With so many low-cost tablets entering the fray, Barnes & Noble wants to make sure it's Nook HD and Nook HD+ don't get overlooked. To help put them both in the spotlight, B&N last week issued a firmware update that added Google Play access to the tablets, making it much more difficult to pigeonhole them as glorified eBook readers. And if that wasn't enough incentive, B&N just dropped the price by about 30 percent for Mother's Day.
It's never been more affordable to own a name-brand tablet than it is now, especially with the recent price cuts. To further sweeten the pot -- and to remind everyone that yes, it too offers a tablet -- Barnes & Noble recently announced that anyone who purchases a Nook HD+ tablet between March 24, 2013 and March 31, 2013 is eligible to receive a free Nook Simple Touch eReader. That might seem a bit redundant, but if you look at it from the angle of shopping for yourself and for someone else at the same time, you can kill two birds with one stone.
Feeling the heat from Amazon's new Kindle Fire and Kindle Fire HD models, Barnes & Noble responded today by announcing a pair of next generation tablets of its own, the Nook HD and Nook HD+. The Nook HD is a 7-inch slate that will cost $199 for the 8GB model and $229 for the 16GB model, while the Nook HD+ sports a 9-inch display and starts at $269 for 16GB or $299 for 32GB.