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Look! Nook Took Books

by Glenn Fleishman

Look! A book. A book Nook [1]! Nook took books. Books! Look.

Barnes & Noble has changed the name of its ebook-reading software for iOS from eReader to Nook. Nook is also the name of its separate ebook reading device [2], and, as with Amazon's Kindle, Barnes & Noble has realized that it should brand the entire ecosystem with the same name. This brings its iPhone/iPod touch-compatible app in harmony with the separate Nook for iPad [3] app, also updated with the new name.

Download the new Nook app, and log in with your Barnes & Noble credentials. You can then download titles again that you want locally, and set up the appearance of book pages once more. The revised app supports fast-app switching (see "What is Fast App Switching? [4]," 23 June 2010), and renders details at the iPhone 4's higher resolution.

In testing, I found the Nook app to offer substantially more choice than iBooks and Kindle in setting up the appearance of a page, without providing too many or poor options. Barnes & Noble made excellent choices in the fonts offered for onscreen display.

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You can also set the margins of a page (nearly flush to the four edges or indented), and choose colors for particular elements instead of picking from preset colors.

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The revised iOS app is a separate download from the previous eReader app. You can remove the old app, but you will lose all annotations, highlights, and notes. Barnes & Noble (at least in the eReader release) didn't synchronize such information with a central server, unlike Apple with iBooks and Amazon with Kindle.

You also lose any custom themes you set up in eReader - specific combinations of background color, font, and type size. If you want to keep notes and settings, retain the old app.

[1]: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/barnes-noble-nook-for-iphone/id384910586?mt=8&at=10l5PW
[2]: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/nook/
[3]: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/barnes-noble-nook-for-ipad/id373582546?mt=8&at=10l5PW
[4]: http://db.tidbits.com/article/11378
[5]: http://db.tidbits.com/resources/2010-08/nook-app-theme-settings.jpg
[6]: http://db.tidbits.com/resources/2010-08/nook-app-margins.jpg
[7]: http://db.tidbits.com/resources/2010-08/nook-app-color-selection.jpg