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Barnes & Noble Offering All 3 Nook Tablets For Under $200

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All three Nook readers are now selling for under $199, including the 16 GB Nook Tablet.

Book retailer Barnes & Noble announced on Monday that it has reduced the price of its three tablets: the 16 GB and 8 GB versions of its Nook Tablet, and its Nook Color. This could be an indication that the company is gearing up to launch a refreshed line of Nooks in the next few months, clearing out the current stock as a back-to-school promotion. Barnes & Noble may also be feeling the heat from Google's 16 GB $249 Nexus 7 tablet which just launched last month.

Starting Monday, customers can purchase the 16 GB version of the Nook Tablet for $199 whereas the 8 GB version will cost $179. The old-school Nook Color now costs a mere $149, available at all of Barnes & Noble’s nearly 700 stores nationwide, online at NOOK.com and through the other leading retailers offering Nook products (Staples, etc).

"Our Reader’s Tablets have consistently been the highest rated products by the leading technology experts and now they're available for the lowest prices ever," said Jamie Iannone, President of Digital Products at Barnes & Noble. "With Nook Color for $149 and Nook Tablet starting at $179, customers can enjoy our best-in-class digital reading and entertainment experience with an expansive selection of digital content and apps at an unbeatable price."

The Nook Color is essentially Barnes & Noble's 1st-generation tablet, sporting a 7-inch VividView color IPS touchscreen (1024 x 600, 169 PPI), 802.11 b/g/n connectivity, an 800 MHz Texas Instruments SoC, 512 MB of RAM, 8 GB of internal storage (6 GB free), a microSD card slot and a few other features. The OS is a modified version of Android with the company's own "launcher."

Naturally the specs in the Nook Tablet are somewhat better. The 2nd-gen gadget still sports a 7-inch VividView color IPS touchscreen (1024 x 600, 169 PPI) and 802.11 b/g/n connectivity. But this model comes packed with a 1 GHz Texas Instruments OMAP4 dual-core SoC and either 512 MB of RAM (8 GB model), or 1 GB of RAM (16 GB model). The microSD card adds up to 32 GB of storage, and the battery supposedly offers up to 11.5 hours of reading or 9 hours of video without recharging. This tablet also uses a modified Android OS with a Nook "launcher."

"Nook Tablet offers access to the world’s largest digital library of more than 2.5 million titles, popular movies, TV shows, music and more, plus thousands of high-quality Nook Apps, fast Web browsing, e-mail and expandable memory," the company said. "Nook Color provides tablet essentials at a great value for only $149. The 7-inch device is ideal for reading and exploring a variety of great content including books, magazines, interactive children’s books, apps, access to top video and music services, e-mail and Web browsing."

Last week Barnes & Noble announced that new Nook customers would receive a free collection of Disney eBooks with an in-store purchase of a 8 GB or 16 GB Nook Tablet. This limited-time offer ends on September 2 as part of the Barnes & Noble Nook Kids Summer Reading Program. The Disney collection includes the following:

* Winnie the Pooh: Party in the Wood
* Cars Read-Along Storybook
* Just Squidding (Phineas and Ferb Series #5)
* Cinderella Read-Along Storybook
* Toy Story 3: So Long, Partner
* The Great Tournament (Wizards of Mickey #1)

 

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    southernshark , August 13, 2012 11:07 PM
    Can't really stand reading on a pure tablet. I love the e-readers, but the color jobs just don't do it for me. I do own a Amazon Fire and Amazon Kindle Touch and would never consider reading on the Fire unless it was all I had at the time.

    Wish I had gone with the Nook over the Kindle just because I like B&N better.
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    livebriand , August 13, 2012 11:30 PM
    "Our Reader’s Tablets have consistently been the highest rated products by the leading technology experts and now they're available for the lowest prices ever"
    Bullshit. By no stretch of imagination are the Nook tablets better than the Nexus 7. Period.
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    jaquith , August 13, 2012 11:47 PM
    The Nook short of being 'free' wouldn't interest me. Nook is dead, it was lame since day one. There's too many smart phones and tablets that make the Nook laughable. I even question the Kindle, but the saving graces are the month battery life and public library access.
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    bustapr , August 13, 2012 11:53 PM
    i was hoping for a good deal on the nook simple touch glowlight ereader. that thing looks amazing. I hope the next B&N nook(or maybe the gen after it) would bring in to the market a good mainstream color e-ink ereader. I really dont give a rats ass about reading on tablets. B&N should focus more on real ereaders instead of tablets.
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    bustapr , August 13, 2012 11:55 PM
    jaquithThe Nook short of being 'free' wouldn't interest me. Nook is dead, it was lame since day one. There's too many smart phones and tablets that make the Nook laughable. I even question the Kindle, but the saving graces are the month battery life and public library access.

    your eyes must feel real good after reading an entire book in one sitting on your super powerful phone.

    /sarcasm
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    jojesa , August 14, 2012 12:19 AM
    livebriand"Our Reader’s Tablets have consistently been the highest rated products by the leading technology experts and now they're available for the lowest prices ever"Bullshit. By no stretch of imagination are the Nook tablets better than the Nexus 7. Period.

    Nook devices have consistently been the highest rated products when compared to other readers (Amazon, Kobo, Pandigital, Sony, etc )...No one in their right mind will compare the Nook power to the Nexus 7 or any other similar tablet. But when it comes to reading, power means squat. Only when you read for hours at a time you will see the difference.
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    nuvo2965 , August 14, 2012 1:14 PM
    I have a Nook Color-regrettably the comments are for the most part correct. It only runs B&N apps (the last system update locked out jailbreaks) and the browser's kinda slow compared to Android 4.0 tablets & phones. It's a fine E-Book reader though...
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    Anonymous , August 15, 2012 4:40 PM
    @ nuvo2965 just flash it with cyanogenmod and you will have Android on it. Not hard to do. My gf returned her Kindle after a week and got a Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 for $199. Honestly, Kindle and Nook out of the box are meant for technically challenged people. Anyone with a Smart Phone should look to the Nexus or Galaxy tablets with Android ICS or JB.