Last year Microsoft invested $300 million dollars into Nook Digital. This was meant to help Barnes and Noble separate its ebook division from the brick and motor stores, but also to develop more synergy between the two companies. Over the weekend, Barnes and Noble updated its Windows RT app, which adds the ability to sign in using your Microsoft account, dramatically simplifying your reading and shopping experience.
One of the great aspects of using a Microsoft account with the Barnes and Noble Nook app for Windows 8 RT, is the ability to buy ebooks from any market. In the past, you needed a USA billing address and credit card to buy digital content from B&N. Really, with the entire line of Nook e-Readers and tablets, unless you have a USA account, you can’t even use the devices. The Microsoft Login system is a total boon for anyone who wants to buy digital comics, books, and other content now.
Michael Kozlowski is the Editor in Chief of Good e-Reader. He has been writing about audiobooks and e-readers for the past ten years. His articles have been picked up by major and local news sources and websites such as the CBC, CNET, Engadget, Huffington Post and the New York Times.