NOOKcolor™ For Dummies®

Table of Contents

NOOKcolor™ For Dummies®


About the Author

Corey Sandler is a voracious reader and an indefatigable author of books. Also magazines and, ages ago, newspapers. He has written more than 160 books at last count, and of those 52 are about computers and technology, and the others are about history, sports, and business. Sandler travels all over the world conducting research and lecturing and consulting; he is within half a dozen of reaching the real century mark of countries visited: watch out Moldova, Kaliningrad, and Bolivia. You’re up next.

Okay, so sometimes he is fatigable. That happens when you carry 150 pounds of luggage including a laptop, three cameras and lenses, a dozen books to read and consult, and a hogshead of lecture notes printed out and neatly bound to sit on a lectern. And that’s why he’s a fan of electronic books. It’s good for his back.

Sandler studied journalism (and took some courses to program a gigantic mainframe computer) at Syracuse University. He began his career as a daily newspaper reporter in Ohio and then New York, moving on to a post as a correspondent for Associated Press. From there he joined Ziff-Davis Publishing as the first executive editor of PC Magazine. He wrote his first book about computers in 1983 and hasn’t come close to stopping. When he’s not on the road and living on his smartphone and computer, he’s at home on Nantucket Island thirty miles out to sea off the coast of Massachusetts. He shares his life with his wife Janice; their two grown children have their own careers elsewhere on the continent.

You can see Sandler’s current list of books on his web site at and send an e-mail through the links you find there. He promises to respond to courteous inquiries as quickly as he can. Spam, on the other hand, will receive the death penalty.


This book, like so many of the 160 I’ve written, is dedicated to my family. To Janice, who has put up with me for more than thirty years and still laughs at most of my jokes. To my children William and Tessa, who have progressed from laptops (in diapers) to careers and lives of their own. I am proud to be husband, father, and personal IT consultant to the clan.

Author’s Acknowledgments

This book bears just one name on the cover, but that’s only part of the story.

Thanks to the smart and capable crew at Wiley, including Katie Mohr and the rest of the editorial and production staff, who turned the taps of my keyboard into the book you hold in the electronic device in the palm of your hand.

Also, my appreciation to long-time publishing collaborator Tonya Maddox Cupp, who managed the process with grace and humor.

I received invaluable assistance — right in the middle of the crazy time of a product launch — from Carolyn Brown, James Balog, Brooke Barona, and Arielle Berlin at Barnes & Noble.

And as always, thanks to you for buying this book. Go forth and enjoy your NOOKcolor and millions of great works of literature, as well as humble works like the very one you are reading now.

Publisher’s Acknowledgments

We’re proud of this book; please send us your comments through our online registration form located at .

Some of the people who helped bring this book to market include the following:

Acquisitions, Editorial, and Media Development

Senior Acquisitions Editor: Katie Mohr

Project and Copy Editor: Tonya Maddox Cupp

Editorial Manager: Jodi Jensen

Editorial Assistant: Amanda Graham

Sr. Editorial Assistant: Cherie Case

Publishing and Editorial for Technology Dummies

Richard Swadley, Vice President and Executive Group Publisher

Andy Cummings, Vice President and Publisher

Mary Bednarek, Executive Acquisitions Director

Mary C. Corder, Editorial Director

Publishing for Consumer Dummies

Diane Graves Steele, Vice President and Publisher

Composition Services

Debbie Stailey, Director of Composition Services


The great Roman philosopher Cicero wrote this more than two thousand years ago: “A room without books is like a body without a soul.” Just about every reader (the human kind, not the computer version) rhapsodizes about the joy of picking up a book. It’s a sensual thing: the glossy colors on the cover, the chiseled black text on fine white paper, the thrill of flipping and committing accidental acts of learning.

And now we are past the dawn of a new era — the day of electronic publishing. Newspapers are dying on the vine, magazines are shrinking, and printed books are under assault from all directions. Why pick up a book when you can watch television, view videos on YouTube, listen to podcasts, send and receive a 160-character tweet from a mountaintop in Greece and receive a smiley-face response from a coffee shop in Cambridge in seconds?

