Next Nook may feature NFC
Barnes & Noble CEO hints at future feature of the tablet
Published: 3 May, 2012
For any Nook users who thought that what the tablet/e-reader could really do with is an NFC chip the day may not be far off where it does feature one. Although it might be at the low end on a list of desired features for future Nooks Barnes & Noble CEO William Lynch has revealed plans to include the technology in the tablet this week in an interview with Forbes.
"We're going to start embedding NFC chips into our Nooks. We can work with the publishers so they would ship a copy of each hardcover with an NFC chip embedded with all the editorial reviews they can get on BN.com" said Lynch.
He went on to say that customers could get information on books by swiping their tablets across physical books in a physical store and even purchase it. While it sounds like a neat feature it ultimately seems a little pointless given how one of the major points of an e-reader is that it eliminates the need for physical browsing. Lynch neglected to say when we might actually see this year other than that it "maybe" released this year.
Whether NFC is really that desirable a feature for the Nook or not there could be even bigger alterations to the tablet ahead given Barnes & Noble's recent deal with the Microsoft. This point was also addressed in the interview though Lynch unsurprisingly gave non-committal answers to the possibility of Windows 8 running on a Nook tablet. He did however suggest in the future that it might be possible for a student, author or consumer to create something in Microsoft Word and then put it on sale right away in the Nook book store.
It's hard to ignore his positive attitude towards the platform and what Microsoft is bringing to the table suggesting that a Nook running Windows 8 is not beyond the realms of possibility.