Nook Loan Token Not Found – Solution

(Last Updated On: Jun 7, 2016)

What to do if you see a “Nook loan token not found” error or a “User not activated” error when trying to read an ebook from the library on your NOOK? The book will usually show up on your Nook but when you try to open it, it will say “loan token not found”.

Nook-Loan-TokenThis error message appears when the Nook eReader or Tablet is not authorized after the book is downloaded and opened in ADE. If you read epub books a lot, this can be a daunting issue that may potentially stop you from reading a lot of books.

There are solutions for this issue.

The easiest solution and the one that should work right away is to reset the Adobe credentials on your NOOK.

  • Install Adobe Digital Editions on your computer
  • Create An Adobe ID or an OverDrive account
  • In ADE, go to Help > Authorization Information.
  • If this option is grayed out, authorize your computer before continuing. With Overdrive: In ADE go to Help > Authorize Computer, select OverDrive from the drop-down menu. Enter your email and password for OverDrive, then select Authorize. With Adobe: In Adobe ID go to Help > Authorize Computer enter Adobe ID with your password. Click Authorize.
  • Close ADE Connect your NOOK to your computer.
  • Open Windows Explorer ( File Explorer) and double-click NOOK under “Computer” (or “This PC”). Find the adobe-digital-editions folder and delete it.
  • Again Open ADE, and try transferring the eBook again.
  • Disconnect your NOOK.

Now you should be able to read the Book on your device.

Why does the Nook loan token not found error occur?

This error can occur on Nooks that have been working fine for months, all of a sudden. Usually the culprit is the B&N upgrade of their software on your NookColor, Nook GlowLight, Nook Touch, Nook HD+ etc.

It may first de-register your device with Adobe Digital, then you may get the “Loan Token Not Found.”
So, what you need to do is re-authorize device with Adobe Digital, USB Nook to the computer, delete the eBook from Adobe Digital Editions and the Nook, go back to your Overdrive and re-download the eBook to Adobe and then to Nook again.

Sometimes, the Nook loan token not found error can be a bit trickier to solve. If the solution described did not work, try doing the following:

  • Go to “My Computer” and click on the Nook
  • Find and delete the .adobe-digital-editions file
  • Close ADE
  • Restart ADE
  • If your Nook is not visible to ADE, go back to Nook in “My Computer”
  • Find and delete the Digital Editions” file
  • Close AD
  • Restart ADE
  • Now the Nook should be visible
  • Click “Authorize Device”

Hope this helps. Please share in the comments how you solved your loan token not found Nook or Nook user not activated Adobe Digital Editions problem.