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How to Adjust Font Size, Line Spacing, and Other Elements on your Barnes & Noble NOOK™ E-Reader

Updated on June 10, 2012
The publisher's default font and margin settings for Michael Lewis' "Moneyball," read on the Barnes & Noble NOOK™.
The publisher's default font and margin settings for Michael Lewis' "Moneyball," read on the Barnes & Noble NOOK™.

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!

The "Text" menu is accessed by tapping the screen near the page number while you are reading a book, not by pressing the NOOK™ button.
The "Text" menu is accessed by tapping the screen near the page number while you are reading a book, not by pressing the NOOK™ button.

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."

The "Text" menu option on the NOOK™. Selecting this will allow you to alter font size, margin width, and other settings for a particular book in your library.
The "Text" menu option on the NOOK™. Selecting this will allow you to alter font size, margin width, and other settings for a particular book in your library.

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.

The NOOK™'s "Text" menu. From here, you can edit the publisher's default font and margin settings for the e-book you are reading.
The NOOK™'s "Text" menu. From here, you can edit the publisher's default font and margin settings for the e-book you are reading.

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.






Take-Away

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™ .

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