Wednesday May 24 , 2017

Learn about the nook, Tutorials and more!

While you wait for your nook!

Lots of people are waiting for their nook to arrive, and some of you just got yours.Get ready to use your new e-reader by learning more about it. Don't wait until the wonderful package arrives. There are a lot of things you can do to prepare for your nook's arrival.  I've put together a list of things you should consider.

  1. Read the manual. Hey, it's a manual but it ain't half-bad. The manual is ON your nook but you can also find it online here.

  2. Create a B&N account. Hopefully you did this when you bought your nook, but if you didn't do this next.

  3. Get some accessories! You have time to look while you wait :)

  4. Buy a book and try out one of the many B&N platform readers. If you are cheap "buy" a free book from the B&N store.  Check our forum for low-cost deals. B&N has an e-reader for Mac, iPhone, and more. Click here to download an e-reader of your choice.

  5. Check out your local library.  Many local libraries use the "Overdrive" system for library e-books. You can load those on your new nook. NetLibrary also just announced support for the nook. Usually you can find your library online and find out what is offered. It's a chance to renew that library card!

  6. Buy a SD card. You'll want one for extra storage of books and music. We recommend a class 6 Micro SD card.  Click here for some great cheap cardsRead here on how to install it on your nook when it arrives.

  7. Follow us on Twitter!

  8. Install some of the common tools you'll use with the nook.

    • Adobe Digital Editions. Decent reader software you can use to manage books on your nook. If you plan on borrowing books from your local library you'll want to install this tool.
    • Instapaper. Online tool to create e-books from websites. Check out our how-to video on this.
    • Calibre. This is a free open source tool that can convert & manage content like nobody's business. Read more on this informative HOW-TO for Calibre and the nook. Visit the Calibre site and watch their video!

   

View Web Pages on your nook

View the web on your nook... without rooting your device!? Instapaper is a great tool that lets you browse the web and quickly bookmark web sites you'd like to review later.  They have a new "beta" feature allows you to take those sites you saved off and create an ePub file that you can side load onto your nook.

How might you use this? Maybe during the work day you run across a lot of articles you want to read on a business flight.  Instapaper allows you to collect all those and view them offline on your long plane trip ... or during those hours waiting in the airport.

It's pretty easy to use.  I put together a short "screen-cam" video demo on how to use the tool.  Hope you find it useful!

View the Demo

 

   

Should you buy that "Protection Plan" for your Barnes and Noble nook?

We've had this question in the forums, and it's important to consider your options before you purchase. If you think you'll be using your nook for a few years (or like me passing it down to your book-worm son) you may want to consider protecting your investment.

The nook does come with a one year warranty. It doesn't cover dropping the device or dumping a cup of Java on it.

Options

  • Self-insure
    This is my policy. I buy a lot of gadgets and find they generally don't break in 24-36 months. I keep my money in my pocket and think about all I've saved when something breaks! I recently put a new hard drive in my iMac for $250. I got a larger drive and it's still not more than the Apple Care (which would have been expiring soon).
  • Get a Warranty from B&N
    The B&N plan adds a year to the warranty you get with your nook (making it a 2 year) and covers accidental damage (which the regular one does not). The cost is $69. Technically you are required to do this at the time of your purchase. Apparently some stores have been allowing people to return it and re-purchase it with a warranty. Of course if you've opened it you'll likely pay a restocking fee even if you are this lucky. Just order it with your nook if you want one from B&N.
  • Get a 3rd Party Warranty
    Companies like Square Trade offer a three year deals for $39 ($16 extra for drops, spills, and other damage). You have to do this within the first 30 days of purchasing the nook.

Summary

Consider if you really need a warranty and what kind. Maybe today is the day to start saying "no" to overpriced warranties! If you are worried about the quality of the nook device consider the $39 Square Trade plan. If you are concerned about damaging your nook and like dealing directly with B&N - I'd just spend the big dollars with them.

Let us know your experiences with warranty work and any other 3rd parties you find!

 

   

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