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Read All Your eBooks on Nook for PC and Portable Devices

Would you like to take advantage of the eBooks available for the Barnes & Noble Nook without buying a new device?  Today we look at Nook for PC, Netbooks, Android, and Apple iOS devices.

Nook for PC

If you’ve got a laptop or a netbook, you’ve already got a nice eBook reading device.  The Barnes and Noble Nook for PC lets you read your Nook eBooks, eNewspapers, and more on any of your computers.  It’s available for both Mac and PC, but here we’ll look at the Windows version.

Head to the Nook apps website (link below), and download Nook for PC to your computer.


Once it’s downloaded, install it as normal on your computer.


On first run, you’ll need to enter your B&N account info, or if you don’t already have an account, click Create An Account at the bottom.


Once you’re signed in, you’ll see any books already on your account in the my library section of the sidebar.


Click the Shop link to access the Barnes & Noble’s eBook store online to browse and purchase books, or just go to the B&N website in your browser (link below).  If you’re not sure if you will like a book, you can always download a free sample to try it out first.


Once you’ve got some books, you can read them from the my library link on the left sidebar in Nook for PC.  Click Read Now to start reading a book, or you can choose to see more details about the book or archive it.


Here’s the details page, showing more info in Nook for PC about the sample book we downloaded.


And here’s the reading screen with a sample book.  You’ll notice that the eReader makes the eBook almost feel like a paper book, complete with page numbers, 2 columns of text, and nice text formatting.


However, Nook also lets you take advantage of the digital form of your book.  You can select text in an eBook to look it up in the included dictionary or on Wikipedia in your browser, or you can highlight and add notes to the section.


Here’s the included dictionary that opened when we looked up a word.  Very handy!


Nook also lets you search the contents of your eBook from the top right corner of the application.


You can also add eBooks that you already own to Nook for PC.  This is a great way to make it your main eBook reader without purchasing a ton of new books.  In the my library section on the left sidebar, select my stuff.  Now you can click Add New Item to import an eBook.


Nook for PC lets you add PDF, ePub, and pdb formatted eBooks, including PDFs secured with Adobe Digital Editions DRM.  However, you cannot import your eBooks from other eReader programs such as Kindle for PC, as these include DRM that can only be read by Kindle.


Here’s a PDF eBook in Nook for PC.  One nice thing is that it automatically remembers your current position in the book, so your imported eBooks work just like your Nook eBooks.


Nook also includes a daily review and interesting fact about the day in the daily section.


Click Read Now to read this tidbit of information about the day.


Nook for PC also lets you subscribe to newspapers and magazines just like the Nook device.  You can browse the available journals online, and even try them out for 14 days for free.  Note that eNewspaper and eMagazine subscriptions may only work inside the US.



NOOK study for Students

If you’re a college student, you’ve likely noticed that textbooks are a strain on both your wallet and your back.  Barnes & Noble has a special edition of Nook for PC called NOOKstudy that’s a great way to get your textbooks cheaper and easier on your netbook or laptop.  Many popular textbooks are currently available on it, and you can often either purchase your textbooks or rent them to save money.

First, download NOOK study from the link below, and install it on your computer as normal.  If you’re already using Nook for PC, you can just install NOOKstudy in addition to it and use the one you want depending on what you’re reading.


When you first run NOOK study, login with your existing B&N account or create a new account as in the Nook for PC app.


Next, select a state and school, and click Sign In.  NOOK study will be integrated with your Adobe ID if you have one so it can read DRM-protected PDF files as well.


Once you’re signed in, you’ll see your Nook books listed in NOOK study.  You can use this program as your primary eBook reader if you like, as all B&N eBooks will work fine in it.  However, eTextbooks will only work in NOOK study, so you won’t be able to use eTextbooks in Nook for PC or on a Nook device.


Click the book bag icon in the toolbar to search for textbooks you need for your classes.


This will open the B&N store in your browser, and will open a page about your textbook if it’s available.  Note that many eTextbooks are only available for for 180 day rental, but if you only need the book for one semester, this should work fine.  If you’re not sure about reading a textbook on your computer, you can read the book for a free 7 day trial first before purchasing it.


Here’s a textbook open in NOOK study.  You can see 2 pages at once just like you would in a paper book, and can see full-color pictures, diagrams, and more right on your computer.


You can adjust your eBook settings from the toolbar at the bottom and zoom in to make it easier to read.


If you’re trying to compare what two different books say about a topic, you can easily do this.  Click the button on the far left of the toolbar to select another book to view side-by-side.  Here we have 2 books together in NOOK study.


NOOK study makes it very easy to get more info about the text in your eBooks.  Select any text to copy it or look it up on Google, Wikipedia, Wolfram Alpha, and more.  You can also highlight and add notes to your textbooks as normal.


Select eBooks also let you print them, which is a great feature not included with the standard Nook for PC app.  Most textbooks will include limitations on printing rights, so check your textbook’s info to see what you can do with it.


