If I am shopping at a Target or Walmart and notice a book that interests me I would like to be able to scan the bar code of the book, and have it automatically open the browser on my phone to the NOOK title of the same name. That way I can easily add it to my wish list or buy a Barnes and Noble book right there in a competitors store!
Wouldn't that be awesome?
I have not had any problems with the nook hd/hd+ charging cord. My problem is with the length. It would be nice to be able to get a cord longer than 5 ft. I recently bought an pad cord for my sister that is 10 ft. and she loves it. A convenient place to charge/use your nook is not always within 5 feet of an outlet. A longer cord that you could buy would be great addition to your accessories.
Would be nice to allow different content to be downloaded to different reading devices. I read Nook books on my Nook Simple Touch and on my iPad and iPod Touch, using the Nook apps. Of the three devices, the Nook Simple Touch is the most memory-limited (I have over 1000 Nook books), so I end up archiving books to free up memory on the Nook that I do not really want to remove from the other two devices. Of course, the next time I sync the iPad or iPod, the books I had to archive due to the Nook's lack of memory space are removed from the iPad/iPod. I only read textbooks on the iPad, so would like to avoid having them automatically download on the Nook and filling up the memory. There should be an option to turn off automatic downloading, and allow users a choice of which device to download to. Additionally, it would be nice to allow users to remove a book from one device, without having to archive.
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!
One of the largest complaints I hear about NOOK devices is the requirement to have a Credit Card on the account. While I personally feel that there is a completely valid reason for the requirement (the Social DRM that BN employs is easily the most permissive and flexible of the major DRM choices available today), I understand the hesitance of some people to storing their personal billing information online.
An easy way to make customers happy would be to simply allow, as a customer choice, the ability to encode books with either the BN Social DRM or the more standard ADEPT DRM. By default the devices can still prompt for Credit Card information upon registration and the BN Social DRM can still be the go-to DRM model, but an option in the account management section of BN.com would allow a customer to change their DRM style. Thus both the customers and BN are happy - for the vast majority of accounts BN is still capturing the billing information and making impulse shopping easy, but for those who are reticent of the system there is a second option to make them happy.
This would also have a number of tangential side effects that would be a boon to the system. For example, an account using ADEPT would not require a Credit Card to be listed on the account but could still make purchases via Gift Card, making it the perfect account for parents who want to buy an eReader for their child but don't want them to purchase in excess of a certain amount. Likewise, it also makes a great system for people who have chosen not to use Credit and Debit cards and thus wouldn't have access to the NOOK ecosystem.
While there may be some additional costs to roll out the system (the so-called "Adobe Tax" to license the ADEPT encoding system in particular), I believe in the long run it would be a popular option that expands the reach of the NOOK business into markets that it is currently underserving.
*I tried submitting this feedback at the store level but my manager got a bit confused by all the technobabble, so I'm forced to make you do the hard work Alex. Apologies. *
I would encourage BN to adopt a single charging cord and connector across their model range.
If there was a single method, I realize it would be over engineered for e ink devices, there are a number of advantages for customers and I believe BN.
BN would likely find add on products like charging stations would be more available. Hopefully the simplified stocking costs and additional accessory sales would offset the cost of a using a single cord and connector solution.
I think that Barnes & Noble should really implement a voice control system of future Nook tablets. Apple has a really advanced voice control system that we recognize as Siri. I mean, the Barnes & Noble voice control doesn't have to be so complicated (like "when is the next NBA game?"), it should just be simple commands like "play Adele music" or "sync library" or "open angry birds" or "go back to what I was reading."
These features would really make the Nook tablet experience more enjoyable and convenient.
On a future Nook HD model, I think Barnes & Noble should install dual-stereo speakers of high quality. The current speakers create a miniscule sound compared to the Apple and Amazon dual-stero speakers, it's pitiful.
Leading developers like Amazon Kindle are currently developing a prototype color-e ink device with Glowlight. I think that the reading experience would be GREATLY enhanced with color. Also, the color could help increase the feasability of a simple web browser on any future Nook Simple Touches.
Also, I think in the future, an e-ink tablet would be really cool. You could play apps on a screen with no glare. This is probably years ahead, but it's definitely something to consider to compete with Apple and Amazon.
Amazon offers Whispersync for Apps, which basically allows users to resume their progress on apps across different Kindle devices. It's really exciting to get a new Nook, but that means you have to start over on all of the apps. I have a Nook Color and would like to get the next Nook tablet model as soon as it comes out (hopefully this fall). I have lots of apps that I've made lots of progress on and I would really appreciate it if Barnes & Noble could somehow release an update to all Nook devices that support apps to that they can transfer progress on apps. This feature would attract a lot of new customers.
