Saturday, September 20, 2014

Are Nookbooks becoming less portable?

It's been a long time since I've blogged here, and while there have been many things to make me think "I should blog about that" -- the new Samsung Nook tablet among them -- this is what got me motivated enough to write a blog post:

B&N Removes Download Option

It used to be that when you were in your Nook library on the website, there was a button for downloading an epub file for each of the books in your library.  Apparently Barnes & Noble has decided to nix the portability that used to be part of their platform -- the fact that you could download your ebooks on your computer and sideload them onto other compatible devices (or onto your Nook's SD card, if its main memory was too full).  In other words, my major reason for liking Nook so much -- the fact that they weren't trying to tie you to one device, the way the other major players in the game (Apple, Amazon/Kindle) seem to be doing -- just went away.

Oh, for now you can still find the ebook files on your computer's hard drive if you download into the Windows 8 app, but as Books on the Knob mentions, that may go away with the next app update.  Just in case, I am currently downloading and backing up all of my ebooks, and may consider switching to Kobo if they do remove that functionality from the app.  Especially with a bookstore that is failing to build confidence that they'll be around for the long haul, making it so that you can't back up your own book collection seems shortsighted.  No one wants to risk losing their entire library if Nook goes out of business.

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