Barnes and Noble Nook Now Has Android-Based Games
Barnes & Noble announced that its Nook e-reader would receive a software update, complete with three new features, in coming days. Those features include "Read In Store," which allows Nook users to access entire books while at a Barnes & Noble store, a basic Web browser and games. Barnes & Noble finds itself embroiled in competition not only against Amazon.com and its popular Kindle device, but also Apple's iPad, whose e-books application leverages the tablet PC's full-color screen. Both Amazon and Barnes & Noble have been exploring partnerships with Target, Best Buy and other retailers as a way to expand their market presence.Barnes & Noble announced a software update for its Nook e-reader, complete with new features such as a Web browser and games, on April 23.
The new features include the beta version of "Read In Store," which allows Nook users to browse the retailer's library of e-books for free at any Barnes & Noble location, with the entirety of each book accessible for an hour per day. Barnes & Noble has also added the beta version of a basic Web browser, and a selection of Android-based games including Sudoku and chess. "We've also made additional reading and device performance enhancements including improved page turn speed, faster access to previously opened e-books, enhanced color touch-screen navigation and more," Paul Hochman, manager of Content and Social Media at BarnesandNoble.com, wrote in an April 23 posting on the Nook and BN eReader blog. "The new features and additional enhancements are available with the updated Nook software now available via manual download at www.nook.com/update."
Hochman's allusion to faster book access and page-turn speed seems to be a reference to early reviews for the Nook, some of which claimed that slowness and some unpolished features represented the biggest drawbacks for the device. Registered Nooks with WiFi connectivity will automatically download the software, a process that Hochman suggests will take between 5-7 minutes, at some point within the next week.