It would be nice to have a list of all the books I have a bookmark set in, and jump straight to the last bookmarked page from that list.
The Library page could have a Bookmarks category in the drop down list. This could simply list all books with a bookmark, and selecting a book would take you to the last bookmarked page.
This would really help me keep track when I'm reading several books. It would be much simpler than managing the books in a shelf.
There should be more and better apps for the nook. You advertise that you have great apps, though, in all reality, the only really good ones are Angry Birds, Temple Run:Brave, Fruit Ninja, and somemore but THEY ALL COST MONEY. On the App Store for Iphone they have free version, so does the andriod market. Nook does not. I was really excited to get my nook for Christmas, but once I saw the app selection I was very disappointed. Bottom Line, More apps should be added. Or get the andriod market, something pelase.
Right now there doesn't seem to be a category for Libros en Español--or any other foreign language. Searching by a title will bring up a specific book, but it would be nice to be able to browse Spanish language books by category (Ficción, Biografía, etc). Searching just "libros" or "spanish language" brings up an uncategorized, incomplete list.
It would also be nice to be able to set a language other than English as your default in the shop
Things id like to see in the Nook HD+
Fixes for the native browser and email crashing, er "stopping"
Fix for scroll issue where browser gets stuck scrolling which resolves with a sleep and
refresh webpage.. (happens in native browser and Dolphin)
Better support for podcasting and music.. (pause in native player, offer Podcatcher or
such for sale in addition to the awful podcast player in the store)
Offer Tapatalk for sale so more forum sites can be navigated easier than with a browser.. (
Actually should add the plugin to your own site.. its not very tablet friendly..(or at least improve the formatting)
Allow users to add their own fonts..
Make a deal and somehow get Quickoffice updated and fully available for the HD+
Love to see the "dark/night mode" from Overdrive emulated in the native nook reader app..
Allow for some options for the taskbar, perhaps offer a slightly larger version as a choice,
enable the AM/PM indicator as an option,
Bring back the option for keyboard feedback/click emulation/feedback... Allow
users to choose if they want to hear a sound when they tap to acknowledge it.. makes it
easier to type on virtual keyboards. As an aside, offer support for Swiftkey and other
virtual keyboards and make them available for sale in the store
I really like that BN has made a strong stand against in app purchases, it seems to keep out
the junk/freemium apps.. And help prevent inadvertent purchases.. In android and IOS its
too damn easy to buy garbage, locks don't always stop it.. But perhaps make some deals with more
vendors, for possibly allowing "feature packs" but NOT IN APP.. You can get an entirely free
but upgrade keys in store are allowed.. Don't mind that apps are a little bit more if stuff
is included and its not gunked up with To get this you need to buy this in app.. BULL
Really think it might help if Nook updated the base Android OS on HD and HD+ devices, esp with
This may help with some of the multi-account issues and parental controls as an aside, as
well as updating some of the built in device drivers for touch/video/audio/etc
Improved PDF handling.. Allow to download the native Adobe Reader...EzPdf isn't bad but its
still not quite there..
Bring back the open source chess and crosswords from the tablet and color.. In addition to the
buggy Astraware version.. They are simple and elegant apps..
Id really like to see the email and web browser workedon..(andofcoursethereaderapp
itself, improvements to formatting and such) since other than books they are the main apps
on the nook, perhaps update the gallery app with some of the suggestions people have
mentioned.. its got to do the basics well..
Add the nook book clubs as a default bookmark when you update the OS so people know of their
existence.. Have no idea why this was overlooked
I will mention facebook integration, though im not a big fan of the app.. its mostly a
glorified webpage but would like to be able to use at least the messaging app (facebook has 3!
of their own apps, one just for messaging users).. and that alone with pop ups is most of
what I think people are looking for..For stuff such as this, you have to be the one opening dialog,
Have to insist you want these things, but without the garbage.. And stand your ground and not allow in app garbage..
Will you be updating the featured favorite in the Nook store section called "picked just for you?" Far From Heaven has been up there for a while and it would be nice to see other suggestions.
Wouldn't it make sense to add a Barnes & Noble catalog to the NOOK Shop. A catalog could highlight products from the website and stores. Also I would like to see a wider range of catalogs such as IKEA, Sky Mall, Tiger Direct, or Micro Center.