A leaked memo shows Barnes & Noble plans to bring both email and web browsing to its Simple Touch eReader line up. The updates, planned for release on 1 June this year, will be coming to the Nook Simple Touch and Nook Simple Touch with Glowlight.
Competitor Amazon ships its eReaders with an experimental web browser but none features email. This is reserved for the Kindle Fire and in Barnes & Noble's case, was previously available only on the Nook HD and HD+.
The memo shows update 1.5.0 as also including a refreshed store for the eReaders. While there are no specific details, the changes could relate to Barnes & Noble's recent decision to incorporate the Google Play store into its devices.
The Nook Simple Touch products are extremely cheap and affordable: Argos has them listed for as little as £29 on its website. Think of them like the feature phones of the eReader world. The addition of email and a web browser, no matter how bare bones, certainly makes them more attractive.
Barnes & Noble's Nook devices have struggled to compete against Amazon's Kindle and Kindle Fire products. Fingers crossed the company's continued emphasis on updating and adding features will help win over potential buyers.