In a recentl article (here) I reported on the free software/apps that Amazon has released to allow you to read Kindle ebooks without a Kindle. You turn your computer, iPad, or various phones into virtual Kindles.
Adam Michael Luebke (index), one heck of a good writer, frequently mistaken for a vampire (learn why) and owner of a Barnes amp; Noble Nook ebook reader, which he has sometimes written about (here), commented that similar free software is available from Barnes amp; Noble, so that you can also turn your devices into virtual Nooks.
I did not know that; in fact, I know very little about the Nook. My suspicion is that the difference between Nook and Kindle is the difference between Coke and Pepsi, largely a matter of taste and advertising.
Barnes amp; Noble introduced Nook last year; the current price is $149 (down from the original $259). Unlike Amazon’s view of the Kindle as strictly a dedicated ebook reader, Barnes amp; Noble seems to be expanding the uses of the Nook.
So, why don’t you download the comparable Nook and Kindle software, and see which seems better for you? For generic ebooks, the basic format for Kindle is .mobi and for Nook .epub. With a piece of free software called Calibre (download here) which every owner of a Nook or a Kindle should have, you can easily convert .mobi to .epub or vice versa)
OK, where’s my free Nook?
The term Nook, like Kindle, covers more than just the little device itself. It is a combination of hardware (the device), software (which operates it), and network (which delivers your reading material). Although you still have to purchase the device, if you wish, Barnes amp; Noble provides the software for free so that you can turn a variety of devices that you already own into a virtual Nook.
Click on the link to access the Nook software/app:
Windows PC – Get it!
Mac – Get it!
iPad – Get it!
iPhone – Get it!
Android – Get it!
Blackberry – Get it!
Jumbo shrimp, anyone?
So, isn’t Barnes amp; Noble being generous by making this Nook software available? For Barnes amp; Noble, as for Amazon, it is not so much that you can now read ebooks as that you can purchase ebooks from them. So much for “corporate generosity,” which falls into the category of oxymorons, like the sign at the seafood market: “Jumbo shrimp.”
In future articles (which I will link to here as they are posted), I will show you how you can load your real or virtual Nook with all manner of free ebooks, free subscriptions, your own self-created Nook ebooks.
By the way, the information about free books, free subscriptions, and creating your own books is not limited to the Nook ebook reader but is also pertinent to the Kindle ebook reader and others.
My description of Adam Michael Luebke as “one heck of a good writer, frequently mistaken for a vampire” was adapted from a well-known line by the late B. Kliban, who described a cat as “One hell of a nice animal, frequently mistaken for a meatloaf” (more).
Check this index to my articles on “How to Read Ebooks for Pleasure and Convenience.”