Your Nook and ‘foreign’ books

Dear reader,

Many a question and search have passed, but now it’s clear – even to me – how you can add a book to your Nook that did not come from the Barnes&Noble Nookstore. I understand this issue as B&N, good a shop as they are, often are not the fastest in having new books up for sale.


So, suppose you hear of a book that is already out on, you want it on your Nook, and B&N does not show it yet. The steps to follow then are:

  1. Log into your Smashwords account (or create one if you don’t have one yet).
  2. Find and buy the book, after which you can download it to your computer.
  3. Connect your Nook to the computer using the USB cable.
  4. Copy the book into the “Documents” folder on your Nook:
    (Click image for a larger view).
  5. Detach your Nook in the normal way to prevent any files being corrupted.
  6. Start your Nook the normal way.

And there you should find your new book. If you want to test how this works, you can find plenty of free e-books on Smashwords to experiment with, without cost.

Note that you need to download the so-called “EPUB” format as that is what will work on your Nook reader.

(Thank you, Lisa, for the information on how to do this!)

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