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The Nook Death Watch: Barnes & Noble Slashes Its Tablet Yet Again


It’s common for retailers to cut prices during holidays, but for Barnes & Noble, there’s more to it than holding a simple promotional sale.

After reducing Nook tablet prices on Mother’s Day, the bookseller did it again for Father’s Day, slashing prices and offering some steep discounts of $70 to $129. Now B&N is saying that those low, low prices will be sticking around for a while. The company wouldn’t confirm how long this “limited-time pricing” will be available, so we’re taking that to mean that it’s not going anywhere any time soon.

This is just more evidence to support the speculation that the Nook has begun its descent into obsolescence. All signs seem pretty clear that B&N has given up on its line of compact tablets. It seems, now we’re just waiting for the official announcement. 

With the discounts, the 7-inch Nook HD tablet starts at $129 (full retail: $199), and the 9-inch Nook HD+ tablet now goes for $149 (full retail: $269). Not bad for iterations that debuted less than a year ago. An enterprising hacker or tinkerer could pick up one of these for a steal, and easily root the device.

Anyone planning to snag one of these? Let us know in the comments.

Adriana Lee

Adriana is the resident writer-slash-culture vulture who has written about everything from smartphones, tablets, apps, accessories, and small biz...