Yet Another Reminder That You Don't Own Your Ebooks: B&N Nook Deletes Files, Blames User

from the poof-gone dept

Just as Barnes and Noble is updating the Nook, its ebook reader that hasn’t gotten much traction, comes reports that of an upset customer who found that the Nook deleted all of his files, and when he complained to B&N, the company basically told him it was his fault and there was nothing it could do. While B&N was able to restore the ebooks, it could not restore anything else, not from B&N, such as his own documents and notes:

I tried to turn my Nook on this morning and it wouldn’t turn on. Finally, it gave me a screen that said it was updating and that I needed to leave it be, so I did. When it had finished updating it had wiped all of the files off of my nook. When I reregister the device, the books from B&N will return, but everything, including documents not from B&N, has been deleted.

When I called technical support (1-800-THE-BOOK) to complain/make sure they were aware of the problem so that it wouldn’t happen to other people, I was informed that this can happen when the device hasn’t been updated in awhile. I asked if this was something they were trying to fix and I was blamed for the fact that everything had been wiped from my device because I had not been studiously updating the device. I asked if he understood how absurdly incompetent this was, my computer, after all, does not delete all my files because I don’t update it for awhile. I was informed that my computer updates everyday, whereas I have apparently not updated my nook in a terribly long unspecified length of time, which was just too long and too many updates for it to handle without deleting all my files.

Amazon got in a lot of hot water years ago for deleting copies of an ebook. You would think Barnes & Noble would know better than to do the same.

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TheStupidOne says:

Re: Well damn...

The nook reads the open format epub and runs Android so it is hackable (nookdevs.com)

Those are the two primary reasons i bought mine. This story stinks of a software glitch that someone at B&N idiotically explained away. The moral of the story is that if you have anything on your reader that isn’t from B&N you should have a backup of it (I suggest DRM stripped backup versions of the B&N books as well)

Colin (profile) says:

Re: Well damn...

I followed the Kindle debacle on this site and it is what led me to buy a Sony e-book reader, which I’ve populated with approximately 3000 “evaluation” books downloaded of torrent networks. When I’m through reading them, I’ll be in a position to report on the suitability of the Sony product as an e-book reader. To this point, I can tell you that the books don’t seem to mysteriously disappear, nor have I had any problems with losing notes.

Scote (profile) says:

Not analagous

“Amazon got in a lot of hot water years ago for deleting copies of an ebook. You would think Barnes & Noble would know better than to do the same. “

Amazon *deliberately* permanently deleted purchased books from customers e-readers because of licensing issues, taking not only the purchased e-books, but also customer notes. It was not an accident. The nook has a bug, a bad bug that deletes stuff from the nook when it does a big update, with the idea being that it can re-sync with your computer. But if you haven’t synced with your computer recently, you may loose the documents you made in between syncs. It is an appalling, inexcusable bug, but it is not the deliberate memory holing of customer e-books the way the Amazon fiasco was.

Anonymous Coward says:

Re: B&N is in what business?

Agreed that it’s not analogous to the Amazon situation.

Also agreed that this is an appalling inexcusable bug. What makes it really bad is that some people don’t see these products as a mobile platform to read books purchased from their online bookstore. They might see this as a platform to view their own documents.

Their care with the customer’s data and reply from support seems to suggest that this market segment is not one of their priorities.

This might be good to know as there are other options: competing ebook readers, iPad, netbooks, etc.

Steve R. (profile) says:

Ye Olde Double Standard

Companies get all upset if you “infringe”. They then threaten you with all sorts of lawsuits demanding excessive compensation for the supposed damage that they claim to have suffered. Yet when they “destroy” your data or “brick” your device; the universal response (blowing you off) is: “Not our problem, go pound sand.”. It’s amazing that our economy even works.

:Lobo Santo (profile) says:

Re: Ye Olde Double Standard

If economies stopped working due to jackassery, we’d have no economy anywhere at present.

This situation persists because there is no competitor stepping up and saying things like “No sir! We’d never delete your books or personal files of your device! Please forgive this incredible inconvenience, how can we make it up to you?”