Nook for iOS

Nook is also available for your iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. Just download the correct version for your device. Here we look at it running on an iPod Touch.


It essentially works the same as it does on the PC. When you first start it you get a guide on how to control the app on your iOS device. You can go back to the user guide at anytime as it’s included in your library.


Here is an example of an eBook running on the iPod Touch, you can easily use the slider to navigate to different areas of the book, change text size…etc.


You can search different types of media in different categories.


Nook for Android

The Nook Reader is also available for Android 1.6 and above, but we didn’t have time to test it out and show it to you in this article. If you’ve had good luck with it on your Android device, definitely let us know in the comments.


Nook’s eBook apps bring Barnes and Noble’s eBook inventory to a wide range of devices.  Even if you don’t own a Nook device, you can still take advantage of the books, textbooks, newspapers, and more.  We were impressed with the wide range of features included in the Nook eBook apps, and especially liked the ability to import PDF and ePub format into Nook for PC.  The reader apps included many features that other eBook readers don’t, such as searching the contents of the eBook and copying text.  Give it a try, and let us know what you think.

If you’d like to read Kindle eBooks on your computer, check out our article on the Kindle Apps, including:

Nook Links

Download Nook for Your PC, iOS, Android, or other device

Browse eBooks, eNewspapers and More Available for Nook Apps

Download NOOK study for Mac or PC

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  • Published 08/24/10

Comments (36)

  1. Hugo

    I have had the Android app since the day it came out and it works flawlessly and for me was better than the B&N Reader I was using on my iPod Touch. Last night I tried the Nook app on the iPod and it was very buggy compared to the Android one. Also the large screen on my EVO makes it much easier to read on the phone than the iPod. I also own a Nook which is definitely the best way to go since the eInk screen is that much easier on the eyes. I have the WiFi version which works great for me since I am usually near WiFi even when I am reading and I buy a few books before taking plane flights so it works out even then. My wife on the otherhand has the 3G version because she buys books while I am driving or when she is on a break at work.

  2. Bill

    35 images and 22 PgDwn’s for 75 lines of text? You guys are killing me. Great site. Great information. Crappy user experience; especially in an RSS feed where I don’t care about 20% of the stuff (like Windows Media Server or Windows Home Server). Give me a short synopsis – if it’s something I want to know more about I’ll check it out.

  3. DiAnne

    I bought my Nook in March. Absolutely one of the best things I’ve ever bought. The fact that I can use Nook for free library books was the clincher. Now if only they’d come up with a Windows Mobile app, I’d be in heaven. I’m still amazed that people buy Kindle with the price of eBooks when you can get them for free on most of the other ereader devices (Nook, Kobo, Sony, etc.)

  4. bob

    So how do i delete books from this thing?

  5. Hugo

    @bob you don’t “delete” them per-se, if it is a B&N purchased book you just archive it and it will be removed from your device but you can unarchive and download it again later. If it is a PDF or other book that you side-loaded I assume you would just delete it from the SD card on your device or just delete it from the computer. I haven’t used a non-B&N book yet so not entirely sure.

  6. Alice

    Hi Bob. If you are using an interface such as Adobe Digital Editions to manage your downloads from public libraries and other sources (than B&N) deleting a book is fairly easy. Plug your Nook USB connection into your PC, in Computer, open Nook and look for the Digital Editions file in the Nook…open that, highlight and delete the book. When they sync the book will be gone.

  7. todd

    i thought for a second that this was going to go over how to read books that i’d bought from amazon on my nook, which is something i’m particularly interested in doing…

  8. Kenny Lee

    Can one purchase eBooks and download to the PC? I dont want to buy the Nook but like to have books in e format. The BN site always says books are available for download via WIFI and 3G. Im assuming one must have a Nook to buy then can read on Nook or PC etc. Please clarify?

  9. Matthew Guay

    @Kenny Lee – Yes, you can purchase books and download them to your PC without having a Nook device. Should work fine :)

  10. Mike Jackson

    I am stationed overseas and just received my nook. I tried to download some ebooks on the nook and it is not working. Thought I would download the ebooks on my laptop and then import into the nook. Is this possible?? If so, how do I do that. thanks.

  11. Gary


    You cannot use the wifi and 3G download overseas. You also cannot buy ebooks on the B&N store while overseas and download them to your PC. You can work around this by using a VPN service that will give you a US IP address. There are other stores that will sell you epub format book that you can “sideload”. Sideloading means adding files as documents to your Nook.

  12. Dawn Wong

    I have been looking for an english dictionary that I could download to my NOOK for free. I looked at the Barnes & Noble but it does not have one.

  13. Micki

    Does anyone know how to sync the Nook for PC or Android with the Nook so it goes right to the last page read regardless of which device I was last using?

  14. wcrkeb

    Have just become curious about obtaining books from the public library system. Is it possible to download from the library directly onto the Nook without sideloading via a computer?



  15. Penny

    I also love my nook but can’t figudre out how to download from the library can anyone help -I also have a a ny city card .

