Barnes and Noble Nook Windows 8 app launching in October

Although Barnes and Noble announced two new Android-based Nook tablets, the company is still working with Microsoft to launch a Windows 8-based Nook eReader app as well.

ABCNews.com reports that, according to Barnes and Noble CEO William Lynch, the Nook Windows 8 app will be available in about two weeks, well ahead of the official Windows 8 launch on October 26th. Lynch said:

The most visible and first thing they [consumers] are going to see is a best in class reading application on Windows 8. Some of the things we are doing with our reading technology — the rendering of books, catalogs, magazines — we are going to bring that to Windows 8 form factors and the operating systems.

Barnes and Noble announced a partnership with Microsoft several months ago that will include a planned spin-off of the Nook tablet division into its own separate company. Lynch would not comment today on if the company would launch a Windows 8-based Nook hardware product. He did say:

We are talking to them about a lot things. I talk to Steve [Ballmer] from time to time about things we might want to do together. We are the leaders in reading technology and rendering. We obviously have this huge corpus of content. So we are talking about how we can take the great Windows 8 experience and add value to it.

Source: ABCNews.com | Image via Microsoft/Barnes and Noble

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Awesome, ePub is so much better than the proprietary Kindle crap. I was definitely hoping for this. If it lets me sideload from SkyDrive then that's just icing on the cake.

Well, I can't say this is a surprise, if the Nook devices don't sell that well on their own no reason not to make a Nook app for Windows 8, or other platforms for that matter.

GP007 said,
Well, I can't say this is a surprise, if the Nook devices don't sell that well on their own no reason not to make a Nook app for Windows 8, or other platforms for that matter.

I could see B&N having control of the "books" section in a windows 8 store.. This would be huge for both companies..

Lachlan said,

I could see B&N having control of the "books" section in a windows 8 store.. This would be huge for both companies..

Yeah, that's something that would help both B&N and MS since their consumption services don't have books and only music/video/games.