Nook Tablet officially announced

Barnes and Noble is going after Amazon's Kindle Fire with both barrels today. The book seller has officially confirmed what was leaked out last week. It will begin selling the new Nook Tablet device in its stores on November 17th for $249. The current Nook Color eReader gets a $50 price cut to $199 while the Nook Simple Touch eReader gets a small revamp and a price of $99.

Priced $50 more than the Kindle Fire, the seven inch Nook Tablet will still compare well with Amazon's device, especially in terms of storage. The Nook Tablet will have 16 GB in its internal memory for storage and can be expanded with up to 32 GB of extra space via the SD card slot. The Kindle Fire has only 8 GB of storage with no expansion slot. In addition to serving as an eReader, the Nook Tablet can stream video and music from services like Netflix, Hulu Plus and Pandora. eBooks can also be stored on the Nook Cloud server service.

As we mentioned the older Nook Color gets a price cut to $199 but also gets some expanded features including support for Netflix and Hulu Plus. Finally, the $99 Nook Simple Touch eReader reportedly has the brightest E Ink screen of any similar device. It also doesn't run any ads unlike some of the models of Amazon's Kindle eReader.

On the surface it looks like the new Nook Tablet will be able to go toe to toe with Amazon's Kindle Fire even with the Nook Tablet's more expensive price tag. It will be interesting to see how many of these tablets will be sold between these two rival retailers.

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If B&N was smart they'd eat the $50 difference or offer it back through discounts and free reading. They can't really afford to let Amazon "win" this one, not with how aggressive Amazon is and with tablets becoming so popular. B&N stands to lose not only in the digital market, but actual book sales.

The Nook Color is great, nice to get some of the features in an update. Now wish I could switch to the newer tablet. Oh well, still better than the Fire. I don't like some of the limits, etc in that product.

Ive got an iPad, but if I was after something mainly for e-reading and at a low cost, I'd say this beats the Fire and looks quite promising. I wonder if they're making a loss on each device sold?

Another advantage over Fire:

B&N will not mine all of your Internet browsing for competitive information like Amazon will do with Fire and Silk browser.

If this works as well as the original Nook Color, this will be magic. ICS will be awesome on it.

I know spec-wise, it is better than the Kindle Fire, however, the Fire will kill this thing in sales. Amazon will pour money into way more advertising, plus you get the whole "Amazon" experience with Cloud-integration of Music, Apps, etc.

no-sweat said,
What OS does it use? Android or a custom Nook OS?

Probably a custom Nook OS, which is actually Android with some UI customizations and without the Googlefication.

I agree. The hardware specs alone are worth $50 more than the Kindle Fire. I would still like to see some side-by-side in-use comparisons. My gf's son isn't going to be changing his pre-order to the Kindle Fire though.

I canceled my Kindle Fire order and placed an order for this one because;
* My wife has a Nook Reader, so we can share books
* The expansion slot makes it easier to move data to the device and store extra data
* The dual core processor and extra memory

I only expect to use the device as a reader / browser and occasional media player. The Amazon device seems good as well, this is just an issue of insuring I can get rid of most of my analog books in one format.

James Rose said,
I canceled my Kindle Fire order and placed an order for this one because;
* My wife has a Nook Reader, so we can share books
* The expansion slot makes it easier to move data to the device and store extra data
* The dual core processor and extra memory

I only expect to use the device as a reader / browser and occasional media player. The Amazon device seems good as well, this is just an issue of insuring I can get rid of most of my analog books in one format.

Lately it seems though that Amazon's Kindle books are cheaper then the physical books on Amazon.com, yet on Nook, the eBooks are ~$3 more then the physical books, seems odd to me, anyone else notice this?

xendrome said,

Lately it seems though that Amazon's Kindle books are cheaper then the physical books on Amazon.com, yet on Nook, the eBooks are ~$3 more then the physical books, seems odd to me, anyone else notice this?

It depends on the book, author or publisher. My wife purchases a LOT of books on B&N and most are cheaper on the Nook that a physical copy.

They also have Free Nook Friday where you can get a number of books for free. Most are part 1 of a multi-book story