The NOOK Color comes w ith a built-in 8 GB memory. There is a microSD card slot, so you can use an external memory card up to 32 GB. The NOOK Color also has a built-in Wi-Fi, a web browser and some games, including chess, Sudoku, and crosswords. You can access free exclusive content by visiting Barnes & Noble's retail stores, as well as download e-books from B&N's store.
The NOOK Color also incorporates social networking features. It has a new feature called NOOK Friends, which you can use to share your favorite passages with family and friends through email and popular social networking sites like Twitter and Facebook.
You can change the NOOK Color’s screen background color, and you can also drag e-books around to arrange them however you like. You can organize the content in several other ways, too. There are sections for newspapers, magazines, and other content like PDF and EPUB e-books, videos, images, audio, and Microsoft Office files.
The NOOK Color has a feature called AliveTouch, which kids can use to interact with pictures and words. And in addition to this, AliveTouch also reads books aloud to you.
The screen of the NOOK Color is backlit. It is helpful in reading at night, but hinders when reading in sunlight. The screen is also reflective so you can have problems reading the screen content outdoors.
For reading, the NOOK Color has several customizing options. There is a brightness adjuster, three levels of adjustment for line height and margins. The device also offers six text sizes, plenty of color themes, and font types to choose from.
Other reading features in the NOOK Color include jumping between pages and chapters, using the slider bar and table of contents, adding bookmarks, phrases and words search, dictionary, zoom in/out, and text highlighting.
The NOOK Color has support for a large number of file formats. You can open audio files (MP3, AAC, MP4), image files (PNG, JPG, GIF, BMP), and Microsoft Office files (DOC, PPT, XLS, XLS, TXT, and Office 2007 file formats).