Barnes & Noble Discounts, Gives Away Nooks With Subscriptions
Barnes & Noble is discounting and giving away Nook devices with the purchase of subscriptions to various publications, in hopes of boosting sales of the Nook line.
The company on Monday announced that customers with a one-year subscription to the New York Times will receive a free Nook Simple Touch, instead of for the normal price of $99. The alternative option is a Nook Color for $99, rather than the normal price of $199, with a Times subscription.
A Nook subscription to the Times costs $19.99 per month and includes full access to NYTimes.com.
Additionally, Barnes & Noble announced that it's selling the Nook tablet for $199, down from $249, with the purchase of a one-year subscription to People Magazine, a title B&N said is consistently among one of its best-selling. The Nook edition of People costs $9.99 a month.
Barnes & Noble Nook Tablet Shipping Early
If you pre-ordered a Nook Tablet, you can get your hands on it a bit early. Though Barnes & Noble said the device would arrive on doorsteps and in stores on or around Nov. 17, the company confirmed that it will actually be available today.
The device will be delivered and available for in-store pickup on Wednesday. Those who didn't pre-order can start buying the tablet in stores tomorrow.
The Nook Tablet includes a 7-inch touch screen with 1024-by-600 display and runs a TI OMAP 4 dual-core processor. The $249 Nook Tablet boasts 16GB of internal storage, expandable up to 32GB via a microSD card and includes access to Barnes & Noble in-store support.
Rival Amazon also shipped its Kindle Fire tablet a day early for shoppers who pre-ordered the device; it was originally scheduled to ship on Nov. 15. During an earnings call last month, Amazon said pre-orders for the Fire exceeded expectations, prompting the company to ramp up production on the tablets. Dave Limp, vice president of Amazon Kindle, also said this week that the $199 Kindle Fire is already the best-selling item across all of Amazon.com.
Barnes & Noble Unveils $249, 7-Inch Nook Tablet
Barnes & Noble on Monday unveiled an update to its Nook line, adding the 7-inch Nook Tablet.
The $249 device is available for pre-order now and will be in stores and delivered to customers' homes by the end of next week. The device will also eventually be released at retail stores like Best Buy, Staples, Walmart, Target, Office Max, Radio Shack, Fry's, PC Richards, and more.
Barnes & Noble also dropped the price of the Nook Color from $249 to $199 and promised a huge update with over 100 enhancements.
Leaked Specs Tip $249 Barnes & Noble Nook Tablet
According to the documents, the new Nook Tablet will include a 7-inch VividView color touch screen with a 1024-by-600 display, just like the Nook Color. But the Nook Tablet will run a 1.2-GHz OMAP4 dual-core processor whereas the Nook Color sports a 512MB single-core chip, according to spec sheets.
The Tablet will have 16GB of storage, expandable up to 32GB and measures 8.1 by 5 by 0.48 inches. Barnes & Noble is promising eight hours of battery life with the Wi-Fi turned off or four hours of video.
New Barnes & Noble Nook Color on Nov. 7?
Will Barnes & Noble beat Amazon to market with a new color device? According to a report from The Digital Reader, the retailer will release an updated Nook on November 7.
Citing sources within Barnes & Noble, the blog said the company is planning a big launch on that date, though he had few details about what the new product might entail. One individual, who works in a Barnes & Noble store, told The Digital Reader that they have replaced a customer service counter with a huge Nook boutique.
"Our manager told us, this space was not designed to house just 2 nooks. He was being candid, he said, November 7th there will be a major announcement from the company. he concluded saying it was exciting times. Obviously something is coming," the source said. Another employee told the blog the same thing.
Barnes & Noble did not immediately respond to a request for comment.