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I’ve been reading books for decades, but I have to admit that when it comes to the world of apps, I’m still a neophyte. I’ve found a whole bunch of apps that make my life easier and more fun, but I always feel like I’m a step behind.


If you’re like me—an avid reader who could use some great app recommendations—I hope this post will help. We took a look at which apps are popular with different types of readers. If you love one of these books, you’ll want to explore the apps that your fellow fans like, too.



















The latest volume in Robert Caro’s Pulitzer Prize-winning Lyndon Johnson biography, The Passage of Power, is a pretty serious and heady work of non-fiction. Accordingly,  Caro fans gravitate towards apps like Smithsonian Channel and Pulse News, but also make time for the guilty pleasures of Showtime
















Tell Me: What’s your favorite NOOK Book and NOOK App?



Salman Rushdie has called our latest Spotlight author, Philip Kerr, “a brilliantly innovative thriller-writer,” and I think you’ll agree. March Violets, the first book in his dark, disturbing, and spellbinding Berlin Noir trilogy, is just $2.99 for a limited time.


March Violets introduces readers to Bernie Gunther, an ex-policeman who thought he’d seen everything on the streets of 1930s Berlin—until he turned freelance and each case he tackled sucked him further into the grisly excesses of Nazi subculture.


Kerr's impeccable trilogy takes readers on a tour of one of the darkest periods the world has ever known.


Tell Me: Are you a fan of noir novels & films? What are your favorites?




Today, he stops by the NOOK Blog to share three fascinating ways electric light changed life forever.





Tracing the spread of electric light in the decades after it left Edison’s laboratory, I found no aspect of American life that was not changed by a steady supply of strong, clean light. Surgeons and photographers, hunters and theater artists—all played a part in “inventing” the world of artificial light we now take for granted. In three ways, electric light changed life forever.


No heat, no smell: For all of human history, the hunger for light led people to accept some nasty side effects. Candles, oil lamps, and gaslight flickered, sucked oxygen from the air, overheated rooms and filled them with noxious gases. Gas lamps gave the best light with the worst consequences, spewing acids that corroded paint and fabric, and left many reeling with headaches. Edison’s bulb offered “pure light” at the turn of a switch, in lamps that did not need to be cleaned each day. Of course, as we now know, electric light keeps rooms clean but throws plenty of carbon soot into the atmosphere, another unintended consequence of our love for light.  


The Endless Workday: When New England’s textile mill owners first tried to extend the workday by introducing oil lamps, workers demanded “no lighting up.” At a time when unions pressed for a shorter workday, capitalists recognized that strong light would allow them to keep their factories running longer. The late shift was born. This took a terrible toll on children toiling in mines and mills, but many workers found the strong light made work safer, more cheerful, and less toxic. Electric light made night travel safer as well, an essential foundation of modern America’s 24/7 economy.


A Machine to Create Fun: Entertainment moguls like P.T. Barnum immediately recognized the electric light as a tool for creating a vibrant and irresistible urban nightlife. At first the light WAS the entertainment: huge crowds gathered to see fountains glowing under a rainbow of spotlights, and pulsing towers of multi-colored bulbs. Soon cities across America followed Coney Island’s lead in creating amusement parks saturated in electric light, little islands of electric euphoria. At a time when shopping was fast becoming one of Americans’ favorite pastimes, grand department stores used some of the same techniques to blur the line between buying and playing.  Urban Americans have not gotten a good night’s sleep ever since.  




The combination of interactivity and storytelling works well to intrigue and entertain the kids, while teaching them that reading stories can be lots of fun. Playtales titles have quickly become favorite bedtime stories at my house!

Playtales has more than 25 apps on NOOK, including their newest release, Baby Popeye. This irresistible story features classic Popeye characters and shows kids that with a little imagination and some good friends, you can do anything!


Check out the entire Playtales catalog and help your kids fall in love with reading today.


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There’s something for every mystery and suspense fan with these new and upcoming NOOK Books:





















Tell Me: What’s one element that every good mystery must have?