Anonymous Coward says:

Re: Re: Ye Olde Double Standard

There doesn’t have to be a competitor. The real issue is people have this crazy impulse to buy things without waiting for a marketplace to test it in the real-world. Or at all?

I want an e-book, I’m just not happy with what’s on the market now. I like the iPad probably the best, but I hate Apple and I won’t give them 1? of my money. I still won’t jump on any gen1 product. My data integrity and time is too important.

Anonymous Coward says:

This is just like a computer crashing and if the user doesn’t have a backup, is it the manufacturers fault that they didn’t save those files? The part you just kinda skim over is the fact that the books he PURCHASED ARE STILL THERE. He was able to get them back no problem, they helped him do it, and just informed him that he would have to reload the other files. If he had used an SD card too, that also would’ve been fine and it wouldn’t have deleted off of there either. And considering the last update was in JUNE, I find it hard for someone to be upset if they haven’t used their device in 4 months.

JEDIDIAH says:

Re: The jailbreaking problem.

Can the end user make a real backup?

Or will the platform specifically prevent him from doing so?

This is a real issue with the new generation of PC “appliances” that no longer allow you to access your own data anymore.

If you can’t mount the device on a PC like a harddrive and do what you want with the data, then you aren’t in a position to fend for yourself in terms of backups. This is something that should be much more prominent on the “consumer radar” than it is currently.

If you can’t “pirate” stuff then you can’t preserve it. This goes for conventional archiving as well as backups.

Anonymous Coward says:

Re: Re: The jailbreaking problem.

The files that he is worried about are files he had to have gotten OFF OF HIS OWN COMPUTER, then put onto the device. The device like anything else can restart. Do I blame apple when it deleted all my music that I loaded on there when my ipod updated it’s software? No. I had my backup and just reloaded, an inconvenience but I’m not crying out that they’re trying to get rid of music that I don’t own. This entire argument is ludicrous. The NOOK allows you to load Epub, ereader and pdf files, but in order to do you, you must first have the files on your computer. If you are worried about those, they didn’t come from barnes and noble, how is Barnes and Noble responsible for them?

rabbit wise (profile) says:

Re: Re: Re: The jailbreaking problem.

I know I am about to get CAPPED AT but I think you are missing the point?

Writing updates that in any way shape or form destroy your customer’s data is not a winning business strategy. Should he back up his data? Yes. Should it be B&N’s problem that he did not back up his data? No. Should B&N be putting out software that has the apparently anticipated effect of destroying someone’s data. No. Do I have to spend money at B&N? No. And why would I when this is their product? And why would I waste my money on any other product in their stores if they can’t be bothered with this franchise product they’ve been crowing about for how long?

Rich says:

Re: Re:

That’s not it at all. He is not upset because the nook crashed and he lost all his data. He complained because when a nook updates, it can wipe all your data. He wanted them to FIX that issue, because it’s an idiotic thing to do. He wasn’t complaining because he was too stupid to do a backup. You shouldn’t have to restore your data because the thing updates.

LEChakan says:

Re: Re: Re:

So, when I update my technology’s operating system – whether that be a laptop, BlackBerry or likewise – I’m entitled to be aggrieved when my previously stored data is lost?

Seriously?

Anyone with a lick of tech sense knows to backup their data before messing with updates. Especially when we’re talking third-party applications and related data….

And that truly is what we’re talking about here:

This guy side loaded third-party data, and he now expects Barnes and Noble to replicate it for him, post-update.

It’s time, me thinks, to add the use of e-book technology to that list of activities requiring background checks, training and licensure. Otherwise, God knows…we’ll end up with a world of dangerous e-book idiots – like this character – running around, creating havoc, stupid and scot free.

Anonymous Coward says:

Re: Re:

No no no. Rookie mistake.

The correct analogy is:

You update your web browser (on your PC) and it decides to erase your hard-drives. Now, it’s your fault that you didn’t feel like updating it for 4 months and that your were using your internal HD to store important files. I mean, come on, nobody uses an HD anyomore. Please…every one knows you should always keep your PC’s data in an SD card. They are much more reliable.

So stop complaining. You BIOS is still intact isn’t it? Hell, customer support even helped you to reinstall windows. You are stupid and dumb and stupid and it’s your fault that you lost your data. We made no mistakes at all.

