Barnes & Noble Planning Nook App for iPad

Bookseller Barnes & Noble is developing its own Nook-compatible ebook reader for the iPad, and plans to ship the app about the same time that Apple's multimedia tablet hits store shelves.

The ebook reader app will support the Barnes & Noble eBookstore, and it will support content customers have downloaded to their Nook ebook reader. The Nook is Barnes & Noble's own ebook reader device.

Apple's iPad is a tablet form factor device with a 9.7-inch multitouch display. It runs a version of iPhone OS, is compatible with most iPhone applications, and includes built-in Wi-Fi support.

One of the features Apple showed off when it introduced the iPad at a media event in January was a built-in ebook reader and iBookstore -- Apple's own iTunes Store-like ebook, newspaper and magazine store.

Since Apple is planning on selling ebooks for the iPad, there has been some speculation as to whether or not competing ebook store services would write their own reader apps for the device. Now that Barnes & Noble has announced its ebook reader app, it seems the answer is "yes."