Today is one of those days when I realize how lucky I am to have this job. As the guy behind the NOOK Blog, I get to bring you all of the biggest NOOK news as it happens, and today’s news is about as big as it gets!


First, we’ve just announced our newest addition to the NOOK family: NOOK Tablet—our fastest, lightest tablet with the best in HD entertainment. NOOK Tablet is available for pre-order now, and is expected to be available in-stores and on-line in plenty of time for the holidays! Now you can get the award winning reading experience that only Barnes & Noble can offer plus HD movies, TV shows and music from the top names in entertainment! Over 2.5 million books, magazines, newspapers, kids’ books and comics & graphic novels from the world’s largest bookstore; favorite movies and TV shows from Netflix and Hulu Plus; millions of songs to choose from; thousands of must-have apps—plus email and lightning fast Web browsing. It’s everything you want in a tablet—plus it’s built for speed, has tons of memory, features superior battery life and the world’s most advanced VividView™ touchscreen—yet it’s light and portable.  All this for just $249.


Next,  I’m pleased to let current owners know that firmware 1.1 for NOOK Simple Touch is here, making it even better—now the fastest, easiest to use Reader with the world’s best reading screen & the longest battery life!  This update will roll out over Wi-Fi in the coming weeks, but you can sideload to your device now here.


NOOK Color owners should stay-tuned for a firmware update starting in December. Our largest software update yet will make NOOK Color better than ever with over 100 reading enhancements, the hottest music services, top comics & graphic novels, plus NOOK Color customers will be able to download Netflix to watch movies & TV shows and Hulu Plus™ will also be available for NOOK Color in the coming months. 


Plus, just in time for holiday gift-giving, we’re dropping the price on NOOK Simple Touch and NOOK Color. Effective immediately, the new and improved NOOK Simple Touch is just $99, while NOOK Color is only $199. So whether you’re looking to give the gift of NOOK this holiday, or just treat yourself, NOOK’s got everything you want at a great value! 


For the full details on today’s announcements, read our press release here.

by St_Claire on ‎11-07-2011 09:55 PM

I wanted an e-reader to read books and have the Nook Simple Touch. I love it! The screen is beautiful outdoors in the sun. I just downloaded the update and the screen is more responsive and the pages transition so much faster, noticeably faster than before.


I'm happy with the update, I'm happy with my Nook. :smileytongue:



by SkullCrossBones on ‎11-08-2011 12:18 AM

How about something for the original nook?  We are loyal customers (just look at the books I've loaded on my nook!).

by slvrrose on ‎11-08-2011 08:43 AM

So many whiners! Get over it people, that's tech for you.  Now to my question: I own an original white nook (and no complaints-I love it), I was wondering what to do with it or where to take it if I ever decided to upgrade to a newer nook. Is there some place that takes them and sells them used? Tlhe tablet looks tempting but i think i will wait a while for the kinks to get worked out.


by JL-artist on ‎11-08-2011 09:35 AM

Trying to figure out if it's worth upgrading to the new tablet from the Nook Color. I would like to see a comparison table. One of the things I'm looking for is a way to make the gallery photos into a true gallery with different folders. The Nook Color has such good resolution for graphics that as an artist it would be great to carry my artist portfolio with me.

by Jodes67 on ‎11-08-2011 10:25 AM

Ok  BN are you ever going to LISTEN to your Nook owners?  What is up with - it is useless and pointless.  When are you going to give us the much needed organization - EVEN IF IT IS ONLY ON THE WEB!!!!!  really.  Trying to manage my books is ridiculous and who cares about a longer battery life.  Focus BN if you want to be the leader in e-readers.  REALLY!

by Brendon on ‎11-08-2011 12:01 PM

So if you lose WiFi connectivity after the 1.1 update on the Nook Touch, you need to do a hard reset. Not erase and deregister that's different. This way it keeps the 1.1 software but fixes the issue. It's involved by powering the device off, then turning it on, letting go of the power, immediately pressing the power button and the bottom left and right page turn buttons together for about 5 seconds, letting go of power button then the left/right buttons, it takes a minute then it asks if you want to factory reset. All of you B&N content will be available to you, sideloaded stuff will have to be copied back from your computer if you backed it up. I use Calibre on my computer for this stuff


by HHE on ‎11-08-2011 12:50 PM

I love my Nook Color.  Got it for reading, web surfing and games.  Looking forward to the Dec. updates.


