A comprehensive software update for the Nook is ready to breathe new life into the year-old e-reading device by Barnes & Noble. It has brought out four new media consumption capabilities, including the ability to use your e-reader to access and stream movies and television shows found on the hugely popular Netflix service and stream media from the Warner Brothers-owned Flixster service.

Additionally, the new firmware enables access to the new Nook Comics and PagePerfect Nook Books services. The former enables you to access and read Marvel graphic novels in full color. The PagePerfect Nook Books first debuted on the Nook Tablet and are basically deemed electronic books on steroids. As the name suggests, PagePerfect Nook Books allow publishers to use advanced controls in order to create digital replicas that more closely match the layout of the real thing.

Along with the previous software updates which added web browsing and email checking capabilities, the new firmware update makes the Nook color a more complete device and a joy to use for media consumption and not just for reading electronic books. The software update version 1.4.1 is available for manual installation from Barnes & Noble here. An over-the-air update should automatically drop on users’ Nook colors later this week. Official release notes right after the break.

According to the release notes by Barnes & Noble accompanying the download:

Barnes & Noble is providing a software update for NOOK Color™ that contains exciting new features and provides ongoing performance improvements. Among the new features, NOOK Color v1.4.1 now offers access to streaming popular movies and TV shows through Netflix, comics and graphic novels, new PagePerfect™ NOOK Books™, reading NOOK Books in portrait and landscape modes, and many other enhancements through-out the device. The software update will be automatically downloaded to devices that are registered and connected to Wi-Fi, beginning the week of December 12th. There’s no need for you to take any action to receive the update. However, if you’d prefer to update your device immediately, the software update is also available via a manual download offered here, with further instructions below. To check the current software version of your NOOK Color, please click here to learn more.

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