“Starr writes a fun, vivid western romance with entertaining characters in the tradition of Linda Lael Miller.” – Publishers Weekly



Saloon singer Lady Gone Bad is the most drop-dead gorgeous outlaw the West has ever seen. But when U.S. marshal Rafe Morgan comes to arrest the comely criminal, he’s immune to her charms. Sensing danger, Lady outwits her would-be captor and escapes in disguise.


Soon Rafe finds himself in a sticky situation, as an anti-law and order mob gets him in its grasp. Lady intervenes, and now the odd couple is on the run together.  As they join forces, will the orderly lawman fall for the beguiling songstress?


Another steamy Western romance awaits in Starr’s Angel Gone Bad, available now for preorder.


Free Fridays Recommends


Each week, we ask our featured author to recommend a book or author that you may want to check out. Since authors are such passionate readers themselves, we thought you might like to find out what they love to read, too! Here’s what Sabine recommends:





The Academy Awards® ceremony is this Sunday, and in case you haven’t noticed, most of this year’s nominees are book-to-film adaptations. This year’s Oscars® will really be a treat for book lovers like us!


Everyone’s scrambling to make their last-minute predictions—hoping to win the jackpot in this year’s office pool. So while it might not be the most scientific strategy, we thought we’d see which of the books that inspired a Best Picture nominee is topping the NOOK charts*. If the book’s popularity is a bellwether, it looks like Silver Linings Playbook may very well take home the statuette this Sunday. Will Harvey Weinstein triumph again?



























Les Miserables (Movie Tie-In) by Victor Hugo


The latest film adaptation of this literary classic features an impecable performance by Hugh Jackman as Jean Valjean.









Juicy and Delicious by Lucy Alibar


The play that inspired the heartbreakingly triumphant Beasts of the Southern Wild. (Watch now on NOOK Video)









Explore our Books into Film collection for even more lit that inspired great films.


Tell Me: What film do you hope wins Best Picture?



*NOOK sales rank as of Tuesday, February 19.

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Are you watching the Jeopardy! Tournament of Champions this week?



With the Jeopardy® app on NOOK, you can see if you have what it takes to be a true Jeopardy! champion. I love testing my knowledge during the tournament commercial breaks to see if I could give those brainiacs a run for their money. The questions are challenging (even for a trivia buff like myself!) and I love being able to track how much money I’ve earned throughout the game. I also love the flexibility of playing alone versus the computer competitors, or matching wits against family and friends in the pass & play mode.


Test your Jeopardy! skills now and download the app. With a little hard work, maybe we’ll be cheering for you during next year’s Tournament of Champions.


NOOK First

Categories: NOOK First

Our latest batch of NOOK First titles offers a wide range of compelling reads. From a classic true crime novel newly available on NOOK, to a brooding novel of love, loss & Edgar Allan Poe. The four books below are just some of the great reads available now, so check out the full NOOK First collection here.



Alex thought she had married the man of her dreams: successful, gorgeous, and delighted by her small-town charm. When he walks out six months later, proclaiming to have 'found himself' (with the help of a stunning yoga teacher), she 'finds herself' alone in an unfamiliar city, vengefully drinking through his prized wine collection, living on takeout, and refusing to answer the door. When this fails to cure her broken heart and bruised ego, she reluctantly allows her new friends to intervene. Slowly, Alex learns to define success on her own terms; she discovers the secret to love in all its forms, and the perfect flying crow pose, one breath at a time.




A March of Kings, Book 2 in the Sorcerer’s Ring series, takes us one step further on Thor’s epic journey into manhood, as he begins to realize more about who he is, and what his powers are.


“A breathtaking new epic fantasy series. Morgan Rice does it again! This magical saga reminds me of the best of J.K. Rowling, George R.R. Martin, Rick Riordan, Christopher Paolini and J.R.R. Tolkien. I couldn’t put it down!” --Allegra Skye, Bestselling author of Saved




A classic true crime account, newly-available on NOOK.


Ann Rule's Crime Files books have delivered the very best in true crime reading since A Rose For Her Grave, first in the acclaimed series, made its debut. Distinguished by the former Seattle policewoman's razor-sharp eye for telling detail and her penetrating analysis of the criminal mind, this gripping collection of accounts drawn from her personal files features the twisting case of Randy Roth, who married -- and murdered -- for profit.





