Since earlier in the year when Barnes & Noble announced disappointing device and content sales for its Nook ebook business, the company has been on the warpath to sell as many Nook devices as possible — and the weapon of choice has been discounting.
These latest prices for the Nook HD tablet and Nook HD+ ($129 and $149, respectively) put them below the Kindle Fire and other comparable tablets. By comparison, the Fire with special offers (read: advertising) is now available on Amazon.com for $159. While these Android tablets aren’t exactly fungible, they are of the same generation and have very similar specifications.
See a list of all the recent Nook device and content discounting from the first half of the year here.
Barnes & Noble Extends “Best Prices Ever” on NOOK® HD and NOOK® HD+
Extension of Father’s Day Promotion Will Help Customers Jump-Start Summer Reading: NOOK HD Starts at Only $129; NOOK HD+ Starts at Just $149
Savings up to $120 on NOOK HD Tablets, with Over 700,000 Android Apps and Games on Google Play™, Millions of Songs, Movies, TV Shows and More
NOOK Media LLC, a subsidiary of Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE: BKS), the leading retailer of content, digital media and educational products, announced today that it will extend its “best prices ever” Father’s Day promotion for the acclaimed NOOK HD and NOOK HD+. NOOK HD is available at just $129 (8GB) and $149 (16GB), and NOOK HD+ is offered at $149 (16GB) and $179 (32GB) at Barnes & Noble bookstores and on NOOK.com. This limited-time pricing on NOOK HD and NOOK HD+ is also available through other leading retailers.
“In our stores and online, customers have embraced these beautifully designed, lightweight devices with stunning displays that offer great reading and entertainment content. We’re thrilled to keep in place our best prices ever and deliver great value to make reading more affordable.”
“With the fantastic success of our Father’s Day promotion, we decided to extend the great prices on NOOK HD and NOOK HD+ to help our customers gear up for a great summer reading season,” said Jamie Iannone, President of NOOK Media. “In our stores and online, customers have embraced these beautifully designed, lightweight devices with stunning displays that offer great reading and entertainment content. We’re thrilled to keep in place our best prices ever and deliver great value to make reading more affordable.”
The company recently announced it was expanding its extensive catalog of reading and entertainment with Google Play on NOOK HD and NOOK HD+. NOOK lovers can now enjoy the best in reading and entertainment on NOOK with access to one of the world’s largest digital reading content catalogs, with more than 700,000 Android apps and games, millions of songs, thousands of movies and TV shows, plus popular Google services like the Chrome™ browser, Gmail™, YouTube™, Google Search™ and Google Maps™.
NOOK HD and NOOK HD+ Features
More than 700,000 Android Apps and Games: Customers can choose from more than 700,000 great apps all ready to enjoy right away. The NOOK Store™ continues to feature a wide selection of thousands of high-quality NOOK Apps™ tailored for the devices.
Millions of Songs: The addition of Google Play Music lets customers browse millions of songs, discover new artists and fill NOOK HD and NOOK HD+ with favorite tracks to enjoy anytime.
Favorite Movies & TV Shows: Customers can choose from thousands of new movie releases, award-winning films, the latest TV episodes and past seasons from favorite TV series. They can stream movies and TV shows to watch instantly on NOOK HD and NOOK HD+ or make them available offline to watch later, even when not connected to Wi-Fi.
The Very Best in Reading: The NOOK Store offers more than 3 million books, including more than 1 million free titles, as well as thousands of magazines and newspapers in spectacular HD each available for a 14-day free trial. Browse favorite catalogs like never before.
Fast Web Browsing: Customers can enjoy fast start-up and page loading, and an unlimited number of tabs open at once with the new Chrome browser.
Great Google Services: Customers have instant access to Google Search, Gmail, YouTube and Google Maps, now built in to NOOK HD or NOOK HD+. They can sync calendars across multiple devices and check email from any account including Exchange, Yahoo! and Hotmail.
Additional Great Tablet Features Include:
Stunning HD Displays: Crisp text and beautiful graphics make books and magazines stunning to read and movies a joy to watch.
Light and Portable: Weighing in at only 11.1 ounces and 18.2 ounces respectively, NOOK HD and NOOK HD+ are light and easy to hold for hours of enjoyment.
NOOK Profiles™: A personalized experience instantly transforms the device in hand to any family member’s very own tablet so only they can see their own content.
NOOK Channels™: This pioneering recommendation system provides an easy way to discover new titles by theme.
The ability for customers to sync the last page read on any NOOK Book™ across NOOK devices and apps so they don’t lose their place.
Expandable memory on the devices and free unlimited NOOK Cloud™ storage for all NOOK content.
Adjustable fonts, spacing and themes for a customized reading experience.
Powerful dual-core processors and built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.
Google Play and the other Google services are available to all new and existing NOOK HD and NOOK HD+ customers at no cost through an automatic over-the-air update. More information on the major new software update is available at www.NOOK.com/support. For more information on NOOK HD and NOOK HD+, or any of NOOK’s innovative products and devices, customers can visit www.nook.com.
About Barnes & Noble, Inc.
Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE:BKS) is a Fortune 500 company and the leading retailer of content, digital media and educational products. The company operates 677 Barnes & Noble bookstores in 50 states, and one of the Web’s largest e-commerce sites, BN.com (www.bn.com). Its NOOK Media LLC subsidiary is a leader in the emerging digital reading and digital education markets. The NOOK digital business offers award-winning NOOK® products and an expansive collection of digital reading and entertainment content through the NOOK Store™ (www.nook.com), while Barnes & Noble College Booksellers, LLC operates 678 bookstores serving over 4.6 million students and faculty members at colleges and universities across the United States. Barnes & Noble is proud to be named a J.D. Power and Associates 2012 Customer Service Champion and is one of only 50 U.S. companies so named. Barnes & Noble.com is ranked the number one online retailer in customer satisfaction in the book, music and video category and a Top 10 online retailer overall in customer satisfaction according to ForeSee E-Retail Satisfaction Index (Spring Top 100 Edition).
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About NOOK Media LLC
NOOK reading and entertainment products make it easy to read what you love, anywhere you like™ with a fun, easy-to-use and immersive digital reading experience. With NOOK, customers gain access to the expansive NOOK Store™ of more than 3 million digital books, plus periodicals, comics, apps, movies and TV shows, and the ability to enjoy content across a wide array of popular devices through free NOOK Reading Apps™ and NOOK Video apps, available at www.nook.com/freenookapps. NOOK owners receive Always Free NOOK Support in any of Barnes & Noble’s nearly 700 bookstores. Find NOOK devices in Barnes & Noble stores and online at www.nook.com, as well as leading retailers including Best Buy, Walmart, Target and many others. NOOK products are available in the United Kingdom through www.nook.co.uk and leading retailers.
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