ADE account already, you can set one up now. By the way, at times ADE/Adobe has been funky and I have had to restore ADE for it to recognize it is now authorized.


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