Nook ebook readers to get browser and email access
Barnes & Noble’s Nook ebook readers will get the ability to access email and browse the web.
Nook ebook readers have struggled to gain market share against Amazon’s Kindle. To combat that, Barnes & Noble slashed the price of its Nook Simple Touch from £79 to £29, and added Google Play access to its tablets.
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According to the report, the over-the-air update to version 1.5.0 will start to roll out on 1 June, and will also include bug fixes.
The first version of the software for the Nook Simple Touch featured a hidden web browser, that could be accessed by entering the desired URL into the reader’s search tool, but it was removed in a subsequent update.
Amazon Kindle ebook readers don’t have a built-in email client, but do feature an “experimental” browser, although reading email or accessing the web isn’t ideal on a black-and-white E Ink screen.