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❶ Read eBooks in the store.
With the newest Nook software update, Barnes &
Noble gave users the ability to read eBooks while
in physical stores. Not all eBooks have this feature
enabled, but the bookseller informed us that the
majority of their online catalog was available as of
press time. Free reading is limited to an hour per
day, but that's plenty of time to get a taste beyond
the free sample pages most books offer. Some page
turns will take a little longer when reading in the
store, as the Nook loads only a few pages at once.
Otherwise, you'll get the same reading experience
as you would from a book you own.
• Go to a B&N retail location, and tap the Shop
icon on your Nook. Once the eReader notices
it's in range of the store's Wi-Fi signal, it will
connect; and a B&N logo will appear at the top
of the display.
• Search the eBook store to find the title you want
to read and tap to open the Details screen.
• If the book is available, one of the options on
the LCD screen will be Read In Store. Tap this to
download the book for reading.
❷ Manage your library online.
If your eBook library gets a bit unwieldy and hard
to manage from the Nook itself, you can organize
it via your BN.com account interface. From here
you can choose which books to archive (store
online, but not on the Nook) or delete altogether.
You can also purchase titles here and sync them
to your Nook or smart phone app later.
❸ Lend books to friends.
Currently the Nook is the only eReader that will allow
users to lend DRM eBooks to other people, but only
those with a Barnes & Noble account and for books
with this feature enabled (about half the catalog).
And now you can use the LendMe feature on the
apps for the iPad, iPhone, and Android devices in
addition to the Nook. The lending period lasts for
14 days, then the book automatically reverts back
to the owner. There's one catch, though: You can
lend a book only once, and you can't send it to a
second friend or re-lend it again. So choose who
you lend to carefully.
• Highlight the book you want to lend from inside
your library, then select "View item details &
• If the book is lendable, you'll see an option to
lend on the list.
• Select an existing friend/contact on your list or
enter the e-mail address of the person you're
lending to. If that person has an existing Barnes
& Noble/Nook account, use that e-mail address.
If they don't, the bookseller will prompt them to
create an account in order to read the book.
•Tap Submit > Confirm to send the LendMe request
to your contact. The recipient has seven days to
accept the book.
• After the 14-day loan period is over, or after the
offer expires in seven days, the book will become
available in your library again automatically.
❹ Load public library books.
Library systems across the country are now lending
eBooks in addition to physical ones, and you can
read many of them on your Nook as well as any of
Sony's new eReaders and Kobo's device. However,
this doesn't currently hold true for the Kindle or the
iPad. Your local library will have specific instructions
for finding and downloading eBooks from their
system, but here are basic steps and tips that will
apply to most libraries:
• Create a free account at Adobe.com, then
download and install the Adobe Digital Editions
Software from www.adobe.com/products/
• Authorize your PC (Library > Authorize Your Com-
puter) using the Adobe ID you created.
•Connect your Nook to your computer via USB. An
icon for the device will appear in the right sidebar
of the Digital Editions window, and the software
will prompt you to authorize the eReader.
• Download eBooks from your local library in
• Click Library > Add Item To Library, and navi-
gate to the folder where you saved the loaned
eBooks. Now they will appear in the library on
• Drag the book cover over to the Nook icon and
drop it once you see the green "+" sign next to
the cursor arrow.
•Disconnect the Nook, then go to My Library > View
My Documents. Even though the titles from your
local library are books, the Nook puts non--Barnes
& Noble files in the My Documents folder.
• With some library systems, the Adobe Digital
Editions library will display a banner on the cover
of loaned books that indicates how many days
you have left in the loan.
• Once your loan period is over, you won't be able
to access the eBook. And when you connect with
your PC again, ADE will automatically remove the
book from the My Documents listing.
❺ Add your own pictures to the
Like the Kindle, the Nook shows a rotating roster of
famous author images by default whenever you put
the eReader to sleep. But the Nook allows users to
change the set of images to three preloaded groups
and gives you the ability to upload your own. Add
your favorite book covers, pictures of your kids, or
anything else you decide.
•Create a folder for the images you want to use on
your computer. Name it something identifiable
like "My Kids" or "Pictures From Paris" since this
is the name that will show up on the Nook.
• Add pictures in JPEG or PNG format to the folder.
Note: for best results, crop or resize the images
to 600 x 800 pixels so they will fill the screen.
No need to make them black and white---the
Nook will do that for you. The higher the dpi,
•Connect the Nook to your computer via USB, then
navigate to the folder you created.
• Drag and drop the folder with your images into
• Disconnect, then go
o Settings > Display
> Screensaver on the
Nook and you'll see the
names of the folder(s)
you uploaded on the
ist of options.
•The Nook will choose
an image at random
rom the selected
older to display. For
more control, create
multiple folders with
different types of
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