Chapter 3. Using Your NOOK HD for the First Time

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YOU’VE FIRED UP THE NOOK HD, you’ve got it charged and set up, and you’ve registered it. Now the real fun begins. In this chapter, you’ll get down to brass tacks, using the NOOK HD for the first time. You’ll find out how to control it using gestures and the keyboard, and learn the ins and outs of the Home screen and all its nooks and crannies, including how to customize it.

Using Gestures to Control the NOOK HD

You control the NOOK with nothing more than your fingers, whether you’re reading a book, watching a movie, downloading an app, or navigating around the screen. Here are the gestures you need to master:

  • Tap. Tap something on your screen with your fingertip. Don’t push, don’t press—just a light tap will do. It performs the most basic of actions, like selecting an app to run or switching to your Library.

  • Double-tap. Tap not once but twice on your screen in quick succession to perform a wide variety of shortcuts. Double-tap in Shop (Browsing and Searching for Books in the NOOK Shop) or Library (Using the Library to Manage Your Books and Periodicals) on a book or periodical cover, and a new window opens that provides details about it.


    With all the tapping, pressing, swiping, and sliding you’ll do on your NOOK, the screen tends to get fingerprints on it. Your best bet for cleaning it is to use a soft cloth, like the kind used to clean ...

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