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Barnes & Noble prepping eReader for iPad

updated 10:55 am EST, Thu March 11, 2010

Barnes and Noble hedges bets with iPad app

Barnes & Noble on Thursday said it was developing a version of its eReader app just for the iPad. Unlike the split approach to the regular iPhone feature, which breaks up the reader and storefront, the iPad version should provide both the store and the reader in the same software. As books are tied to an account rather than a device, the feature will even let those who own a Nook migrate all their downloads to Apple's tablet.

The download should become available roughly around the iPad's April 3rd launch and should be accompanied by updated versions of the BlackBerry, computer and iPhone apps, although what these will gain if anything wasn't mentioned by Barnes & Noble.

Extending content to the iPad at first appears an unusual move for the bookseller, which is in fierce competition with Apple, Amazon, Sony and others for control of e-book readers. In the past, however, the company has said it sees the Nook and other devices as vehicles for getting its books to as many outlets as possible. Amazon has taken a similar approach with its Kindle apps, but neither it nor Barnes & Noble are likely to be reciprocated by a similar effort from Apple.




by MacNN Staff

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  1. bdmarsh

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    That is cool

    its nice that it is based on account, so no matter what device, you get your books.

  1. cmoney

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Kindle vs Nook bookstores?

    Anybody know how good the Nook's bookstore is vs Kindle? Compared to Sony's, Kindle's has been much more extensive, especially with back catalogs.

  1. dmhuff

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +1

    Highlighting!

    This is great news. Now the iPad will have an eReader that can highlight text (it appears that Apple's own eReader app does not have this feature yet).

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