Barnes & Noble today announced an update for its NOOK application for Android platforms, enhancing it up with some new exciting features that also brings the Nook app at par with the other e-reader apps currently available. Among the most notable feature of the new app is the way it allows side-loading of rights-free ePub files, which means users now will find it much easier the e-books that they might have downloaded earlier from sources other than the Barnes & Noble bookstore.
The app also includes four new themes that comply with different reading modes, a feature that was lacking in the NOOK app. The themes are Day, Night, Sepia, and Butter with each theme characterized by a unique lighting scheme along with matching color settings. This will also allow users to change margins and brightness settings that they feel will match their reading experience. Then there is also a new Library search function.
The new app is applicable to Android 1.6 and higher and can also be stored on an SD card on phones running the latest Android 2.2 Froyo.