(How-to) Move Books to the Internal Library (root required)

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    gadgetrants Moderator Staff Member

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    UPDATE: thanks to rico2001, there is an easier, more direct way to get books into the internal library. And you don't need to be rooted! :D:D:cool::):eek::D:):):eek::cool::D:D

    To see how click here: http://www.androidtablets.net/forum...ternal-library-root-required-3.html#post28716


    See below for instructions on how to move books from the sdcard to the NookColor's internal memory, using only the NookColor (root required):

    It's a convenience to have all of your books in one place. That way, you need only tap the Library button to reach them. Another nice bonus is you can then remove your sdcard without worrying about losing access. Here's a quick tutorial on how to move your books from the sdcard to the internal Nook Color memory.

    Requirements: you need a rooted NC, and a file manager that can change the read/write access of your folders (I used Root Explorer to illustrate; the steps may look slightly different in other file managers).

    (1) Create a folder on your sdcard, and load it up with all your favorite books (mine are in epub format). It's probably best to do this from your PC, by connecting to your NC with the USB cable (the image below is how the folder looks on the NC).

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    (2) Long press on the folder with your books, and a set of options will pop up. Select Copy; note that Paste and Cancel will appear on the bottom.

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    (3) Navigate to /system/media/books. Now the folder needs to be mounted as writeable. In Root Explorer, tap the Mount R/W button at the top, and the (r/o) to the left should change to (r/w). Next, press the Paste button at the bottom. Your folder should appear!

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    (4) Make sure to tap the Mount button again, to turn off write access to the folder.

    (5) Tap the soft button above the "n" key (the circle-arrow thingie), which will bring up the menu with Library/Shop/Search etc. Select Library, and your books should be there! If not, take a deep breath, reboot your Nook, and they should be there! :rolleyes: (Post back if anything goes wrong.) Depending on how you obtained your copies, some may have their original covers.

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    The one step that's missing is adding the cool thumbnail shortcuts to your B&N homescreen. If you longpress on a book you downloaded from B&N, one of the options is "Add to Home." Unfortunately that option isn't there for books you copy to the library. However, see note #2 below. In the meantime, here is a post by rico2001 that explains how to add the thumbnail-shortcuts to other launchers: http://www.androidtablets.net/forum...ed-nook-color-super-e-reader-2.html#post27062

    -Matt

    NOTES:

    (1) It's interesting to note that there is a similar directory at /media/B&N Downloads/Books. But pasting there doesn't work (even after rebooting). I assume it's due to copyright restrictions on books that are downloaded.

    (2) For the truly brave, it looks like there is a way to get book covers to appear on the B&N homescreen. But it involves editing the system databases, and it is probably too risky at this point. For more info see: [REF][ADV] The B&N Home Screen Internals - xda-developers
     
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    thank you for sharing your tutorial
     
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    Thank you. This is really helpful.

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    If you catch any errors please feel free to post them!

    -Matt
     
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    Nice "how to" Matt, will have to try.

    Thanks.
     
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    Awesome- thanks!
     
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    Hmmm....I think there's a button for that. ;)

    -Matt
     
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    Matt, my mount r/w button is not working. Any ideas? My SU is allowed on my Root Explorer app.
     
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    Same thing happened to me today. Sorry I don't have a quick fix, but rebooting worked for me!

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    Rebooting didn't help, will keep trying.
     
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    Ok it worked, took another reboot (weird). Now my books did not immediately show up in Library after paste and close of root explorer. It took yet another reboot for the books to show up. Did you put your thumbnails in a specif folder and what format are they in?

    edit: my first post said my su is allowing permission to the root explorer app.
     
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    Yeah, I figured su said it was OK...same for me, but maybe Root Explorer hadn't requested root access? Or lost it?

    Thumbnails...hmmm. I'm pretty sure they're all embedded in our epubs. Our library started off with just epub files for each book. I tried to take a pretty screenshot...most of our books have the generic image.

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    Actually some of the default books are not in the /system/media/books folder, only the guilds. The others are in /media/B&N Downloads/books.

    Wonder if there is a epub editor so we can set thumbs for the books.
     
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    Calibre has an "edit metadata" function. I assume you pick your cover, then it's embedded in the epub! (I just tested it, and it works.)

    Can't seem to get books that are copied to the B&N Download directory to show up. I figure since it's a download directory, there is a corresponding database that tracks items in the directory and makes sure the DRM is OK. But it sounds like it's only a matter of time before someone at xda hacks the database.

    -Matt
     

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