Setting Up and Registering Your NOOK Color
When you first turn on your NOOK Color, you see a video that walks you through the basics of getting started, though you can tap Skip This Video. (You can see the video and some others related to using the NOOK Color at http://www.barnesandnoble.com/nookcolor/support/).
The first step in getting started with your NOOK Color is to set up and register it with Barnes & Noble (simply B&N from now on). First, you need to agree to the terms of service (see Figure 1.1). Then you see a screen to set your time zone. Choose your time zone and tap Next.
Figure 1.1 The Terms and Conditions screen appears when you start registering your NOOK Color.
The next step is to set up the Wi-Fi access (see Figure 1.2). You can go to a B&N store, and your NOOK Color will recognize its network and log on automatically. More likely, though, you are at home, so you need to set up the NOOK Color to access your wireless network.
Figure 1.2 Pick your Wi-Fi network.
After you choose your time zone, your NOOK Color searches for available networks. Choose your network. If it is password protected, you will be provided the opportunity to enter a password.
Next you register your NOOK Color. After signing on to a Wi-Fi network, you land on the Sign In screen. If you have an existing B&N account, enter your account information and tap Submit. If you don't have an account, you can create one by tapping Create an Account. Fill out the form and tap Submit (see Figure 1.3).
Figure 1.3 Create a B&N account if you do not already have one.
For more information on connecting your NOOK Color to a Wi-Fi hotspot after your initial set up, see "Using Wi-Fi Hotspots," later in this chapter.
To register your NOOK Color, you also need to provide a default credit card with a valid billing address to be associated with your B&N account. That said, you aren't required to register your NOOK Color, but if you want to purchase ebooks from the B&N store, lend and borrow books using the LendMe feature, or use the special features available while in a B&N store, you need to register.