Join Nick Brazzi for an in-depth discussion in this video Reading books and navigating your library, part of Learning NOOK.
Well I hope you're ready for the main event. This is what we're all here for. Let's read some books. Here on the home screen, I'm going to to go to the my library button which takes me to my list of books. This is everything that I've downloaded to my device so far. There's some options for sorting and organizing the library, but I want to get straight to the good stuff. We'll come back and talk about sorting at the end of this movie. For now, I'm going to choose a book and tap on it. Here I am on the first page of the book. At the bottom of the screen, it says one of 135, so I know which page I'm on.
To go to the next page there's a couple ways to do it, I can simply tap on the right side of the screen or I can swipe across the screen like this. To go to the previous page I can tap on the left side of the screen or I can swipe like this. So if you think about the essentials of reading a book, that's pretty much it. That's all you need to jump in and read. But there are some other controls here, so let's keep exploring. If I tap on the middle of the page, I get my on screen controls. Let's look at a few of the options in this menu.
If I hit contents, I get to the table of contents for this book. This lets me skip directly to the chapter that I want to go to. This can be a great way of skipping all of the front matter in the book and getting right to the good stuff. So, if I hit chapter one here, I jump straight to chapter one. I'll open up the on screen menus again. And let's take a look at changing the size of the text just by hitting this button here. You can see I can tap on these different sizes of text and I can see it changes up there at the top.
If I tap on the little x here, I can see the whole page with smaller text. I'll open that again. Go to the text button and I'll make the text really big. Close this and you can see how that looks. Let's set that back somewhere in the middle. I can also change which font I want to use for my text. So if I select something different here, I can see that the text will change. I'll go ahead and set it back to the original font. And of course when I'm done, I'll just hit the X and I'm back to the page of the book.
I'll bring up the on screen controls again. If I hit Go To, I can flip through the book using this slider. So I just grab that slider with my finger and I can scroll through the book, just like flipping through a bunch of pages at one time in a regular book. I can also hit this button enter a page and I can type in a specific page number to go to. So, let's say I want to go straight to page 53 and I hit the check button, it jumps me straight to page 53. It says 53 out of 135.
Now, here's a cool thing about page numbers. If I set my text really small, each time I flip to the next page, the page number counts up. So let's take a look at that. If I go to my text and I'll set that really small. Now if you really pay attention to the page number down at the bottom of the screen, each time I flip to the next page that page number counts up, but you'll see it doesn't count up every single time. So let's see what that's all about. To really understand that, I'm going to go and change my text size to something really big.
I'll close that. So now when I flip to the next page, you see it stays on 54 several times. In fact, I need to flip the page many many times before it actually flips over to page 55. So what's happening here is the page numbers are locked to the actual text in the book not to how many page turns you make. Clearly the larger the text size the more often you need to turn pages, but the page count will be accurate to the text on that page.
The same text will appear on page 20 regardless of the text size that you choose. So if you use that Go To option and go to a specific page, it doesn't matter how big your text is, it will always go to the right page. So for now, I'm going to change this back to a more reasonable size of text so that we can continue. Now here's another thing I like about that Go To option. One thing that I really like when reading a real physical book is that I always have a pretty good idea of how deep I am in the book and how much more I have left to read.
When you hold a bound stack of pages in your hand, you always know how much there is left to go. It's hard to get that impression when you're reading an e book, but I found that if you just tap the Go To option you can see the position of that slider, then you'll have a pretty good idea of how far along you've read in the book. It's a weird mental thing for me, but I really like it. I'll close this. Go back to the on screen controls and finally there's a search option here. I'll go ahead and hit this find button and from here I can search for a word or phrase and it'll give me a list of all of the pages in this book that contain that word or phrase.
So, I'm going to type in Lestrade, that's one of the characters in the Sherlock Holmes books and I want to see if Inspector Lestrade shows up in this book. So I type in that word, I hit the search button and it gives me a list of all of the pages where the word, Lestrade appears in the book. So, all I need to do is tap on any of these entries and it'll take me straight to that page and you can see it even highlights that word for me. From here you can continue reading as normal. Now, let's finish by going back to the library and see how to get organized.
So, I'm going to hit the Nook button to go back to the home screen and I'll go back to my library. So from here, I can chose to show my books listed by their cover image or as a list just by toggling this button right here I'll flip back to the cover images. As my library grows I might want to sort my library differently. To sort my books, I just go to this button right here and I can sort my books by the title of the book or I can sort by the author's name.
As my library grows and I get tons of books, of course I can always use this search option here to search for specific books in my library. Finally, there's an option to filter which items are visible in my library. Right now I'm showing all items, that's this option right here. I could choose to filter down to just books which would eliminate the newspaper that I had downloaded in my library as well as the user guides that come preloaded on the Nook. We'll look at some of these filtering options later in the course, but for now I'm going to set it back to all.
So now you should be all set to navigate through your library of books and actually open and read a book. So take a moment and get your library organized then sit back and start reading one of your books.