- nookColor Hardware Questions
- nook eReader Usage
- General NookColor Device Questions
- eBook and nookColor Content Questions
nookColor Hardware Questions
Warning: This will remove all your content and should be a last resort when your nook will not work properly. If you can de-register first before taking this step.
- Power down your nookColor/Tablet. Wait 10-15 seconds before continuing
- Press and hold power button and your "n" home button almost simultaneously (Power first and then the "n").
- Hold these until your screen flashes the "Touch the future of reading" message, wait 2 seconds and release buttons.
- You will then get a prompt asking if you want to reset your nook to factory settings. Press the home button to continue. It will ask you to confirm. Press the home key again.
- Your nook will deregister, reset, and when it reboots, you will see the introductory tutorials like it came from the factory.
To take a Screen Shot (essentially a picture of whatever you are currently looking at on screen) hold down the "n" button then press the down volume key on the side. The picture/screenshot will be stored in a folder called "Screenshots". You can view it or download the next time you connect your computer.
The nookColor, unlike the nook 3G, will not charge when plugged into a computer. Also B&N claims the microUSB cable you got with your nookColor is the only cable you should plug-in and use it with. If you are using another cable try the one that came with the nookColor.
If you are using the right cable and it's plugged into the outlet check that the connections are tight. If you still have a problem take your nookColor to your local store and ask them to see if it charges with their cable to see if your cable is defective.
If you don't fill the nook with MP3 files and pictures? :)
The nookColor has 8GB (up to 6000 eBooks on average) built in memory. You can expand your memory up to 32GB with microSD™ memory card. See our tutorial on memory cards and the nookColor.
This NOOK symbol on the lower front of your NOOKcolor (the metalic "n" button) is called the "Home" button. When you press the Home button while the NOOKcolor is sleeping it will wak up the NOOKcolor. If the NOOKcolor is already on, pressing the home button will take you back to the home screen (the one with all your books).
nook eReader Usage
Yup, I think if you use ADE you almost are sure to have problems with it. The ADE and the nook is a really half-baked operation. We have two resources to help. To get started with the tool and avoid the basic mistakes watch our video tutorial. If you are getting strange errors or the nookColor refuses to show up in ADE try our troubleshooting guide.
General NookColor Device Questions
Easy. You should start with a soft-reset. You shouldn't lose your data but it will force the device off.
- Press and hold the power button for five seconds, then release the power button.
- Press and release the power button again for two seconds to turn on your nookColor.
Now, it's best to have it plugged into a power source. The device might not work correctly if the battery is dead :)
Well, realistically yes you do. Remember this is a device designed to buy and use books from B&N and you can't do that without setting up an account. By setting up the account you can read free in store, sync your content, and buy B&N books. Here are the requirements to setup a B&N account for your nook:
- An email address
- A default credit card number setup on your account (for device purchases)
- A valid expiration date for the credit card
- A current U.S. billing address
This is the same as the iPhone or Google devices. You have to establish a payment source for things even if you aren't going to buy.
Did you copy a bunch of stuff to the SD card only to find it missing on the nookColor when you go to files?
You might have created multiple partitions on your SD memory card, and one of them is in a format that only your computer understands. The best thing to do when you have this problem is to format the SD card by following these steps:
THIS WILL DELETE YOUR SD CARD CONTENTS
- Go to the Settings Menu and tap "Device Info"
- Tap on SD Card
- Tap on Unmount SD card
- Tap the Format SD Card, the NOOKcolor displays a warning that formatting the memory card will erase its contents.
The superuser on the Android system is called "root". "rooting" is taking control over your nookColor so you can modify the system and install other software on it. This may void your warranty and could destroy the normal operation of your nookColor.
If you'd like more information read this article on our site.
This is complicated!
To BUY a nookColor you need to have a billing address in United States or in U.S. territories (American Samoa, Guam, Palau, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands).
