New version of Nook Windows 8 app adds Microsoft Account support

Barnes and Noble launched its Nook app for Windows 8 in November, combining an eReader with its own in-app store for purchasing eBooks, along with subscriptions to electronic versions of many major newspapers and magazines. However, in order to access the store, you had to sign up for a Barnes and Noble Nook account.

Today, Barnes and Noble launched a new version of the Nook Windows 8 app in the Windows Store that adds the ability to sign into the Nook storefront with a Microsoft account, such as the one used for signing into Skype, Outlook.com and more.

Microsoft and Barnes and Noble are already partners in the Nook Media subsidiary. In a press release, Jamie Iannone, President of Digital Products at Nook Media, stated:

Nook is already the highest-rated reading and digital bookstore app on Windows 8, offering the best reading and shopping experience on Windows 8 PCs and tablets.  And now, by enabling simple convenient sign in with a Microsoft account, the Nook app makes reading and shopping even more fun and easy.

There doesn't appear to be any more additions or improvements in this new version of the Nook app other than the Microsoft account support.

Source: Windows Store | Image via Barnes and Noble

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The only way I would switch to Nook is if they completely adopted a Metro UI. I love the Microsoft Account integration, but the design still isn't there, and Kindle is too good for me to leave just for Microsoft account support. That said, I will try it out.

I think the move to add support for Microsoft accounts to the nook store means we could be getting a new nook reader running windows rt. Think about it, with the same account you can use the nook like always plus have access to apps and all the other MS services in one nice 6-10 inch nook tablet.

Hello,

This is a move in a good direction, I think, and I wonder if adding this functionality to the Windows 8 app means we are closing to seeing the Windows Phone 7.x/8 app version of the Nook app.

Regards,

Aryeh Goretsky

Eh. You're joking right? The kindle app is a mess. HTML/Browser for store, no magazine support and flat layout. At least nook is trying to be fully integrated.

spudtrooper said,
Eh. You're joking right? The kindle app is a mess. HTML/Browser for store, no magazine support and flat layout. At least nook is trying to be fully integrated.

Fully integrated, but the skeuphomorphism is killing me.