8 Replies Latest reply: Apr 16, 2013 6:44 PM by Sam_my_man

    [N2E] Tips and Tricks

    Nallia

      Please feel free to add your own as you find them.  :smileyhappy:

       

       

       

      About Registering:
      Unlike the N1E, you MUST register your N2E over a WiFi connection before you will be able to use it.

      Using N2E with a MAC Address:
      You can gain access to the MAC address prior to registering by following these steps:

      http://bookclubs.barnesandnoble.com/t5/NOOK-General-Discussion/N2E-How-to-Find-MAC-Address-on-initial-setup/m-p/1056598/message-uid/1056598#U1056598

      Turn WiFi On and Off:
      You do not need to go into your Settings Menu to turn WiFi on and off.  Simply tap on the clock whe the black status bar is visible.  This will bring up a Quick Settings menu.  Currently, the only option is to turn WiFi on or off.

      Sync Library:
      Tap the small icon with the circle made out of two arrows on the upper right part of the library (next to the Search icon).

      Shelves:
      To create a shelf, press the menu button ("n") and thentap Library.  Tap the drop down menu and then tap Shelves and then Add Shelf.  Shelves can be sorted by title or most recent.  B&N ebooks and sideloaded ebooks can be added to shelves.  However, books can only be added to shelves by going through the list that pops up when you create a new shelf or edit an existing shelf.  There is currently no way to tap on a book to add it to a shelf.

      Archiving Books:
      To archive a book directly from your library, double tap on it.  The details page will open giving you the option to archive.  To archive a book that you have open, tap on the center of the screen to open the reading menu and then tap More.  The details page will open.

      Going back a Step Without Starting Over from the Menu:
      If you are doing sometihng and the black status bar on top of the screen is visible, simply swipe from right to left in the center of the status bar to go back a screen. This does not work when reading.  Doing this when in an ebook will only cause you to go back one page.


      Sideloaded covers not showing:
      (thanks to Lu10ntDan)

      The Nook Color and the Nook 2nd Edition use whatever embedded and tagged cover there is *within* the ePub (read: not any acompanying .jpg or .png file) to produce the book cover thumbnail for the Library view.

      If you have image files for your books that do not show, they are probably not embedded into the ebook meta data.  To fix this, use Calibre to perform a Convert Books->Bulk Convert from ePub to ePub within Calibre on the ebooks that are not working.  This will create new versions of your ebooks rgar are built with embedded and tagged covers.

      In order for your ebooks to look the same way after converting as they did before: 1) Set the Minimum Line Height to 110% (from the default of 120%) under the Look and Feel section and 2) check the Preserve Cover Aspect Ratio checkbox under ePub Output.  Using 100% for the Minimum Line Height creates ePubs with smaller fonts.

      Google Contacts Syncing Issue:
      If you add or delete a Google contact after linking them to your N2E and the change doesn't register on your N2E, follow the following steps:

      Unlink your contacts, re-link, Manually Sync (Library) to get a new contact to appear in Google.

      Soft Reset:
      If your N2E stops responding, the FIRST thing you should try is a soft reset:

      Press and hold the power button for 20 seconds, and then release the power button.  Press the power button again for 2 seconds to restart  your N2E.

        • Re: [N2E] Tips and Tricks

          Nallia, fantastic post and tips. One minor addition. For covers for sideloaded books, one added step may be needed. Within Calibre, even if the cover image is showing on the metadata page, it is often necessary to reload the image before conversion. I needed to do this with most of my sideloaded books and so could not use bulk convert. And they were epubs to begin with.

          • Re: [N2E] Tips and Tricks

            Nallia wrote:


            Sideloaded covers not showing:
            (thanks to Lu10ntDan)

            The Nook Color and the Nook 2nd Edition use whatever embedded and tagged cover there is *within* the ePub (read: not any acompanying .jpg or .png file) to produce the book cover thumbnail for the Library view.

            If you have image files for your books that do not show, they are probably not embedded into the ebook meta data.  To fix this, use Calibre to perform a Convert Books->Bulk Convert from ePub to ePub within Calibre on the ebooks that are not working.  This will create new versions of your ebooks rgar are built with embedded and tagged covers.

            In order for your ebooks to look the same way after converting as they did before: 1) Set the Minimum Line Height to 110% (from the default of 120%) under the Look and Feel section and 2) check the Preserve Cover Aspect Ratio checkbox under ePub Output.  Using 100% for the Minimum Line Height creates ePubs with smaller fonts.


             

            Most of my sideloaded stuff is from Kobo. I'm assuming this won't work b/c of the DRM. I haven't had a chance to add my sideloaded stuff to my N2E. Does anyone know if just editing the metadata will add the covers on ebooks from Kobo? It worked on my N1E, but only when I was actually reading the book.

             

              • Re: [N2E] Tips and Tricks

                To access the semi-usable browser:

                 

                Tap 'n' then Search

                 

                In the search field enter the URL.  I haven't personally tried this yet.

                  • Re: [N2E] Tips and Tricks
                    Nallia
                    Thank you so much, Alex, for moving this to the right forum and for sticking it. :smileyhappy:


                    mettleh3d wrote:

                    To access the semi-usable browser:

                     

                    Tap 'n' then Search

                     

                    In the search field enter the URL.  I haven't personally tried this yet.




                    For any new N2E owners who may not be aware of this, this was changed in the last update and no longer works.
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                  Big_Dave_H

                  Good info from all.

                   

                  This should be a sticky note.

                  • Re: [N2E] Tips and Tricks
                    Joydeck

                    Here are my tips for reliable, if limited, web browsing on an (unrooted) NST with v1.1.2 firmware:

                     

                    • Always turn the wireless on manually by double clicking where the wireless icon sits on the top bar. 
                    • To double click, first press the link for two seconds.
                    • If the Nook seems frozen, slowly shuffle a finger along a blank edge and/or press twice the Nook button.
                    • If you select and type into a text-entry area and your typing doesn’t show, just continue as though entry is occurring. 
                    • By touching a text-entry area for 5 seconds, an Edit Text menu appears allowing Copy and Paste.
                    • I suggest creating a simple web page of favourite bookmarks using Awardspace, and searching Google for my_login_name.atwebpages.
                    • For mobile Facebook, search for m.fb in Google; for mobile Twitter, search for m.tw in Google.
                    • To enter URLs, search for ass.proxy in Google.
                    • But remember, there is no Back button or equivalent.

                    For more detail see the thread: Limited Web Browsing does work!

                     

                      • Re: [N2E] Tips and Tricks
                        Joydeck

                        Following my previous post, here are more tips for reliable, if slow and limited, web browsing on an (unrooted) NST with the new v1.2 firmware:

                         

                        • Beware.  Under firmware 1.2, touching the word Settings, or the region underneath it in the Social horizontal bar, returns the Nook to the initial Social screen. 
                        • Scroll up or down with a brisk and steady brush, using all but the top of the screen.
                        • Use the Return button, which is more reliable rather than the larger Go or Next buttons.
                        • Use the left and right arrow keys by tapping – holding down the key for repeat only works for the Backspace key.
                        • In the absence of a Back button, use Proxy Server maxseed.eu or megaturbo.info (ass.proxy is no more) for better browsing through their URL entry box and Address links.  Since sites requiring login may not function under a proxy, BeTheBot may be better except for Google Search.
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                        It worked. Hold the power button down for 20 seconds then release. Hold it down again for 2 seconds. Yeah