Anonymous Coward says:

NOOK is 20% of the e-reader market. So the idea that they don’t have much “traction” is bogus.

They should be more customer service based, definitely. For God’s Sake they are from a bookstore. You should be able to call your local Barnes & Noble and talk with a person. If you can’t resolve the problem over the phone, you’re able to take it to the B&N, this is way easier than dealing with a Kindle.

LEChakan says:

Ummm. Wrong.

Non-B&N books are uploaded onto the Nook by the end user, and are not maintained on the Barnes and Noble site. Rather, those books are kept on the end user’s computer, usually in Adobe Digital Editions.

I’m all for bashing the Big Bad Corporate Demi-Gods, but truly…in this case, it wasn’t the fault of B&N. The end user has a backup somewhere, otherwise he’d not have been able to get the documents onto his Nook. More than likely, he’s a neophyte Nookster and doesn’t know his disk drives from his elbows.

Anonymous Coward says:

i cannot believe how misleading this headline is. i expect this kind of reporting from the consumerist, not techdirt.

and i am calling you out on it.

during a nook update all his files were lost. but they were only lost ON THE NOOK. the books were still there in his account, and all were fully restored to the reader by B&N (which is strange, he should be able to just log in and get them)

His other files? the ones he put on there? well, those files should also be somewhere else, like his computer. You cannot generate content (other than notes) on your nook. you can only consume it. And the chance of losing files is present in ANY device when conducting an update, your ipod, your phone, your computer.

imagine if the story was: guy loses all of his iTunes when he updates to windows 7, Apple restores all of the purchased files but refuses to restore the MP3’s he got from ripping personal CD’s. Would your headline be about how evil Apple is?

basically you are using one guys lack of back up to prove we don’t own ebooks, even though he got all of his ebooks back? B&N does the right thing and he does the wrong thing, and … what exactly?

look, DRM bad, yes, ebook policies which allow sellers to erase ebooks, bad, yes. but seriously, false reporting is bad too. i expect better of techdirt.

i expect better.

Anonymous Coward says:

Re: Re:

Reading comprehension isn’t your strongest point is it?

Imagine if a story was: Windows XP Service Pack 3 deletes your hard drive. Oh, but that’s okay, because you still get all your Windows pre-installed software!

Or: Updating iTunes deletes all MP3’s off of your computer, even self-ripped ones that have nothing to do with Apple.

And then the response is “It’s your own fault”.

Anonymous Coward says:

Re: Re: Re:

it is your fault.

seriously.

back up your shit. all of it. i’ve been singing this tune since windows 95 took out my 500meg harddrive in college. back.up.your.files. and don’t cry to me or any of your computer savvy friends when you lose them.

and reading is something i do a lot of, thanks.

the files were erased, that was bad. but it has ABSOLUTELY NOTHING to do with ‘Another Reminder That You Don’t Own Your Ebooks’ as the title says.

Anonymous Coward says:

Re: Re: Re: Re:

Backup my shit, that’s good advice. My hard-drive can, one day, fail and I lose everything. But, on updating my software, I don’t expect my hard-drive to be erased.

Suppose you are doing a routine update to, I dunno, Java. Do you admit the possibility of your hard-drive being erased? If that ever happened, there would be bloodshed. And plenty of it. I certainly would demand blood.

It is an obvious programming error that can cost people something that, in this day and age, is much more important than money: data.

Anonymous Coward says:

Re: Re: Re:2 Re:

i don’t demand anything.

i had a friend have her entire appartment complex burn down. in the time it took her to get dinner she lost everything.

all the harddrive back ups, all the printed back ups in teh world would not have saved her files.

see, here is the deal. these digital things, your writings, your mp3’s, your books, your pictures, whatever. they are yours. how important are they to you?

if they aren’t very, and you don’t back up, then don’t be upset when they are gone. period.

we went through every email, every file, anything we could find to get her any writing she had back. but it wasn’t nearly a tenth of what was now gone.

my back up plan includes printing out files, because it is hard for paper to crash or become corrupted, multiple external harddrive back ups, i use dropbox and have several friends who share files as off site storage.

so no, i don’t demand anything of you or anyone else when it comes to back up. i am speaking from experience. if these things are important to you, then YOU must be pro-active in preserving them.

