Barnes and Noble introduced today the iPad version of its eReader application. The company took its time in developing the iPad application, which they are said to have done right from the ground up. Amazon was quicker to move and had the Kindle for iPad available for download right from the start, giving it a bit of an advantage with iPad users which weren’t previous users of either the Kindle or of Barnes and Noble’s eReader device or software.
Both companies seem to have made the correct decision that they should make the content they sell available in the broadest possible selection of reading devices. The BN eReader application which is already available from the App Store is quite good-looking and should prove to be a solid reading application in the iPad, as its iPhone sibling is quite good.
The BN eReader application not only has a built-in dictionary but allows you to directly search for terms in Wikipedia and Google. There is also support for lending eBooks to friends for short periods, which is an interesting idea. Barnes and Noble has also added to the application the ability to Sync the latest read position with the eReader application running on a personal computer and plans to add that capability to the iPhone/iPod version of the application later this year. This is a feature that has proven to be very popular with Kindle users.
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