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B&N Announces New Nook App for Android, Neglects to Actually Release App

nook_logoEver the king of Keystone Kops shenanigans, Barnes & Noble sent out a press release today with the news that they had a new Nook app for Android. According to the press release:

The NOOK Reading App 4.0 for Android supports a “read everywhere” strategy by bringing a unified NOOK experience to Android smartphones and tablets. The app combines customer-favorite features found on the Company’s line of NOOK tablets and eReaders, with new content types such as enhanced kids’ eBooks to give Android users the immersive experience that owning a dedicated NOOK device provides.

That sounds nice, but unfortunately I am unable to verify the report. You see, B&N hasn’t actually released that app. The version available in Google Play was released yesterday, but it still shows v3.5.3 and not v4.0.

I would like to try the app and see what is new, but at the moment I’m stuck. If someone gets the app, do me a favor and send me a copy.


Update: The app is now available.

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Juli Monroe March 3, 2015 um 12:56 pm

On iTunes, it says "New in version 4.0.0," but the date on the app is last December.

Perhaps it took several months to get the press release released? 😉

Nate Hoffelder March 3, 2015 um 1:00 pm

Android, not iOS.

And the app did finally show up in Google Play.

Juli Monroe March 3, 2015 um 2:49 pm

Their tweet about it implied it was for both platforms, as did the site it linked to:

"New & Improved NOOK® App
Bring what you love about NOOK to any phone or tablet. Enjoy it now free on your iPhone, iPad, or Android."

Nate Hoffelder March 3, 2015 um 3:05 pm

I didn’t see the tweet, thanks. Sheesh, talk about Keystone Kops.

purple lady March 3, 2015 um 5:08 pm

I was wondering if the new app would download books using their new drm, but apparently their old app now downloads with the new drm. I downloaded a book to use with Mantano and it asked for the key. I tried a book that I previously downloaded with the Nook app and it opened fine with Mantano so I know Mantano is setup with the old B&N key.

Nate Hoffelder March 4, 2015 um 12:51 pm

What new DRM? I’m just hearing about this for the first time.

puzzled March 5, 2015 um 3:51 am

The sole change in the new & improved app: the version number

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