A novel of love, loss & Edgar Allan Poe.


One dark, moonlit night, two artists met at The Lake Drummond Hotel, built directly on the borderline of North Carolina and Virginia. One was a young woman with the ability to see spirits trapped in trees and stone, anchored to the earth beyond their years. Her gift was to draw them, and then to set them free. The other was a dark man, haunted by dreams and visions that brought him stories of sadness and pain, and trapped in a life between the powers he sensed all around him, and a mundane existence attended by failure.


They were Eleanore MacReady, Lenore, to her friends, and a young poet named Edgar Allan Poe, who traveled with a crow that was his secret, and almost constant companion, a bird named Grimm for the talented brothers of fairy-tale fame.


Tell Me: What caught your eye about the last new author you discovered?




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1. In 1750 George Washington was mugged. Really! He stripped down for a swim in the Rappahannock River near Fredericksburg and while he was indisposed, two local serving women rifled through his clothes to see what they could get. The only thing we know they got for their efforts was a public whipping.


2. Washington had a really good arm and liked to throw stones. The stories abound. He supposedly cleared Virginia’s Natural Bridge with one toss and might even have reached the top of New Jersey’s Palisades with another stone. Revolution veterans recalled him besting them in skipping stones as well. It might just be that the old tale of the dollar over the Rappahannock was true after all.


3. As late as the 1970s visitors to Ferry Farm, Washington’s childhood home could buy splinters of the old Cherry Tree itself. You could have them cut as big or as small as you liked—no problem—locals kept a spare cherry tree trunk is a shed just in case demand outpaced supply.

Tell Me: Who’s your favorite president to read about?



“I liked this novel intensely. A gripping read.”

-Philippa Gregory, bestelling author of The Other Boleyn Girl



Forrester is the pen name of historian Dr. Ian Mortimer, and the author’s scholarship comes through in every richly-evocative scene. In 1563, Queen Elizabeth’s England is a dangerous place for Catholics, and although William Harley has risen within the royal ranks his life could be at stake if his allegiances are revealed.


When a friend convinces William to help him hide a heretical manuscript—one that holds secrets that could topple the crown and involves the Knights of the Round Table—the danger becomes extreme. The conspiracy surrounding the manuscript leads William down a dark path—to places that he never knew existed.  


The next adventure in this spellbinding series, The Roots of Betrayal, is available now on NOOK.


Free Fridays Recommends


Each week, we ask our featured author to recommend a book or author that you may want to check out. Since authors are such passionate readers themselves, we thought you might like to find out what they love to read, too! Here’s what James recommends:




Just in time for Valentine’s Day, the newest $0.99 Spotlight offer is Julie Anne Long’s scintillating historical romance I Kissed an Earl.


Violet Redmond's family and fortune might be formidable and her beauty and wit matchless but her infamous flare for mischief keeps all but the most lionhearted suitors at bay. Only Violet knows what will assuage her restlessness: a man who doesn't bore her to tears, and a clue to the fate of her missing brother. She never dreamed she'd find both with a man whose own pedigree is far from impeccable.





Tell Me: Do you love historical love stories?




“[M]any top competitors do their best when they're angry or upset: being calm is a sign that they don't care about the competition. So find a way to make the competition fun or exciting.”


In their fascinating new book, Top Dog: The Science of Winning and Losing, Po Bronson & Ashley Merryman dive deep into the research to find out what helps winners win. Today, they stop by the NOOK Blog to offer their thoughts on 5 Misconceptions About What It Takes to Win. I definitely learned something—hope you do, too.



There's a misunderstanding about being competitive – that it requires a sort of negative, cutthroat sensibility that inherently leads to cheating and other malfeasance. That's not true. Great competitors want to win, but they have great respect for their opponents. Because they understand the effort everyone has invested in the game. They don't find opponents threatening; instead, they use the opponents' performance as inspiration to work harder. 





