Chapter 1

Another Galactic Leap for the NOOK

In This Chapter

arrow Turning it on, turning it off

arrow Flying off into Airplane Mode

arrow Locking and unlocking the door to your tablet

arrow Adding more memory on a microSD card

A rose is a rose is a rose,” wrote Gertrude Stein. I take her point: A tablet is a tablet is a tablet.

A small thin box frames a flat plastic screen that sits above some tiny processor and memory chips and a battery and we call it — in its dozens of brands — a tablet. That little box today can hold and display nearly all the world’s books, magazines, and newspapers. It can sing, show videos, take pictures, make movies, determine its location from an orbiting satellite, connect to the Internet, and send and receive emails and messages.

So I said a tablet is a tablet, but you could also say the same about cars. Yet you know there’s a vast difference between a Ferrari LaFerrari and a Nissan Versa.

With this version of the NOOK, Barnes and Noble has leap-frogged from a very basic model to one with nearly all the bells and whistles you could ever want. This tablet is more of a tablet than ...

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