  16. Frank

    Does anyone know how to remove/delete ebooks from the nook for pc reader?

  17. Tom

    Does anyone know how a person can get a non Barnes and Noble book from Nook PC or Nook Color to the Nook app for the Iphone or Itouch?

    I was hoping the Nook for Desktop would allow me to transfer free ePubs to my Nook app on my Itouch?

  18. George

    Just received a nook color, but have a desktop computer. Since I am not wi-fi will a router take care of using the device or what do I need to do. Can I go where wi-fi available and download the books I want and still use it from home without the wi-fi? I don’t know much about these things!

  19. sydney

    RHi. So I found books on my nook that I didn’t purchase myself and I’m the only one with access to my device and account. I’ve looked at my sales list and the purchhases are not there but the three books are all two bucks. Can anyone gueess what’s happened here? And also if I permanately deleted them would I get my money back? The money I’m usiing is on a gift card if it matters any.

  20. s.kind

    I have a nook color and I downloaded the nook for PC app for my work computer. (windows XP). It works fine but it doesn’t remember the last page I read on my nook. The app only remembers the last page I read on my work computer. I also have been unsuccessful getting the PC app to work on my Laptop home PC (windows XP). It downloads the app and opens it but doesn’t do anything else. I have no access to my library or even the Nook daily stuff. I used the same account log in and password. Any suggestions? I have not rooted or modified the nook in anyway.

  21. Samantha

    I have the Nook app on my iPhone. I downloaded some free samples of books, but when I go to my Nook app the samples are not there. How do I find them?

  22. Deborah

    I downloaded the Nook app to my iPod touch, and I now have my B&N library on my iPod. Is there any way to have the iPod open to the same page that I’m reading on my Nook? If I’m away from home and only have my iPod with me, I would like to continue reading my same book that I am reading on my Nook and have the iPod open to the “reading now” page on my e-reader. Is that possible? Thanks.

  23. Sharon

    I have Nook for PC, the latest version. I don’t have a My Stuff folder, or the Add New Item button. What can I do to make those show up? I’m very frustrated–I’m an indie author and I need to “test-drive” my titles before releasing them.

  24. Carl

    Me too.

  25. Evan

    For any military members, you can download B&N books anywhere in the world. You just have to use your AKO e-mail. Go to your B&N account, change your e-mail to AKO; and voila. You are free to download.

  26. Carole

    I have the Nook for PC and had the same problem of not having a My Stuff section or an Add Item button. Then I accidentally found a narrow white line in that same section. It looks blank and is about 1/16 of an inch wide. Click on that and you should see the Add Item button up toward the top of the screen. Once you add something, then the My Stuff will show up. Not very user friendly in that regard. Carole

  27. Jim

    I had the same problem as Carole with almost the same results, except when I added the item it didn’t show up, and when I tried to add it again it says it’s already there. Adios, Nook for PC.

  28. Liberty

    Just want to say thank you for such a complete article on Nook for PC. Screen shots were a nice extra.

    Glad I found this site. B&N didn’t have too much information, so this is very helpful.



  29. gpb

    How do I delete books, free trials on my Color Nook?

  30. wendy

    I have nook for PC and none of my books show up in the nook. I have to drag them from my computer into the nook. Does anyone else have this issue and if so how can I correct it?

  31. Daniel

    I purchased a Nook Study eTextbook, and cannot use my Nook Study eBook program on my PC. I get a no internet connection error message. So I’m sure it is something with my Norton protection’s firewall, but when I called B&N and spoke to their specialized Nook Study department they were NO help. So I’m looking for someone who can tell me how I need to configure my Norton firewall to run this program. I have added the Nook Study to my preferred list by the way, and that has not worked. Plus I obviously have an internet connection, would not have been able to download the Nook Study to begin with. Please help two weeks behind in school already, and this specialized Nook Study department is only open during normal business hours, though the other customer service is open till 11p.m.

  32. Frank

    Does anyone know exactly where the books are stored when I “download” a book from my B&N Library into my Nook for PC application? I would like to know specifically which folder the (Windows)app uses to store the files.

  33. Thomas

    Does anyone know how to change the highlight color on the Nook for PC program? The default on mine is a light green that does not stick out like I want it to (standard yellow). Is this possible? Thanks!

  34. nook tester

    I found the book I ‘added’ (which I was testing from self generating it) in:
    C:\Users\”myusername”\Documents\My Barnes & Noble eBooks
    from that folder I deleted the epub file and it no longer showed up in my nook library.

  35. Scottie

    Thank you soooooooooooo much for your ever so easy to understand directions on loading ebooks downloaded to Adobe Digital on my laptop to my Nook which is on my laptop, as I don’t have a Nook. I spent about 3 hours trying to find the answer to “How to” and just as I was ready to give up I found your site – my Lord it was so easy – thank you for writing this, knowing I’d be needing the help some day. Yer the best!

  36. haris


    is there a way to synchronise my staff with all devices? Not just downloaded ebooks?

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