Uploading to your eReader via USB

I have been spending some time with our helpdesk issues and noticed that one of the most often asked for advice is how to upload our eBooks to eReaders – from Kindle to [insert no-name reader here] – and today I thought I’d connect up a Nook SimpleTouch and write some step-by-step instructions.

The first thing I did was to plug the Nook into the computer. Our generic steps say that the eReader should be recognized as a separate removable drive; that didn’t happen for me. I got a device driver failure notification. A quick web search determined that I was not the only one with this problem.

Then I noticed that the Nook screen had a message stating that the Nook battery was too low to power on the device and that I should wait 15 minutes. In 15 minutes, the Nook powered up on its own and appeared in my device listing.

Sure enough, there was the Nook in the directory listing and I could browse to it without doing a thing.

I then opened my browser to the eBook details page for Jay Alfred’s Dark Earth and downloaded the ePub version to my downloads folder.


From here, it was a simple matter to drag the Dark-Earth.epub to my Nook directory.

I ejected my nook by right-clicking on the drive labeled “Nook” in the directory listing and selecting “Eject” and checked my Nook’s library to see this:

I hope these directions help clarify the process for you – even if you don’t have a Nook.

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