NOOK Tablet: The Missing Manual

NOOK Tablet: The Missing Manual

by Preston Gralla


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Combine a world-class e-reader with a top-notch tablet—then add know-how from technology guru Preston Gralla—and you have the perfect recipe for portable entertainment. Packed with clear instructions and helpful illustrations, this book gets you up to speed on the NOOK Tablet so you can enjoy ebooks, magazines, games, apps, TV shows, and movies right away.

The important stuff you need to know:

  • Relax with a book. Load your NOOK library with ebooks, comics, and interactive books for kids.
  • Play with apps. Enjoy the games and apps everyone’s talking about.
  • Go online. Browse the Web and check your email with built-in WiFi.
  • Be social. Share books and recommendations with your NOOK Friends and Facebook and Twitter contacts.
  • Take in a show. Watch movies and TV series, and listen to your favorite music anywhere.
  • Read all about it. Subscribe to a variety of magazines and newspapers.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781449317751
Publisher: O'Reilly Media, Incorporated
Publication date: 04/04/2012
Pages: 471
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Preston Gralla is the author of more than 40 books that have been translated into 20 languages, including Galaxy S 5 The Missing Manual, Windows 8 Hacks, NOOK HD: The Missing Manual, Galaxy Tab: The Missing Manual, The Big Book of Windows Hacks, How the Internet Works, and How Wireless Works. He is a contributing editor to Computerworld, a blogger for ITWorld, and was a founding editor and then editorial director of PC/Computing, executive editor for CNet/ZDNet, and the founding managing editor of PC Week.He has written about technology for many national newspapers and magazines, including USA Today, Los Angeles Times, Dallas Morning News (for whom he wrote a technology column), PC World, and numerous others. As a widely recognized technology expert, he has made many television and radio appearances, including on the CBS Early Show, MSNBC, ABC World News Now, and National Public Radio. Under his editorship, PC/Computing was a finalist for General Excellence in the National Magazine Awards. He has also won the “Best Feature in a Computing Publication” award from the Computer Press Association.Gralla is also the recipient of a Fiction Fellowship from the Massachusetts Cultural Council. He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, with his wife (his two children have flown the coop). He welcomes feedback about his books by email at

Table of Contents

The Missing Credits ix

Introduction 1

Part I The Basics

Chapter 1 Getting to Know Your NOOK Tablet 11

What Your NOOK Tablet Can Do 12

A Quickie Look at the Hardware 16

The NOOK Button 17

Speaker and Volume Buttons 19

Headphone Jack 20

Power Button 21

Sleeping, Locking, and Waking from Sleep 21

USB Port, Connector, and Charger 23

Microphone 25

VividView Color Touchscreen 26

Home Screen 27

Chapter 2 Setting Up Your NOOK Tablet 31

Charging Your NOOK Tablet 31

Initial Setup and Connecting to a Network 32

Register Your NOOK Tablet 36

Using and Troubleshooting WiFi 38

Using Your NOOK Tablet at a Barnes & Noble Store 40

Chapter 3 Using Your NOOK Tablet for the First Time 43

Using Gestures to Control the NOOK Tablet 43

The Keyboard 46

The Quick Nav Bar 49

The Status Bar 51

Quick Settings 53

The Keep Reading and More Menus 55

The Daily Shelf 56

Media Shortcuts 60

Customizing Your Home Screen 60

Changing Your Wallpaper 65

Returning Home 70

Searching your NOOK 71

Part II Reading Books and Periodicals

Chapter 4 Reading Books, Newspapers, and Magazines 79

Opening a Book 79

A Tour of the Book Reader 81

Using the Table of Contents 89

Sharing Your Reading 92

Changing the Text and Display 96

Selecting Text, Taking Notes, Highlighting Text, and More 98

Searching in Books 106

Reading Mode and Zooming in on Images 108

Video Inside Books 111

Tapping Links 112

Reading PDFs 112

Reading Magazines 113

Reading Newspapers 120

Reading Comic Books 122

Chapter 5 Reading NOOK Kids Books 125

What Can NOOK Kids Books Do? 125

Buying a NOOK Kids Book 126

Reading a NOOK Kids Book 128

Record Reading a NOOK Kids Book for Your Kids 133

Editing or Deleting a Recording 137

Backing Up Your Recordings 139

Part III Buying, Borrowing, and Managing Your Library

Chapter 6 Buying Books, Magazines, and Newspapers and Managing Your Library 145

Browsing and Searching for Books in the NOOK Store 146

Sampling and Buying Books 151

Browsing and Buying Magazines and Newspapers 158

Using the Library to Manage Your Books and Periodicals 159

Using The Wishlist 172

Accessing Content on Your SD Card and NOOK Tablet's Built-in Storage 174

The Library on, PCs, Macs, and Mobile Devices 176

Managing your NOOK Account 178

Chapter 7 Borrowing and Lending Books with LendMe and Your Local Library 181

Both a Borrower and a Lender Be 181

Lending and Borrowing Books with LendMe 182

Seeing Your List of Lendable Books 184

Lending a Book 187

Borrowing a Book 194

Borrowing Books from the Library 201

Part IV Apps, Movies, TV Shows, Music, Photographs, and Files.

