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In reply to an earlier post on Apr 17, 2014 3:56:03 AM PDT
K. Rowley says:
Your library should have been converted over to B&N ebooks.. It's been awhile, I think they (B&N, who owned Fictionwise) sent out emails that had a code for your FW account, and you had to input that code into your B&N account to tell B&N where to transfer to..

Best I could suggest doing is to search google to see if you can find a contact email, I think there was one on the fictionwise site, but don't know if it is still up.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 16, 2014 10:51:36 PM PDT
I was not notified fictionwise shutting down. I had a huge library. Is there any way I can get t back"?
Judy Donaldson

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 7, 2014 3:56:27 AM PST
Juliana says:
I got a check in the mail several months ago. I think I was asked if I wanted a credit (like you I will never purchase from B&N) or a check. I opted for the check.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 7, 2014 3:47:37 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Feb 7, 2014 3:48:09 AM PST
K. Rowley says:
"Is anybody else having this same difficulty?"

Not with getting the books transfered.. But I had issues with getting a refund of the remaining balance of my Fictionwise micropay account. I had $15.50 still in the account when it was shut down, and got an email that said it would be returned. I assumed that meant I would get credited to my B&N account, but instead they seemed to have issued some online code for that credit that expired three months later. By the time I found that out it was too late. Emailed them back and forth for a couple weeks about it and then just gave up. Decided it just wasn't worth the effort. Haven't bought a thing from B&N since (online and local stores) and don't plan on ever doing so again.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 6, 2014 7:42:03 PM PST
Nodin says:
I have over 900 books, they just send me links that go nowhere. I also own a Nook and books there, so it baffles me.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 6, 2014 6:23:35 PM PST
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Posted on Oct 14, 2013 12:05:58 PM PDT
Check again and see if it's still there. My list has dwindled to nothing. It looks like BN had some purge of author-published works. They even have a web page that lists the over 2000 books that they've eliminated. ( ) Not the "We know how important eBooks are to you, and we'd like to offer you the opportunity to transfer your Bookshelf to a NOOK Library by following the steps below." promise they made to us.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 11, 2012 11:12:14 PM PST
James Lick says:
Awesome. Just checked my nook library and it looks like everything transferred over now!

Posted on Dec 11, 2012 8:01:01 PM PST
K. Rowley says:
Finally got all my old books transfered over last thursday (last week).. Well, at least the bulk of them (60 books). Got the account error when I tried downloading some of them - but that cleared up later when I tried it again.. Nice to get back that many books which I pretty much written off..

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 6, 2012 10:33:03 PM PST
M. Gomez says:
Hi juliana, I had the same problem when I noticed that the link that showed what books wouldn't be transferred was not active in the FAQ or the emails they sent. Boneheads. Luckily I found the list anyways. Also lucky that 98% of my books (small 23 books collection) will transfer (supposedly, I'm still waiting till I download all the books and de-drm for perm calibre safekeeping) safely.

That's alot of Parentheses. Sorry!

Here's the Link for the books that WON'T transfer. At the bare minimum anyways. Its a VERY LONG list. Ctrl+F (Find) will be a lifesaver for you folks
Its a listing for fictionwise books it says, but I figure it applies to all 3 of them. I was a user.

Link Courtesy of the following article

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 30, 2012 5:20:11 AM PST
Beth says:
Flipoid-I only got the email yesterday or the day before.
As far as I remember I never bought any books from them or at least so few that going through the hassle to even remember my account name/password is not worth it.

Posted on Nov 29, 2012 10:59:41 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 29, 2012 11:01:27 PM PST
I think they're finding it more difficult than they anticipated. I got through the opt in process ok, but only a dozen of my thousand or so books have been transferred so far, and those were moved over about two weeks ago.

A lot of people have gotten emails with bad links, apologetic emails with new bad links, etc. People over on the Mobileread forums that have spoken with B&N CSRs have been told that they're still working on it.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 29, 2012 5:57:52 AM PST
Jazzy_Jeff says:
I think they are trying to figure out hoarder accounts.