Myth #2: "You Just Need To Practice"


There's an idea that's been going around that to be successful at something, you need to get about ten years' practice. But you don't win because you practiced more. And the experience of being judged, watched, and rated is something you won't get in a practice room. If anything, you need to "practice" how to compete – but the only way to do that is to compete.



Myth #3:  "You Just Need to Calm Down"


Leftover from the positive thinking movement is the idea that you should be calm during a competition (or any other pressure-filled situation): don't get upset, don't let something get to you, think positively. But many top competitors do their best when they're angry or upset: being calm is a sign that they don't care about the competition. So find a way to make the competition fun or exciting. Maybe even get angry. We're not saying to just be aggressive (i.e., use brute force). To be angry – that's saying something. It means that you believe something wrong is happening, but you also believe you have what it takes to fix the outcome.



Myth #4: "You Just Need to Forget About Those Other Guys"


A common suggestion is you need to forget about your competition and focus on your own work. Wrong. Instead, the better course is to find one or two rivals – those who do similar work, have similar track records – and ideally, they're geographically close to you as well (easier to keep tabs on someone who's nearby). Then use these rivals as benchmarks that help you identify your strengths, as well as areas where you need to improve.



Myth #5: If It Ain't Broke, Don't Fix It


People naturally reflect on mistakes: they want to figure out what went wrong, so they can avoid the mistake in the future. But we are much less likely to critically examine our successes. Instead, we simply repeat what was done before, anticipating the same result. The problem is, sometimes, your success was just because you were lucky: something went wrong, but it wasn't bad enough to take down the entire enterprise. That could mean that relying on good luck inadvertently becomes your standard operating procedure. Don't be afraid to take apart a success: it's all right to look a gift horse in the mouth. It doesn't mean you're turning down the gift; it just means you want to protect his continued well-being.


Tell Me: Are you a competitive person? In what way?


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Let the good books roll!


As you read this, the good people of New Orleans are putting the Super Bowl blackout behind them and celebrating Mardi Gras in typical bacchanalian fashion.


New Orleans is a fascinating town with a culture all its own. With the city on everyone’s minds today, we wondered what New Orleanians are reading when they’re not listening to good music and eating great food. Taking a look at New Orleans' Top-5 most downloaded NOOK Books, we found southern romances, a scintillating trilogy, and a conspiracy thriller set right in the Big Easy. An eclectic mix for an eclectic city.


So even if you can't be among the celebrating masses today, you can still read like a New Orleanian:


Safe Haven

by Nicholas Sparks


A touching tale of Southern love.









Tall, Dark, and Deadly 3 Book Box Set  

by Lisa Renee Jones


A passionate trilogy featuring three desirable but dangerous brothers.





Rush (The Breathless Trilogy #1)  

by Maya Banks


She’s an adult now, and there’s no reason not to act on her most secret desires.








Beautiful Creatures (Beautiful Creatures Series #1)  

by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl


There was a curse.
There was a girl.
And in the end, there was a grave.








Fever Dream (Special Agent Pendergast Series #10)  

by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child


The city of New Orleans plays a leading role in this gripping conspiracy thriller.










 Tell Me: Have you ever visited New Orleans? Was it during Mardi Gras?




Bargain-hunters know the first place to look for really great reads at really low prices: our 101 NOOK Books Under $2.99 collection. I've highlighted a few standouts, but you can explore the full collection here.













Newly available for NOOK, Julia Alvarez's How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents is a brilliant and bouyant story of a prominent Dominican family trying to straddle two worlds in 1960s New York City.




















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App you in Love?


Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, and old-fashioned love and romance are suddenly in the air.  Despite living in a tech era, romantic traditions are still going strong.There are flowers to buy, reservations to be made, cards to exchange and unique gifts to be shared. Thanks to the miracles of modern technology, you can start sharing the love ahead of time. 


Get your arrows in a row with these Cupid-approved apps on your NOOK today:


Valentine's Romantic Mood  


Prepare the mood for Valentine's Day with something unexpected.This app creates the perfect mood for Valentine's Day with candlelight and the most romantic classical music in the background.Your valentine will enjoy the surprise!






