An excited author of mine downloaded the Nook PC app and bought a copy of his e-enhanced book this weekend and was hugely impressed (The London of Sherlock Holmes hyperlinking to Google Maps). I tried to do the same, and indeed also tried to download the exciting new Nook iPad app too so I could see how the new book works on the iPad. Apparently the world according to B&N doesn’t stretch too far.
Barnes & Noble’s North America-centrism has also caused problems for self-publishing authors who live outside the US. Diane Duane would have published some works through B&N except that “I can’t publish directly into the Nook store because I don’t have a US bank account, so the heck with you until you sort yourself out, B&N.”
One would think that, as much as bookstores have been financially struggling lately (including B&N itself, which tried putting itself up for sale but couldn’t find a buyer), Barnes & Noble would be trying to expand into international markets before its competitors could completely own them. But I suppose the company must know its own business best.