Nook Color Developers

An e-mail just dropped from Barnes & Noble, bringing details of its upcoming wave of new applications. First off, devs are now able to register and start submitting apps at NookDeveloper.com. The usual revenue split is present -- 70 percent to the developer, 30 percent to BN. There will be free and paid apps, and -- wait for it -- free trials. Apps will need approval from BN before being released to the public.

In addition, developers will have:

  • Access to “Developer Mode” services, which will enable adb (Android Debugging Bridge) access on NOOK Color to facilitate application development and debugging
  • Public and private interaction with other developers and NOOK App Developer technical experts
  • Early access to development tools, APIs, resources and services
  • An app review/acceptance process that will follow the company’s content acceptance policies as with books to ensure the content is appropriate for the Barnes & Noble customer

We're still awaiting that major framework update, but it's coming. Looks like big things are still ahead for the Nook Color. Full text of the e-mail from BN is after the break, and be sure to swing by our Nook Color forums.

Wanted to share the news that Barnes & Noble is announcing the next phase of its NOOK Developer program, introducing a new suite of tools and services that will help developers accelerate the delivery and distribution of their apps on Barnes & Noble’s NOOK Color eReading platform. The company is also opening application submission for qualified third-party developers and content providers.

As you will recall, Barnes & Noble launched NOOK Developer last fall to work with developers and content providers to extend the value of the NOOK Color Reader’s Tablet, with a focus on delivering reading-centric applications to customers – apps that enrich and extend the reading experience. Barnes & Noble has also announced plans for a major update to the NOOK Color firmware this Spring which will offer customers the first new apps to discover and enjoy, along with email and other requested features. New apps will be added regularly for customers to explore and easily download. NOOK Color customers – enthusiastic about expanding what they can do on the highly acclaimed, bestselling device – will find rich, immersive and vivid paid and free apps that are specifically optimized for NOOK Color.

Barnes & Noble is providing qualified developers access to a variety of tools and resources to accelerate the development of their apps including:

  • Access to “Developer Mode” services, which will enable adb (Android Debugging Bridge) access on NOOK Color to facilitate application development and debugging
  • Public and private interaction with other developers and NOOK App Developer technical experts
  • Early access to development tools, APIs, resources and services
  • An app review/acceptance process that will follow the company’s content acceptance policies as with books to ensure the content is appropriate for the Barnes & Noble customer

Developers are invited to join and qualify to submit their applications by visiting www.nookdeveloper.com. There is no program fee for developers to participate in the NOOK Developer program. Developers who qualify will be able to submit paid and free apps and will receive 70% of any paid app purchased by Barnes & Noble customers. Developers also have the option to offer free trials to NOOK Color users.

Claudia Romanini, Director of Developer Relations at Barnes & Noble.com offers the following statement related to today’s NOOK Developer update: “We are thrilled with the strong response to NOOK Developer thus far. We’re excited to see our eReading ecosystem grow with new engaging content and applications that our millions of customers can discover through unmatched merchandising opportunities on the NOOK Color Reader’s Tablet, on Barnes & Noble.com one of the world’s leading eCommerce Web sites, and through our large footprint of more than 1,300 retail and college bookstores, beginning this Spring.”

 
There are 8 comments

Wow! This is fantastic. Other manufacturers need to sit up and take notice...

googol says:

Great. Barnes and noble going its part to "advance" fragmentation and device specific apps.

Tom S. says:

It was never marketed as an Android tablet.

johnny99 says:

Those $500 tablets are way too expensive. Good for B&N for pushing a full-featured high-quality $250 tablet.

rogeratm says:

This is very good news! Although I have a Samsung Tab, I got my wife the Nook and she loves it. Making it better at things like email and Facebook would really make her happy!

Kudos to B&N.

This is cool! I just got a Nook Color for my birthday and I love it a ridiculous amount. Now it's going to get even better!

mkashen says:

I have a nook color... and I couldn't be happier. I got it for 200 dollars with a 16gb MicroSD card from some guy who was strapped for cash. I am running cm7 and it is so fast and smooth and the battery life is gorgeous. I do wish it had GPS and an available MIUI port but... this is by far the best bang-for-buck tablet out there... oh ya and a nice e-reader too :-p . My wife and I love it. A buddy of mine got a galaxy tab and i don't see any real advantage other than gps. paying for data on a tablet is silly when you can tether so i don't need that option.

anyway... i gotta go watch californication now but yay for B&N.

I love android central.

ksgarvin says:

Well, I'm a bit late to the party here, but I own a NookColor and when I got the e-mail from B&N the first thing I did was download Angry Birds. Astraware has a few apps available, too. They've marketed products for the Palm platform for years and I hope to see some of my old favorites show up for my Nook.