I own a Nook, and while it will never replace my physical library, it is very handy for travelling, or for the occasional bit of instant gratification. ;)
However, one very annoying thing about the Nook--and to be fair, really, this is true of any e-book platform--is that is only accepts certain formats of ebooks. One cannot, for example, put Kindle ebooks on your Nook. This, of course, is to make sure that you purchase ebooks from Barnes & Noble, which I'm generally more than willing to do. Except, of course, that there are inevitably *some* ebooks which are only available in Kindle format, or in another format not supported by Nook. I imagine that Kindle, Kobo, and other ebook platforms have the same problem.
As you might imagine, this is frustrating at best.
Yesterday, I was browsing Bayou Renaissance Man's blog. Peter has recently published a book on his experiences as a prison chaplain, and I was interested in reading it via my Nook, as the ebook version is about half the price of the physical version. Naturally, it was only available via Kindle, and I didn't really relish the idea of having to sit in front of my computer screen to use the Kindle program to read it.
Peter very kindly mentioned the Calibre E-Book Management program, of which I'd never heard before. This is a free program which "translates," if you will, one ebook format into another. So, book only available on Kindle? Purchase it, download it to your computer, tell Calibre to reformat it to epub (the format used by Nooks), and copy the book onto your Nook. Voila!!
Seriously, the program is incredibly simple, and walks you through the process step-by-step. Nook users will be happy to get access to the Kindle library, while Kindle users will probably relish being able to access all the Google Books epubs available via the Nook program. How cool is that?
And, incidentally, if you or someone you know has an interest in law enforcement, corrections, or society as it pertains to corrections, I can strongly recommend Walls, Wire, Bars and Souls. It's a bit raw in places, but so is the topic, and Peter avoids both of the usual tropes (one which glorifies crime while suggesting that no criminal is ever actually to blame for his actions, and the other which dehumanizes the souls behind the bars) in books on the subject.