You didn't say exactly what response you got from B&N but you may hear the same thing now.
1. We don't know enought about the way your composed your book to be able to answer your question. There are many factors that will influence how the book appears when converted to ePub format. For one thing, in what format was it saved? As a Word .doc file or in HTML format? Did you include a great deal of formatting in the text or is it only minimally formatted.
2. See 1.
3. Under normal circumstances, a 350 page document will not require anywhere near 20MB for storage. That, of course, does not take into account the size of the image file you used for the cover, about which we know nothing as far as the initial resolution or file size. Still the two combined should not be more than 20MB.
Why not just convert the book and see how it looks? Converting it won't destroy the original file so you can try the conversion several times until it comes out the way you want it to.
Also, how are you 'downloading' the book? Are you converting the book to epub format or PDF format?
Nook does have an app to read Word documents. So if you like, you can simply copy the document to your NC and open it as a Word document itself and not worry about anything else.
Alternately, you can convert the book to a PDF and do the same thing. PDF will at least preserve formatting. In general, if you convert a Word document to another format such as epub, there is a possibility of a slight format loss.
It will help if you can specify what your intention is - do you want to read a Word document, publish a book, or do something else?
Take a look at the document's properties. This will tell you the size of the doc. Generally, pictures are what can add to the size significantly. You have nothing to lose by just seeing what it looks like by sideloading it to the NC. If you don't like the way it looks, delete it, then look into conversion to an epub preferably. To do this you may need 2 programs; Calibre and Sigil. Calibre can be used for final conversion which will make sure everything is formatted well. Sigil can be used for editing and is a wysiwyg epub editor. There are many ways you can choose to do conversion, perhaps by first converting to a pdf. You can play around until you find the combination that works for you and gives the best results.
Sorry, but I don't understand a thing you're talking about. I'm totoally lost here....What is this PDF? Please, I'm a writer not a computer whizz.
NC is an acronym for "NOOK Color"
PDF is an acronym for "Portable Document Format"
.pdf is a type of digital file like .mp3 (music) or .doc (Word document)
I don't know what is involved in reading a Word document on the Nook Color. I do have experience with reading .pdf documents. .pdf is easy, you just load the document onto the NC and it already possesses the necesary software to open the file. You will need to convert your Word Document to a .pdf file first and have it stored on your computer.
Here is a site I came up with after a quick search:
" I'm a writer not a computer whizz."
Please don't take this the wrong way but no one is born a computer wiz, nor is that necessary to do what you are trying to do. This is pretty basic stuff. Since you consider yourself a writer it would probably be a good idea to spend some time gaining some computer literacy.
There is an application you can purchase to put on your NC that will allow you to read a Word document.
I don't know how difficult it is to use as I have no personal experience with that app. The cheapest thing I think would be to do the conversion to .pdf.
I'm sorry, but I don't understand your answer. You should know from my email that I'm trying to get my book on "The Nook."
What do you mean by PDF format? All I know is I have the entire book on a Word document and I'm supposed to go through all the B&N ebook steps to get it on Nook. I don't know what you mean by "open the document to your NC." What is NC? Please, I need terms that are specific that I can deal with. I'm not a computer wizzard, just a writer.