Nook is behind in the race to ereader hegemony so they’ve decided to add a few iPad specific including eight different fonts, customizable line spacing and margins, different font sizes, and themes. In short, B&N reps said, “It’s a giant canvas.”
The app has two book “views:” grid – showing all of the covers and split which shows details of the book on a split screen with the cover. You can also lend books to friends by shooting emails to contacts using the built-in contact book interaction.
The app supports in-book search, bookmarks, and syncs among devices. It also supports ePub formats. They also said the Android App is arriving this summer.
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Barnes & Noble Introduces BN eReader for iPad™,
The Most Easy-to-Use, Customizable iPad App
for Reading and Buying eBooks and Periodicals
Free App Offers Access to Company’s Expansive eBookstore Featuring More Than
One Million Digital Titles and Personal Barnes & Noble Digital Library
Only iPad eReading App That Allows Sharing eBook with Friends
Free Classics and Bestseller Samples Pre-Loaded for New BN.com Customers
New York, New York – May 27, 2010 – Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE: BKS), the world’s largest bookseller, today launched its free BN eReader app for iPad™, offering
the most personalized and easy-to-use eReading experience for Apple iPad owners. BN
eReader for iPad users can customize the way they read with professionally designed or
completely personalized themes, shop more than one million eBooks, newspapers and
magazines in the Barnes & Noble eBookstore, and access their personal Barnes & Noble
digital library, including most periodicals. BN eReader for iPad is the only eReading app
that offers eBook sharing with friends.
BN eReader for iPad is designed to offer an easy, yet sophisticated, customizable reading
experience. Users can choose from multiple ways to view their library, including
professionally designed themes with elegant and complementary text and page colors, as
well as fonts; and instantly switch between portrait and landscape views based on
personal preference. BN eReader for iPad users can further personalize their reading
experience with unparalleled options: literally millions of colors for text, pages,
highlights and links; eight typefaces and five text sizes; and a variety of margins and
customizable spacing options. Learn more or get the new application at
“We’ve designed the most easy-to-use, highly customizable eReading experience for the
iPad. Ours is the only app that enables iPad users to share eBooks with friends, shop
Barnes & Noble’s vast catalog of eBooks and periodicals and access your personal
Barnes & Noble digital library across multiple devices.,” said Douglas Gottlieb, Vice
President, Digital Products of Barnes & Noble.com. “We believe our customers will
appreciate the book-centric touches we’ve incorporated into our iPad app experience –
including some extra large text sizes, ample margins, and line lengths and spacing
inspired by classic book design conventions – along with the opportunity to fully
personalize that experience to enjoy reading books whichever ways they like best.”
Lend to Friends
Using Barnes & Noble’s breakthrough LendMe™ technology, BN eReader for iPad
customers can share eligible eBooks with friends who can enjoy the titles on a NOOK™
eBook Reader, iPad, iPhone®, iPod touch® and PC enabled with free BN eReader
software. Last page read, highlights, notes and bookmarks will also sync across BN
eReader for iPad and PC, and in early summer, with iPhone and iPod touch, with more to
The LendMe experience was designed to be seamlessly integrated with the iPad. BN
eReader for iPad users can simply choose an eligible eBook flagged with the LendMe
icon, then access their existing contacts in iPad’s onboard address book, tap the contact
and send the lend offer — all without needing to type a single word. The friend can accept
the offer and enjoy the eBook for up to 14 days, a unique feature offered only by Barnes
& Noble. And BN eReader for iPad users will receive LendMe offers from friends within
the application, showing them the eBook’s cover and the message from their friend.
Additional features available in the BN eReader App for iPad include:
Shop the expansive eBookstore: Search, explore and browse through the Barnes
& Noble eBookstore of more than one million eBooks, magazines and
newspapers titles at www.bn.com/ebooks directly by touching Add Books from
the Library. There are more than a half-million free eBooks available, and free
samples are available for all eBooks. Learn more from thousands of editorial and
customer reviews. Pick a current bestseller, a classic or anything in between and
download it wirelessly in seconds.
Access your personal digital library: All eBooks and most newspapers, and
magazines purchased through the Barnes & Noble eBookstore, including those
purchased on NOOK, are at your fingertips in your Library. Customers with large
digital libraries will appreciate the search option that helps them find the desired
Choose from two views: Library Grid view displays big, beautiful covers that are
large and easy to read. Library List displays a column with digital content titles
and eBook covers next to a second larger section that provides rich product details
for the selected eBook including the synopsis and more books from that author.
Sort by recently read, author or title.
Get to your content, faster: The most recently read titles appear on top to easily
get you back to your last great read. And an in-book search also helps you locate
a particular word or phrase.
Take notes: Bookmark pages, make highlights and write notes. Simply tap a
word or drag your finger across a section to highlight it or make a note. In
addition to appearing on your iPad, your bookmarks, highlights and notes will
also appear on iPad and PC enabled with BN eReader software. iPhone and iPod
touch will be added soon, followed by other devices.
Read across multiple devices: Sync the last page read of the last eBook, magazine
or newspaper opened on your iPad with BN eReader software-enabled PCs.
Coming next month, both will sync with BN eReader enabled iPhone and iPod
touch with more devices to follow.
Learn more: Tap a word on the touch screen and the in-text dictionary offers you
the word’s meaning. Want to learn more? Simply tap one of the options to take
you to the Google or Wikipedia page on that word or term using the Web
Follows the standard: Read eBooks, magazines and newspapers formatted in
ePub, quickly becoming the industry standard.