Moving Your E-Books to a New E-Reader

Q. My old Nook e-reader died. Did all the books I purchased on it go with it? Can I get the books again on a new Nook?


Once installed, the Nook mobile app displays the library of previously purchased e-books that can be downloaded to the new device. Credit The New York Times

A. The demise of your Nook hardware does not mean that the e-books you purchased from Barnes & Noble’s online store are lost forever. Like other e-book shops (including those for the Amazon’s Kindle, Apple’s iBooks app and the Kobo eReader), the titles you purchased are connected to your account with the company — and not tied to any particular device.

When you purchase a new tablet or e-reader and set it up for the first time, log in with the old username and password you used on the previous device. Once you have logged in on the new screen, you should see the list of titles you previously purchased with the account. If you wish, you can download each book again to keep on the new gadget.

Keep in mind that files not stored in your online account — like documents you copied manually from the computer or had stored locally on a microSD card — will need to be recopied (or the memory card moved) to the new device.

Barnes & Noble sells a variety of Nook-branded devices on its website and in its stores, including a $50 basic color tablet model with a seven-inch screen, several Galaxy Tab Nooks made by Samsung and a traditional e-reader with the monochrome screen. The company also makes free mobile reading apps that you can download and use to read your Nook books on Android, iOS and Windows hardware.

Author: J. D. Biersdorfer
Twitter: @jdbiersdorfer


The 5 best e-readers you can buy



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TL;DR We binge-read novels on several e-readers to find the best ones. A few page turners later, we found that Amazon’s Kindle Oasis is the absolute best e-reader you can buy.

To a bookworm, there is no greater pleasure in life than diving into a good book. Although many people still prefer good old paper books, digital natives and people who travel a lot love their ebooks and e-readers.

E-readers have come a very long way since Amazon’s first Kindle came out in 2007. Amazon still offers the widest range of e-readers, which includes the humble Kindle and the Rolls Royce of e-readers, the Kindle Oasis.

Of course, there are other great e-readers out there from Amazon’s main competitors: Kobo and Barnes & Noble.

We’ve tested all the latest e-readers to find out which ones are best for all kinds of buyers. Whether you love page-turning buttons, enjoy reading in the bath, or just want a nice cheap e-reader, there’s an e-reader for you in our buying guide.

Note that all Kindles come in two versions: with special offers and without. If you choose the ones with special offers, you will see ads on the lock screen and potentially elsewhere, but you will save money.

The Kindle Oasis may be our top pick, but for various reasons laid out in the slides below, you should also consider the Kobo Aura One, Amazon’s Kindle Paperwhite, the Barnes & Noble Glowlight Plus, and Amazon’s cheapest Kindle.

Author: Malarie Gokey
Twitter: @MalarieGokey

Barnes And Noble Sells More EBooks Than Kobo

nook-kobo..jpgBarnes and Noble gets skewered in the media for their massive decline in Nook ereader and ebook sales, but the bookseller sells more content than Kobo. Barnes and Noble sold 19 million Nook books in the United States from early 2016 to early 2017. Kobo sold 10.6 million e-books in five different countries. They sold 1.2 million in the US, 1.1 million in the UK, 6 million in Canada, 1.3 million in Australia and 416,000 in New Zealand.

Apple iBooks also sells more ebooks than Kobo does in the same international markets. Apple sold 44 million in the United States, 7 million in the UK, 3.7 million in Canada 6 million in Australia and a paltry 831 thousand in New Zealand.

country-bars-all-redux-1024x770.pngB&N and Kobo digital sales pale in comparison to Amazon who sold over 406 million Kindle books during the same time period in the United States, 84 million in the United Kingdom and 14 million in Canada. Total Kindle sales in the last calendar year was over 518 million. Amazon accounts for more than 80% of English-language ebook purchases.

Author: Michael Kozlowski
Twitter: @goodereadermike