Barnes & Noble is a prestigious brick-and-mortal book store in the US. With the popularity of eBooks, many people purchase eBooks from Barnes & Noble. Because of Nook DRM protection, many people are unable to convert Nook books for reading on iPad, Kindle / Paperwhite, Kobo and other reading devices. Currently it becomes even more complicated for Nook has changed its encryption key. But as long as you follow the steps below, you'll be able to handle this. Now this guide will tell you how to remove Nook DRM in 2 ways.
Epubor Nook DRM Removal enables users to remove Nook eBook DRM protection from Nook Color, Nook Simple Touch, Nook Glow and other Nook readers in a simple way without any extra steps. As long as you sync Nook books with Nook for PC/Mac app, you can easily remove DRM protection from Nook EPUB books.
Step 1. Launch Nook for PC on your computer.
Register Nook app with your B&N account.
After the registration, all your purchased Nook EPUB books as well as magazines and newspapers will be displayed under "my library" category immediately.
Step 2. Click on the cover of each title to download Nook books to your computer.
Default Nook content path for Windows desktop software: C:\...\Documents\My Barnes & Noble eBooks\Your email address
Default Nook content path for Windows 8/10 app: c:\Users\[Your Username]\AppData\Local\Packages\BarnesNoble.Nook_[several digits]\LocalState
Default Nook content path for Mac: Documents\My Barnes & Noble eBooks\Your email address
Step 3. Launch Epubor Nook DRM Removal (free trial).
All your Nook books under the default Nook content path will be imported automatically and displayed in the right column. You can also click "Add" button to load them.
Step 4. Drag books into the left interface and start to remove Nook DRM
Directly drag those Nook books from the right side to the left side, or drag from local folder.
For the first time you decrypt Nook books, you will get this window, that's pretty normal. In this situation, please input your Nook account's email address and password. The billing name and credit card number method is no longer working on the new DRM.
Notice: The Calibre method is not guaranteed to work with new Nook DRM.
If you want to remove Nook DRM with freeware application, you can try to add a Nook DRM Removal Plugin to Calibre. The defect is that it maybe a bit cumbersome for those who are not familiar with computer operations. Besides, since Nook has changed their DRM method, the second method may not work any longer. Therefore I would recommend the first method if you prefer to remove Nook eBook DRM in a simpler way.
Step 1. Launch Calibre.
Click on more icon, then select "Preferences" -> "Change Calibre behavior".
Step 2. Click "Plugins" icon under "Advanced" label.
Step 3. Select "Load plugin from file".
Step 4. Click "Yes" on the "Are you sure" window. Then there will be a "Success" window.
Step 5. Click "OK" on the "Success" Window and Nook DRM Removal will be added to Calibre successfully.
Step 6. Click to select the plugin. Click "Customize plugin" button below.
Step 7. Make sure whether have any exsiting key files.
When the "Import existing key files" window pops, select "No" if you are using the plugin for the first time. Otherwise select "Yes" to migrate previous key files into the plugin.
Step 8. Add and input account info.
As a new user, click the "Add" icon on the right hand and input your account info. Then click "OK".
Unique Key Name: This is a unique key name used to identify the key you created.
Your Name: This is the same as the billing name mentioned in method 1 (Step 4).
Credit Card #: This is the same as the credit card No. mentioned in method 1 (Step 4).
Step 9. Add books to Calibre
Restart Calibre and add your Nook books to Calibre (refer to Step 2, Method 1 to get Nook Content folder), Nook DRM protection will be removed when the books are adding.
#1 Go to Barnes & Noble site and sign in.
#2 Select "Account Settings" on the top menu bar.
#3 Scroll down to "Settings", click "Manage Account Settings" under the "Account Settings" section.
#4 Go to "Other Account Settings" on the right hand side and click "Manage Credit Cards" to get the 16-digit card No. and full billing name.
Compared to the method2, method1 is more easier to use. Right? No need to load plugin, based on the newest Nook DRM scheme. Now, after your Nook books are DRM free, you're now allowed to read them on multiple devices and share them freely.
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Ada Wang works for Epubor and writes articles for a collection of blogs such as ebookconverter.blogspot.com.