(and, as i have learned, that also means saving them in a file format that will be readable years later. i’m looking at you lotus notes…)

raelalt (profile) says:

Don't backup your data to SD cards. Sheesh.

“Please…every one knows you should always keep your PC’s data in an SD card. They are much more reliable.”
.
I hope this was said in jest because, if not, it shows extreme ignorance about the stability of SD cards which have a limited life span. And even if you were just being funny someone may take you seriously and actually do this.

Jason G. (profile) says:

I don't see a problem

As a computer engineer who designs hardware level code (not ‘apps’) for embedded systems (i.e. e-readers, phones, etc.) I would say that this is 80-90% not an issue about B&N intentionally clearing user content. Calling users idiots to their faces is not exactly a smart plan, but the sad truth is that users are, as a whole, idiots. Clearing user space memory, while not desirable, is at times unavoidable when updating a device like this, and B&N should defiantly warned users that all their content would be erased as well as providing a convenient backup method. As far as being an intentionally anti-consumer move, however, I just don’t buy it.

Rich says:

Re: I don't see a problem

That can be true, especially for single-block FLASH devices. But I would call that a very bad design for something like this. I think people are missing the point. It is not about backing up your data. A device that could, randomly, delete all the stuff you have on it whenever it updates, is not a very reliable or usable one. At the very least, they should warn people it could happen.

Nicole says:

Really?

I can’t believe how unbelievable misleading this post is… Sure the guy on the custer service line might not have been as helpful as the caller would have wished, but really??

The way the nook works (for those of you who obviously don’t know) is that you can buy books through B&N directly, and oyu can buy ePub and pdf’s from other eBook retailers. When you buy books from other eBook retailers, it is the users responsibility to load and manage those titles.

If the nook crashes, or has a large update and the additional information gets wiped somehow, it is not B&N’s responsibility to keep that data for you. Every other eBook retailer keeps an online library for you. You still own your books, you just have to reload them.

Keep a back up of your “my documents” nook folder, then if it happens again, you can easily copy & paste the documents back onto your nook.

Shame on you for making B&N seem like the bad guy in all this. Does the situation suck for the consumer? Sure. Is it B&N’s fault? No.

Anonymous Coward says:

Correct analogy

People seem to be trying to throw out all sorts of analogies, like someone saying its like if you upgraded your internet browser and it wiped your hard drive… which is a bit of a stretch.

If you want a real world correct analogy to the topic at hand its like if you upgraded from windows XP to Windows 7.

You couldn’t upgrade from XP straight to 7, you had to install fresh and for most people that means a quick format of the hard drive as well, either way you have to re-install all your programs.

But if you had kept up with your updates and went from XP to Vista to 7 then you never would have had a problem.

I have a nook, I love it, and everything in My Documents on my nook is also sitting in a Calibre library on my desktop so if I go home tonight, and update it and lose My Documents, it takes me 30 seconds to plug into my computer open up Calibre, select the books I want and hit “Send to Device”

I would be a bit peeved if I wasn’t warned this could happen, but I wouldn’t be upset over it since I still have everything that I put on there to begin with on my computer.

Also I highly recommend calibre, can convert from any ebook format to another, download meta information like ratings and covers and its makes it really really easy to manage the books I have and which I have on my device at any given time.

Rich says:

Re: Correct analogy

The problem with analogies is they are usually wrong. This is not like upgrading to Windows 7. First off, that is a one-time thing. Secondly, it is controlled and done by the user. The device updates itself whenever. It’s not about keeping backups. It’s about a device that may and can wipe itself whenever. I would be miffed if every time I walked down to the park to read, the stupid thing updated and wiped out my files. Sure, I have them backed up at home, but I shouldn’t have to carry those back ups around with me because of the potential for a random update. I would want to go on vacation with just the reader. I don’t want to have to lug around backups, too.

athe says:

Re: Re: Correct analogy

How can you assume that the analogy is wrong (not saying that the analogy is correct either, there is not enough information either way).

Perhaps this was similar to a major version update to the embedded device’s OS, 1.x to 2.0?

