How to Transfer Nook Books to a Different Nook

By Melly Parker

Nook supports epub, pdf and doc files, among others.
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When you're on the road, an e-reader like Barnes and Noble's Nook can help you access important files and beat the boredom blues. If you've purchased a new Nook or want to borrow some books from a friend, you can transfer the files to your Nook. Files from a Nook that belongs to someone else must be DRM-free to be opened on a Nook that isn't registered to him. DRM stands for digital rights management, which companies use to control who accesses certain files on certain devices -- in the case of e-books, DRM-protected files can only be opened by the user who purchased them on a compatible device, in this case, the Nook.

Transfer Previous Purchases

Press the Nook button to power on the device. Follow the setup prompts, if required, and use the email address linked to your Barnes and Noble account.

Tap "Library."

Scroll to the book you want to transfer. Tap it. Tap "Download" to place the book on your Nook.

Transfer DRM-free files

Connect the Nook USB cable to the Nook with the files on it. Connect the other end to the computer.

Click "Start" and open "Computer." Double-click on "Nook" to open the e-reader.

Double-click on the folder that holds the files you want to transfer.

Click "Start" and open "My Documents."

Drag the files you want to move from the Nook to My Documents. Disconnect the Nook from the USB.

Connect the Nook to which you want to move files to the USB.

Open "Start" and click "My Computer." Double-click "Nook."

Double-click the folder to which you want to transfer the files. Drag the files from My Documents to the Nook folder.


The files may also be stored on an SD drive that will show up as a separate drive in "Computer."