Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Digital Magazines Have Arrived!

The New Hampshire Downloadable Books Consortium is happy to announce that patrons can borrow digital magazines -- officially Nook Periodicals - on their tablets and smartphones. Read through the embedded instructions below for information about compatible devices and what you need to know. Windows 8 users, scroll to the bottom of the article.

Download the PDF of the Handout.

Windows 8 Users

1) Download the Nook app first before doing anything else. 

      a) The easiest way to the Windows store for the Nook app is to swipe left from the right side of the screen to bring up charms IF you're using a touchscreen.

      b) If you're using a mouse, it's a little trickier, but can be
done: bring the mouse to RIGHT ABOVE the time/date section of the task bar on the bottom of the screen, and the charms will appear.

      c) Once the charms appear, select the search option, and type in "Store".  The Windows app store will come up, click, and simply search for "Nook". Download to proceed.

2) After downloading the Nook app and opening the app, it gives the option to sign in with either your Microsoft Account, or a Nook Account. Sign in with a Nook account -- not the Microsoft account. (You might be required to create a new Nook account at bn.com and not through the app itself.)

A big thank-you to Lisa at the Merrimack Public Library for the Windows 8 instructions! 

How to Install the Nook App on a Kindle Fire
The Nook app is not offered as an official app of the Kindle Fire and is not available in the Kindle app store. However, the Kindle Fire itself is an Android device and can install applications from other locations other than the Kindle app store. In order to install an app from a location other than the official Kindle Fire app store, a setting must be changed. This setting is turned off by default. You may wish to turn the setting back off after you've successfully installed the Nook app.

  1. On the Kindle Fire >> Settings >> Device >> Turn on “Allow Installation of Applications from Unknown Sources.”
  2. Download a copy of the Nook app.
  3. Drag the notifications menu downwards and tap on the Nook App APK to install and open the app.

Here are two known locations for the Nook app:

http://m.getjar.com >> Search for Nook -- Watch closely for additional ads that look like download buttons!

Notes: After changing the settings, I’ve had to restart the Fire at least once – and in some cases – many, many times before the device accepted the Nook app download.

How will you know if it fails? If it fails, the app might download, but when you drag down the notifications and tap on the Nook App APK, you’ll get a failure notification.

Then, after the Xth restart, tapping and opening the APK magically installs the Nook app.

In my experience, the newer, second generation Kindle Fires only need one restart, but the older first generation Fires need multiple restarts.