For those who missed it, I love my $149 Nook Wi-Fi. And I love my Nook for Android application. The two of them have renewed my passion for spare time pleasure reading, mostly because discovering and buying new books is a snap with either. There is one feature that could save me a bit more time when working my way through a book on multiple devices, and that’s placeholder synching. Currently, Nook for Android, doesn’t even synch bookmarks and only allows you to jump to a chapter, rathern than a page. Who wants to do that every time they steal another page on the bus or at the coffe shop?
Thankfully, Barnes & Nobel has announced a November Nook update that will improve synching across devices, add password protection, allow users to organze their library (hopefully we’ll be able to delete books from the Nook without a USB connection), and implement performance enhancements, including faster page turns. Later this week, the Nook for Android app will be updated also, including the sych updates and the ability to jump to pages.
B&N is widely expected to release a new version of their e-reader called Nook 2; privately referred to as Project Encore later this year. Perhaps a holiday blitz is in the works, and maybe, just maybe, these updates signal a pending announcement. Then again, maybe not.
Barnes & Noble will continue to enhance the overall reading experience and performance of its award-winning, bestselling NOOK eBook Readers with a major update coming in November.
In its biggest update yet since NOOK was launched one year ago, Barnes & Noble will dramatically increase NOOK 3G and NOOK Wi-Fi‘s page turn speed and deliver the features and performance enhancements most-requested from NOOK customers. These include improved search on the device, customized Barnes & Noble Library organization and password protection. The update also includes the ability to read continuously across all NOOK and all devices enabled with our free NOOK apps, by syncing your last page read. If you forget your NOOK at home, use the free NOOK app for iPad, iPhone, iPod touch, Android smartphone or PC to pick up where you left off. And when you’re reunited with your NOOK eReader again, the Reading Now page will be updated and ready to go.
The NOOK 1.5 software update is expected to be available late next month via Wi-Fi or manual download at www.NOOK.com/support.
With its paper-like display and color touch screen for navigation, NOOK continues to the most full-featured dedicated E-Ink eBook eReader on the market. NOOK customers can enjoy sharing books with friends using Barnes & Noble’s innovative LendMe™ technology, access to shop more than one million digital titles and much more. Additional NOOK information and images can be found here.
In other NOOK news, NOOK for Android, part of Barnes & Noble’s suite of free NOOK apps, will also be getting an update, expected later this week. NOOK for Android v2.3 includes many customer-requested features including the ability to “Go To” a specific page number, search within a book, view highlights and notes, delete books from the library, plus an updated home screen and enhancements to make reading and managing side-loaded content easier. Learn more about NOOK for Android at www.bn.com/nookforandroid and downloaded the app from an Android device by searching “NOOK” in the Android Marketplace.