Nook Tips: Personalizing Your Product

This is part of a series of Nook Tips. Many bloggers are excited to be getting Nooks under their Christmas trees this year. I’m trying to answer some of the most common questions you may have. Feel free to leave some of your own questions in the comments and I’ll attempt to address them in future posts.

Once you have your Nook in hand, there are a few easy things you can do to personalize your product.

  • Accessorize: You can buy a wide variety of accessories for your Nook. The most common type of accessory is a cover, and I really recommend getting one of these to keep your screen scratch-free. I’m cheap, so I just have a basic neoprene cover. Barnes and Noble sells many fancier covers, and they have 30% off coupons for accessories all the time. They also sell backs and frames, totes and bags, and charms. If none of those are to your liking, or you want something a little more unique, you can check out the hundreds of Nook covers on Etsy. Other practical accessories might include a book light or an SD card to expand the amount of content your Nook can hold.
  • Wallpaper: Your Nook comes with a few preloaded wallpaper options. I wasn’t a huge fan of any of them. If you would prefer to use your own picture as a wallpaper, it is easy to change. When you plug your Nook into your computer you should see a “My Wallpapers” folder. Drag whatever picture you want to use into that folder. Once your picture is copied over, eject your Nook. Then, go to Settings, Display, and Wallpaper to select your image from the list. That will now be the default image that pops up when you turn on your Nook.
  • Screensaver: Likewise, the Nook has a couple choices of screensavers. You can choose the default nature, cityscape, or author images if you like them, or you can create your own. Again, plug your Nook into your computer. This time, find a folder that says “My Screensavers.” You can create sub-folders within that folder. For example, I use pictures of my dog as my screensaver, so I called my new folder “Wiki,” which is my dog’s name. You can create several of these, but you’ll only be able to select one folder of screensavers at a time. Drag and drop the pictures that you want to use into your folders. (According to Barnes and Noble’s support page, it works best if your pictures are saved as .png or .jpg files and are about 600 x 800 pixels.) Once your pictures are in the appropriate folder, you can eject the Nook from the computer. Go to Settings, Display, Screensaver on your Nook. Then simply select the name of the folder you want to use from the list. These are the pictures that will show up while your Nook is in sleep mode. The Nook will automatically rotate through the pictures you have in your folder. If you get tired of those pictures, you can add more to your existing folder or create a new folder.

If you have a Nook, what are some other ways you have found to personalize it?


7 Responses to "Nook Tips: Personalizing Your Product"

  • O.M.G.

    YOu can put your own picture on the Nook!? I swear, I’m marrying this thing. Thank you for these awesome, informative posts. You’re so much cooler than a manual!

    1 Jen said this (December 22, 2010 at 11:21 AM)

  • How about skins? I could just about go nuts trying to pick one (or more)out! (That’s why I don’t have one yet.) Two sites I used are: and

    Have fun!

    2 Annette said this (December 22, 2010 at 11:30 AM)

    • Those are awesome. I don’t think I’d ever be able to choose.

      3 Melanie said this (December 22, 2010 at 12:01 PM)

  • See, I didn’t know you could personalize wallpapers and screensavers!! I am so going to have to check this out. Thanks again for these awesome tips!

    4 Tara said this (December 22, 2010 at 11:52 AM)

  • You almost make me want a nook instead of longing for my as-of-yet-unacquired iPad….

    5 jen said this (December 22, 2010 at 10:03 PM)

    • Well a Nook would certainly be easier to acquire! It’s WAY cheaper. But they’re very different, so it just depends how many bells and whistles and apps you want to use 🙂

      6 Melanie said this (December 23, 2010 at 8:02 AM)

  • I have both a nook and an iPad (since June, when I bought the latter). I find I’m doing the vast majority of my ereading via the nook app on my iPad. I like the touch screen for note-taking and highlighting which my version of the nook doesn’t have. I’ve heardbthe nook “color” is better though. Does anyone have that one?

    7 Jay said this (December 26, 2010 at 6:41 PM)