How to set up the Nook handheld eBook reader

How to set up the Nook handheld eBook reader

I’m beginning to actually love the Nook handheld eBook reader more and more, and, in my personal opinion, is the best ebook reader on the market. The Nook eReader is the only dedicated handheld eBook reader I’ve really experienced so it might not be fair to say it is the best, but in my opinion, and what I’ve researched, I do put it above in its class.

One reason why I prefer the Nook eReader is because it is also an eReader pdf device. I know the Kindle II can convert pdfs but I have a ton of pdf files that I uploaded and am ready to read without the tedious process of converting them.

Now, if you are still undecided on The Nook , here are 5 reasons why you should buy it! “5 reasons to buy the Nook

If you bought a new NOOKcolor, here’s how to register it: “How to register your NOOKcolor handheld eBook reader

If you are new to the Nook handheld eBook reader, here is the step-by-step process on how to set it up before you start downloading books into the Nook library. (If you haven’t read the Nook User Guide, download here: Nook User Guide)

1. Charge the Nook

Provided with the Nook is an AC adapter and a USB cable for file transfer. Both can be used to charge the Nook handheld eBook reader. Do not get overly excited that you skip this step! Most rechargeable batteries require an activation charge prior to use. For best overall performance, lithium batteries have an initial “conditioning” procedure. By taking care of your battery it should last 2 to 3 years (depending on how many full charges you do).

With the wireless features turned off, the Nook battery will last about 10 days on a single charge for reading purposes. If you use wireless features and/or play music, you will need to charge the battery after about 2 days.

Press the top button (the power button), and then charge it with one of the supplied cables until the yellow charging light goes out. A typical charge with a wall outlet takes about 3.5 hours.

2. Turn on the Nook

After the charge is complete, turn on the Nook handheld eBook reader by pressing and releasing the power button. If the Nook is charged, it will always be ‘on’ but will be asleep if not used for a certain amount of time.

When the Nook is on, tap the power button to awaken it and tap it to cause it to sleep. To turn off the Nook, hold the power button for 5 seconds.

3. Register the Nook

This process associates the Nook with your Barnes & Noble account. If you do not have one yet, create one at It is a good idea to register the Nook since it allows you to buy digital eBook content from the Barnes & Noble eBookstore along with other benefits.

When you register the Nook it will be done through the Nook and not through Go to only to create a Barnes & Noble account.

When you initially turn on the Nook it will lead you through the registration process. If you do not want to register right now and want to do it later, tap Settings – Device – Register your Nook.

4. Experience the Nook handheld eBook reader

Now that the Nook is fully charged, powered on, and registered, experience the Nook by visiting “The Daily” – The Daily is a message center for daily B&N feeds and notifications.  Checking The Daily every day will provide feeds on special offers, updates, deliveries to your Library, etc.

Browse your Library and the free books provided on the Nook. Navigate with the Color navigation bar to see the Book Covers, dive right into a book and page through it, and when you are ready, purchase books wirelessly directly from the Nook.

Once you make that fateful first purchase, you are now a full-blown Nook owner! Take advantage of it as the Nook has a lot to offer – not just reading books!

Stay tuned for more “How To” blog posts on the Nook and why I purchased the Nook as my handheld eBook reader of choice here: “14 Days with the Nook handheld eBook Reader The Final Decision

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Comments are appreciated. Let me know if there is anything Nook related that I might be able to cover for you!

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