Barnes & Noble Browsery App Now Live

Barnes & Noble Browsery App Now Live Barnes & Noble e-Reading Software B&N's two month old book marketing app, Browsery, was officially released on Tuesday.

From the press release:

Browsery is available for Android and iOS users. It blends technology with the Barnes & Noble experience of community, conversation and peer-to-peer recommendations to deliver a new kind of digital browsing that’s a gateway for users to find new books and talk about the ones they love with fellow readers.  Customers can like, comment, or contribute answers to questions posed by the community, like or comment on the answers of others, or ask questions of their own. Seamless connectivity to the mobile web allows purchase or sampling of new discoveries.

“Books have always brought people together over shared interests to make recommendations to one another, and Browsery is rooted in that core experience of the reading life. We’re taking the way people talk about books with their friends and in our stores across the country and giving it a fun mobile presence,” said Fred Argir, Chief Digital Officer at Barnes & Noble. “Through this innovative new app, customers will be able to recommend great books to each other. We’re also encouraging our booksellers to get involved and share their knowledge and passion with a wider audience.”

I tried the app when it was in beta; I did not see a reason to keep it.  I find the book discussions on Reddit and Twitter - places where readers get to control the conversation, not a retailer - are more fulfilling than B&N's app.

You can find the app in Google Play and iTunes. There does not appear to be an iPad or tablet version.

Nate Hoffelder

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Nate Hoffelder is the founder and editor of The Digital Reader:He's here to chew bubble gum and fix broken websites, and he is all out of bubble gum. He has been blogging about indie authors since 2010 while learning new tech skills at the drop of a hat. 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.

5 Comments

  1. Allen F27 March, 2018

    Sorry B&N, no data gathering app for you! (Nor do I want/need your trying to tell me what you think I should be reading …)

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  2. Carmen Webster Buxton27 March, 2018

    So, is this app trying to sell print book or Nook books or both?

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  3. Geoffrey Kidd27 March, 2018

    I have to ask why anyone needs to care? B&N ruined themselves by creating a truly lousy eBook ecosystem even with the example of Fictionwise to tell them how and what to build. Amazon has eaten their breakfast, lunch, and most of their dinner and they still think they can attract business?

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  4. Robert N28 March, 2018

    And the award for Worst App Name of 2018 goes to….Browsery! Congratulations, B&N!

    Reply
  5. Michael28 March, 2018

    So it’s like Goodreads? Competition is good. Hopefully this won’t have annoying banner ads and a good app

    Reply

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