The Barnes and Noble Nook HD and HD+ have been fairly successful due to their e-reader first approach and low entry price point. You can only buy these in the USA or the UK. If you live outside of those two countries you will have a fairly difficult time getting yourself up and running. Today, we look at what you need to do to use the Nook HD and HD+ outside the USA or overseas.
Barnes and Noble requires that you use a USA billing/shipping address for any digital content that you buy on their ecosystem. This is fairly easy to circumvent because the company never sends anything to your mailing or billing address. All purchase confirmations are sent via email, so it is imperative that you use a working one. In order to setup an account you need a valid postal code. I recommend looking at public buildings, such as art galleries or libraries on Google and using those details.
Once you have your billing address entered into the system you need to enter a credit card. In most cases you can use your own credit card and you can purchase apps, books, magazines and other digital content. The only thing that is geographically restricted is Nook Video. No matter what you do, you won’t be able to watch television or movies directly from B&N.
Most Nationally issued credit cards still will not work with Barnes and noble, despite the fact they are totally valid. In this case, I recommend a USA billing and USA Giftcard combo from Shop e-Readers. This company gives you a proper and valid address and also the ability to load in the exact dollar amount you want to purchase. This will allow you to buy eBooks and everything else very easily.
Setting up your billing and credit card information is necessary when you are booting and setting your device up for the first time. Making sure you use a USA address is imperative to get past the setup screen and start playing around with your new device.
Barnes and Noble integrated Google Play into their tablet and if you want to bypass buying anything from the bookseller directly, all you need is a Google account. You can download Netflix or any other video on demand service and purchase eBooks from Kobo, Amazon, or a myriad of other companies.
Michael Kozlowski is the Editor in Chief of Good e-Reader. He has been writing about audiobooks and e-readers for the past ten years. His articles have been picked up by major and local news sources and websites such as the CNET, Engadget, Huffington Post and Verge.