Jul 22 AT 8:19 AM Anthony Domanico 19 Comments

Barnes & Noble officially launches Nook for Android app

As we promised earlier this week, Barnes and Noble this morning officially launched their Nook-branded e-reader application for the Android market.

nook for Android will allow users to access their ebook library and shop for over a million ebooks from the nook store right from their Android device. nook has all the conveniences you’d come to expect from ereader applications, such as automatic sync of your last page read and bookmark information, customizable reading experience that allows you to choose from 8 different fonts and 5 text sizes, and the ability to turn pages with the flick of your finger.

The nook for Android application brings us a new feature that we haven’t seen before on ereader applications: the ability to share ebooks with your friends for free by “lending” them your copy of the purchased ebook. Only one copy of the ebook will likely be able to be used at any given time, so I’d advise you not to go out and buy and ebook and immediately share it with 500 of your closest friends, but it is a great way to share a book with someone who you think would enjoy it as much as you did.

As I’ve stated before, I’m a big fan of choice when it comes to ereader applications. The more we have, the more access we have to as many books as we could ever want, and the ability to select based on price when a book is offered from multiple sources. I personally have all of the ereader applications installed on my phone, while others like to have only one application hogging their phone’s precious internal memory. Whichever camp you belong to, the Barnes and Noble nook for Android application is a very worthy addition to the increasingly crowded Android ereader app repertoire, and I’d encourage you to head over to the Android market and download nook for Android to try it for yourself today.

nook for Android requires Android 1.6 and above.

Via: CNet

Source: Barnes & Noble

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  • http://www.brandon-dean.com Brandon

    It is kind of annoying that it is for android 1.6 and above, but is clearly showing a Motorola CLIQ in the image, which only runs 1.5…

    …can you tell that I am an annoyed CLIQ user?

    • http://adomanico01.blogspot.com/ Anthony Domanico

      I can certainly tell! :)

      Hopefully the Cliq will get 2.1 soon. There are already some leaked ways to get a non-official 2.1 for your cliq if you search hard enough.

      • http://Website geo

        great! another app i can’t use… thanks moto! :)

    • Mr_Tricorder

      It’s things like this that make me very glad I held onto my G1 and didn’t buy into the CLIQ hype last fall.

    • http://Website Ms. Matrix

      I’m soo with you on this, I just tried to scan it and BIG SURPRISE, it’s not in the market. I’m fed up with the Cliq xt. I really was loving it in the beginning, but seeing on how Motorola is kind of giving us the shaft on the 2.1 update, it really sucks…

  • http://www.jonathanharford.com Jonathan Harford

    “As I’ve stated before, I’m a big fan of choice when it comes to ereader applications.”

    This, like the Kobo and Kindle apps, isn’t an ereader application any more than a Pay-per-View box is a DVD player — these programs need the ability to display the books I *already* have!

    • http://adomanico01.blogspot.com/ Anthony Domanico

      They will display the books you have purchased from their service, which is all they can ever promise to do.

      If you acquired the books via different means, you won’t be able to use a licensed app to view them. That is correct.

    • http://Website Mark


      “these programs need the ability to display the books I *already* have!”

      Its called a copy machine/scanner/fax. Those have been out for a long time. just plug in your USB and transfer the files over.

      Really, the eReader thing is great. I think what you were trying to say was your want one app to find them, one app to bind them, and one app to bring them together. Yeah, we all want that. As our fearless poster posited though “If you acquired the books via different means, you won’t be able to use a licensed app to view them”
      Guess we are waiting for a Pirate Bay app for eReaders.

      • http://Website Jones

        You do know there are millions of free ebooks out there in several different formats, why a pirate bay app when it is perfectly reasonable to expect an ereader app to simply display perfectly legitimate ebooks. Why is this so hard to understand, eReaders should display your eBooks, simple as.

    • http://Website Axess Denyd

      I don’t know about Nook because I don’t have it installed yet, but Kindle will work with your existing files if you convert them to the right format and just drop them in Kindle’s directory on your SD card. That said, I discovered I didn’t really like the Kindle app.

      My first pick for reader interface is Laputa, though Aldiko has the best menu. However, Aldiko is REALLY REALLY REALLY slow to open books, so that rather spoils it for me. FBReader is nice because it doesn’t require you to “Import” anything like the other readers do.

      That said, check out Calibre….it runs on your PC and allows you to convert ebook files from one format to another. I changed all the mobipocket stuff I used on my Winmo phone to epub and it works great.

  • Uncemister

    Finally! I’ve been patiently waiting for this, it works great

  • http://Website sourmayonaise

    I never got into the digital book thing but decided I wanted to. I downloaded Kindle and was offended by the insane prices. I can buy 1.5 to 2 printed books for those prices. Shouldn’t they be cheaper or equivalent? It’s entirely turned me off.

    Is the digital book industry this way or just Amazon?

    • http://Website Nick

      Amazon has actually been trying to keep eBook prices low, but publishers have been pushing to set their own price, which is always higher and higher. They’ve been in a fairly public battle with some larger publishers who are upset that Amazon is charging “low” prices for their eBooks. Amazon sometimes sells eBooks at a loss in order to keep prices “low.” So high prices are definitely the fault of the industry, not Amazon.

      • http://Website Raech

        It cost them zero in materials. They should always be cheaper than books they have to print. Sheesh

  • coyotejbob

    I use Aldiko Book Reader. I tried kindle didn’t like that it didn’t read drm free files. Aldiko reads upub and a few others. Plus if your are on a rooted G1 does not require additional things installed afterwards. It also reads books with DRM. If Nook can read DRM free files and more than just epub I will give it a try.

  • http://Website CCraigo

    Is this US only? Don’t see it in Australia.

    Nexus One, Froyo.

  • http://Website Davyes

    One note: the app is rather large (17mb).

  • http://Website Kiwifirst

    This is not appearing in the market place in Australia. I hope B&N are not going to exclude us.