To download any of these free apps, click the icon above or the name on the list below. You'll be taken to the B&N download page.
Authors by WorldLive Mobile
Keep up with your favorite authors
Free Twitter and Facebook client
Access to more than 300,000 Wi-Fi hotspots
Get on top of your to-do list
The Missing Sync
Sync your calendar and other info files with your computer. Technically, this app is free. But, the software you'll need on your computer is not.
The ultimate free notes app for mobile devices that lets you easily create, edit, categorize, search, sort, save and share notes.
This is the notetaking app you want. Check the reviews. It's free and it works.
Retrieve your work email and more. The trial is free, after that you'll have to pay. At least you can try it and see if you like it without spending any money.
Nook Word of the Day
Who doesn't need a vocabulary boost? Check the reviews for tips on how to use this free app.
If you're in the right city, this award-winning app will tell you what to do next. There are more cities coming, but for now it covers the major ones, like: Boston, Washington, DC, New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Las Vegas, Chicago, Miami, Atlanta and Dallas. (You've got to admit, the icon is a winner too.)
V1 Golf for Android
If you can wade through the reviews on this one, you'll find some good info on how to use it. It's not a game, it's a tool. The info on the download page is clear.
Uprising St. Louis
Want to be mayor of St. Louis? No? Me either. But, it's an interesting game and it's free.
Chances are you're already using this to sync your Blackberry and your computer. It's free and a great (award winning) tool to get your Nook Color in the loop.
Essential social media networking hub since it integrates Facebook, Twitter and more on your Nook.
ESSENTIAL: This is the get-it-done tool you'll want on your Nook Color. And it's free.
Free no-nonsense calendar
More FREE Apps for Nook Color
The Nook Color is an Android device. So, Android apps will work just fine if you run 3.0 (Honeycomb) rather than the 2.2 (Froyo) that's now standard. If you're feeling adventuresome, there are literally thousands of free apps available for Android devices, but you'll need to make some changes.
No rooting necessary
A quick Google search will tell you what you need to know about "rooting" your Nook Color. For newbies, this means going into the operating system of your Nook Color and upgrading it yourself from the new 2.2 Froyo to the 3.0 Honeycomb. You will void your warranty. You may trash your Nook Color permanently. I'm not recommending it.
More about hacking the Nook Color here.
Bootable SD Card with Honeycomb
You're going to want more memory for your Nook Color anyway. You can do a quick search for a fast (Class 4 or better) card like the ones sold on the B&N site. It's easy to find an 8GB card (Class 4) for under $15. Here's one on Amazon for $13.39.
Your card will not come with Honeycomb on it. You'll need to do that. OR you'll need to search for a bootable SD card with Honeycomb already on it. eBay has plenty. To load Honeycomb on the disc and get it ready, follow the directions you'll find on any number of sites online. Nook Devs is a wiki site for Nook developers. There's plenty of help, advice and how-tos.
So, what you'll be doing is booting your Nook Color from the SD and running Honeycomb from it. You change none of your factory settings and it won't void your warranty. When you want to switch back simply power down, remove the bootable SD and start up again.
Why buy a Nook Color?
Barnes and Noble calls the Nook Color the "Reader's Tablet" for good reason. Yes, it's an eReader and you'll love reading color books and magazines on it. BUT, it is really an android tablet and provides the basics of android tablet computing at a very affordable price. Think beyond an ebook reader and compare the Nook Color to other android tablets. With the free apps listed to the left, you'll have the best of both worlds: a great ebook reader and an android tablet.