Nook and Etextbooks

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    Part of my reasoning of purchasing the NC was to download my e textbooks onto it. I purchased them through B&N and have just found out that the books are not to be viewed on the NC. I tried again after rooting it and the books still will not load, this is a serious bummer. Do you think there is any sort of alternate e reading software that would work?
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    What format (.extention) are these etextbooks in?
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    There is no way for me to specifically find out, I tried right clicking and no properties box comes up and I checked on the BN website and it does not say either. The textbooks are supported by Adobe Acrobat so I am guessing a file type compatible with it. I also did a file search on my computer and viewed the files on my NC and was not able to locate the extension. Sorry, that does not make it any easier.
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    Your comment sort of confirms what I've found so far. It looks like a majority of all etextbooks are in .pdf format (Adobe). Apparently the NOOK, (not NC) has .pdf support but some say it's stretchy at best. Since you are using a rooted NC, download and install "Adobe reader" from the Android market and/or convert your etextbook pdfs to .epub using Calibre, and load them to SD card or internal NC storage. If in epub format, the NC's default reader will be able to open the textbooks. Let us know if that helps.
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    NC supports PDF OOTB with quickoffice. It's poor support, but it exists, rooted or not.

    As you know, Adobe reader only supports reading from the external sd card. So if the textbooks are on the internal, that won't work well. There are lots of other options. ezpdf is pretty good.

    Most textbooks are DRM'ed (protected). Are these textbooks you bought DRM'ed ? Can you download them again from BN and read them on a computer ? (although I own a nook, never bought any books from BN :-O ) Usually you have to download and register adobe digital editions to read your purchased material. If your texts are protected with adept, see this thread for how to read them on the nook:Adobe Forums: Compatible with Nook Color?. Otherwise, you really should be able to open a plain pdf.
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    The books are protected, I can install them on two computers and have already put them on one computer. I will check out the other forum and see what I can figure out, will keep you posted.
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    So you can't move the books to another location? If you could, pass me one of these books, I'll get the NC to read it. :)
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    I downloaded Calibre and tried to convert but because of the DRM protection it will not convert from pdf to epub. I put the pdf files on an sd card and placed it in my reader using the adobe reader I got from the Marketplace and got an error message saying the version of reader could not support the file and the textbook did not open. Gah! This is annoying. Rico, I will send you a PM with the pdf file of one of the books. It would be awesome if you could work some magic. Thanks for everything so far, I am learning a lot!
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    You have to use adobe digital editions to transfer the pdf to your nook. Or strip the DRM off by recovering your encryption key and decrypting the file using the tools outlined in the post I linked to. I can just about guarantee you those are your only 2 options.
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    @tjbus

    Thanks for the book and I have not forgot about you. I've been working on the problem and I'm close to a easy solution for your textbooks.
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    From B&N info about eTextbooks:

    eTextbooks
    An eTextbook is a digital, downloadable, version of a physical textbook. It can be read on your PC and Mac with our free NOOKstudy application. An eTextbook will look exactly like the physical version so you will see the same graphs, charts, drawings etc. The best part is that you can read your eTextbook anywhere that you bring your computer without needing the internet! And, you have the option to purchase or rent it depending on your needs.
    This would indicate that you must have NOOKstudy installed on PC (really just Windoze - no Linux version last time I checked) or Mac to download, then view the books. I think I tried to get such a book, and have not even been able to download it to mess with the DRM or format as I can with other B&N books. I keep forgetting to boot into Windoze to check out NOOKstudy...
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    NOOKstudy won't quite work since it's a program for your computer; tjbus is looking to read her b&n texbooks on the NOOKcolor. Thanks for suggestion.
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    I understand the "requirement", but I was pointing out what I think may be a "blocking factor" - the B&N site seems unwilling to even download their eTextbooks unless you are using their NOOKstudy client. If I am wrong, and you can download the books to try hacking, that would be cool - can the eTextbooks be downloaded without NOOKstudy? If so, how?

    TIA
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    From a brief review - nookstudy appears to be just be a BN branded version of ADE (Adobe - Digital Editions) , as BN is using adept now for thier epub encryption. Same method to decrypt as mentioned earlier. If they happen to be .pdb files, well those are BN encrypted files, also easily decrypted.
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    tjbus: Were you able to read your textbooks on your nook by stripping the DRM as recommended by thel8elvis? And if so, was it transfered to a ePub file and were you to highlight and make notes? I am currently utilizing eTextbooks that are protected, but I would like to start reading them on the NookColor. I would like to know if you got your textbooks to open on your NC.
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    Any updates from anyone ? Just curious.
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    Well got back on this issue today and still having issues with removing the DRM with the tools I'm using. I only have one book to test so I'm somewhat at a disadvantage. Not sure if this book is a good representative most current Adobe protected texbooks. Reason I say this is b/c with the tools I'm using, most people have complete sucess with removing the DRM. Wish I have 5-10 or so to work with. Will keep you all posted on my progress.
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    Has there been any progress on this? I have at least 1 e-textbook I'm trying to move to my NC. If you would like, I believe I have a 2nd download for it you could potentially use if you need another specimen!
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    Still working on it, I do have two more textbooks if you want to give those a try let me know. B&N does specifically say that their textbooks are not intended to be read on any sort of e reader and this is per an agreement with publishers. At this point the only hope is to get the drm stripped but apparently that is proving difficult as well. I hope with all the smart members on this board something can be figured out.

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