Barnes & Noble Opens Doors to Developer Innovation with Launch of NOOKdeveloper™ Program
Program Will Enable Creation and Delivery of Rich Content and Applications for Barnes & Noble’s Millions of Customers
Content Providers and Application Developers Invited to Build Upon Company’s Open eReading Platform Beginning with NOOKcolor™
New York, New York – October 26, 2010 – Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE: BKS), the
world’s largest bookseller, today announced NOOKdeveloper, a program that enables
content providers and the developer community to deliver new and innovative reading
experiences using Barnes & Noble’s open eReading platform. With the new program,
Barnes & Noble is inviting content providers and developers to create, market and
sell content and applications that enrich, extend and expand reading for millions
of Barnes & Noble customers, beginning with the newly announced NOOKcolor, the first
full-color touch Reader’s Tablet.
Barnes & Noble has quickly become a leader with its rapidly growing eBooks and eReading products, gaining substantial market share in just over one year by leveraging technology and digital expertise combined with its nearly 40 years of bookselling experience. With the launch of NOOKdeveloper, Barnes & Noble will offer content providers and application developers unprecedented access to unique merchandising opportunities to drive discovery and demand on Barnes & Noble’s leading eReading devices, on BN.com, one of the world’s largest e-commerce Web sites, and in store at more than 1,300 of the company’s Barnes & Noble and Barnes & Noble College bookstores across the country.
“With NOOKdeveloper, we’re opening our doors to content providers and developers to change the future of reading together,” said Jamie Iannone, President of Barnes & Noble Digital Products. “We invite developers across all platforms to join us in growing our eReading ecosystem by creating engaging content and reading-centric applications for our millions of customers to enjoy on NOOKcolor and beyond.”
Developers can revolutionize how people read, beginning with NOOKcolor, the ultimate reading experience. Built on Android™, NOOKcolor opens up a whole new world of digital reading materials of all kinds with an unmatched selection of over two million digital titles a single search away on the Barnes & Noble NOOKbook™ Store. Digital content – from bestsellers to favorite magazines in full color, and interactive children’s picture books and enhanced cookbooks – has never looked better than on NOOKcolor’s stunning 7-inch VividView™ Color Touchscreen.
NOOKcolor is also loaded with extras including a full Web browser, free word games and chess, Pandora® internet radio to stream tunes from favorite artists over Wi-Fi® while reading, Quickoffice® to view Microsoft® Office files, and more.
Content providers and developers can build upon Barnes & Noble’s open eReading ecosystem in a variety of ways, beyond the printed word:
Over the coming weeks, developers will be able to access a software development kit (SDK), tools, documentation, product specifications and marketing resources through a dedicated portal. NOOKdeveloper will also offer developers unprecedented access to a wide variety of BN.com content and data through Web APIs. Starting in early 2011, developers will be able to submit their applications for sale to millions of readers.
Developers can learn more about the new program and sign up for NOOKdeveloper at www.bn.com/NOOKdeveloper.
Quotes from Content Partners and Developers on NOOKcolor at Launch
Pandora®: Pandora, the leading internet radio service, gives people music they love anytime, anywhere, through a wide variety of connected devices.
Quickoffice®: Embedded on over 300 million devices, Quickoffice® is the world leader in mobile productivity solutions and is providing for Barnes & Noble advanced viewing capabilities of Microsoft® Office documents, spreadsheets, and presentations.
Quotes from Content Partners and Developers Working with Barnes & Noble
Chronicle Books: Chronicle Books believes that digital publishing expands rather than replaces the traditional reading experience and embraces the digital marketplace by bringing its distinctive design, life-enriching content, and signature style to the widest range of dynamic digital products.
Concrete Software®: Concrete Software offers high-quality popular, casual games that you can quickly start playing for short or long periods of time.
Cooking Capsules™: Cooking Capsules offers a fresh approach to cooking with a delicious portfolio of “encapsulated” recipes. Each Cooking Capsule features a motivating cooking show, shopping list and step-by-step recipe instructions.