If so, what it should do is warn the user that this may/will cause data loss, and give them an out so that they can back up their data (B&N’s fault if it doesn’t).

vastrightwing (profile) says:

Re: Correct analogy

Do you carry your Nook backups around with you on vacation or your business trip in case B&N decides they want to reflash your device and clear all the memory? My guess is no. So imagine you’re on a trip and the Nook decides it’s time to reflash itself. Oops! You’re caught without your backups. The whole point of the Nook is to have access to your content without lugging around a laptop. I don’t care what the device is, I want control over IF and WHEN the device is updated. I even turn off my OS auto-updates because I want control of when it decides to update. On some occasions, I have returned to my PC with an empty desktop after Microsoft applied a “critical” update and it thus rebooted itself and closed all my open documents and applications (I didn’t loose any data). It takes me an hour or so to recreate the same configuration I had. So I wish all manufacturers would stop this horrible assumption they can automatically reboot my devices without my consent. It’s extremely annoying!

vastrightwing (profile) says:

I'll ask the question

Why in heck didn’t the Nook ASK the user to backup his data before it cleared his files? Hummm? Most software will inform you that it’s about to do a destructive operation and inform the user before the damage is done. There is no excuse for this at all. The update could have been deferred indefinitely until the owner gave it permission to do the update. In principal, I hate the idea of auto updates, especially when they are destructive. I have no tolerance for the engineers who were so sloppy with their implementation. bad bad!

Anonymous Coward says:

Alright, maybe this is a dumb question. Why do I have to update my books? They aren’t changing, the hardware isn’t changing, yet they’re releasing updates? Is there some malware for e-readers that I haven’t heard of that necessitates this?

This is almost like the “electric abacus”. An abacus is easy to use (once you learn how to use it), can do many things, requires no power, and is portable. Much like a book.

The electric abacus (i.e. abacus computer program) has odd limitations due to memory sizes, is not portable, requires a lot of power, suffers from random failures, and is not necessarily easy to use. Much like an e-reader.

Next time I hear someone say “Whoops, my book ran out of power” I’m going to punch them in the face.

Rekrul says:

Here’s a radical idea; They should make a device that works properly right from the start without the need for daily updates.

Personally, I find today’s trend of making devices that are constantly “updating” by connecting to the home company, and which can be controlled remotely, to be disturbing. The last thing I want is for some company to be able to control a device I paid for.

Anonymous Coward says:

Re: Re:

Daily updates? really? they released major software updates four times over the course of eight months, about one every two months, and when you used the nook, these updates improved the performance and added a ton of features every time. Sure they don’t have to be updated, but if an update includes a bugfix to say.. a randomly crashing device that would then erase all the user data.. I think that update should be pushed through. You have to be at and connected to wifi anyway for that software update to download. And often it doesn’t delete everything, its also even possible that he told it to by the way he pressed and held the power button, inadvertently reseting it to factory settings, by messing with it. None of those situations are directly barnes and noble’s fault, and again, they arent books that he paid for from the barnes and noble store, so how are they responsible for backups of them?

Karl (profile) says:

Re: Re: Re:

Sure they don’t have to be updated

If the story is correct, they do.

Remember, he didn’t manually install the update. He just turned it on one morning, and it updated without warning, losing all his data in the process.

Is B&N legally responsible for his documents? No. But it’s still a dick move, and it does point to the idea that he doesn’t have control over the device he owns.

Anonymous Coward says:

Re: re:

see this is what pisses me off so much about this post. techdirt DOESN’T usually do that. usually they are the voice of reason in a situation providing some sort of explaination.

this? the title and the story are mostly unrelated, and it is being spun as anti-DRM when DRM isn’t even involved!

i repeat, i expect better from you, techdirt.

Jessica says:

Sounds to me like someone doesn’t know what he’s doing. Going by his description, it almost sounds like he factory-reset his nook by holding the power button down too many times trying to turn it on, thus resetting the whole thing. The very first thing the nook does after a factory reset is apply the latest update to the nook and wipe everything off of it.

Lesson? He should keep his non-B&N materials backed up on his computer (considering he has to actually use the computer to put the documents ON the nook to begin with) and try storing the non-B&N materials on a microSD card as opposed to the main memory, because it wipes EVERYTHING from the main memory when it factory resets.

