NOOK Tablet Travel Abroad - dummies

By Corey Sandler

Nothing prevents you from taking your NOOK Tablet when traveling outside of the United States, although some roadblocks keep you from buying something when you’re in another country. Why? Because most publisher-author contracts restrict selling a book in foreign countries (or indicate varying royalty rates).

Here’s a guide to the international lay of the land:

  • You can read anything that’s already on your NOOK Tablet as you travel anywhere in the world.

  • As of the end of 2011, NOOK Tablet devices are only being sold to people who have a billing address in the United States or one of its territories.

  • You can only buy content for your tablet if you have a billing address in the United States, U.S. territories, or Canada. You must make the purchase while you are (or your tablet is) physically within the United States, its territories, and Canada. (The device will identify its location through its WiFi router.)

  • You can download items you’ve already bought from anywhere in the world where you can obtain a WiFi signal.

  • You can lend and borrow eBooks from anywhere in the world.

  • Periodicals are automatically downloaded to your NOOK Tablet anywhere you can connect to a WiFi system.

  • It’s tough to get foreign and foreign-language eBooks for the NOOK Tablet. This restriction doesn’t apply to books in the public domain; check for titles there.

  • The NOOK Tablet can display several foreign languages, and other languages are possible if the typefaces are embedded in the eBook files.

Oh, and one more thing: The battery recharger for your NOOK Tablet has prongs that connect to wall outlets in the United States and Canada. It can work with power from about 110 to 240 volts. You need a plug adapter if you want to use the NOOK Tablet in a country that uses plugs of other shapes. You don’t need to convert or reduce the voltage — just change the shape of the plug.