Getting to Know Your Nook Tablet: An Extensive Look at the Features

Buying a brand new tablet is exciting. Complete access to your favorite shows, movies, books, magazines, and games is at your fingertips. Whether you are making the switch from another device or you’re using a tablet for the first time, you will find the new Nook to be filled with unending entertainment and easy-to-use features to make your tablet experience outstanding.

$200 of Free Content

The first thing you will probably notice as you set up your Nook is the offer for $200 of free content. After you’ve entered in your Barnes & Noble account information, you will be able to claim your free content. You get free four books including Agatha Christie’s “And Then There Were None”, four free apps including Cut the Rope: Experiments, three free videos including Curb Your Enthusiasm and Octonauts, and four first-time 14-day magazine subscription trials with free access to the past twelve issues.

Access to Catalogs

Most people know they can read the latest issues of US Weekly and The New York Times on their Nooks, but did you know you can also view the latest catalogs from all of your favorite brands? Macy’s, Nordstrom, West Elm, Omaha Steaks, and Pottery Barn: all these catalogs can be downloaded for free. As soon as a new edition of your favorite catalog is released, it is wirelessly delivered to your Nook instantly.

Voice Assistant

You’ve heard of Siri for the iPad, but you probably didn’t know the Nook has its own voice assistant. Just download the app called “Voice Assistant” from the Google Play store, and begin asking it questions and giving it instructions. It speaks several different languages, and it is compatible with Google Calendar, Facebook, Twitter, and many more services. The more you interact with it, the more it learns, and the more precisely it can assist you.


It’s nice to have the ability to take a screenshot. Hold down the ∩ button and the volume button at the same time. It might take a few tries to get the hang of it, but you’ll be pro at taking screen captures in no time.

Create Profiles

If you’ll be sharing your Nook with anyone, setting up profiles for each user is a good idea. This will keep your content and preferences separate. Additionally, you may not want to give your eight-year-old daughter the same content you give to your 16-year-old daughter, so the Nook also gives you the ability to place passwords on each profile. In fact, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends limiting Internet access and monitoring usage closely for kids under the age of ten, and utilizing user profiles is an efficient way to do this.

Lend and Borrow Books

According to the American Library Association, 76 percent of public libraries offer access to ebooks, so this means your local library most likely does, too. Checking out ebooks has several advantages, particularly for those who prefer to read on their Nooks or aren’t able to make physical trips to the library to check out their favorite books. From mystery to romance and self-help to spirituality, libraries offer the most popular ebooks in all genres for checkout.

In addition to borrowing from your public library, you can also lend and borrow books from your friends. Nook has a feature called LendMe where you can lend any eligible title in your library for up to 14 days. Your Nook friends can also lend their titles to you. If you sync your Nook with your Facebook account, you’ll also be able to connect with your friends, browse their titles eligible for borrowing, and request to borrow a title.

Organize Your Library

Out with the Dewey Decimal system and in with personalized sorting! You’ll want to play around with this feature if you like to keep your content organized. You can create custom shelves to organize your books however you wish. Do you want to organize by genre? Author? Time period? It’s up to you. You can access this feature by going into your library, clicking the menu button, and clicking “Create New Shelf”.

Save Your Battery

Tablets are notorious for having longer battery lives than laptops, but there are ways you can make the battery last even longer. Try a few of the following tips. First, if you’re accessing local content and have no need for Wi-fi, go to the settings by tapping the top-right hand section of your screen and turn on Airplane mode. Secondly, turn the brightness level down a few notches to whatever is the most comfortable for you. Lastly, you can turn on Powersave mode. Following even one of these steps will make a noticeable difference in the conservation of your battery.

Your Nook is your gateway to hours of limitless entertainment. Read a book, skim through a newspaper, shop in a catalog, or catch up on the latest episodes of your favorite shows.