Check out books at the library on your Nook

Jun 22

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 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:

Free e-books – modern:1

Free e-books – classic (pre-1923, copyright expired):

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.
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  1. Melinda Winston /

    Just wanted to tell you thank you for all the helpful hints and tips on how to get free ebooks. I just bought a Nook and was trying to find out how to get books through the library and thougt I would have to go to all different kinds of websites to find the info I needed. Turns out the first one I looked at (this one) had everything and more. Thank you!!!!

  2. I am so happy to help! I figured I had to go through the steps when I first got my Nook why not share it and save someone the time? =) YAY! I will keep updating when I learn more! =)

  3. Is the Kindle Fire available in the UK yet?


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