To BUY eBook content it's rather confusing. Here are the details from the B&N site:
Purchasing digital content from the Barnes & Noble eBookstore on your NOOKcolor: You can only purchase digital content if you have a billing address in the United States, U.S. territories, or Canada. You cannot purchase digital content if you have an international billing address. You can only purchase digital content when physically within the United States (including Alaska and Hawaii), American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, Palau, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Canada. When you travel outside of these areas, you can download digital content to your NOOKcolor that you have already purchased (if you have a Wi-Fi connection), but you cannot buy digital con- tent. Some items are not available for purchase in Canada.People have tried some "tricks" to get around these things with the nook 3G, Read more here.
Technically no, B&N doesn't ship them outside the USA or support their use! Some clever nook users overseas have some tips to share on their experience. Read this blog if you are interested.
The manual is on your nookColor! If you removed it from your home screen just go to "Library" and search for Guide or look under Books. At this point you can't even delete it :)
If you don't own the nookColor yet you can find the manual online here
It depends. You need to make this decision before you buy if you want it from B&N or within 30 days from other vendors. Read our article on this for more information.
If you've encountered problems with your nookColor we'd suggest posting them to our nookTalk forum and see if anyone has run into your problem. The B&N Support Forum is very large and not friendly to newbies from what I've seen. Also check out the rest of the FAQ and our HOW-TO Guides.
Not yet. B&N has a nook App Store coming.
You can "root" the nookColor and install apps from the Android Market. Many users will be better to wait for the B&N approved store, but see our article on an Easy Root for NookColor.
eBook and nookColor Content Questions
It depends on the provider of the content. Many contain the new nookColor full page view and then offer and article view. Some of the ones I've tried like USA Today are just lame ePub documents that are very difficult to navigate. They contain all the stuff for which the publisher has digital rights. Some content is not included like advertisements (yeah, cry me an ocean), crosswords, stock quotes, weather, etc. Like I said, It's going to vary by publisher so try a sample.
In general you don't want to delete material you want to archive it. View the item details and select "Archive".
You can't delete the content B&N puts on the nookColor (Guide, etc) for some reason.
If you want to really remove the item (book sample, free book you hated, etc) checkout the user guide or follow these steps:
- Login to B&N online with your computer
- Go to Digital Downloads > My eBook Library
- Find the books in your Library on the Left
- You'll see a download option as well as "archive" and "delete". You want to use "delete" at this point. As I understand it you will no longer own this content if you delete it.
The item should now be gone.
Kindle uses an Amazon specific book format that no other store or device uses. This leads to lock-in with the Kindle and the eBooks purchased. There are tools of questionable legal use that remove the DRM and convert the book content to a format that may be usable by the nook.
You can google to find out more if you are interested. I'm not condoning this particular site, but is an example of the type of tools that exist.
Another option is to root your nookColor. This would allow you to install the Kindle application on your nookColor.
The nookColor will create a variety of directories for you on any space on a SD card, and these same directories are visible on the nookColor memory. Common sense applies here:
- Put music files such as MP3 files in the Music folder.
- Put photos such as .jpg files in the Photos folder.
- Put videos in the Videos folder.
- Put Microsoft Office files, .txt files, and PDFs in the Documents folder.
- Put ePubs in the Books folder.
If your local library uses the Overdrive library system for eBook content the answer is yes. This works because Overdrive and the nookColor both use the same copy protection scheme from Adobe. Great news for nookColor owners!
You will need to install Adobe Digital Editions on your desktop computer (Mac or Windoze). Use it to download the books (the download link on Library site will start ADE. Next, plug in your nookColor and use ADE to "authorize" it (just first time). Then simply drag the book cover onto the nook (on left side of ADE). Eject the nook and the book will appear under "My Documents"!
