Barnes & Noble has one week price cut on Nook HD tablets

Barnes and Noble's Nook tablet subsidiary, which has a large investment from Microsoft, has seen better days. The company stated that sales of the Android-based tablets were below expectations for the holiday 2012 shopping period. Today, the bookseller announced large, but temporary, price reductions for its Nook HD and Nook HD+ models.

The press release states that, from now until May 12th (Mother's Day), The price of the 7-inch Nook HD will be cut from $199 to $149 for the 8 GB version, while the 16 GB model will see a price reduction from $229 to $179. Even more savings can be found if you want to get the larger 9 inch Nook HD+. The 16 GB version, normally priced at $269, is now down to just $179 for the week, while the 32 GB version sees a price cut from $299 to $209.

Both of these tablets run a version of Google's Android OS but until a few days ago the Nook products had their own app download service. On Friday, that also changed as the tablets can now download any Android app available from the Google Play store, along with its selection of music, TV shows and movies. The tablets can also now run Google's own apps like the Chrome web browser, Gmail, YouTube and Google Maps.

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I have a Nook HD+, as well as the older Nook Tablet and Nook Color tablets. If you have not used one before, it's hard to judge the quality of the IPS LED LCD screens, but they're actually quite usable for long periods of time.

Opening the tablet up to the Google Play Store without requiring any convoluted actions on the part of the owner is a good move by Barnes & Noble, and hopefully we'll see some growth from them as a result.


Aryeh Goretsky

I'd love to get in on the deal but I won't buy one now for the same reason I didn't buy one originally... there are no built in cameras at all. I personally think taking pictures with a tablet is kind of stupid but at least provide one for video chatting with Skype or whatever.

I got kindle paperwhite that I use much more then any tablet I have tried. For Reading e-ink much better then any tablet.

They sold the Nook simple touch off last week here in the UK. £29 a pop. Bargin for that little e-ink reader. Not sure why people prefer the led/lcd displays though, they tend to burn my eyes after a while. Each to their own I guess.
Have one of the nook simple touches and a Kindle fire 2, Feels like the kindle is always on charge if you're reading a book. It's crazy... heavy.