Barnes & Noble partners with One Laptop Per Child to preload new kids’ app on XO tablets

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Barnes & Noble (s BKS) is partnering with One Laptop Per Child, the nonprofit that aims to provide kids in developing countries with cheap laptops, to preload a new Nook App for Kids on OLPC’s XO tablets.

Barnes & Noble has a Nook Kids’ app for iPad (s AAPL) but that app has not been updated in over two years. The Nook Kids’ app that will be preloaded on the XO tablets is newly designed, specifically for OLPC. And it’s significant that Barnes & Noble is making the app available first to a third-party manufacturer rather than rolling it out for its own Nook tablets. The company struck a similar partnership earlier this summer, when it announced it would preload a Nook Kids’ app on Fuhu’s nabi tablets.

“By partnering with One Laptop per Child, we are strengthening our commitment to make Nook content available to new and existing…

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