Updates to NST

Status: New Idea

Now that BN has updated the Nook HD and HD+ to feature the Google Play Store, I believe a Nook Simple Touch update is necessary if BN wants to compete with Amazon and Apple.


Amazon's Kindle Paperwhite has a web browser already. The Nook could be much better if it had:



  • A web browser
  • A email application
  • A news reader (RSS possibly)

These few features are not complicated, and they do not require a lot of processing power. I am not asking for the Nook to play Angry Birds, I would just like it to allow me to read more than books. Email, news, and the web would be fantastic.


I already know about the hidden NST Google login browser, so I know that a real browser would work well on the Nook! As a loyal Nook user for over 3 years, I would be very happy to see updates to the E-ink side of the Nook product line!

Categories: nook simple touch
by on ‎05-04-2013 09:37 AM

The browser was left off the NST intentionally.  The N1E, had a browser, when the NST cane out, there was no browser.  It was intentional and I doubt in the stage of NST life cycle, they're going to add it.  It was discussed constantly when te NST was first released, and te didn't add it back then.

by JackB2398 on ‎05-04-2013 02:31 PM

At this point, anything BN can do to help the Nook line find more success is an improvement. The walled off garden approach doesn't do much in the Nook's favor, so a web browser and email would at minimum make current customers happier, if not bring in more business.

by on ‎05-05-2013 01:59 AM

Some of us prefer it without a browser, games, or anything else that doesn't have anything to do with reading.  Adding these things will only alienate the people who are happy with the NST as it is.

by JackB2398 on ‎05-05-2013 04:44 AM

I enjoy reading news articles on the web and reading my email on the go. I did not mention adding video games to the Nook or interfering with the reading capabilities, I only suggested adding more reading options such as in a web browser or email.

by on ‎05-05-2013 09:19 AM

"At this point, anything BN can do to help the Nook line find more success is an improvement. The walled off garden approach doesn't do much in the Nook's favor, so a web browser and email would at minimum make current customers happier, if not bring in more business."


Maybe, maybe not.  It would make you happier, yes, but people who bought the NST bought it with the knowledge that it didn't have access to email or a brower.  (Assuming they did some research before they bought it). 


Some people wouldn't want an update which could conceivable, mess up what they already have to add functionality they don't want, and it makes the NST a little bit more complicated as there would be more options.  


It wouldn't make me happier, that's now what I bought it for, and it would just confuse my mom if there were suddenly new buttons on her device.  Which means my phone would ring.

by JackB2398 on ‎05-05-2013 12:59 PM

It is true that the reading capapbility cannot be interfered with, or the overall ease of use be complicated.


If you look at the huge media attention the Nook HD and Nook HD+ have pulled off with their recent updates and now the price drops starting at $149, I think the same could happen for the e-ink side of Nook.


If it were a voluntary upgrade, it might be the best of both worlds for everyone. Those who want it click yes to new features, those who don't click no. Either way, the Nook would have a leg up over Amazon and allow people to "Read Forever" with more than just books.

by on ‎05-05-2013 07:23 PM

There is no such thing as a voluntary upgrade in the nook world.  For the eink nooks, there has never been an update that added functionality that didn't also either intentionally remove other functionality, or accidentally break other functionality.




by Ya_Ya on ‎05-05-2013 08:23 PM

Why buy a device that doesn't do something and demand that it be made to do it, by the original manufacturer?


Root it.  You can do all of the things you want it to do.


Leave the rest of them alone.  They do exactly what they were designed to do and sold to do.  Display books and (some) magazines for a person to read.

by bugeek on ‎05-10-2013 05:12 PM
Frankly id like a little more library management even on the NST, and PDF/EPUB management as well.. Id like to read PDFs in landscape, and id like the PDF support to be improved to make it EASIER to read PDFs ... Still that key word.. READ.. Get that folks can root and such and put on a few apps but still see a place for a minimal browser.. Not as a primary feature but ability to connect to a hotspot, (captive portal) and pull up a mobile formatted webpage would be drastically useful without making things too complex.. if it works for the Kindle. Heck I think a built in copy of Wikipedia with a search tool would be a great option.. or a use for that "minimalist browser"...
by Pie-Is-Tasty on ‎05-14-2013 09:02 PM

I agree with JackB2398. At minimum, a new Nook Simple Touch model should have a web browser. The Amazon Kindle e-ink models all have experimental browsers. I think the NST would be even better with a:






These are all very important features that will at least make the Nook SOMEWHAT competitive with the Kindle families.

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