08. May 2012

Nook Simple Touch and Color on sale for Mother’s Day

Barnes & Noble is currently holding a Mother”s Day Sale on the Nook Simple Touch basic model, and the Nook Color. The sale ends May 12.

The sale brings the Nook Simple Touch down to $79, and the Nook Color down to $149. That’s $20 less than they are normally.

The Nook Simple Touch at $79 is a better deal than the $79 Kindle, which is not touch screen.

If you’re looking for a bargain and a good gift idea for Mother’s Day, this is a good option to consider.

It will be interesting to see if and how Amazon responds to this special offer.

23. May 2011

New Kobo e-reader for $129, Kobo Wireless for $99

Well, the best news is, e-readers constantly are getting cheaper at a increasing speed.
The new Kobo e-reader with touchscreen costs about $129, the older Kobo Wireless drops to $99.

Kobo is introducing a new model touchscreen e-reader priced at $129, dropping the price of its earlier model to $99. The new Kobo has the same ultra-sharp Pearl e-ink display as the Kindle 3 / DXG. It also comes with a better processor than in the older Kobo, a touch-sensitive screen (with gestures such as swiping and zooming), and a built-in dictionary. The touchscreen uses zForce infrared and thus will not interfere with the sharpness of the screen.

Still, in my opinion touchscreens on e-readers are a bad idea! First you will have a lot of finger prints and worse stuff on your screen, which will hinder your sight in bright light, second because of this effect you will constantly try to clean it by wiping it with some tissue and finally will end up with scratches, you will see.

Besides this, the Kobo is still at a bit of a disadvantage compared to the Kindle or Nook given the trouble its chain retail store partner Borders is having. But it is a decent e-reading device and the price drop will put new pressure on Amazon and B&N.

24. November 2010

2.Gen Kindle for $89

On Black Friday Amazon is going to sell the Kindle 2 International for just $89. The Kindle 2 International is said to have a better screen contrast than the Kindle 2 U.S. model and thus comes close to the current Kindle 3. gen.

Amazon:
“Our previous generation Kindle uses the old E Ink technology (the same E Ink as in the current Nook). Our all-new Kindle [the Kindle 3 {UK: K3}] uses the latest generation E Ink (Pearl) for 50% percent better contrast, and is available at the everyday low price of …$139.”

The sale doesn’t start until 9:00 AM on Black Friday, November 26 and it will definitely be a limited quantity item.

The $149 B&W E-Ink Nook with the same screen (WiFi only) will sell for $99 on Black Friday as will the smaller Sony without wireless, both do not have 3G and thus of course no international wireless coverage via 3G network for free. In my opinion the Kindle 2 is definitely a better deal with its free 3G cellular wireless web browser, and the Text-to-Speech capability. Other than the Kindle 3.gen it doesn’t have a WiFi module though. But the 3G it got works almost anywhere in the world without fees or the necessity to find a WiFi hot spot that’s also free.

You will find the Kindle 2 3G among the other Black Friday offers at amazon.com/blackfriday as soon as the Friday starts, so be quick!

13. November 2010

Nook for just $99,99

According to gamertell.com Best Buy is going to sell the Nook for just $99,99 instead of $149,99 on black friday.

22. June 2010

Amazon Kindle – Price Drop

Only one day after a price drop for the Barnes & Noble nook, Amazon reduced the price for the Kindle 2.

The  nook fell from $259 to $199, a new WiFi only nook costs merely $149.  In response, Amazon has cut the price of the popular Kindle from $259 to $189. In contrast to the nook the Kindle is a 3G only device but with global wireless connection for free!

Since even a bare bone device like the new Kobo reader costs about $149 it seems that the price war is just about to begin and we will see some major price drops within the next few weeks.

My guess is, that low end devices like the Kobo will cost no more then $49 by the end of the year.

23. April 2010

Firmware update for Nook brings webbrowser and free in store reading

Barnes & Noble just released version 1.3 of the Nook’s software. The major new features include a Beta release of a “basic” web browser and a Read In Store feature.

The Read In Store feature allows the user to browse and read the full versions of books while he is inside a Barnes and Noble store. Usually e-books are bought via internet and just downloaded without leaving home, well except you buy a book via whispernet from Amazon or anywhere else if you got any 3G or wifi device. But the way B&N goes is unique so far. It is using the Nook to get people in stores while giving consumers the opportunity to evaluate a book before it. One also could imagine scenarios, where cafés or bars offering a similar service.

Besides the first Android apps on the device are also offered. Nook owners now can install games like chess and sudoku, both perfectly suited to the monochrome screen.

B&N also claims it has improved page turning and loading speeds. The update is available via manual download now or via OTA within the next week.