Are you sure of your compatibility with your partner? Or maybe, there is someone out there who could be your perfect match? Find out out now with Love Test Calculator! An extraordinary tool that gives you the keys to a successful relationship.




This app is a light-hearted, fun-filled Matching game with 2 separate games with over 12 beautifully illustrated Valentine's Icons! Play solo, or take turns playing pass and play with a friend or family member!






How's your love life looking? Is Cupid paying you a visit? Check out the Valentine's Fortune Cookie app with colorful cookie varieties and Zen-like music. Thousands of Fortunes with Lucky Numbers randomly displayed. Become enlightened with a mix of romantic, humorous, motivational, contemplative, Zen and general fortunes.



And if you're fortunate enough to have some alone time on Valentine's Day – enjoy:










These are just some of the many great Valantine-worthy apps available — explore the rest here.


Have a great holiday!



"Boomerang Bride is one of the best romance novels this reviewer has read in a long time. Top Pick."
-RT Book Reviews



When Matlida leaves her Australian home to wed Barry—the man who swept her off her feet online—she doesn’t expect to be jilted by an internet con man. Now that Barry’s out of the picture, she’s stuck in a small Wisconsin town without a friend in sight.


Along stumbles Marc, who’s begrudgingly in town for his annual family visit. He sees a bride in desperate need of a groom, but he’s not quite sure he’s the man for the job. Matilda isn’t convinced of Marc’s suitability either. But strange things happen when two strangers are stuck together in a small town with lots of time to kill. 


Fiona Lowe’s next irresistible contemporary romance, Saved by the Bride, is available for pre-order now!


Free Fridays Recommends


Each week, we ask our featured author to recommend a book or author that you may want to check out. Since authors are such passionate readers themselves, we thought you might like to find out what they love to read, too! Here’s what Fiona recommends:



My love affair with romance fiction had begun and Jane Austen, with her clever wit and insight into the human condition remains a firm favorite and a comfort read when required.






Romantics can escape into dozens of swoon-worthy reads, couples looking to spice things up have lots of advice to choose from, love-struck teens have plenty of YA options, and parents can share sweet children’s books with their little ones.





Tell Me:  Are you a born romantic or a Valentine’s Day skeptic?


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 “I think the Eighth Wonder of the Ancient World is the mystery of why there are only seven.”


Bestselling author Peter Lerangis (39 Clues) is back with another sweeping adventure series for young readers: Seven Wonders Book 1: The Colossus Rises. A young boy is facing certain death unless he can discover the cure for his rare disease. Clues are scattered among the 7 Wonder of the Ancient World, setting him on a breathtaking journey to save his own life.


We asked Peter what he thinks the 8th Wonder of the Ancient World should be, and he offered a fascinating and thoughtful answer:



Tell Me: Have you ever seen any of the 7 Wonders of the Ancient World in person?


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Last year, Marissa Meyer had a hit with her cyborg Cinderella novel, Cinder. Now shes back with book two of her Lunar Chronicles series: Scarlet. This time Meyer delves into the Little Red Riding Hood mythos, as a young girl searches for her mysteriously missing grandmother in a dangerous world.


Since Meyer is a fairy tale mash-up wizard, we asked her to name her Top 3 Pop Culture Mash-ups:



Here are my choices for best pop culture mash-ups:






1. Firefly

The Wild West meets Outer Space


I'm not sure if space westerns have been around long enough to constitute their own genre by now, but I still tend to think of shows like Joss Whedon’s Firefly as pop culture mash-ups combining the beloved tropes of science-fiction with the gritty storytelling and heroism of traditional westerns. From gunslinger duels to spaceship chases, train heists to advanced medical technology, jaded heroes to plenty of "thrilling heroics," this show about a spaceship crew of honorable smugglers encapsulates everything one could want from this popular mash-up.



