Apr 23 AT 3:11 PM Taylor Wimberly 18 Comments

New to Nook: Apps, browser, Read in Store

Barnes & Noble released their first major software update (v1.3) for the Nook which added several exciting features for e-reader fans. Read in Store, a feature announced back at launch, is now available when inside a Barnes & Noble store. Users can read any section of any e-book for free (but only 1 hour per day).

The Nook also received its first Android apps. A new games section includes versions of sudoku and chess. Neither game was that impressive to me, but what do you expect on an e-ink display? At least B&N is developing some games and should expand the lineup in the future.

Finally a beta web browser was added which lets users visit their favorite sites and read email. The touch screen at the bottom of the Nook is used for scrolling and zooming, while the e-ink display shows a larger view of the site. Performance was a little sluggish and features were limited, but it’s a nice bonus for existing Nook owners.

Other enhancements included an overall performance boost, faster page turns, touch screen improvements, and easier navigation. The main UI received a refresh and shortcuts were added to the audio player and WiFi settings.

Overall, I was really impressed with the update. It took around five minutes to install and I’ve experienced no problems at all. Several of the new features are clearly marked beta, which is a good sign more updates are coming. I would really love to see B&N release a Nook SDK so the community can begin to build some apps and then think about an app store.

YouTuber weggingt uploaded a video walk-through of the new features.

Highlights of the software upgrade include:

  • The breakthrough Read In Store experience, now in beta, which allows you to read complete eBooks in Barnes & Noble stores.
  • Sudoku and Chess
  • Wi-Fi® connectivity in more hotspots and a beta basic Web browser. Plus, additional reading and performance improvements, such as faster page turns and an enhanced home screen.


Source: Barnes & Noble

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  • http://adomanico01.blogspot.com/ Anthony Domanico

    As much as I love Android, I’d take an iPad over this thing anyday.

    • http://raisinets.wordpress.com Daniel

      Nook has longer battery life, doesn’t strain your eyes with an LED screen, fits in a jacket pocket, is light enough to hold in one hand while (for example) hanging onto a subway strap with the other, and is half the price of an iPad.

      Not to knock the iPad, just saying they both have their pros and cons.

      • http://adomanico01.blogspot.com/ Anthony Domanico

        Fair enough.

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    • http://Website robojerk

      The Adam looks more exciting to me then both the IPad and the Nook. I hope B&N will release an app for it.


      Features of the Adam
      The Adam will have a Pixel Qi display

  • http://rossingram.com Ross

    Awesome. Does the browser work over AT&T network or just on wifi?

    • http://androidandme.com Taylor Wimberly

      Just WiFi. You are not getting free web browsing.

  • http://Website Droewyn

    Excellent. We’re one step closer to Nethack on my Nook.

  • http://Website Podge

    The swipe page turn is still slow and does not respond very well. But I do enjoy my Nook–more each day. Have loaded music onto the micro SD so I can have music and read at the same time.

    I wish they would add more games–I love Mahjongg.

  • http://Website deedle

    Is there any way to download other games to my Nook? would love to have a decent scrabble game on it.

    Also, Podge mentioned page swipe mechanism but i don’t see that on my Nook. i have 1.4 version

    • http://Website rick james

      softroot your nook for all kinds of things, new hardware-no router on nookdevs is super easy and if you have the old hardware (serial is 1002xxxxxxx or older) it is really easy. any questions just ask

  • http://Website deedle

    oohh i found the swipe page turn thingy…nevermind..

  • http://Website Lindsay

    Anybody know how to make visible notes on the calendar download? I’m kinda regretting that purchase. Either it’s a totally useless tool or I’m a totally retarded user. :-)

  • http://Website sally

    i wish there were more apps for the nook. why is there no screabble game? the reader is great but the addition of good apps would make this product seriously compete wsith the IPAD.

  • http://Website jordan

    Does the nook have any other games because im not a BIG fan of suduko or the other one.
    for example if i wanted to at doodle jump,pocket god, or pacman, Would i be able to??

    • http://Website Egon

      You wouldn’t be able to. Not on the e-ink screen, which is essentially useless for anything that’s animated. Solitaire or mahjong would be great additions, though.

  • http://Website Beckie

    Is there a way to get a calendar on the Nook? I would love to have all of my appointments and dates at my fingertips with my Nook if at all possible

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