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NOOKcolor: Extras. And another gift

My gift to you today: A first look at a new entry into the "Cutting Room Floor" files of my website. The 'false start' to When Danger Calls. Read it here.

Yesterday was busy with our family holiday celebration. I baked the rugelach, made potato latkes and ricotta pancakes.Latke recipes are pretty much basic. Mine isn't much different from the standard: 4 potatoes, 1 onion, an egg, salt, and flour (or matzo meal). One variation I learned from my daughters' pre-school teacher was to take about 1/3 of the combined ingredients and give it some time in the food processor, making a kind of batter to bind the rest of the potatoes together.

We're traditionalists in that we serve the latkes with applesauce and/or sour cream. They're about the only thing I cook 'last minute' but this year, with our new open concept floor plan, I won't be alone in the kitchen (although sometimes I think that's a good thing.)

More of my NOOKcolore reports:

(You should be able to click on the NOOKcolor images to enlarge them for a bit more clarity.

My NOOKcolor discoveries. I tried 'side loading' (I think that's the term) content. I downloaded a Smashwords story in epub format. It gets saved to my PC. Then I connected the NOOKcolor to my PC, and moved the story into my library. I wasn't exactly sure where to put it, so I actually put it in 3 places: my Nook library, and in the Files section, in both downloads and in books.

When I opened it, it worked exactly the same as any book I bought from the B&N Nook store. I can adjust fonts, search, and do all those other things I talked about before. I haven't found a way to do that with Word docs or pdf files, and I'm not sure it's part of the package—yet. Even so, they're easy enough to load into the Files section.

Another feature I haven't mentioned is the bookshelf organization in the library. There's an icon that lets you create shelves, and you can 'store' your books on whatever shelf you create. This makes life easy—I have shelves for myself, my grandson, and the Hubster, in addition to ones for author friends.

It's very easy to move books around—you could have a shelf for mystery, romance, favorites, 'books in progress' – whatever you like. To add or remove books, there's an "edit" box, which brings up your entire library. You simply check the ones you want to add or delete from any given shelf.

Another feature is the "Extras" Section. Here, you've got access to Crossword Puzzles, Photos, Sudoku, Pandora, Chess, a Contacts list, the Nook Lending Library, and Music. I haven't tried them all, but if I understand the manual, you can listen to audio books as well as music.

One drawback, which might or might not be because I haven't figured everything out yet, is that it's not always possible to back up one screen. Sometimes I have to go back to the home screen and re-navigate. I'm still learning, however. Some applications have clearly marked "Back" buttons, but some don't seem to have a way out. Also, the instructions for the various extras are left more to trial and error than having specific pages in the manual explain them. So far, I haven't had too much trouble.