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Barnes & Noble’s PubIt! for Digital Books (for NOOK) Launches First In-Store Event — OHH FREE COFFEE!

Apparently the creators of NOOKcolor (and Nook) are continuing to insist that these aren't simply Android tablets locked up and ready for reading. Can you imagine? Indeed there are big initiatives being set forth by Barnes & Noble, in all seriousness now, to push their Self-Publishing Author program PubIt! to the forefront. In the Android Community there's been a big bunch of excitement at the hacking and freeing of the NOOKcolor as of late, but we've got to remember that indeed this device was made for reading books, and it does continue to do so. Barnes & Noble is holding their first in-store event for Pub-It tonight.

NOOKcolor Shipments Halted – Why?

News has it that Barnes & Noble have stopped shipments of their successful NOOKcolor Android tablet ereader. This color reader has seen great coverage in the Android developer community because of its enticing hardware and locked nature. While Barnes & Noble have intended this device to be used strictly for reading, sharing, and purchasing books (and down the line apps for reading as well,) it's been met with some fast moving code tricks and hacks that have allowed avid coders to break its system wide open. When open, this ereader becomes more of a fabulous looking, nicely sized, fully functional Android tablet. What's all this got to do with shipments?

NOOKcolor firmware v1.1.0 adds pinch-zoom, more

Barnes & Noble has released a new firmware update for the NOOKcolor ereader. v1.1.1 mainly consists of tweaks and bugfixes, but those using the 7-inch slate primarily as a tablet will likely be pleased by the addition of pinch-zooming support in the browser. The full changelist is below, and you can download the update here.
NOOKcolor Ver1.1.0 update contains enhancements to improve the overall performance, including:
  • Improved performance of Wi-Fi connectivity, Home and Shop.
  • Ability to pinch and zoom in browser.
  • Enhanced reading experience for magazines and children's books.
  • Access helpful NOOKcolor related information and support tips on the new default browser home page.
  • Reduce mistyped passwords with "show password" option during registration and Wi-Fi set up.
  • Easily identify NOOK kids Read To Me™ books with a new text banner next to the titles in Shop.
  • General bug fixes and performance improvements.
[via Gear Diary]

3G Nook Discontinued Due to Lack of Demand

We've heard countless reports of just how well the NOOK eBook reader has been doing. It seems that Barnes & Noble were not even expecting the numbers they are seeing. But with an Android-based color eReader, how could they go wrong? Well it seems the 3G version isn't selling as much as expected and it's on track to be discontinued.

NOOKcolor Receives Another Froyo Build w/Instructions

So you've got a NOOKcolor and you're looking to trip it out with sweet swag, yes? You got tired of reading books the first week you had it in your hands, right? You tried to install that Froyo ROM and it totally made your mind melt because you didn't understand the instructions, correct? Well my friend you're in luck because there's another one being developed. This one goes by the name of NOOKIE.

NOOKcolor Overclocked to 950Mhz STABLE, 1Ghz CHOKIN

Behold the awesome saga of NOOKcolor. When I first set eyes on the ol' NC first, (see those posts here,) I thought she was an OK reader, but she had a lot of potential that was going to waste. Sure enough not 2 days after I sent the NC back through the mail (I was only borrowing it, after all,) we get news that it's been ROOTED. From there, it was a fantasyland of apps, workarounds, ROMs, everything you could want. Except for one thing. Noone had overclocked it, not even a little bit. Well that's changed, and it's changed today.

NookColor Updated to 1.0.1

Barnes & Noble has just released a minor update to its NOOKcolor firmware. The update will bring in improved WiFi connectivity and browser experience as well as some minor bug fixes.

NOOKcolor Getting Update to Android 2.2 in January [Update]

For those out there who purchased the newest eReader from Barnes & Noble, the NOOKcolor offers up plenty of options out of the box, but for those who think outside of the box, the device has an almost unlimited potential. And that's all thanks to the Android platform ticking away under the hood. While we've already seen Android 2.2 hacked onto the device, it looks like Barnes & Noble is confident in their update strategy, to confirm that the eReader will be seeing the official update in just a matter of weeks.
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