One of the questions was about how apps are chosen by Barnes & Noble for the NOOK. Currently, there is not an “open” app submission process for the NOOK, as B&N want to exercise some quality control over the types of apps that make it onto the NOOK. However, given how successful Corona apps have already been on the NOOK Color, we are quite optimistic that more of your iOS and Android apps will be summoned by B&N for the NOOK.
Some of the sales numbers that Ted revealed to us at the workshop were quite eye-opening (in a good way, of course!). Despite it being a newcomer in the tablet and apps space, sales from the NOOK Apps shop are already yielding huge profits for NOOK developers — then again, with millions of units already sold in the past year, I guess that should be too big of a surprise.
Speaking of profits, Ted also went into detail about how the payment process worked from Barnes & Noble to NOOK developers. This is the main reason why the NOOK currently is open only to U.S.-based developers, as foreign bank accounts aren’t always very dependable for B&N to deal with. However, if you’re a developer abroad and still want to develop for the NOOK, Ted said that all you need to do is simply get a U.S. bank account and tax ID number — then, they’ll be able to pay you just like any other domestic developer or studio.
One big question that Ted asked us and the rest of the Corona developers there was whether there actually was a huge interest within the Corona community for NOOK development. If so, then he is going to convince Barnes & Noble to put on more and larger-scale workshops like this one, so that more of you can attend. So, feel free to let Ted know in the comments section here how much you would love that!
After passing around a few valuable, dev-related goodies on a USB stick (no, I won’t tell you what they were!), the workshop concluded with many a Corona developer and Barnes & Noble staff quite happy and excited about the prospects of Corona on the NOOK.
As we exited the boardroom, I may or may not have heard a Corona developer and one of the B&N staff members walking off saying “Ted, I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship.”
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