Won't owners of the Nook Tablet and updated Nook Color have to pay for Netflix and Hulu Plus?  That is something I didn't see discussed yesterday.  I've read a lot of comments on this site about Nook book prices being too high, it might be an issue to some Nook owners to have to pay for movies and TV shows. 


I think Hulu Plus is $8 per month.  Don't know about Netflix prices.  Very inexpensive when compared to cable or dishes.  The Nook Tablet is great for somebody who travels a lot or takes the Nook to work to enjoy during lunch or commuters.


I'm at home most of the time so I'm staying w/my Nook Color but appreciate the Nook Tablet, which is priced well--and has more memory than the Fire.  With the Dec. updates, the Nook Color will be equal with the Fire.

by LoveToRead51RW on ‎11-08-2011 02:27 PM

Thank you Brandon.  Support has directed me to do that twice now without re-establishing my home WiFi.  I installed the MAC address in my router (which never had issue with the Nook before the software upgrade).  I have gone to a wireless internet site away from home and now the touch screen does not want to work.  It won't accept my entries.  I will call support again. 


by rosia408 on ‎11-08-2011 03:29 PM

I am happy that the color nook has dropped in price, but I have only had mine as a gift for 4 weeks!!!!!! I wish we had known that the price would be dropping and would have waited a few weeks. It is so frustrating. I still would get the color nook, but would be nice to get a gift card to make up for the difference to get some more books!


What do you think?



by Carlissa on ‎11-08-2011 04:49 PM

I have a NookColor (love it!) and look forward to the updates in December! Just curious though, what is the difference between the Color and the Tablet?

by ‎11-08-2011 05:30 PM - edited ‎11-08-2011 05:31 PM

I love the Nook Simple Touch update, the screen is much brighter. And as of last night, my online account doesn't seem to even recognize my original nook so the libraries won't sync. I have to wonder if B&N is phasing out support for it altogether.

by dollface_74128 on ‎11-08-2011 08:03 PM

@HHE: Yes, subscription would be required to use Hulu Plus and Netflix. They are each $7.99 per month for streaming only. Netflix is likely to also be subject to your state sales tax, as they have distribution centers in many states. Hulu would only be subject to tax if you're in the state where they're based (and I don't know what that is).

by Knight-2000 on ‎11-09-2011 08:19 AM
I was reading the latest on the Nook Tablet, and I'm impressed. I'm also glad that owners of the Nook Color won't be left out of the new stuff. I'm looking forward to watching movies & TV on my NC, especially comics and graphic novels.
by ZAY on ‎11-09-2011 12:18 PM

Sounds like a great addition to the Nook family!!  :smileyhappy:

by sandystarr28 on ‎11-12-2011 08:01 PM
I have never regretted my choice of purchasing my Nook Color. It has opened up so many new opportunities for me for reading, learning and web-browsing. I hardly ever use my clumsy laptop anymore. I couldn't wait until the Nook Tablet was released ( there have been plenty of rumors circulating for months now about it, as well as the price drops on their current products), but now the only difference I can see between the soon to be upgraded Nook Color and the new Tablet is going to be speed and space, and maybe a slight change in weight. For now, I will stick with my NC, but when space ad speed become an issue, I will be only too happy to upgrade at that time. Customer service has always been very helpful and friendly every time I have called them for anything. Of course, if you call and starting screaming at them before they have a chance to find out what your problem is, then of course you are going to get poor service.