nook and Kindle Get OS Updates, Add Great New Features
Barnes & Noble's announcements yesterday weren't limited to a new nook model and a price drop for the original. They also released OS 1.4 for the nook, which brings a number of welcome improvements.
First, and most important, particularly in regards to the new Wi-Fi only model, is AT&T hotspot support. nooks now connect seemlessly to the entire nationwide network of AT&T hotspots in hotels, restaurants and more.
They've also included a new extra extra large font size, and the hugely helpful "Go-To Page" feature, that allows users to jump to a specific page in the book they're reading.
Amazon also released a new OS for their Kindle e-reader recently, when they made version 2.5 available via 3G or website download (for installation via USB) last week.
The newest Kindle software brings some major upgrades, including the ability to (at last) organize your digital media into collections. While newspapers, magazines and blogs cannot be added, being able to group books, audiobooks and documents is a welcome feature.
They've also added PDF pan and zoom, password protection, more font sizes, and increased clairty of text.
Finally, and this is pretty damn cool, you can share book passages on Facebook and Twitter, directly from the Kindle.
Whether you come down on the nook or Kindle side of this debate, you certainly want to upgrade immediately.