Want to turn your Windows RT or Windows 8 tablet into a giant, overpriced eReader? Amazon and Kobo have already released digital book apps optimized for Microsoft’s new touch-friendly operating systems.
Now Barnes & Noble has followed suit by releasing a NOOK app into the Windows Store.
All three apps are optimized for Windows 8, with support for touch-based navigation and a full-screen user interface. In fact, they look a lot like the Kobo, Kindle, and NOOK apps for Android, iOS, and other platforms.
You can use the apps to buy, download, and read books, magazines, newspapers, and in some cases comic books.
Clearly, I don’t expect a lot of people to drop $500 or more on a Windows RT or Windows 8 device only to use it as an eReader. But these apps could be enough to convince some folks that they don’t need to buy a separate device for reading books… although the Kindle and NOOK apps can sync your place across multiple devices, so if you start reading a book on an E Ink eReader you can pick up where you left off on your tablet or laptop.
While I find 10 inch and larger tablets to be a bit clunky for reading eBooks, they’re just about the right size for digital comic books and magazines… which tend to look awful on 7 inch and smaller devices.
What’s your favorite device for reading digital content?