B&N slashes Nook HD tablets, e-ink reader prices in the UK

A Barnes & Noble’s subsidiary Nook Media has announced that it is further reducing the price of its Nook HD range in the United Kingdom. B&N says it is doing this to promote the reading festival to encourage literacy in the UK. We know that it might be actually because of the stock clearance for existing inventory as a repercussion for B&N’s recent decision to stop making Nook tablets in-house, due to plunging sales, and outsource it to third-party manufacturers.

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Nook HD will sell at only £99 (8GB) and £129 (16GB), which the bigger 9 inch brother Nook HD+ will cost £149 (16GB) and £179 (32GB). If you prefer e-ink, the Nook Simple Touch Glowlight is available for just £69 (down from £109). The non-glowlight model is available for just £29 across local retailers. The deal is available at Nook.co.uk and also across other major UK retailers. The deal looks to be a good one especially since the tablets were recently granted Google Play Store access.

The promotions for Nook HD tablets are available till the end of July while that for Simple Touch is enlisted as “limited time only.” B&N also gave a similar promotion for Father’s day last month to its US customers last month and also reduced the price of for UK customers before to £159 and £229. Seeing the fire-sale and a barrage of discounts, we wouldn’t be surprised if the price further went down.

Nook HD tablets

To recap, Nook HD is a 7 inch HD screen tablet with 1440 x 900 resolution and 243 PPI pixel density while Nook HD+ is a 9 inch Full HD screen tablet with 1920 x 1280 pixel resolution and 256 PPI pixel density. Both the tablets come with a dual core OMAP 4470 processor with the Nook HD’s processor clocked at 1.3 GHz while the Nook HD+’s processor clocked at 1.5 GHz. Both the tablets have same 1 GB RAM and Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n connectivity.

Both the tablets run Android 4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich which isn’t the latest OS, but it is definitely not a bad deal considering their prices. Both the tablets come with expandable memory via Micro SD card up to 32 GB and sport dual stereo speakers. Nook HD+ offers 10 hours of reading or 9 hours of video in terms of battery while Nook HD offers half an hour more during reading. Nook HD weighs 315 g while Nook HD+ weighs 515 g.