Dictionary.com: Miss Spell’s Class is an original word game that lets you test your spelling skills against the most commonly misspelled words on Dictionary.com. The Dictionary.com app delivers world-class reference content from Dictionary.com and Thesaurus.com, including nearly 1,000,000 words and definitions and 90,000 synonyms and antonyms, as well as audio pronunciations and Dictionary.com's popular Word of the Day.
Howcast: Howcast for NOOKcolor will show fun, useful how-to videos, whenever and wherever you need to know how.
Lonely Planet: Established in 1973, Lonely Planet is one of the world’s leading travel content providers enabling curious people to experience the world and get to the heart of a place. Lonely Planet has sold over 100 million guidebooks, 5 million mobile apps, and tens of thousands of eBooks and is a trusted source of travel information.
TasteBook: TasteBook is the best place to find, organize and share your favorite recipes and make a beautiful, personal cookbook.
Wine Ph.D.: Wine Ph.D. is a handheld database of wines from around the world providing up-to-date tasting notes, ratings, and food pairings in order to help those from novice to aficionado make intelligent drinking and purchasing decisions.
Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE: BKS), the world's largest bookseller and a Fortune 500 company, operates 717 bookstores in 50 states. Barnes & Noble College Booksellers, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Barnes & Noble, also operates 633 college bookstores serving nearly 4 million students and faculty members at colleges and universities across the United States. Barnes & Noble is the nation's top bookseller brand for the seventh year in a row, as determined by a combination of the brand's performance on familiarity, quality, and purchase intent; the top bookseller in quality for the second year in a row and the number two retailer in trust, according to the EquiTrend® Brand Study by Harris Interactive®. Barnes & Noble conducts its online business through Barnes & Noble.com (www.bn.com), one of the Web's largest e-commerce sites, which also features more than two million titles in its NOOKbook™ Store (www.bn.com/NOOKbooks). Through Barnes & Noble’s NOOK™ eReading product offering, customers can buy and read NOOKbooks on the widest range of platforms, including NOOK eReaders, devices from partner companies, and hundreds of the most popular mobile and computing devices using free NOOK software.
General information on Barnes & Noble, Inc. can be obtained via the Internet by visiting the company's corporate website: www.barnesandnobleinc.com.
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About NOOK™ from Barnes & Noble
Barnes & Noble’s NOOK brand of eReading products makes it easy to read what you love, anywhere you like™ with a fun, easy-to-use and immersive digital reading experience. With NOOK, customers gain access to Barnes & Noble’s expansive NOOKbook™ Store of more than two million digital titles, and the ability to enjoy content across a wide array of popular devices. NOOK products are the most full-featured, dedicated eReading devices on the market. NOOKcolor ($249), the first full-color touch Reader’s Tablet, provides the ultimate reading experience with a stunning 7-inch VividView™ Color Touchscreen to read all of the content you love. For book lovers, NOOK 3G ($199) and NOOK Wi-Fi® ($149) offer a paper-like reading experience with a color touch screen for navigation. In Barnes & Noble stores, NOOK owners can access free Wi-Fi connectivity, enjoy the Read In Store™ feature to read NOOKbooks for free, and the More In Store™ program, which offers free, exclusive content and special promotions. Barnes & Noble was the first company to offer digital lending for a wide selection of books through its LendMe™ technology, available through NOOK eReading products. Find NOOK devices in Barnes & Noble stores and online at www.NOOK.com, as well as at Best Buy, Walmart and Books-A-Million.
In addition to NOOK devices, Barnes & Noble makes it easy for customers to enjoy any book, anytime, anywhere with its free line of NOOK software, available at www.bn.com/NOOKapps. Customers can use Barnes & Noble’s free eReading software to access and read books from their personal Barnes & Noble digital library on devices including iPad™, iPhone®, iPod touch®, Android™, BlackBerry® and other smartphones, PC, and Mac®. Lifetime Library™ helps ensure that Barnes & Noble customers will always be able to access their digital libraries on NOOK products and software-enabled devices and BN.com. Barnes & Noble also offers NOOKstudy™ (www.NOOKstudy.com), an innovative study platform and software solution for higher education and NOOK kids™ (www.NOOKkids.com), a collection of digital picture and chapter books for children.
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