Posted on Nov 29, 2012 4:22:56 AM PST
K. Rowley says:
I just checked again this morning to see if any more of the books transferred over.. No luck. Of over 100 books, I've only had two get transferred. My guess is that is all I'm going to get. Nearly all of my books were purchased prior to the start of the Agency Model and were books from major publishers and authors.. (Which all disappeared from eReader/Fictionwise when that went into effect.) I bet that since most of those books are now being sold by the publishers, that B&N 'can't' transfer those books to my nook account. I hate to do it, but it looks like if I want to keep access to those books (and since the android apps don't work on the newer versions of android OS), I'm going to have to strip the DRM to be able to do that.

Posted on Nov 28, 2012 10:08:49 PM PST
flipoid says:
I know I bought books from Fictionwise (and the other two ebook sites). But I have yet to receive an email. It could be because the email that I used is no longer a functioning account (my school's domain changed), so I guess I will have to log on and check.

Posted on Nov 28, 2012 9:19:46 PM PST
Juliana says:
B&N are still on my Sh... List! I have 2411 books with Fictionwise, and as yet have received NO access code nor instructions on how to move the 2K+ titles I own to B&N. Then today when I finally found some time to work on this (Oh and let me say how wonderful it was that they announced this closure mere days before the busiest travel date in the US, and the unofficial start of the busiest time of year! JOY!) that the link to the list of book that WON'T transfer is now deactivated. So I can't look through my 2,000 plus titles to check for and download the books that won't transfer while I wait and wait and wait for my access code. Anyone else having this problem?

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 28, 2012 7:01:21 AM PST
Nodin says:
Fictionwise will return your credit.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 28, 2012 7:00:17 AM PST
Nodin says:
I have nearly 1,000 Fictionwise books that began when I got lupus and could no longer hold a book in my hands, so my kids found me the great Palm too. Also thanks to lupus I was bedridden a LOT, so reading probably saved what accounts for my sanity. Thus saying Fictionwise did. I owe them a lot.

I'm sweating the transfer since my laptop just bought it big time and I have to bulk download everything. I will to an external once again just to make sure, but sheesh.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 20, 2012 4:13:29 AM PST
Dorsie says:
For things I just can't afford to lose, I use my mobile devices, plus 2 on site hard disks and 2 separate clouds, or more if they are free.

However, lack of power will shut me down along with everything else, so I still duplicate my very favorites in DTB along with a good supply of reading glasses. ;)

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 20, 2012 3:39:20 AM PST
Jazzy_Jeff says:
I also have multiple backups. I use Calibre to manage my library and I have my Calibre library folder in my Dropbox folder so it is automatically backed up online. I also once a month zip up that library and upload it to my Box account online as well.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 20, 2012 2:59:18 AM PST
Dorsie says:
I didn't have a huge Fictionwise library, but I had quite a few that just weren't available elsewhere. I have backed up all of my Baen books as well. While I don't anticipate a problem there, I prefer not to be surprised.

I also keep multiple backups of the backups, having learned from my I.S. experience that no form of storage is unbreakable. I used to have to placate managers who didn't trust our redundant LAN for storage, and then complained when their 3.5" floppies failed. Gamma and cosmic rays are so disruptive.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 20, 2012 2:47:23 AM PST
Jazzy_Jeff says:
I have mine all backed up as well and I have removed the DRM. I did try and do the transfer and I get the same error messages that my email is not recognized. Not worth my time to pursue it any more.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 20, 2012 2:40:18 AM PST
Denis Powell says:
Dorsie, I'm in a similar position so have all my Fictionwise ebooks backed up on two USB drives and those I want to re-read in the Amazon Cloud also. When I get my email I'll migrate them to Nook anyway.

Posted on Nov 20, 2012 12:41:32 AM PST
Dorsie says:
Having lost two music libraries in the past, I've been well-prepared for this transition. I also donate to Calibre every year.

Posted on Nov 20, 2012 12:20:33 AM PST
James Lick says:
I also got the email that the transfers are still in progress, but still just two books show up as transferred.
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