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Best Accessories: Color in the range of possibilities for the Nook Color

Best Accessories: Color in the range of possibilities for the Nook Color

Dressing up the Barnes & Noble Nook Color e-reader

by Michael Gray on April 7, 2011


The Nook Color is slowly moving into tablet territory as it prepares to implement the ability to run Flash, apps, and email. It's already an effective ebook reader, so these updates make the Nook Color even more attractive to anyone considering it as an alternative to an iPad or Xoom. Barnes & Noble has sold over 3 million of the Nook Color ereaders, and that number will only grow with further updates.

If you're picking up a Nook Color of your own, these are the accessories that you'll want to take with you on the road.

Barnes & Noble NOOKcolor eReader

1. The Device Itself: Nook Color
The Nook Color is, at heart, a device meant to let you read electronic books. In January 2011, it evolved further with the release of Android 2.2. The Nook Color will soon expand with email capability and its own apps. The Nook Color is the most versatile e-reader on the market and the least expensive tablet-like device.

The Nook Color has a 7" full-color touchscreen that can display more than 16 million colors. While your eye will probably not be able to pick out the differences in all of those colors, the number helps give you a gauge of the display's capability. The Nook Color has 8GB of internal memory, which is enough storage for 6,000 ebooks. It connects to the internet through wifi or to your computer through a micro-USB port. If that's not enough access for additional content, the Nook Color also has a microSD media card slot, a good way to carry even more ebooks or magazines with you on the road.

Barnes & Noble Clear Screen Film Kit for NOOKcolor Digital Readers

2. Protection and Cleaning: Clear Screen Film Kit
The Clear Screen Film Kit is a pretty straightforward package for your Nook Color. It includes 2 transparent screens you apply to your Nook's touchscreen. This helps protect the surface from dust, oils, and scratches. The kit also comes with microfiber cloth to help you whisk away fibers, dust, and debris from your Nook Color's screen without scratching it.

Barnes & Noble Dessin Cover for Barnes & Noble NOOKcolor Digital Readers

3. Style and Substance: Dessin Cover
The Dessin Cover is made from an attractive glazed leather material, making it blend well with portfolios and business accessories. The Nook Color fits inside the case to protect it from bumps and bruises, and a large slide pocket gives you someplace to store other accessories. The Dessin Cover is emblazoned with with a stylized N that lets you show off your Nook Color pride. The Clear Screen Film Kit is a pretty straightforward package for your Nook Color. It includes 2 transparent screens you apply to your Nook's touchscreen. This helps protect the surface from dust, oils, and scratches. The kit also comes with microfiber cloth to help you whisk away fibers, dust, and debris from your Nook Color's screen without scratching it.

Barnes & Noble Industriell Easel Cover for Barnes & Noble NOOKcolor Digital Readers

4. The Setup: Industriell Easel
The Industriell Easel is a modern, stylized case for your Nook Color. The adjustable easel back allows you to stand your Nook Color upright so that you can read hands-free. The Industriell is made from a polyurethane material to help protect your Nook Color from accidents.

NOOK Car Charging Kit

5. On the Go: Car Charging Kit
The Car Charging Kit is a handy way to charge your Nook Color while traveling. The kit comes with the appropriate charging heads for all three Nook styles. An LED light lets you know when your Nook is powering up. The cable is 5' long, allowing even backseat readers to get a charge while they're reading on the road.

Skullcandy Ink'd Ear Bud Stereo Headphones - Black/Red

6. Rock On: Ear Bud Headphones
The Nook Color also allows you to play music from the Pandora streaming music service, even while you're reading your favorite book. Skullcandy earbud headphones are a fun, inexpensive way to listen to those tunes, and they fit easily in your Nook Color's case so that you always have them with you.

SanDisk 8GB microSD Memory Card

7. Remember This: SanDisk 8GB microSD Memory Card
While the internal memory for the Nook Color is enough to carry 6,000 ebooks, you might still run low on storage space if you're carrying pictures, magazines, and other media on your ebook reader. You can use this SanDisk8GB microSD memory card to literally double the amount of storage on hand for your Nook Color. And if you need still more memory, these memory cards are small enough to fit in your Nook Color's pocket without any trouble at all.

The Nook Color is a surprisingly versatile ebook reader. To protect your investment, you should definitely pick up at least the Clear Screen Film Kit to help keep scratches of the Nook's screens and a protective case to prevent bumps and jostles.

A set of earbuds like the Skullcandy headphones lets you listen to music even while you read, and the car charging kit will keep your Nook Color powered up while on the road. If you do manage to use up your Nook's memory, the SanDisk memory cards let you take even more content with you.

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