If you’ve been waiting for the right moment to dip your toes into the e-reading waters, then now is the time to take that plunge – given that Barnes & Noble has reduced its basic e-reader to just £29.
Normally, the Nook Simple Touch is priced roughly on par with the basic Kindle (actually a touch more) at £79. So a drop of £50 is, well, a pretty dramatic price cut.
This is part of Barnes & Noble’s “Get Reading” campaign, which is designed to improve literacy and in particular kid’s literacy, with some e-readers being donated to high-need schools.
An e-reader for £29 is not a price you can argue with, although how long the offer is going to last, no one knows. Barnes & Noble simply states on its website that it will be a “limited time,” perhaps depending on the amount of stock they shift.
A fair few, we’re betting.
The Simple Touch, as the name suggests, is a touchscreen e-reader, which can store up to 1,000 books (with microSD expansion for a lot more than that), and B&N claims the battery lasts for two months on one charge (assuming you average 30 minutes of reading per day).
It’s also worth noting that there are other reductions across the Nook range, as the Simple Touch Glowlight (with backlight) has had £40 chopped off its price tag, making it £69, the same asking price as a basic Kindle.
The Nook HD tablet is down £30 at £129, and the NookHD+ is £179 (with £50 knocked off) – again, for a limited time.
We’d expect the Simple Touch – and possibly the GlowLight version too – aren’t going to hang around for long if the offer period is based on how quickly stock is sold.