Check out books at the library on your Nook
You can check out e-books from your local library on your Nook. Here is an easy how-to guide to read e-books free on your Nook.
How to get e-books on your Nook (that you check out from the library):
1. Download the Adobe Digital Editions (ADE) software.
2. Sign up for an Adobe account (Use the same email address you use for your Nook to ensure authentification doesn’t become a problem).
3. Go to OverDrive.com and put your zip code in to find which local libraries have e-books to check out.
4. If you have a library card move on to the next step. If you do not already a library card at the library/libraries listed in your area you will need to sign up for one.
5. Visit your library’s website (listed on OverDrive), choose the books you want to check out and download them to a place you will remember (i.e. make a folder named ‘E-Library’ on your desktop and save them there).
6. Open Adobe Digital Editions.
7. Drag and drop your borrowed books from the folder where you saved them to Adobe Digital Editions.
8. Turn your Nook on and plug it into your computer.
9. Authorize your Nook in Adobe Digital Editions (I think you only have to do this once).
10. Click on ‘All Items” (in ADE) and drag the books from the right pane to your Nook ( listed in the left pane of ADE) and then wait for them to transfer. (This step is all in the ADE program NOT on your Nook).
11. Unplug your Nook and go to “My Library” and then choose “View My Documents”.
You should see your borrowed books here and then you can read them! =) Free books for Nook owners! YAY! Hip! Hip! Hooray for free e-books!
Here are some other helpful links for sharing, borrowing or lending e-books with the Nook:
- Project Gutenberg
- Free Book Spot
- The Online Books Page
- Archives.org (E-books and Text)
- Digital Book Index
- PSU’s Electronic Classics Site
Free e-books – modern:1
- InkMesh list of promotional freebies (some are Kindle-only)
- Barnes & Noble freebies
- Baen Books (science fiction and fantasy publisher, click links on left to get to the e-books)
- Smashwords (independent ‘direct-from-author’ publisher, click the “Free” button)
- your public library (free checkout for 2 weeks)
Free e-books – classic (pre-1923, copyright expired):
- Feedbooks (reputedly the best quality e-book reproductions)
- BeBook (PDFs sized for an e-reader screen)
- Project Gutenberg (cleaned up by volunteers)
- Google Books (click on “Classics (with free EPUB downloads)” or just search)
The Google Books classics are also accessible through Barnes & Noble. Google Books is very definitely quantity over quality. There’s too much to browse; you need to search. And what you do find will probably have some reproduction problems. Try Feedbooks first and Google Books last.2
… More Nook resources…
- To learn how to share e-books on different Nooks within the same household for free click here.
- See also how to get free e-books here.