Barnes and Noble appears to be on a mission to get its e-readers and tablets into our homes as soon as possible.
Both in the US and the UK, the company has slashed the prices of its e-readers, and it has also significantly reduced the price of its Android tablets as well.
In the UK, the Nook HD is retailing for just £129 from some outlets. It’s a 7 inch device with a 720p HD display, a dual core 1.3 GHz processor, 512 MB RAM and 8 GB internal storage, making it very much a budget device. But the recent addition of the Google Play Store makes it an interesting competitor at the lower end of the market.
The Nook HD+ can be purchased for £179 at some stores and features a more generous 9” 1080p HD screen, a dual core 1.5 GHz processor, 1 GB RAM and 16 GB internal storage. It’s a clear step up from the smaller model, and its screen size makes it an attractive option for more demanding Android users.
Like its smaller sibling, the Nook HD+ has also recently been opened up to Google Play. The increased functionality and lower pricing suggests that Barnes and Noble are finally wising up and realising they need to work harder to shift these devices – even if it means stepping out of the walled garden and letting people install the Kindle app.
Barnes and Noble seem to have discounted the tablets to coincide with Get London Reading; it has also slashed the price of its Nook Simple Touch e-reader to just £29 for the occasion. In the US, the company says its discounts are timed for Mother’s Day which falls on 12th May in America. We’re expecting the discounts to expire sometime around 14th May in both countries, but this isn’t official, so be sure to pick up a Nook within the next few days if you want to be sure of getting a bargain.