Google eBooks on Nook Color

March 25, 2011

Please leave a comment below if you have attempted to load a Google eBook onto your Nook.  We would like to collect people’s experiences with this.

Google eBookstore + Nook Color

As a used bookstore (Cash4Books), we are watching what is happening in the eBook world, including how independent bookstores are now selling Google eBooks as their way of entering the eBook market.  There seem to be some issues with Google eBooks, and this is one of several that we have noticed.

The problem: Google has published an excruciatingly long process to get your Google eBook(s) onto your Barnes & Noble Nook.  Is anyone actually doing this?  Let’s look at how many steps it actually takes for every book:

  1. Download Adobe Digital Editions (one time only)
  2. Create an Adobe ID (one time only)
  3. Go to the Google ebookstore
  4. Sign in to the Google ebookstore
  5. Click “View all” under the “My eBooks” left column section
  6. Click the cover or title of the eBook you want to transfer
  7. On the right, in the blue “Purchased” box, click “Read on your device”
  8. Scroll down to the eReaders and other devices section
  9. Click on Download EPUB or Download PDF (they don’t give a recommendation, so flip a coin to decide)
  10. Save the file to your computer somewhere
  11. Open the ACSM file from Adobe Digital Editions
  12. Open the Library View
  13. Connect your Nook (plug it in with a wire)
  14. Confirm your Nook is recognized
  15. Click and drag the eBook into place
  16. Confirm transfer is complete
  17. “Safely” eject the Nook from your computer
  18. Disconnect your Nook (unplug it)

Now REPEAT FOR EVERY BOOK you want to read on your Nook!  Am I missing something, or is Google off their rocker here?  Leave a comment below!

The instructions below are from Google and current as of 03/25/2011. Source: http://books.google.com/support/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=1065611

Instructions that Google Published:

First time only

  1. If you haven’t done so already, install the latest version of Adobe Digital Editions software to your computer and follow the instructions to create an Adobe ID.
  2. Now follow steps below.

All other times

  1. Go to the “About this book” page for your ebook by clicking on its cover under “My eBooks”. This page lists an “Overview” of the book, along with other information about the title.
  2. Click on “Read on your device”.
  3. Click on either the EPUB or PDF link for the Google eBook file you’d like to transfer. This will download the ACSM file onto your computer.
  4. Open the ACSM file from your computer, and the file should open with Adobe Digital Editions. If it does not, right-click the .acsm file and select “Open With…” and open the file with Adobe Digital Editions”.
  5. Your Google eBook is now added to the “All Items” bookshelf in the Library View. If you are not in the Library View, click on the top-left most icon in the window.
  6. Connect your Nook to your computer with a USB cable provided with the device.
  7. Confirm that Adobe Digital Editions recognizes your Nook™ as a device under Bookshelves in left-hand pane (see below). If it does not, close Adobe Digital Editions and reopen it with the USB cable in place.
  8. Click and drag the Google eBook in the right-hand pane onto the Nook™ icon in the left-hand pane.
  9. Note: If you are not able to drag the Google Books onto the icon, the device is not authorized.

  10. After a few seconds, confirm the transfer is complete by clicking on the Nook icon and locating the Google eBook.

Before disconnecting, safely eject the Nook™ from your computer (or unmount the device on Mac).

Re-activating Adobe Digital Editions on your device

In some cases, you may need to deactivate and re-activate Adobe Digital Editions on your device. To do so, please follow these steps:

  1. In Adobe Digital Edition (ADE), if you press Ctrl+Shift+D (Windows) or Cmd+Shift+D (Mac) will remove the activation on your computer, and allow you to reactivate with a different ID or the same ID when you launch ADE again.
  2. Press “Ctrl+Shift+E”, this will bring up the “Device Deactivation” dialog.
  3. Select your Reader and deactivate it.
  4. Unplug and replug your Reader
  5. The Device Authorization dialog should show up, and you can authorize again with your Adobe ID.

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