From Chris Meadows via TeleRead:
Barnes & Noble is emailing Nook owners explaining that, as of March 15, B&N will no longer offer third-party Android apps for sale via its app store. All previously-purchased apps will remain available for download, but no new ones will be sold. In-app purchases will no longer be supported, either.
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The rationale for the change is offered in full-on public-relations speak:
This change is being made to concentrate our focus and efforts on our core digital content business, which are Books and Newsstand, for our US customers.
We will continue offering to US customers our full service for NOOK Books, NOOK Magazines, and NOOK Newspapers on both NOOK devices and our standalone Reading Apps. We look forward to continuing to bring the best content discovery and reading experiences to our NOOK customers.
So, basically, the added effort and expense of listing third-party apps for sale was distracting Barnes & Noble from its core mission of providing digital content for Nook customers. That’s why B&N’s main competitor, Amazon, doesn’t do such a thing itself…oh, wait, it sort of does. And doesn’t allow Fire owners to add apps from Google Play.And continues to outcompete B&N, while it’s at it.
Link to the rest at TeleRead
Sounds like reducing losses in the Nook division to PG. Remaining Nookers are burning up the wires to LinkedIn and sending résumés out in herds.