Barnes and Noble Nook Firmware 1.5 Update Released

Barnes & Noble has released the 1.5 update for the Nook eBook reader. The new firmware update brings a number of new features to the device which includes a 50% increase on page refresh rates, syncing across Nook apps, customisable folders, password protection and improved search functions.

Battery life is also said to be increased with this particular update.

The Nook 1.5 download is compatible with both the 3G and WiFi only models of the reader. The full press release is below…

NOOK eReader Firmware Update v1.5

As previously announced, Barnes & Noble is making the largest-ever update to NOOK 3G and NOOK-Wi-Fi firmware, which is now available. The update delivers the most-requested features and performance enhancements from NOOK customers, including:

· New Features

o Sync current reading position across devices. Sync across all NOOK eReaders and devices enabled with NOOK software and apps, including iPad, iPhone/iPod touch, Android smartphones and PC.

o 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 .

o Password protection option for purchases made on a NOOK device. Customers can require their Barnes & Noble account password be entered before NOOK authorizes any content download (purchases, samples and free books). This is a helpful feature customers requested for NOOKs that are shared among family members, students in a class and company employees).

o Pass code security for the NOOK. Customers can configure NOOK to lock the screen after a certain number of minutes and then require a pass code to unlock it. The pass code security feature will activate each time the NOOK does powers on, awakens form Sleep Mode.

· Enhancements

o Faster page turns. Customers can enjoy a 50% faster turn rate than the previous version.

o Improved search functionality that includes My Documents (side-loaded content) in the results.

o Additional battery and other performance enhancements

NOOK version 1.5 software is available at no cost to all current and new NOOK owners via Wi-Fi or manual download at You’ll find images and additional information about NOOK at

NOOK for Android v2.4

NOOK for Android v2.4 adds makes it even easier for customers to quickly browse and download new great reads from the NOOKbook Store with in-app shopping. Browse more than 2 million digital NOOKbooks and more from the NOOK for Android app, and with a couple of taps, your title or sample is downloaded and ready to read on your Android smartphone or across the complete line of NOOK devices and software.

The updated NOOK for Android also gives customers the ability to take notes and make highlights in their NOOKbooks. These highlights and notes will also sync on other NOOK apps and devices.

More information is available at or download the new version from Android Market. We’ll continue to provide you with news of NOOK device and software updates.

Via: Engadget

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