Barnes & Noble has finally joined the web-based e-reader party by launching Nook for Web.
Nook for Web gives anyone and everyone with a computer access to B&N's e-book store, and allows them to read books from their browser - no device or extra downloads necessary. With Nook for Web, readers can sample books for free and purchase full copies without registering or having to log in.
Nook for Web currently works with Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari, and Chrome on a PC or Mac. Tablet support is not yet available.
Probably the most useful feature the comes with Nook for Web is integration amongst all Nook devices, which means you can start a book on your e0reader and pick up exactly where you left off on your browser.
As a promotion for the launch, Barnes & Noble is giving away six bestselling e-books:
Beginning today, Barnes & Noble is offering six bestselling NOOK Books in their entirety at no charge for readers to try NOOK’s award-winning digital reading experience online. With popular summer titles the entire family will enjoy, customers can visit www.nook.com/NOOKforWeb to browse the list of complimentary titles available, including Map of Bones by James Rollins, Sex and the City by Candace Bushnell, The Vow by Kim Carpenter, The Boxcar Children Summer Special by Gertrude Chandler Warner, Brave by Tennant Redbank and Perfect Island Getaways by Patricia Schultz, instantly read the sample, and then download the entire book for free on any browser now through July 26.
Nook's biggest competitor, the Kindle, already has its own web reading experience, the Kindle Cloud Reader.