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From the author of Reading NOOKbooks for Kids on Your NOOKcolor

Reading NOOKbooks for Kids on Your NOOKcolor

B&N expanded beyond just Read to Me NOOKbooks for Kids. They have now introduced Read and Play, which means that these NOOKbooks have interactive features for kids.

NOOKbooks for Kids with Read and Play functionality function very much like the Read and Play functionality, with a few critical differences. Figure 3 shows the opening page of a NOOKbook for Kids with Read and Play functionality.

Figure 3 Tap Read to Me to have your NOOKcolor read to you.

Read to Me opens the next page of the book, and you hear a voice reading the title (and not a mechanical voice). Each time you swipe to the next page, the voice reads the text on that page.

Read by Myself opens the next page of the book, but no voice begins reading. Instead, you can choose to have segments of the text read to you while you're reading if you want.

Just like a normal NOOKbooks for Kids Read to Me ebook. But with Read and Play NOOKbooks when you open the book in either Read to Me or Read by Myself mode, the Read and Play activities are available.

If you double-tap a block of text, the text displays in a whitish balloon for easier reading. In addition, you see a right-pointing yellow arrow. Tapping that arrow reads to you that particular bit of text in that balloon. This works whether you chose Read to Me or Read by Myself earlier and does not alter what happens on the next page. In other words, if you chose Read by Myself, choosing to have a balloon of text read to you does not then activate Read to Me for the rest of the NOOKbook for Kids.

If you are reading a Read and Play NOOKbook, tap the star button at the top of the page (see Figure 4) to begin the activities for that page. Just follow the instructions.

Figure 4 NOOKbook for Kids’ Thumbnail view.

Tapping the Library button takes you back to the Home screen or Library (wherever you were last).

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