Nook gets a step closer to in-app purchases

Barnes & Noble's subsidiary, Nook Media, says that the feature will be "coming soon" to the platform.

In-app payments are coming to the Nook.
In-app payments are coming to the Nook. James Martin/CNET

In-app purchasing will finally make its way to the Barnes & Noble Nook tablet.

Nook Media, the recently formed subsidiary of Barnes and Noble, announced the news today, saying that it's partnered with mobile-payment provider Fortumo to bring in-app payments to its line of Nook tablets. Fortumo will provide the tools to developers to integrate in-app purchases. The company's platform also includes real-time data on revenue and analytics.

For the customer, the experience of in-app payments should be similar to what they've found elsewhere. The platform will allow for one-click buying; simply clicking the "Pay" button will get the job done.

Nook Media hasn't said exactly when in-app purchasing will be available to apps for the device, but it said that customers should expect the feature "in the coming weeks and months." The company says developers will see 70 percent of the revenue from the in-app purchases.

Update 7:51 a.m. PT to include revenue-sharing details.

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