It’ll be interesting to see how things work out for the Nook, competing with the Kindle, the iPad, and the expected Google tablet. I think Amazon’s strategy, focused on providing the best dedicated e-reader device, compelling client e-reader apps for leading general-purpose platforms, and seamless sync services, is going to be very difficult for B&N to beat.
Barnes & Noble plans to roll out a software update to its electronic reader the Nook that will let users surf the Web and play games.
Better Wi-Fi connectivity, faster page turns and better touch-screen navigation are also part of the upgrade.
Barnes & Noble's Nook uses Google's Android operating system. When it was launched, executives said Android applications could be developed for the Nook. The games, which includes chess and Sudoku, are the first Android applications.
Dedicated e-readers have been threatened by the launch of Apple's iPad earlier this month. Amazon.com's Kindle also offers a basic Web browser.