The Barnes and Noble Nook 3G and Nook WI-FI have received a new firmware upgrade that will provide a number of enhancements right before the critical holiday season. If you already have a Nook, you are in store for some great new features.
The upgrade was released today and is available over the air with the WI-FI aspect of your device, or you can manually upgrade it.
Some of the new features that the 1.5 firmware update provides is syncing your current reading positions across all devices. So if you have a Nook and a Android smart phone, you can pick up where you left off when you leave your Nook at home and are out and about with your smart phone.
You can also now customize folders and group content for My B&N Library. The My Shelves feature enables users to organize B&N Libraries by a particular subject or theme, on easy-to-organize, easily-accessible Shelves .
There is also some security updates that can lock the device after a certain period of time, and needing a password to unlock the device. You can also but a password to be needed if you want to block purchases from the Barnes and Noble Book Store, in case you share your device with family members.
Other enhancements include 50% faster page turns on all Nook devices and improved search functionality. This new upgrade as well gives you added battery life, so your Nook will last a lot longer both in standby mode and while reading.
NOOK version 1.5 software is available at no cost to all current and new NOOK owners via Wi-Fi or manual download at Good e-Reader Forum. You’ll find images and additional information about NOOK at www.bn.com/nook/media.
Michael Kozlowski is the Editor in Chief of Good e-Reader. He has been writing about audiobooks and e-readers for the past ten years. His articles have been picked up by major and local news sources and websites such as the CBC, CNET, Engadget, Huffington Post and the New York Times.