Nook for iPad Coming Soon

Poor Barnes & Noble. They decided that the best way to compete with Amazon and the Kindle was to release their own e-reader. Next thing you know there are delays, then talks of them not coming out by Christmas … it was bad news. Then comes the big killer, the iPad. Oh yeah, remember that thing?

I guess they’re going to just bounce back on this one, because according to Information Week, they’re coming out with an iPad app. No kidding?

Barnes & Noble plans to offer its eReader application for the Apple iPad, giving users of the upcoming tablet the option of buying digital books from an online store other than Apple’s iBook store.

The B&N software is designed specifically for the iPad, set for release April 3, and will provide access to more than 1 million e-books and periodicals on the bookseller’s eBookstore, the company said in its blog. Books purchased for the Nook, B&N’s e-book reader, will also be accessible through eReader.

This has got to be a bitter pill for B&N. On one hand, it makes sense to get their e-reader out to as many people as possible, even if it’s on competing devices. On the other hand, they must’ve dumped a ton of money into this thing. And if it’s not going to sell because of technical glitches and then the iPad, well that’s gotta suck.

But for us, the consumer, this is all good news.

Comments

  1. Want to make any bets about whether or not Apple will even allow their app on the iPad? I seriously doubt it! Think about it. Think about iTunes. Apple (and rightly so, from a business perspective) is more interested in selling books using the iPad, through their connections with the PUBLISHERS. They don’t need B&N to take a cut from their (Apple’s) percentage of sales, do they? No! Why would they?

  2. Apple is welcoming both Kindle and Nook apps. They want as big a market share for the iPad as possible. If they get the iPad in your hands, they will sell a lot off stuff from both iTunes and Apple stores, etc.

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