The NOOK eReader Virtual Keyboard - dummies

By Corey Sandler

Don’t expect a NOOK eReader virtual keyboard to win in a speed competition against a physical keyboard. There are a couple of reasons for this:

  • The virtual onscreen keyboard is much smaller than a traditional computer keyboard. It has to be, because the six-inch (diagonally measured) screen of the NOOK Simple Touch or the slightly larger seven-inch screen of the NOOK Color offers perhaps one-quarter of the real estate of a real keyboard when you use it in the landscape mode (wider than tall).

  • Using a virtual onscreen keyboard is mostly a one-, two-, or perhaps three-finger task. If you’re holding the tablet in one hand, you’re likely to be tapping with one finger or the other. If you place the tablet on a table or in a holder, you may be able to tap with one finger of each hand and reach the spacebar or the Go (Return) virtual key with a thumb.

  • Both the NOOK Color and NOOK Simple Touch require a few fractions of a second to interpret your taps and transfer them to the screen. The E Ink display of the NOOK Simple Touch is a few beats slower because it does not refresh the image thousands of times per second like the LCD-based NOOK Color.

    The NOOK Color's onscreen keyboard in portrait view (left) and landscape view (right).
    The NOOK Color’s onscreen keyboard in portrait view (left) and landscape view (right).

For more information about the NOOK eReader and its features, explore NOOK eReaders For Dummies, Portable Edition.