B&N's development of Nook software may have slowed to a crawl since they outsourced support to an Indian company, but it hasn't completely stopped.
Barnes & Noble rolled out an update for its app for iPad and iPhone on Wednesday.
The update adds a nighttime reading mode similar to the one which Apple made standard in iOS 9 as well as a new option to download ebooks which are listed for free in the Nook Store. This effectively bypasses Apple's block on selling ebooks inside an app, but only to a limited degree.
Readers will also find that B&N added support for the enhanced Nook ebook format. These ebooks contain audio and video clips which enhance the story. (If you would like to try one, here's a Google search with links to free titles.)
Coincidentally, B&N added support for enhanced ebooks to the Nook Android app last March. (Amazon added this feature to the Kindle iOS app in 2010, and to the Kindle Android app in 2011.)
You can find the app in iTunes.
Here's the changelog:
What's New in Version 4.6.0
- Now supporting the Enhanced NOOK Book format (embedded video and audio clips)
- Search and download FREE books (including Free Friday books)
- Search for your books using iOS Spotlight search (iOS9 only)
- Find even more related books in product details page
- Serial Reads: Font Size Control
- New Evening Theme (easier on the eyes at night)
- Bug fixes and performance improvements