Nook Color and Nook Tablets get price cuts

Barnes and Noble seem to be ready to fight to keep the audience for its Nook tablet devices. Today, the bookseller quietly reduced the price of its older 8 GB Nook Color and the 8 and 16 GB Nook tablet devices.

The company's official site shows that the Nook Color now sells for $149, a price cut of $20. The 8 GB version of the Nook Tablet now sells for $179, again a price reduction of $20. The 16 GB Nook Tablet got the biggest price cut today. You can purchase it now for $199, down $50 from its previous price.

While there's been no comment from the company about the price cuts, many are speculating that Barnes and Noble wanted to better compete with the recently launched Nexus 7 tablet from Google. That device sells for $199 for the 8 GB version and $249 for the 16 GB version. However, the Nexus 7 has a quad core Tegra processor inside (the Nook Tablet has a dual core chip) and runs on Android 4.1 (The Nook Tablet has a modified version of Android 2.3).

It's also possible that Barnes and Noble is setting the stage for the reveal of an all new Nook tablet device with better hardware and features. With the fall/holiday shopping season getting closer, we should see a lot of new tablet announcements in the coming weeks.

Source: Barnes and Noble | Image via Barnes and Noble

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With things like the Nexus 7 out (and the rumor of an iPad mini), there just isn't a reason to get a Nook Color or Nook Tablet now.

I've had a Nook Color since Spring of 2011, and while the hardware is (supposedly) decent - 3D games run GREAT - the software for it has never been fully completed or optimized. With options like the "slow, sloppy, and limited" B&N stock software, or "slow and buggy and unstable" CyanogenMod releases (where bugs have gone un-fixed for years - with no one even assigned to or working on them), there isn't a lot of hope for the quickly-aging tablet.

I've been waiting over a year now for some basic functionality to be fixed on the Nook Color (laggy interface, no VPN support), and I doubt things will ever be working correctly. I purchased it for $250.

At $20 less than a Nexus tablet, I just don't see it. Does it have exclusive content by B&N only on this or can you just download their app on any Android tablet and access the same content (like with the Kindle)?

Hello,

I have a Nook Tablet as well as the preceding model (Nook Color) and have found them to be excellent e-readers. I have not done much video watching on either, but I did try a demo of some cable TV on the Nook Tablet and it seemed to stream quite well over home 802.11n connection.

Regards,

Aryeh Goretsky

Hello,

That was Borders, which B&N bought the assets of, I think.

Regards,

Aryeh Goretsky

Jaybonaut said,
Could have sworn that Barnes & Noble were closing stores and figured they were going out of business...?

I am expecting for a full unveiling of the Microsoft/Barnes and Noble partnership of Newsco (or whatever they call it) and I am also expecting new Nook devices and even updates for the current ones to support this new digital bookstore.

I assume that by October 26, Microsoft will have a full eBook and News Stand solutions ready (based on Nook) for both Windows 8/RT and Windows Phone 8.