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Andrew Preziosi Supporting Member of TMP20 Sep 2014 11:42 a.m. PST


As familiar as I am with my NOOK, I have a few questions in regards to reading and uploading certain Ebooks (or variations thereof).

In particular I'm talking about some of the OLDER (pre-Epub and pre-Kindle) BAEN BOOK Sci-Fi CDs.

Can I read HTML (books, as in like BAEN Sci-Fi) on my NOOK just by side-loading the books?

Are there early versions of Epub that would work on the NOOK.

I have a KINDLE App, I've been told that MOBI files work with Kindle and an earlier version (.prc/.frc?) that pre-dates MOBI. Any truth to this?

Any and all assistance would be most welcome.

RavenscraftCybernetics Inactive Member20 Sep 2014 1:55 p.m. PST

I have a Nook Tablet. I read The Martian on it. Its an html book. My only complaint is that html books will not allow me to sekect a comfortable font size.
I also read the Redshirt Chronicles, another html book, Same complaint.
other than that occaisional text would go missing but resizing it would get the missing stuff back.

MahanMan Inactive Member20 Sep 2014 7:16 p.m. PST

If they're in PDF form, the Nook can read those as well.

Sergeant Paper20 Sep 2014 8:20 p.m. PST

If you install Calibre on your computer, you can use it to load and to format shift books to work with your Nook (so you could change from html to a format you can resize). My brother does it, so it isn't too difficult…

And it is free.

Andrew Preziosi Supporting Member of TMP21 Sep 2014 6:37 a.m. PST

I've heard about Calibre before, but my computer is too old, though that's due to change in a few months.

I'll at least download the program to one of my Thumb drives so I can install it to the new PC.

Thank you!

CeruLucifus21 Sep 2014 8:44 p.m. PST

I have not tried this myself yet but according to this FAQ entry on the Baen Ebooks web page, you can download the books in EPUB format to read on a Nook.

Go to, click FAQs then next to "Are your Ebooks compatible with my Ereader?" click the plus to open it:

Are your Ebooks compatible with my Ereader?
You can download and enjoy our Ebooks in seven DRM-free formats:
. . .
EPUB/Nook/Stanza (.epub) Read on your Apple, Nook, or Android devices
. . .
At this time the Schlock Mercenary Bundle and the individual titles that comprise it are the only Ebooks we provide in PDF format. We've extensively considered PDF format for Baen Ebooks. However, Baen Ebooks does not currently plan to offer it for collections other than the Schlock Mercenary comics.

Andrew Preziosi Supporting Member of TMP22 Sep 2014 5:20 a.m. PST

Thanks CeruL.

I have the vast majority of the Freebie CDs that offer .epubs for my NOOK.

The problem is the earlier CDs didn't provide for Epub because the NOOK wasn't out yet, so there are a lot of books out there that don't quite fit.

The good news is that I did download Calibre while at FIU last night and I will also try to side-load one of the older books in HTML to my NOOK and see how that works.

I have more than enough books to keep me busy, so it won't be the end of the world if I can't convert, but I think I'll be able to manage.

I'll look into the link you sent though. Thanks.

Terrement Inactive Member22 Sep 2014 8:14 a.m. PST

No help for NOOK, but a great source for free e-books is here:

which is Kindle based, and you can download free Kindle apps to your computer or smartphone.

I know, you can't read all the books you have now.

But they are books.
And they are free.
And ya gotta love that.


Andrew Preziosi Supporting Member of TMP22 Sep 2014 8:50 a.m. PST

I have the Kindle app and take advantage of DFB on a weekly basis.

I know, I have tonnes of books already, but this little thing just sticks in my craw for some odd reason.

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