2. Stormdancer: The Lotus War Book One by Jay Kristoff

Steampunk meets High Fantasy meets Japanese Mythology


Kristoff's debut novel and the first of a trilogy tells the story of Yukiko, the teenage daughter of a famed hunter who is given the impossible task of hunting down a mythical beast. Stormdancer combines three of my favorite things—complicated steampunk technology, an epic fantasy quest, and a vibrant alternate world that harks back to feudal Japan. The complex characters and lush descriptions paint such a vivid picture that I felt I was watching an anime rather than reading a book. A really good anime, like those by Hayao Miyazaki (Howl's Moving Castle, Princess Mononoke). In fact, has anyone contacted Mr. Miyazaki about film rights?



3. The Lizzie Bennet Diaries:

Pride and Prejudice meets the 21st-Century


Produced by vlog-superstar Hank Green, the Lizzie Bennet Diaries is a clever modern adaptation of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. The majority of the story is told via video diaries on YouTube, but the producers have outdone themselves in their attempts to give the show an authentic vibe. All major characters have their own Twitter feeds or Tumblr pages, and there are even real web sites dedicated to the fictional companies discussed in the vlogs. Pemberley Digital, in particular, sounds like a lovely place to work


Tell Me: Whats your favorite pop culture mash-up?



valentines_sweeps_410x410.jpgAs a NOOK Blog reader, I’m guessing that you love to read. And readers usually come in packs—so I bet you have a lot of friends who love to read, too. They also probably love to watch movies & TV, and use all the latest apps. If that sounds like someone you know, you should enter our new Facebook Sweepstakes.


Just in time for Valentine’s Day, we’re giving away two great prize packages—a pair of NOOK HD Tablets (1st prize) or a pair of NOOK Simple Touch Readers (2nd prize). In other words—one to give to the one you love, and one to keep for yourself.


Click here for details, and good luck!


NOTE: Please use the desktop version of Facebook to access this entry form.



We’ve found a great new puzzle app hidden in plain sight.



First things first: Hidden Object is currently available for a limited-time introductory price of only $0.99. For less than a buck you get twelve levels of beautiful imagery with challenging hidden objects to search for. Plus, you’ll get free updates as soon as new levels are added, offering fresh challenges to keep you sharp.


Each image is filled with hidden objects that will put your powers of observation to the test. You can choose what sort of hints to use—pictures, silhouettes or just text descriptions of the hidden objects. Kids and newbies will opt for the picture hints, but for a real challenge, try the text descriptions.


You can race the ticking  clock, which will definitely get your heart rate up as you scramble to find those last few objects. But there’s a casual mode too, which is a much more relaxing experience. Since I’m always looking for a little stress relief, I usually choose casual mode and take my time enjoying the search and the soothing background music. 


Why not try the value-priced bestseller Hidden Object: Kingdom of Dreams for yourself, and see why it’s become an instant hit?

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friends.and.family.feb.2013.jpgNow through February 14, 2013, get a FREE $30 B&N Gift Card when you buy NOOK HD or NOOK HD+ online or in stores.


There are lots of great reasons to take advantage of our new offer. For starters, Valentine’s Day is right around the corner. Your loved ones like books, magazines, apps and movies, right? And what about you? It’s been a long winter and you’ve been eyeing a new NOOK. Isn’t it time to treat yourself?


It’s super easy to get this special offer—either enter online coupon code E7V3J9V or get the B&N in-store coupon here.




Tell Me: What would you download first with a $30 B&N Gift Card?


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“Elegantly constructed, skillfully written, and absolutely impossible to stop reading.” – Booklist (starred review)



In the near future, the government has created a virtual-reality military training ground called the Demi-Monde, where troops prepare for urban warfare. To train them for the worst imaginable scenarios, the virtual war zone is led by tyrants who are modeled on some of history’s most evil characters. It’s truly a chamber of horrors.


Now the President’s daughter has been drawn into the Demo-Monde, and the dangers of the effective but circumspect program are brought to light. As a rescue effort ensues, it's clear that the boundary between this powerful virtual world and the real world is breaking down, putting civilization at great risk.


The highly-anticipated book in this remarkable series, The Shadow Wars, is available for pre-order now.


Free Fridays Recommends


Each week, we ask our featured author to recommend a book or author that you may want to check out. Since authors are such passionate readers themselves, we thought you might like to find out what they love to read, too! Here’s what Rod recommends: