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Readability Now Available on the Nook Tablet

This doesn’t seem to have gotten any attention today, but B&N just posted another app to the Nook App Store. Readability, one of the many read it later platforms, is now available as an app on the Nook Tablet. It’s free, of course.

You can use this app to read web page and other content that you had previously saved, even when you’re offline. The app brings gorgeous typography and a wide array of styling options to bring an excellent reading experience to your Nook Tablet.

It’s going to make the NT or NC that much more useful to owners. But as great as having this app will be, I have to wonder where its competition is. Instapaper and Pocket aren’t listed, and neither is OverDrive or Wattpad.

And yes, those last 2 are competition. They’re competition for your reading time, and that makes them competition for B&N’s Nook Store. That’s why I always assumed we’d never see them in the Nook App Store, but today’s news could be a sign that either B&N changed their mind or I was wrong.

I’m hoping they changed their mind. One important way that tablets regularly beat dedicated ereaders is that they can more easily pull in content from multiple sources. That’s one of the reasons I think tablets are often a better buy. If B&N really is planning to take that advantage away from tablets, good for them.

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Peter June 5, 2012 um 2:36 pm

Note number 9.
We do not publish or accept applications that facilitate or enable library book lending or sharing.

I don’t see anything about direct e-book/ ereading applications, but library book applications are specifically prohibited.

Nate Hoffelder June 5, 2012 um 2:46 pm

Thank you for the correction.

I wonder why the OverDrive rep I spoke to at PLA 2012 told me they had an app ready which B&N was sitting on?

Peter June 5, 2012 um 4:51 pm

The actual app policy guidelines are new- prior to early April it was anybody’s guess what apps would and wouldn’t be approved for Nook. So Overdrive may have submitted the app and just hadn’t heard back yet.

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