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message 1: by willaful, dedicated nookworm (new)

willaful | 414 comments Mod
I successfully loaded an Overdrive library book onto my Nook! (After some hassle, but it should be easy from now on. (Famous last words?))

Can anyone tell me what the procedure is when the book is "due"? Do I get a reminder of some sort? Do I just need to remember to delete it? Is there a simple way to delete all copies?

message 2: by Jennifer (new)

Jennifer (thebooknympho) I've not checked out a book yet but I've checked out a few audio books through Overdrive and after my 7 or 14 days is up the book doesn't show up anymore. So I assume the ebooks work the same. I think they just "expire".

message 3: by Joyce (new)

Joyce (eternity21) when I check out a book I need to download it to my computer then put the book on my Nook. I get 14 days to read it. When the time expires the book list still listed on my Nook but when I go to open it up it states that the book expired.

message 4: by Jo (new)

Jo (jolelak) | 10 comments One tip, if you are running behind on your reading. If you keep your Nook in airplane mode, it doesn't disapear.

message 5: by Stephanie (new)

Stephanie Tuell (booksloveme) you can set your lending date to 21 days

message 6: by Kristina Simon (new)

Kristina Simon (kristinasimon) You can also return books early (if you're finished reading it and there's a waiting list, for example) through Adobe Digital Editions. If you click on the arrow in front of the book's title ("item options"), one of the options is to return the book. This also helps if your library (like mine) has a limit on the number of eBooks you can check out at one time.

message 7: by willaful, dedicated nookworm (new)

willaful | 414 comments Mod
I've "returned" a few books early, but it seems as if they stick around until I delete the relevent files. But the returning seems sufficient to check more books out (we have a limit) so that's the important thing.

message 8: by Kelley (new)

Kelley | 4 comments I just looked--the ones that show "expired" on Digital Editions actually said "expired" when I tried to open them on the nook.

message 9: by [deleted user] (new)

I downloaded ADE yesterday and then checked a book out of our library. It came right up on the ADE screen on the computer and I "dropped and dragged" it to my Nook icon as directed. When I went to the My Documents in the Nook and chose it to read it tells me "User not activated." How can I get back to a place to check this out and activate the device again? My book is sitting there, but I can't get it!

message 10: by willaful, dedicated nookworm (new)

willaful | 414 comments Mod
My instructions say to make sure the Nook is authorized under the same email address as ADE, perhaps that's the issue?

message 11: by Candice (last edited Dec 19, 2010 01:06PM) (new)

Candice Garner | 2 comments how do you delete books from the nook? and what is archive???

message 12: by willaful, dedicated nookworm (new)

willaful | 414 comments Mod
"Archiving" is taking a book off your ereader, but they remain in your B&N library. (If you bought it from them, at any rate.) You can still reload them.

I think deleting depends on how you got the book. If you bought it from B&N, you can delete it from your B&N library. Other books, I'm not sure - my guess would be to remove it from your documents folder on your computer?

message 13: by Sara (new)

Sara (sarajoybrown) | 12 comments @Candice: You can delete any book from your library, if for some reason you don't want it to be there anymore (if you've already read it). BUT, for the most part, if you're just concerned about memory space, the best way to handle this is just to archive the book, that way if you want to get to it later, you can. This means that it is stored on a server somewhere in B&N's archives for you rather than on your Nook itself taking up your memory space, so that you can have other un-read books, pictures, music, etc, on your Nook instead. I think the only thing I've ever deleted are books that I borrowed from people, because all you're left with then is the cover and a link to purchase it along with the description of the book. Otherwise, I simply archive everything else. So, how to do this??

Go to the website, go to your "My Nook Library" and when the list comes up, on the right side of the screen, you will see an option for each book to Archive or Delete it. Again, I strongly recommend NOT deleting any book - after all, you've paid for them, and who knows when you might want to read it again, or loan it out, or refer to something. The beauty of this system is that it takes up none of your space if it's archived, and you can always access it as long as you can get to the internet. (Those with wi-fi only units and NookColor units can only access archived books when you have wi-fi access, so be aware of that when choosing what books to archive.)

message 14: by [deleted user] (new)

Got it working with help from Nook support! He was so helpful and I am really excited to now be able to get books from my local library as I check out several every month. This way I can get them free, but still read them on my Nook!! Best of both worlds.

message 15: by Marie (new)

Marie | 3 comments Did I read this correctly -- we can download books free from public libraries? or by "my local library" were you referring to your nook library? If we can download from public libraries, I need to learn how! I looked for the beginning of this thread to see if there were instructions, but I can't find it. I seem to be lousy at tracing a thread in these discussions, sorry!

message 16: by [deleted user] (new)

My local public library has just gotten the capability to loan out ebooks - they only had audio before. Of course, there are still limited titles, but there are alot of books. I had to download Adobe Digital Editions to get them.

message 17: by Yz the Whyz (last edited Dec 21, 2010 01:50PM) (new)

Yz the Whyz (whyz) | 1 comments Marie wrote: "Did I read this correctly -- we can download books free from public libraries? or by "my local library" were you referring to your nook library? If we can download from public libraries, I need to..."

