This one comes as a bit of surprise – Barnes&Noble has announced today that they will release an App for the iPad – essentially it’ll be an eReader that will allow you to view digital books sold through BN. I am not sure how this will jive with the concept of iBookstore, i reckon the two will not be competitors (they recently announced an alliance) yet it’ll be interesting to see how Apple is going to react to this. Another interesting point would be to hypothesize about possible sale of magazines (and other content) via RSS reader type devices (e.g., just announced Google Reader for iPad – another potential challenger to the Apple store/iBookstore concept.
Back to BN, here is blurb from what’s posted on the company’s blog:
We’ve been getting lots of questions from customers, so we wanted to confirm that we will soon be adding a new B&N eReader for iPad – continuing to fulfill our promise of providing consumers any book, any time, any where.
Designed specifically for the iPad, our new B&N eReader will give our customers access to more than one million eBooks, magazines and newspapers in the Barnes & Noble eBookstore, as well as the existing content in their Barnes & Noble digital library. (That includes eBooks and content customers have downloaded to their nook eBook reader.)