Ok Barnes and Noble I love you, but really 2.99 for Angry Birds!? Or even the $.99 ones should free I HATE to compare you to Apple but most of their apps are free and they've got better apps such as Draw Something. This is just something im confused about, you see a have a Nook Tablet ( love it) and its had like Andriod stuff to so why cant I get apps from their app store? Yes, yes I know the Nook is a reader blah blah blah but sometimes while traveling I get tired of reading and I need some entertaning apps that I can afford. I do appologize for going on like this but I needed to get it out Thanks ****REN****
If none of the B&N Apps have ads, if they are free, how does the developer make any money?
The prices of apps fluctuate according to the category you are interested in. I did a very unscientific search on my itunes store and found out that the most affordable apps are the ones most people want to have, social networiking apps (the twitters, the faces, the friends, etc.) Most of them are free. The most expensive one I saw was 1.99.
However, in the games category I saw some apps priced as high as 9.99 (Carcassonne with outstanding reviews), 5.99, 4.99, etc. These apps were highly ranked as well. So, people are willing to pay that much for those apps. And I don't think they are complaining. BTW, Angry birds Space sells for 2.99 everywhere, B&N included.
In the heath category, I saw an app, named DDS GP, which sells for $399.00. That's only 100 dollars less than the price of the ipad. In the music domain some go as high as 24.99 and a lot of them, which can be purchased via bn.com as well, are free.
Indeed, B&N has to do some catch up in this area. There are rumors, that in the next months, B&N's library (video, music, apps) is going to be increased. I hope the rumors are true.
Most of the free apps, in most of the markets, are not that great, IMHO.
If you want Android apps you can always root you nook or boot Andorid off a sd card.
This is a guide on how to root. (This guide is for 16 GB Nook Tablet model go to XDA for 8 GB model and Nook Color.)
This is a guide on how to make bootable SD card.
If youdon't have a computer or would perfer to get a pre-made SD card look into companys like Android for Nook or N2A. I have used Android for Nook and their card work great.
I read the comments fussing about a few dollars for an app...
I think the apps are a steal, although most of what is offered by B&N is pure junk. When you have to pay $50 for a basic software package (often with ads asking you to upgrade to the more potent version which might be $2-300 or more) like you often do (or did - I no longer use Microsoft and the sort of things I run are all open-source), even $15 isn't that much. My wife once bought Microsoft Office and paid hundreds of dollars for it. Some of the software I run costs THOUSANDS of dollars for the Microsoft-friendly version (Look up the price for the full and complete version of SPSS - individual or small business license or ArcGIS, and I could name some that are even far worse). So I don't quibble over a couple - or even a few - bucks. For one thing, it gives some person trying to earn a living a hand (and we all are interdependent). I'm glad to help people survive and even earn a decent living!
Since I don't watch TV (most of what is on there is propaganda and lies), and switch radio stations when ads come on, I've become quite sensitive to ads and despise them. Most of the time they're trying to get people to buy things that they don't really want, and at the least are manipulative. Only rarely do you see one that is close to reality or funny (or promoting a decent product). I use ad-blocking software on my computer, and purchase the CHEAP (they ARE!) apps for my NT to avoid the ads. I don't like people pushing things on me that I don't want. If they were just inobtrusively making it known that the product was available, it would be one thing... but don't force the issue and be obtrusive about it like usual!
I can understand people who are on an extemely limited budget - kids for instance, allowing ads so that they can save every penny possible (I question their wisdom, but you learn through mistakes). There is a trade-off. The question that they need to ask: do they have the brains and wisdom to recognize they're being pushed to want something that they don't need and probably don't really want and ignore it? They should realize that most programmers don't work for free and if they don't get paid directly for their app, they get paid (less) for the advertising.