How to Adjust Font Size, Line Spacing, and Other Elements on your Barnes & Noble NOOK™ E-Reader
With the capacity to store hundreds of e-books, an extended battery life allowing for 30+ hours of continuous reading, and a magnetic ink display that reduces eye-strain, it is small wonder that the Barnes & Noble NOOK™ has become one of the most popular e-readers on the market. Yet, for all it's capabilities, using the Nook™ is not as intuitive as it might be. Every e-book read by the NOOK™ has default font, spacing, and margin settings determined by the publisher; in many cases, these may not be to your liking. The NOOK™ has the ability to adjust all that -- it's just not located under general settings and options!
Step 1: Pulling Up the Correct Menu
Unlike other adjustable options like Time/Date, Screensaver, and 'Reader Button' orientations, the menu for adjusting Font is not accessed by pressing the "ᴖ" NOOK™ button on the bottom of the device and going to "Settings." Instead, to change font size and other attributes, you must access a special menu brought up tapping the bottom of the screen near the page number while you are reading a book. This will bring up a 5-button menu, one option of which is "Text."
Step 2: Adjusting the Font
Once you have pulled up the menu and selected the "Text" button, the rest is fairly self-explanatory. At the top of the new menu screen, select the font size you prefer. The menu itself only takes up half the screen; the other half of the screen allows you to preview the temporary font settings you have selected. In addition to font size you can also choose font type, line spacing, and margin size. Should you dislike the new reader settings you select, there is a box in the bottom right corner you can select to return the settings to the publisher default.
Step 3: Finishing Up
When you are finished adjusting your font settings, simply close out the menu by clicking the "x" button at the top right corner of the menu. You will be returned to whatever book you were reading. Sometimes in the process of adjusting font and margin, your original page number might get jumbled as text is added or subtracted from the screen; clicking the forward or backward button once or twice should return you to your desired page.
Unlike many other personal electronic devices, the Barnes & Noble NOOK™ does not have global settings that allow you to adjust the font, font size, and margins for all items read. Rather, each book you read has separate publisher settings. The "Text" menu can only be accessed while reading a book and tapping the screen near the page number. You must readjust these text settings every time you start a new book. Once you have begun a book, however, the settings you select will remain in place even if you decide to leave the book and read something else on your NOOK™ .