UPDATE: Please see my post on eBooks: How to Free and Consolidate Your Digital Library for the latest information on getting BN eBooks into Apple’s iBooks.
For the past few hours, I have been playing with my new iPad. Getting it configured, converting many of the apps I have to iPad versions, and feeling really under the weather, I thought that I could use it to dive back into a book that I had been reading in the nook app on my iPhone. As many across the world found out today, the BN.com site has been struggling under the load of the Christmas Nooks, new nook reader downloads (on devices like my iPad) and gift card activation.
Trying to activate a nook, or access your BN account either returned a server error or simply the inability to login to the site. Now, while I could have simply grabbed my iPhone, I really didn’t have annoying better to do, so I wanted to tough it out. While doing that I thought that I would ry to see if I could skin the cat a different way. Namely opening or converting my BN library to iBooks as those reside on my MacBook Pro instead of in the cloud. I have written about this in the past, here and here, in fact it is one of the most read posts on my blog.
In fact, I was planning on writing a companion post to those detailing how to consolidate a digital library to a single eReader… But that post has a few more days to cook here…
So, let’ get to the meat of this post. After fighting through getting to BN’s servers, and downloading the book I wanted to read in my nook app, I thought I would try something to see if the changes in iOS (4.2.1) could make a multi-step process much easier. Surprisingly, it did!
Because both Apple’s iBooks and the nook readers leverage the ePub format, and iOS 4.2.1 added “open with” hooks you can easily open any eBook from Barnes and Noble within iBooks quickly and easily.
First, on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch running the latest iOS software you need to launch Safari and login to BN.com and then under “My Account” access your nook/Barnes and Noble bookshelf. From there you will see a listing of all of the ebooks you purchased to read. Next to the description of the book, you will see a download link. Click on “download” and your chosen eBook will begin download to your device. After this you will see the following:
Now simply tap open in iBooks. The eBook will open and be readable in iBooks complete with metadata, chapters, etc. Interestingly, the digital rights for the book seem to transfer through without issue :0)
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