Nook Simple Touch as web browser

Easy as typing URL in Search! This video shows the hidden function needs no techy rooting or hacking – but does require a wifi connection. Owners & libraries that field patron questions about Barnes & Noble’s newest ebook reader will love this touch screen experience that, even in its not-ready-for-prime-time beta form, contains many of the Nook Color web tools.  I’ll be looking for an update that will unlock the web on the Simple Touch. I do wish that there could be a retroactive installation of a headphone jack & sound capabilities so that the Nook Simple Touch could be used as an audiobook player – a glaring omission, in my opinion, in an otherwise awesome product. Thanks to Gizmodo for the heads-up!

And yes, for those of you counting, the Nook Simple Touch is my 4th ebook reader. I have retired my original Sony, still love the Kindle for its ability to download & listen to audiobooks even while in another country via 3g, and plan to re-root my Nook Color with the latest software upgrade using CM7 to make it an Android Tablet (with Kindle & Audible apps). Plus I have found the perfect ebook reader purse: Baggallini’s Everyday Bag. I do love shiny toys!

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About the Author:

Mary Burkey is an independent library consultant in Columbus (OH). An enthusiastic audiophile, she has served on all four of ALA's audiobook award committees as well as the Audies. In addition to writing the "Voices in My Head" column for Booklist, she is the author of Audiobooks for Youth: A Practical Guide to Sound Literature (ALA, 2013). Follow her on Twitter at @mburkey.

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