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B&N Now Loves Library eBooks – Adds 3M Cloud Library App to Nook App Store

It may have taken B&N a long time to wake up to the fact that readers want easy access to library, but now it seems B&N has it heart.

Last week Barnes & Noble made the new 3M Cloud Library app available in the Nook App Store. This happened right around the same B&N was adding the OverDrive app, but I only noticed today because of the press release.

3M launched the 3M Cloud Library earlier this year. They now have around 70 partner libraries and offer those libraries 200 thousand titles from 300 publishers, including Penguin.

Okay, not very many people are going to use this app, but the fact it is available at all is a major step forward for B&N.

I have been wanting to see library ebook apps in the Nook App Store ever since I returned my Nook Tablet last fall. This was, in fact, one of my major gripes. At the time B&N didn’t exactly seem happy about allowing any competing reading apps, no matter where the content were coming from. Heck, B&N didn’t let Readability into the Nook App Store until June, and I have been told that the OverDrive app had been stuck in the approval process since February of this year.

On the other hand B&N did allow the Pulse news aggregator app into the Nook App Store in early 2011, so perhaps B&N just has a long and contemplative approval process. In any case, the reading options on the Nook Tablet and Nook HD continue to expand.

Nook App Store

You can also find this app via Google Play.


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Smoley October 3, 2012 um 1:17 pm

The killer eReader app would allow you to purchase/loan/lend/download from any source seamlessly just as if you were buying the book from BN or Amazon.

Having to jump from one app to another (and jumping through the necessary hoops) to get an eBook on your device is unnecessary tedium designed to keep you from doing price comparisons and keep you buying from a single vendor.

Peter October 3, 2012 um 5:41 pm

They approve ~100 apps a week, on Thursday except for special occasions (ie new Angry Birds titles).

As near as I can tell, there are four (4) Barnes and Noble app store developer relations people. They don’t work on weekends and two left the company (one was making six figures MONTHLY selling his own apps at the time he left). The other two are constantly looking for more help on twitter and LinkedIN. So that might explain the long approval process.

Still, they have more 3-4x more apps than Microsoft. I wonder if they’ll make a Nook app player to get some content on Windows RT.

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