The company's Nook for Web browser gives readers access to thousands of books online from PCs and Mac computers.
Aiming to offer more access to its collection
of online content, bookseller Barnes & Noble has launched Nook for Web, a free
browser that gives readers the ability to explore digital titles and books
right from their computer without having to download software, sign in or even
have a Nook account. The service can be accessed from any PC or Mac browser,
with support coming this fall for Internet-enabled tablets, smartphones and
other mobile devices.
The bookseller is also offering six bestselling
Nook Books in their entirety at no charge for readers to try the online digital
reading platform. Customers can read a sample of the book and then download the
entire tome for free through any browser, including Internet Explorer, Chrome,
Firefox and Safari, through July 26. Titles include Candice Bushnells "Sex
and the City," "Brave" by Tennant Redbank and "Perfect
Island Getaways" by Patricia Schultz.
Nook for Web also allows readers to sample
any book from the online database and customize the reading experience using
the navigation bar. Users can choose between eight fonts and eight font sizes
and a single- or double-page layout. The ability to collapse the navigation bar
once preferences are selected helps minimize clutter. The platform also offers
social media connectivity, allowing users to rate, review and share thoughts or
recommend books via Twitter, Facebook or email without having to leave the
In addition, customers can read any book from
their personal Nook Library by signing in using a Nook account, as well as
synchronize the last page read from a Nook tablet or reader, variety of
computing and mobile devices with free Nook Reading Apps and Nook for Web. To
round out the package, customers can also send free Nook Book samples directly
to an existing Nook Library to access new content on the go from Nook devices
or one with Nook Reading Apps.
Nook for Web makes it easier than ever for
anyonefrom Nook customers to those experiencing digital content for the first
timeto access and read books online, Jamie Iannone, president of digital
products at Barnes & Noble said in a prepared statement. Theres no need
to download special software to access your digital libraryNook for Web
seamlessly combines Barnes & Nobles best-in-class digital reading
experience and unrivaled Nook Store to deliver an immersive, easy-to-use
solution for readers to consume millions of titles right from their Web browsers.
Nathan Eddy is Associate Editor, Midmarket, at eWEEK.com. Before joining eWEEK.com, Nate was a writer with ChannelWeb and he served as an editor at FierceMarkets. He is a graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.