Barnes & Noble has begun sending out an over-the-air update to its nook e-book reader. This includes a wide variety of improvements, both increasing the performance of this device and removing a few bugs.
- Page turning and formatting of downloaded e-books has been improved.
- Start-up time for My Library, The Daily, and Setting has been improved.
- Barnes & Noble in-store content and promotions roll-out is fully supported.
- Launches reader immediately on Select from The Daily and My Library for books and subscriptions that have already been downloaded.
- Reading Now takes customer straight into the last book page read without reformatting the content.
- Displays the correct time on the status bar.
- No longer unprompted to the home screen when pressing the arrow or the select button.
- Displays correct error-message for pre-ordering books that are not yet available.
The new software for the nook is being sent directly to the nook; it doesn’t have to be manually updated.
Going forward, new units will have this new version already installed.
An Overview of the Barnes & Noble Nook
B&N’s e-book reader has much in common with the Amazon.com Kindle 2. It differentiates itself by allowing users to lend books and connect to Wi-Fi networks.
This device has a 6-inch, grayscale E-Ink screen for displaying the contents of books, newspapers, and magazines, and below that is a smaller color touchscreen that is used to shop for items, as a keyboard, and to perform other actions.
Users are able to purchase and download e-books directly on the Nook, either over a Wi-Fi connection or over AT&T’s 3G network. Those who want to access hotspots in B&N stores can do so for free.
The nook supports documents in a variety of formats: eReader, the open ePub standard, or Adobe Acrobat (PDF), and users are able to move files onto this reader — they don’t have to come from B&N.
This device has 2 GB of internal storage — that’s room for about 1,500 books — plus it includes a microSD card slot for additional capacity.
The most unusual feature of the nook is the ability to “lend” books; users are able to loan a text to one of their friends for up to 14 days for no charge. The receiver must have either a Nook or a compatible device — iPhone, BlackBerry, Palm, PC, etc. — with the free B&N eReader software installed.
Physically, this device is 7.7 inches by 4.9 inches by 0.5 inches (196 mm by 126 mm by 13 mm). It weighs 11.2 ounces (317 g).