Video of B&N nook 1.1 update and gallery of in-store retail experiences

Video of B&N nook 1.1 update and gallery of in-store retail experiences

Summary: Yesterday we saw the release of the B&N nook 1.1.0 firmware update and one of the added features was support for local retail store content and promotions. I visited my local Barnes & Noble store after updating my nook and took several pictures of what I saw and included them in my image gallery. I also tried out one of my Kindle cases and discovered it worked great with my nook.

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Yesterday we saw the release of the B&N nook 1.1.0 firmware update and one of the added features was support for local retail store content and promotions. I visited my local Barnes & Noble store after updating my nook and took several pictures of what I saw and included them in my image gallery. I also tried out one of my Kindle cases and discovered it worked great with my nook.


Image Gallery:Here is what you will see on your nook in a Barnes & Noble retail store. Image Gallery: In-store pop-up when you connect Image Gallery: Free cookie offer

Retail store experiences

In terms of content, there were nine available titles appearing for free. You could choose each and download them to your device for reading later whether in or out of the store. I downloaded the Dean Kootz short story to read later, but didn't find much else that personally interesting. We heard that you would be able to read ebooks in full at the store, one hour at a time, but that capability does not yet appear to be rolled out in the store.

The other in-store feature is promotions and as you can see in my image gallery the first offer was for a free cookie at the Starbucks counter. I found that these were $1.95 cookies and I selected the double chocolate one to try out. The baristas had a script/directions at their counter and were able to walk through the process with no problem. The coupon code you see must be combined with physically showing the baresta your nook and the cookie offer on it. The promotion details state you can only get one cookie per nook, but there is no tracking of your specific account so I don't see why you can't come in every day and get a free cookie. The offer is stated to expire on 6 January 2010 or until they decide to shut it down. I look forward to free coffee offers and maybe some book discounts in the future.

Firmware 1.1 device performance improvements

Another aspect of the firmware 1.1.0 update was improvements in device performance. As you can see in my video below, there is definitely some improvement in speed of page turning and navigation around the menus. In my previous video the nook was taking just under 2 seconds to turn pages and now it is down to just over 1 second and much closer to the Sony 505 that I have as well.

I was already pleased with my nook, but am now even more happy with the device and can recommend it to those looking for an excellent ebook reader device. I also appreciate that selecting a book now takes me right into reading it without an unnecessary interim confirmation screen.

Kindle case that works

I decided to try out the Amazon Kindle 2 Latitude Jacket with my B&N nook and am happy to report it worked well in the case with the four corner brackets holding it in place and the front and back offering good screen and device protection. I am sure M-Edge is working on nook products, but in the meantime you can find the Latitude Jacket for $29.99.

Other reviews are happy too

I just read a very good review of the Barnes & Noble nook over on Brighthand that lines up just about exactly with my thoughts and experiences of the device. Some have slammed the nook, but if you use it as an ereader and don't try to make it into a Google Android mobile computer you will be quite happy with it.

Topics: Software, Hardware, Mobility

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  • Clearly an improvement

    But still not as responsive as a PRC-600 or even the Astak EZReader (which I'm using on vacation this week and I really like a lot). I'm not thinking the dual screen approach is necessarily user friendly either.

    One has to wonder that if B&N were to introduce a true Developer Program with an open development model for the main system firmware if improvements and fixes could be released at a much more frequent rate. The Nook is improving, that's without question, but whether or not post-Christmas sales will be brisk is another matter entirely. They really screwed the pooch on the release.
    jperlow
  • RE: Video of B&N nook 1.1 update and gallery of in-store retail experiences

    I love this device, And the Cookie was pretty good too.

    Even if you try to make this into an android device you will be quite pleased with it as the folks over at nookdevs.com have already rooted this hacker friendly device. The ATT wireless is network limited so that it can't be abused by the hackers, but they have already surfed the net on wifi using the nook.

    The nook is a joy to read with, and Easy on the eyes. I'm done squinting at books on my iPhone.
    icebike
  • vs. Sony

    Why don't you compare with Kindle page turns also? Any
    word on when the Sony PRS-900 will be available for
    review?
    daedalus2
  • RE: Video of B&N nook 1.1 update and gallery of in-store retail experiences

    If you watch at 6:40 in the Sony misses a page turn that the
    Nook gets. He then says "let's try that again" and the Sony
    turns TWO pages. I'll take a half second slower page turn
    over a device that sometimes hiccups and takes 5 seconds!
    sglewis@...
  • RE: Video of B&N nook 1.1 update and gallery of in-store retail experiences

    this is not a well-functioning device. The UI is klutzy, the response very slow, the touch screen borderline useless.
    lochnerj@...