This story is being seriously misrepresented all over these tech blogs, and frankly, I’m appalled.

whatruthinking says:

nook owners expect miracles

If you get a virus on your home computer that wipes out your harddrive do you call the maker of that computer to complain NO. Just exactly how is Barnes and Noble suppose to know about all of your personal files. There is no random huge storage computer out in never, neverland that is monitoring every darn thing you do to nook and storing a backup just in case. No-one does it for your computer either. Fact is, you wouldn’t want them too. Don’t expect absurd things. Don’t post a stupid complaint when you haven’t a clue what you are talking about. They didn’t steal them from you.

Y.Y. (profile) says:

Nook does nothing for customers..... Bad move for Nook buyers....

This is what happened to me today. I wrote the below to their customer service email address. I have heard nothing from them.

I just became a Nook customer for the first time and I had issues with a ebook purchased. I downloaded it into my ipad under your Nook ipad App.
I was unable to open the the file so I deleted the book in hopes of re-downloading it to resolve any issues. (As this can occur with ipad apps as well.)
I was then no longer able to access the book. Minutes thereafter, I searched under the website for Support and sope with your Nook Tier 1 Staff.
The conversation was very disturbing. The first thing that I was informed was that I had to buy the book again. and when I confirmed, she says “yes.”

Only after mentioning that this may be an issue, I am informed that she will try to undelete and to wait an hour to access the book. When I deleted
under Nook, I was given no warnings whatsoever that by deleting it under the library, I may be risking to have to purchase the book again. This is
potentially a major lawsuit waiting for you guys at Nook. I am writing to you before I conduct myself in any other way. Please respond as to how
Nook intends to fix this issue for future Nook customers.

11:10:09 : (MY NAME): Initial Question/Comment: I bought this inline, downloaded it on my ipad nook app.. didn’t load so I deleted it in the library… now I can’t access it…

11:10:14 : System: Welcome to the Barnes & Noble Chatroom.

11:10:39 : System: Angelica has joined this session!

11:10:39 : System: Connected with Angelica. Your Reference Number for this chat is 370195.

11:10:44 : System: Thanks for joining us.

11:11:00 : (MY NAME): hi

11:11:05 : (MY NAME): can you help?

11:11:28 : Angelica: Thank you for joining Barnes and Noble Digital Chat Support.

11:12:14 : Angelica: As I understand, you are unable to open a book. Is that correct?

11:12:15 : (MY NAME): just bought The Hospice Companion [NOOK Book] downloaded it once to the app library…. it didn’t open so I deleted it in hopes of downloading it again… I can’t

11:12:45 : Angelica: I am sorry for the inconvenience, Yasushi. Let me assist you.

11:13:00 : Angelica: With regard to your concern, where did you delete the book?

11:13:14 : (MY NAME): in my ipad nook app

11:13:23 : (MY NAME): under library

11:14:05 : Angelica: Did you archive it or delete it?

11:14:23 : (MY NAME): delete

11:15:05 : Angelica: I see.

11:16:20 : Angelica: What you’ve done is to permanently delete the book. In that case, you will need to repurchase it.

11:16:43 : (MY NAME): so I have to pay for it again?

11:17:25 : Angelica: Yes.

11:18:04 : (MY NAME): you guys are crazy…. what’s tech support for?

11:18:33 : (MY NAME): I didn’t get any warnings regarding this when I deleted

11:19:49 : Angelica: I am still looking for the resolution, Yasushi.

11:20:03 : Angelica: Let me see what we can do.

11:21:43 : (MY NAME): I’m printing this conversation. This can lead to a major lawsuit for you guys by Nook customers. (This is not a threat remark) Apple customers can download their apps time after time once you purchase anything. I hope you have a better system….

11:22:30 : Angelica: What I will do is to undelete this book, please try to open it again after an hour.

11:22:47 : (MY NAME): okay… hopefully it works….

11:22:55 : Angelica: Is there anything else I can help you with?

11:23:24 : (MY NAME): we’ll just have to wait an hour. What Tier level support are you by chance?

11:24:10 : Angelica: We are Tier1.

11:24:41 : (MY NAME): and your protocol is tell customers to repurchase the book?

