We had told you it was coming, and now it’s here. Barnes & Noble is inviting Nook Tablet owners to come into the store and have their tablet’s internal memory partitioning reallocated. The Barnes & Noble Nook Tablet has a spacious 16GB edition, yet it previously only allowed 1GB of its internal memory for side-loaded user content. There wasn’t much space for movies, music or other non-B&N content. The only way around that was to use a microSD card.
Barnes & Noble is allowing you to change this now, though. You can choose to change the 1GB reserved for personal content to 8GB, and leave 5.5GB for Barnes & Noble content. There will be trained “Nooksellers” in Barnes & Noble stores who can make this change for you.
This B&N’s explanation of the change:
Beginning this week, Nook Tablet 16GB customers who are interested in an optional reallocation of memory partitioning can bring their device to any of Barnes & Noble’s nearly 700 bookstores, where a trained Nookseller can help them make the change. If customers choose to change the memory scheme, it will enable them to carry even more of their personal content sideloaded on Nook Tablet (8GB), and approximately 5.5GB of Barnes & Noble content. Of course, Nook Tablet customers can, as always, enjoy expandable SD slot for up to 32GB of additional capacity, and virtually infinite storage of B&N content through the free Nook Cloud.
So, if you like this memory allocation better, just head into your local Barnes and Noble store to take advantage of the free in-store support.
Keep in mind that contrary to the 16GB Nook Tablet, the memory allocation in the Nook Tablet 8GB is currently 4GB for your own content. The microSD card can be added to get up to 32GB more if you choose.
On a separate note, the free Nook for Android app has been updated. The 3.1 version of the app now has Nook Comics for Android tablets. You can access graphic novels, comics and manga on 7- to 10-inch devices with Android OS 2.2 or higher.
The update includes Nook Shop additions so you can add or edit your default credit card information or un-archive content in the Nook Library, among other things. Let us know how you’re feeling about the new B&N developments in the comments.