Nook Kids updated – ebookstore link gone

This was not the weekend to go to the lake.

I was looking through the app store on my iPad this morning and I was prompted to update Nook Kids. It looks like B&N has decided to go along with Apple’s demands.

I can confirm that the link to the B&N ebookstore was removed. I checked before updating and there was a link in the upper right corner of the screen. It’s not there anymore, and so far as I can tell that was the only change. Curiously enough, this wasn’t an announced change. According to iTunes, the only differences  were “minor fixes”. But B&N also updated the listing with new screenshots; the ebookstore link is gone there too.

The Nook Kids app also shares one interesting detail with the Kobo app. You can no longer create an account from inside the app.  I’m not sure it was there before,but right now I’m looking at the related Nook app (not Nook Kids) and I can create an account inside that app.

BTW, B&N haven’t updated the Nook app yet, but they probably will push out the update some time this week. They’ve already changed 1 app, so they are probably already doing the same on the other.

The Tally

As of Sunday morning, we have Bluefire, Kobo, Borders, and Nook Kids all updated. Google Books got pulled and we’re still waiting to see what Amazon plan to do.

On a related note, there are other companies responding to Apple’s threats. The Financial Times chose to respond by launching an HTML5 app, and both Netflix and Hulu updated their iOS apps to remove any way to connect with their respective websites and create an account (much like the reading apps above).

Nate Hoffelder

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Nate Hoffelder is the founder and editor of The Digital Reader. He has been blogging about indie authors since 2010 while learning new tech skills weekly. He fixes author sites, and shares what he learns on The Digital Reader's blog. In his spare time, he fosters dogs for A Forever Home, a local rescue group.


  1. Ric Day24 July, 2011

    How long before Apple removes from iTunes the ability to side load ebooks to Kobo, Bluefire, etc apps, one wonders?

    1. Mike Cane24 July, 2011

      That would be good for additional legal action against Apple for Restraint of Trade.

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