B&N to add Google Play app store to its Nook HD

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Associated Press

Posted on May 2, 2013 at 11:00 PM

Updated Thursday, May 2 at 11:06 PM

NEW YORK (AP) — Barnes & Noble is teaming up with Google to vastly increase the number of apps available on its Nook HD tablets.

The bookstore chain says it will add Google's Play app store to its Nook HD and HD+ products via a software update on Friday. The move expands the number of apps available from the roughly 10,000 the Nook already offered in its own store to 700,000-plus apps and games offered on Google Play. And it comes after a weak holiday sales season for the Nook, which is struggling to gain market share.

Barnes & Noble Inc., based in New York, has invested heavily in its Nook e-book readers and a digital library as more readers shift to electronic books and competition has grown from discount stores and online rivals.

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