Barnes & Noble (NYSE:BKS) to Release iPad App

The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday that Barnes & Noble (NYSE:BKS), the nation's largest bookseller by revenue, said it has created a new "B&N eReader" application for Apple's (NASDAQ:AAPL) soon to be released iPad tablet.

The company said that the free application "will give our customers access to more than one million eBooks, magazines and newspapers in the Barnes & Noble eBookstore."

Barnes & Noble, which sells its own dedicated e-book reader, the Nook, has similar free software already available for Apple's iPhone and iPod Touch.

The Barnes & Noble software for the iPad is expected to be released around the same time the iPad goes on sale, April 3rd.