Starting today, users of the 7-inch color e-book reader will be able to access special editions of Time, Fortune, People, Sports Illustrated, and Parents & Fitness, all designed specifically for the Nook Color. Two more publications--Entertainment Weekly and Cooking Light--promise to hit the newsstand before the end of the year.
Beyond offering the regular content found in the magazines, the Nook editions provide bonus features, such as video and audio podcasts, animations, and photo galleries, according to B&N.
People who already subscribe to the print editions of Fortune, Time, People, and Sports Illustrated can tap into the new online versions for free. Non-subscribers can try out different publications through a 14-day trial or purchase single copies of a specific issue.
To trigger access to the new periodicals, Barnes & Noble is launching a new software update for the Nook Color. Available automatically over the air or through a manual download from the B&N Web site, the latest 1.3 software update also kicks in improvements to the Wi-Fi connectivity and other performance enhancements.
"We're proud to work with leading periodical publishers to deliver an unmatched selection of bestselling digital magazines to Nook Color customers," Jonathan Shar, vice president and general manager of digital newsstand at Barnes & Noble," said in a statement. "With more than 200 of the top periodicals available in Nook Newsstand for Nook Color, Barnes & Noble continues to provide customers with the best digital periodical collection."
Correction 8:00 a.m. PT: Clarified which magazines are currently available and which are coming by year's end.