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epub books on other device (Nook)

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Initial post: Aug 24, 2014 9:31:20 AM PDT
My Nook quit so I bought a Kindle thinking it is better and more popular. I have not been able to figure out how to transfer Nook books from the Nook to the Kindle. I do not want to rebuy. Is it possible?

Posted on Aug 24, 2014 9:35:28 AM PDT
ps. the Nook is 'dead'. I would have to transfer from my Ipad.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 24, 2014 9:39:07 AM PDT
It depends upon which Kindle you bought. If it's an e-ink Kindle ($69 Basic or Paperwhite), no you can't read epub books on them.

If it's a Fire, you can sideload the Nook app (you can get it at and read your books that way.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 24, 2014 9:42:09 AM PDT
it is a paperwhite. so, I cannot download books from my computer, or from the library unless I at least have the Fire?

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 24, 2014 9:51:38 AM PDT
You can download books in many formats from your computer but not epub books. They aren't supported.

Content Formats Supported:
Kindle Format 8 (AZW3), Kindle (AZW), TXT, PDF, unprotected MOBI, PRC natively; HTML, DOC, DOCX, JPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP through conversion

You certainly can download public library books onto your Paperwhite. You just need to select the Kindle format when you check them out. Follow the instructions here:

Posted on Aug 24, 2014 12:57:15 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Aug 24, 2014 12:59:30 PM PDT
The only way you can read epub books on an e-ink Kindle is to convert them to mobi or azw format using a program such as Calibre:

It's a free program and works great. However, it will only convert books which are drm-free. Most of your Nook books probably have drm, but not all do. Many authors and publishers are now issuing books without drm. The only way to know is to try. Nothing ventured, nothing gained.

There are third-party plug-ins for Calibre which may help convert books even if they have drm, but it's against Amazon's terms of service and possibly illegal to tamper with the drm encryption. I'm certain that B&N has similar restrictions in their TOS against removing DRM from their books. You can research the issue and possible solutions easily with a Google search.
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