Nook Color: The Essentials
Monday July 11, 2011 at 4:41 pm |

 

Woohoo, I recently purchased a Nook Color, my dream ebook device. I had previously gotten a Sony E-reader (which was lovely and pink), but then fell in love with the Nook Color and decided I wanted that instead. So I sold off my Sony and saved my money to get the Nook which I’ve dubbed The Snook after my nephew I call Snooka. I thought it would be cool to share tips, tricks, and advice about my e-reader of choice here in case anybody out there had the same questions I do. But since it’s so shiny and brand new and I’m still learning, today I’m just going to share the essentials and the basics you’ll need to protect your new reading device.

Make Sure to Get:

1. The 2 year protection plan: This guarantees that your device will be replaced up to two years if damaged in any way. It will not be replaced if lost or stolen though so be careful with your device!

2. Anti-Glare Screen Protector: These can be purchased from eBay or Amazon VERY cheaply. Make sure to get a few in case they get messed up or damaged. These are great because they help protect your screen from fingerprints and dust and really just keep away all the little nasties that can ruin your screen.

3. Protective Case or Cover:  Make sure to get a great protective case or cover for your device.  The covers in B&N cost a bit much for my taste.  They’re about 35 bucks.  You can get an equally cute and great cover from Amazon or eBay for half the price they charge at B&N.  The case you see in the pic I purchased from eBay for 10.99 with free shipping.  So you see you don’t have to spend an arm and a leg to cover and protect your device.

Formats Supported by Nook Color:

  • EPUB (including Non or Adobe DRM)
  • PDF
  • Other documents: XLS, DOC, PPT, PPS, TXT, DOCM, XLSM, PPTM, PPSX, PPSM, DOCX, XLX, PPTX
  • Graphics: JPG, GIF, PNG, BMP
  • Audio: MP3, MP4, AAC
  • Video: MP4

Places you can buy ebooks for Nook Color:

  • Barnes & Noble
  • Borders
  • Books A Million
  • Any place that sells epub format

When buying ebooks from stores other than B&N, know that you will not be able to download them directly.  You can only do that from the B&N store.  You can however, download them to your computer, and then transfer them to your Nook Color and be able to read them.

Bonus:

I’ve read that it is now possible to read and download ebooks from Amazon onto the Nook Color device.  But to do it you’d have to root your Nook Color.  ***THIS VOIDS THE WARRANTY*** and you could possibly ruin your device while attempting this (rare but it happens).  But if you successfully root it, you can then download the Kindle app from the marketplace and then be able to download and read Kindle ebooks on your Nook Color, which really makes for the ULTIMATE ebook reading device.  No limitations.   I haven’t done this yet, but I’ll let you all know how it goes if I do.  I’m leaning towards it because Kindle has a lot of great ebooks offered up free!

Disclaimer:  I am not responsible or liable if you break or ruin your Nook Color attempting to root.

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5 Responses to “Nook Color: The Essentials”

  1. The Nook color is my dream reading device as well but I’m going to have to save my pennies before I can upgrade. I currently have a Literati that I bought on clearance for $30 but it’s color, wireless and I can read ebooks from the library, NetGalley and the S&S Galley Grab on it. The Nook has way more cool features than the Literati. One day…..
    NC
    Truly Bookish

  2. Jade Jade says:

    @ TB, wow 30 bucks! That’s not a bad deal at all, especially considering the features included on your device. But I do love my Snook, so here’s hoping you’ll be able to grab this in the future! You are the second person that’s mentioned NetGalley, Alexis told me about it too. So I’m off to go check it out! Thanks!

  3. Wait!!!

    First, I’m jealous because I wanted one but then I started feeling like it was more pretty than wonderful so I’m trying to decide whether to get the Ipad or Nook Color.

    Two, don’t nullify your warranty. Kindle is switching to the Epub format in the near future. Just wait on that. You can get the files and keep your warranty.

    Finally… I’m jealous.

    I have another question but I can’t think of it right now. Too much jealousy flowing through my veins. I’ll come back later.

  4. Jade Jade says:

    Oooh Alexis, you just made my day! I had no idea Kindle was switching up soon. But even if I root my device, I can always unroot it to get my warranty back. But now with that bit of news, I think will just wait. But they say if you do root your device, it’s just like having a tablet. I can get the internet, type, play videos, and do all the things you could do with a Tab or ipad. The Nook Color is an android system (which is great, love droid). But I think either one would be great. I considered the iPad as well. But then I considered wanting to be able to carry something along with me, and the iPad is too big for that (to me). With my Snook I can just easily shove it in my purse and keep it moving. And don’t be jealous. Somwhow I see one of these fabulous devices in your near future!

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