11:25:25 : Angelica: No, you’ll just have to open it again.

11:25:39 : (MY NAME) what’s your agent number?

11:26:09 : Angelica: You may just take note the session number 370195.

11:26:40 : (MY NAME): I need to discuss this with someone in a higher Tier level. It’s not your fault. The system they set up for you is inadequate.

11:27:07 : Angelica: I understand, (MY NAME).

11:27:43 : Angelica: Once I’ve already undelete the book, you’ll just have to open it again. It will not cost you anything.

11:27:59 : (MY NAME): There aren’t enough warnings before people delete. Nook has been around long enough that there isn’t an excuse for all this.

11:28:34 : (MY NAME): what’s the corporate IT’s contact?

11:28:50 : (MY NAME): email or phone

11:29:30 : Angelica: Unfortunately, we don’t have that information. But you can send an email to Service@barnesandnoble.com.

11:30:02 : (MY NAME): okay, will do. I’ll see where this leads to.

11:30:15 : Angelica: Sure.

11:30:20 : Angelica: Do you have any concern?

11:30:23 : (MY NAME): merry Xmas

11:30:34 : (MY NAME): plenty of concerns

11:30:40 : Angelica: Thank you for contacting Barnes and Noble Digital Chat Support. Have a good night.

11:31:00 : System: The session has ended!

********

9:13PM PST I Checked my account only to find nothing….. Now I’m disturbed.

Eric Britten says:

My books disappeared, too!

I found this discussion when I Googled my problem – all my books disappeared when my Nook software updated. I hadn’t updated it in a while ‘cuz I usually only use my Nook when travel. So, I read that this is a problem everyone has if they don’t update their Nook regularly. I just went to the Nook site and sent them a message saying that I got on a plane to start a 20-hour flight, opened my Nook – and NO BOOKS! This absolutely stinks, so I told them I’m just gonna permanently retire my Nook. I don’t have the time or patience for this crap. I’ll use my Ipod. Anyone want a slightly used Nook cheap???

Alexander E says:

Re: My books disappeared, too!

Yes, I will buy your nook! What I don’t think people are realizing is that B&N is being very nice by letting you sideload epub and pdf files in the first place. It makes it very easy to just download pirated copies of books. Hence how used to have almost every D&D manual ever made. Oh no! I lost all my sideloaded files when I updated for the first time in months, good thing I backup my OWN files, and B&N backs up THEIRS. It is known that all devices can delete shit when you update to a much newer version of software, and it’s not B&N responsibility to backup your personal files. Just theirs. I find that most consumers are computer illiterate and get very irate and defensive when their knowledge on how to operate their system is proven inadequate. Learn how your device works right after you buy it and figure out how to manipulate it. Quit being an electronics sheep.

Beth says:

Well damn...

Buy a Kindle B&N Suck, I got a NOOK tablet in May and something went wrong with it yesterday, I paid extra for a replacement plan, and I went today and they don’t even make them any more so they gave me a preowned assuring me it was like new, it’s worst than the one I returned I’m so upset, they are rude and that was the second time I took it back the first time they said there was nothing wrong with it.

Beth says:

Well damn...

Buy a Kindle B&N Suck, I got a NOOK tablet in May and something went wrong with it yesterday, I paid extra for a replacement plan, and I went today and they don’t even make them any more so they gave me a preowned assuring me it was like new, it’s worst than the one I returned I’m so upset, they are rude and that was the second time I took it back the first time they said there was nothing wrong with it.

Bruce says:

new os dumps everything to put android on nook

For anyone still thinking of buying a nook I relate ny recent (today) experience.
My entire operating system was just converted to android with chrome for a browser and every setting switche when barnes and noble decided that they would decide what software my device could run.no request for permission no warning and no reverting to what I paid for. Now microsoft is looking at buyingthis platform so it cansell adds and access to you device. My advice is don’t buy a nook. I bought the nook hd+ and hadto return it immediately for some software failure that corrupted any book it downloadedfrom b&n now the inside components slide around every time the device is turned and the updates are swapping OS completely with no option to decline. Iexpect this one month old device to fail in less than six monthes and b&n will not be getting any more business from me

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