Barnes & Noble's Nook app works pretty well with Surface Duo

Surface Duo Nook Comic
Surface Duo Nook Comic (Image credit: Daniel Rubino / Windows Central)

What you need to know

  • The official Nook app from Barnes & Noble works with Surface Duo.
  • The app is can orient around Duo's dual screens, allowing you to treat it like a virtual book.
  • Nook users can download the app from Google Play for free now.
  • Surface Duo is available to buy now starting at $1,400.

Barnes & Noble is now on the Surface Duo bandwagon, offering an option to make its official Nook app for Android work well with Microsoft's novel new dual-screen device. Much like Amazon's Kindle reader app before it, the Nook app properly orients itself around the Duo's hinge, making it feel like reading an actual book or magazine.

In order to use the Nook app with Surface Duo in this way, you will have to do some toggling with its settings, however. Under the "Reader" settings, you'll have to find the "Column Mode for Landscape" option. From there, select "Always Two Columns."

Now, when you're reading a book, comic, or magazine in landscape orientation, the Nook app will keep pages separated between screens. The hinge won't cover any content in whatever you're reading.

If you want to give the Nook app a try, it's available to download now for free at Google Play. Also be sure to check out our list of Surface Duo optimized apps for more apps that play well with the Duo's dual-screen setup.

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