Skip to main content

Barnes & Noble offers free books and magazines for downloading its Windows 8 Nook app

Nook-Windows-8-TabletDo you own a Windows 8 device? Are you an avid reader, looking to save a few bucks? Well you’re in luck. Barnes & Noble, looking to provide a boost in sales via its Nook app on the platform, is now offering ten free downloads if they download the app, according to a report by Business Wire.

Barnes & Noble has a history of giving away freebies, like the other current offer that gives customers a free e-reader with the purchase of a tablet. But this one makes particular sense, since Microsoft has a partial ownership of Nook Media LLC, a subdivision of Barnes & Noble, so the promotion also benefits the leading computing manufacturer.

You will be able to choose five books from a selection of a best-selling list, along with five issue from a short list of magazines: Food Network Magazine, GQ, HGTV Magazine, Real Simple, and Time.

Once you’ve logged into your Barnes & Noble account, just need to navigate to the “Popular Lists” section of the app. From there, the freebies are listed under the “Welcome Offer” sub-section. But be forewarned: you’ll need to act fast, as some of the titles are available in limited quantities. Life of Pi, for example, will disappear after the first 100,000 downloads.

Those who don’t yet have a Nook account can also log in and pay with a Microsoft account.

“Nook is the highest-rated reading and digital bookstore app for Windows 8, and by providing bestselling books and top magazines for free, new Nook customers can start their digital libraries with some of the best content in the expansive NOOK store,” said Jamie Iannone, president of digital products at Nook Media.

Now, if you’ll excuse us, we’re going to get to downloading before our top picks are swiped.

Joshua Pramis
Former Digital Trends Contributor
Spending a childhood engrossed in such technologically inspiring television shows like Voltron, Small Wonder, and Power…
Can you use the Surface Pen with the Surface Laptop Studio 2?
New Surface Laptop Studio 2 with a Surface Pen.

The Surface Pen is an excellent accessory for the Surface Laptop Studio 2, and yes, it works well with it. You can use the Surface Pen on the Surface Laptop Studio 2 for all kinds of tasks, from note-taking to doodlin, and sketching. The screen of the next-gen Surface Laptop Studio might be the same as the last one, but it still really lends itself to that sort of nuanced interaction, letting you get pixel-perfect drawing and writing from the Surface Pen.

Th Pen is still magnetic too, so it's always on hand when you need it.

Read more
Microsoft Bing and Edge are getting a big DALL-E 3 upgrade
Microsoft Copilot comes to Bing and Edge.

Microsoft Copilot is coming to Bing and Edge Microsoft

You'll soon be hearing more about Microsoft Copilot and Bing Image Creator as these innovative technologies come to Microsoft Edge and Bing. The news of their arrival was delivered at Microsoft's Surface Event, along with several more AI and hardware announcements.

Read more
I tested Nvidia’s DLSS 3.5, and it transforms ray tracing (for a select few)
Reflections on the street in Cyberpunk 2077.

Nvidia's Deep Learning Super Sampling (DLSS) is getting a huge boost. The new DLSS 3.5 update adds a feature called Ray Reconstruction to the suite, and it promises to make ray tracing more realistic than ever before. I've tested it, and Nvidia was telling the truth.

Ray Reconstruction brings ray tracing to new heights of realism, and it's a fantastic addition to the DLSS suite. Even better, it works across all RTX graphics cards, unlike Nvidia's DLSS Frame Generation. However, there could be a problem with support as we see more games release with the feature. Ray Reconstruction may work with any RTX GPU, but it could be a feature that's only realistic for intensive ray tracing that requires one of the latest and greatest GPUs.
What ray tracing should be

Read more