Check if your local library is affiliated with or You will be able to borrow (download) ebooks and audiobooks for free.

message 18: by willaful, dedicated nookworm (new)

willaful | 414 comments Mod
There are also some libraries with ebooks that will give cards for free or a charge to non-locals... I just found out that I can get cards for some big cities libraries in my state that have awesome collections, and I can't wait!

message 19: by [deleted user] (new)

I will definitely have to check that out!

message 20: by Julie (new)

Julie (ncjuliee) Just thought that I'd mention that some libraries do not allow for an early return. My library is one of this, which is too bad for me. I'd love to be able to return early so I can check something else out.

message 21: by [deleted user] (new)

Hadn't even thought about that scenario! My local library lets me return them as soon as I want. Anxious to check out more, but my Nook is full of other books I want to read too!

message 22: by KB (new)

KB (kblane) Hello All,
I work as a public library ebook specialist and hopefully can answer some of your questions. Apologies in advance for the length of this post.

OverDrive is becoming the most commonly used company for public libraries to use for an eBook service. The following information should help if your library uses them.

You can search to see what libraries in your area offer ebooks from them by going to This site can also be used to search for specific titles to find what libraries in your area might carry them. Each member library (or consortium) sets their own lending periods for checkout times, so it can vary from library system to library system. In most cases the check out time is 7, 14, or 21 days.

Likewise, each library decides what content they make available. For audiobooks, they can offer WMA (Windows Media Audio) and MP3 (most compatible format). Free software (the OverDrive Media Console) is used to manage and transfer audiobooks. I've had success in transfering a MP3 audiobook to my Nook to listen on its built-in player. Audiobooks cannot be returned early.

For eBooks, there are 3 possible formats: Mobipocket, Adobe PDF, and Adobe EPUB. The first two formats have been available the longest, with the EPUB being added in the last year by participating publishers. Mobipocket is more or less the domain of smartphones such as the Blackberry. The Adobe PDF and EPUB are both compatible with the Nook. The EPUB titles usually do better with resizing of font and display on your reader and are the best choice when your text is not dependent on special formating (think textbooks, etc.). While PDFs display fine on the Nook, they don't on all other eReaders. The Kobo, for instance, does not have great PDF support at this point, and awkward panning can be necessary on some books.

The Adobe EPUB and PDF titles use Adobe Digital Editions (ADE) for download and transfer of titles. When your time is up on a book, it automatically returns itself in your online account (so no fines!), but you still will need to remove it from ADE and your Nook. Many libraries allow these to be returned early.

When you first set up ADE, make sure to register for an Adobe ID (if you don't already have one) and use it to Activate the software. Make sure also that the email address matches the one your eReader is registered with. (We've seen some issues come up if the two don't match.)

There have also been a few issues with the NookColor and ADE -- it's not always showing up among the bookshelves in ADE so that you can transfer your books. In most cases this is solved by plugging your NookColor in before you open the software.

Hope you find this information helpful. Let me know if you have other questions.

message 23: by willaful, dedicated nookworm (new)

willaful | 414 comments Mod
I accidentally discovered the "delete" button on the Nook yesterday! Go to the book, but don't open it. On the first screen, there will be an "Item details and options" setting. Choose that, and it will have a "delete" option.

message 24: by willaful, dedicated nookworm (new)

willaful | 414 comments Mod
I wanted to follow up my last post and warn people that using the "delete" button on the Nook will also delete the book from your B&N library. So be absolutely sure you're done with the book forever! If not, archive it instead.

message 25: by ★Meghan★ (new)

★Meghan★ (starinheaven) | 340 comments Oh willaful! That is sad I don't think I ever want to delete any of my books even if I don't like them.

message 26: by ★Meghan★ (new)

★Meghan★ (starinheaven) | 340 comments I actually had that problem with the Nookcolor. But actually I ended up just having to take it off of the screensaver and it worked fine.

message 27: by willaful, dedicated nookworm (new)

willaful | 414 comments Mod
It may be possible to save a book with Calibre, but I don't want to guarantee it because I really don't understand DRM very well. I did put a book in the Calibre library which I later deleted from the Nook and it's still accessible.

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