Chapter 8 Streaming Media: Pandora, Netflix, and Hulu Plus 211

Understanding Streaming Media 211

Using Netflix 212

Using Hulu Plus 219

Using Pandora 228

Chapter 9 Downloading and Using Apps 233

Running Apps 234

Managing and Deleting Apps 235

Built-in NOOK Apps 236

Getting Apps in the NOOK Store 238

Five Great Apps to Download 243

Troubleshooting Apps 250

Chapter 10 Music, Pictures, Video, and Documents 253

Getting Files into Your NOOK 253

Playing Music and Audio Files 254

Using the My Media App for Viewing Photos and Playing Video 267

Working with Office Documents 272

Chapter 11 Transferring Files Between Your NOOK Tablet and Your Computer 277

Installing an SD Card 277

Transferring Files to Your NOOK Tablet 282

Finding Books Online to Transfer to Your NOOK Tablet 286

Browsing and Managing Files on your NOOK Tablet 287

Part V The Web and Email

Chapter 12 Surfing the Web 291

A Tour of the NOOK Tablet's Browser 291

The Address Bar 294

Navigating a Web Page 296

Tapping Links 298

Multiple Windows 300

Bookmarks 302

Most Visited and History Lists 306

Finding Text, Getting Page Information, and More 310

Refreshing Pages, Going Forward, and More 313

Saving Online Images 314

Web Pages Designed for Mobile Devices 318

Online Privacy and Security 320

Changing Your Home Page, Text Size, and More Settings 323

Disabling the Browser 325

Chapter 13 Using Email 329

Set Up an Account 329

Reading Mail 335

Replying to Messages 341

Composing Email 344

Managing and Searching Mail 346

Managing Multiple Accounts and Advanced Email Options 352

Understanding Gmail's Organization 355

Gmail's Labels 356

Part VI Getting Social

Chapter 14 NOOK Friends, Facebook, Twitter, and Beyond 361

What Can You Do with NOOK Friends? 361

Getting Started with NOOK Friends 362

Adding Friends to NOOK Friends 363

Using Friends Activities 371

Using About Me 373

Using LendMe 374

Linking Your NOOK Tablet to Facebook 376

Linking Your NOOK Tablet to Twitter 379

Using Facebook and Twitter on Your NOOK Tablet 382

Chapter 15 Managing Your Contacts 387

Importing Your Google and Gmail Contacts 387

Importing Facebook Contacts 392

Creating a New Contact 392

Searching and Browsing Contacts 392

Part VII Advanced Topics

Chapter 16 Settings 399

Device Info 400

Wireless 405

Screen 407

Sounds 409

Time 410

Security 411

Power Save 413

Keyboard 414

Home 415

Shop 416

Reader 418

Search 419

Chapter 17 Rooting Your NOOK 421

Understanding Rooting 422

What You Need to Know about the NOOK Software and Rooting 423

Rooting Your NOOK Temporarily with a MicroSD Card 424

Rooting the Built-in Flash Memory 428

Unrooting Your NOOK 429

Part VI Appendixes

Appendix A Maintenance and Troubleshooting 433

Unfreezing a Frozen NOOK 433

Fixing SD Card Woes 434

Cleaning Your NOOK'S Screen 435

Updating the NOOK'S Software 435

Warranty and Repair 439

Where to Get Help 439

NOOK Accessories 440

Appendix B File Formats 443

Appendix C Visiting B&N with Your NOOK Tablet 447

Index 453

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
How and what is rooting? Answer to -question
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Too bad the nook doesnt allow apps without rooting it ( rooting it is a pain in the butthole)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Kindle= five times faster proccer. Nook= the nook is slower. While the nook was invinted in 2011 the kindle was made in 2009. While the nook is made foe books, the kindle is made foe apps while it is secondly made foe books. It also has a much slower proccer. The nook does have more memory, while the kindlefire has a better screen. Also the kindle has a bluecore camera, which is bright crisp and clear. The nook does allow lendme while the kindle has a much less attractive store. Also for hackera the nook is much easier to hack then the kindle. Due to the kindles secret virus programmer that will stop any hacking. But the kindle will almost always get tons of updates while the nook has been getting less. But the nook shop has much more books. Which is better, pick foe your self. Please post a comment about how good this and which you pick. In my openion, the kindlefire is the winner
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The best guide to the Nook Tablet and Color out there!
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The nook Tablet rules!
LindyMom More than 1 year ago
So where is the book? I love my NOOKtablet, but look forward to the new instruction book. I rated 3 stars, as I have high hopes -- however do not yet have the book. In any event, hooray for NOOKtablet!!! I