Watch our Video Tutorial on using the nookColor with ADE before you get started if you are using content you are purchasing (there are some gotchas)
The bad news is you can only lend a book out one time for fourteen days. While the book is "lent" you can't read it. Amazon CEO calls this feature a joke but B&N claims 80% of book authors will allow lending. It's a nice feature to have and opens up the door to electronic lending - a great thing.
To lend a book on your nookColor you first need to know if it is a "Lend-Me" item. You can do this looking at the book cover, lendable items have a "Lend-Me" ribbon at the top. To lend this item tap and hold your finger on the book cover until you get a pop-up. Select "Lend-Me". From here you can find contacts you've added to your nook or view your Facebook contents. Select a person and include a message. They will have 7 days to accept the lending and after they do the book will be theirs for 14 days.
No. The easiest way to get books is through the B&N store but you can also load other books on your nook. You can move files from your computer to your nook using a USB connection. The supported file types are ePub, PDB, MP3s, PDFs, and image files. Once you plug-in the nookColor to your computer you'll see the contents appear in Windows Explorer or Apple Finder. The nookColor already has directories on it for this, put your files in the right directory.
By embracing the ePub standard any non-DRM (copy protected) book can be loaded on the nookColor. Since B&N picked Adobe for their DRM support other places that sell - or rent - ePub books with that copy protection should also work on the nook.
Kobo eBooks, Overdrive library, and Sony books have been tested on the nookColor.
To make buying books easier, and to get eBooks as a gift I'd suggest the an eBook B&N Giftcard! :)
This isn't very intuitive. Login to the B&N website on your computer and click "Account" at the top. Then on the right click "Manage Gift Cards for eBooks". Put in your gift card information. Now you can shop for books. You will be confused by "will be purchased with your default credit card" near the "Buy" button - pay no attention. When you click the button it will inform you any eCard balance will be used first.If the purchase exceeds your gift card balance the rest will be charged to the default charge card.
You'll notice some of the older eBook container types like PDB are missing from the list!
- EPUB (DRM / Adobe EPUB through ADE Too)
- Word (doc, docx, docm, dot, dotx, dotm)
- Excel (xls, xlsx, xlsm, xlt, xltx, xltm)
- PowerPoint (ppt, pptx, pptm, pps, ppsx, ppsm, pot, potx, potm)
- Rich Text Format (rtf)
- Plain Text (txt)
- HTML (htm, html, xhtml)
The answer appears to be no. After testing a few different epub sources none of them from alternate booksellers (or public domain) were able to use the "share" option which lets you share a highlighted portion of the text with your social network. This is unrelated to the lend-me feature. Seems to be a bug or yet another special feature reserved for B&N content.
The best tool out there is called "Calibre". calibre is a FREE and open source e-book library management application developed by users of e-books for users of e-books. It has a cornucopia of features. Calibre can convert from a huge number of formats to a huge number of formats. It supports all the major e-book formats. The full list of formats can be found on their website. The conversion engine has lots of powerful features. It can rescale all font sizes, ensuring the output e-book is readable no matter what font sizes the input document uses. It can automatically detect/create book structure, like chapters and Table of Contents. It can insert the book metadata into a "Book Jacket" at the start of the bookWe'd recommend you read the following tutorial on using Calibre to get you up and running converting content to your nook quickly! Calibre Tutorial
This can be confusing at first. Remember, there are two areas of content on the nookColor. First there is B&N Library, which contains all the content you got from B&N. This content will all appear on the nookColor homepage when you click the "n" button. This content also appears under books if you go to library. Second, there is "My Files" which contains content you have loaded. To get to this section bring up the ribbon menu by tapping the ^ in the middle of screen and tap "Library". In Library you'll find a section "My Files". It's very unfortunatel B&N kept this divide between your content and it's just a shameless attempt for you to get all their content for them.
The best you can do to get your content and B&N content organized together is to use "Shelves". Click on a PDF or ePub in your documents and Add it to a shelf. The shelves are like categories and both your content and B&N content can be on the same shelf.