Barnes & Noble adds apps to Nook eReader

Barnes & Noble Inc. on Monday added an applications store and an eMail program to its Nook Color eReader, bringing the $249 device closer to working like a tablet computer in the vein of the iPad, the Associated Press reports. The Nook Color has a color touchscreen, which gives it capabilities beyond those of’s competing Kindle. The Kindle has a gray-scale screen that isn’t touch sensitive. The Nook Color runs Google Inc.’s Android software, which is used on phones and tablets, but the device doesn’t run standard Android applications. Instead, Barnes & Noble is encouraging developers to submit specially written applications to its Nook Apps store…

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