The transition has been going on for all of human existence. Before there were books there were wall paintings on caves. Oracles and prophets and storytellers spread the word in small gatherings. There were chiseled tablets and handwritten scrolls that began to travel. The books as we know it, or knew it, is less than six centuries old. I suppose the teacher and writer Marshall McLuhan had it mostly right when he said, “The medium is the message.” It’s not that the content doesn’t matter, but as technologies advance and change the delivery system — the medium — becomes inextricably linked with the message it carries.

Enough of the philosophical discourse. Here in this introduction I want to make one important point: forget for a moment about the technology. The NOOKcolor is merely another way to read the printed word and absorb its content into our souls.

About This Book

This book was created specifically as an electronic book. NOOKcolor For Dummies is for people who are smart enough to know they could use a bit of extra explanation, tips, and hints to get the most out of their new device. And also for people who enjoy a bit of humor, or at least light-hearted writing, as they boldly go where they have not gone before.

It is written in what newspapers (remember them?) used to call “inverted pyramid” style. I start out with the broadest, most general information and then get more and more specific. As an electronic book, you can start at the beginning and read through to the end, or you can jump from chapter to chapter with a few well-chosen clicks. You can even read it from back to front.

Conventions Used in This Book

You’ll need no special instruction to make your way through the book. I use standard book style to help make certain bits of information easier to find and simpler to use:

check.png Numbered lists: Start at number 1 and proceed to the last one in the list, in order, to accomplish a particular task.

check.png Bulleted lists: Bulleted lists (you’re in the middle of one right now) represent things you should know about or do, but that do not demand being performed in a particular order.

check.png Web addresses: The NOOKcolor includes a Web browser with basic access to the Internet. You can use the reader’s browser to visit some of the Web addresses I mention in the book as well as general sites.

When I tell you to tap a menu item, what that means is this: find something you want to open or explore on the NOOKcolor screen and then tap it with a finger. Don’t merely touch the item with a light touch; that won’t work. And don’t pound the screen or poke at it with a sharp object; that just might break the object of your affection. I go through a full list of the “gestures” you can use on the touchscreen in Chapter of this book. They’re all very polite.

Foolish Assumptions

I assume that you have a NOOKcolor in your hands and are reading this text on its screen. I also assume that you have access to a personal computer, that it has access to the Internet, and that you have at least a basic understanding of how to get about on the Internet. You can make your connection to that computer using the USB cable supplied with the NOOKcolor, or you can visit the Barnes & Noble bookstore (or any Web address) using the built-in WiFi system of the NOOKcolor. Again, I assume you have a basic understanding of how a wireless communication link is established.

Icons Used in This Book

NOOKcolor For Dummies uses a handful of special graphic elements called icons to get your attention. Here they are:

warning_bomb.eps Here be dragons. Watch out. Be careful.

tip.eps Let me tell you something you might not realize about how to use your NOOKcolor.

remember.eps In case you missed something earlier on, here’s a reminder of important stuff.

How This Book Is Organized

In Chapter , I give you a guided tour of the NOOKcolor and explain how to lay hands on its very simple controls. I describe the gestures you can use on its touchscreen to navigate through menus, books, and Web sites. Chapter explains how to read a book on an electronic reader. In Chapter , you go shopping and hunting. Chapter is where you discover how to set up a WiFi link, use the browser, and connect to e-mail and social media. And then finally, in Chapter you come to the famed Part of Tens, which in this case is the home of tips and tricks to get the most out of your NOOKcolor.

Where to Go from Here

You go reading, of course. And you go out of the house and take your book collection with you. You go on planes, trains, and automobiles (as long as you’re not the pilot, engineer, or driver). And you enjoy this newest version of a way to present one of humankind’s greatest inventions: the written word.

Please note that some special symbols used in this eBook may not display properly on all eReader devices. If you have trouble determining any symbol, please call Wiley Product Technical Support at 800-762-2974. Outside of the United States, please call 317-572-3993. You can also contact Wiley Product Technical Support at .