Flash! B&N launches NOOKDeveloper program
In this earlier post earlier post (which has been considerably updated), I reported on Barnes & Noble’s new color LCD reader, the NOOKColor, which they are calling a “Reader’s Tablet”.
Well, I just got an e-mail from them, and I assume it will be in their press releases soon.
It talks about a new app developers’ service, called NOOKDeveloper.
It has some interesting information as they invite people to develop “reader-centric” apps.
One is that the NOOKColor comes with QuickOffice, which will enable people to view Microsoft Office files (Excel, Word, presumably PowerPoint).
They are also looking for word games, and a whole lot more. A Netflix or Hulu Plus app would certainly be welcomed by some people.
You can sign up for the SDK (Software Developer’s Kit) and get more information here:
Since it is based on Android, people should be able to port apps to it pretty quickly, I think. This could be a big plus for them.
Ah, I found a press release (in pdf) when I went to that site:
They list some big name content partners: Lonely Planet, Dictionary.com, Chronicle Books…if you are a developer, you may want to jump on this, although I haven’t looked at terms and such.
Fascinating! To me, this is almost as big an announcement as the NOOKColor itself (although they are symbiotic).
This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the I Love My Kindle blog.