Barnes & Noble announced their new Nook Tablet today — basically the Nook Color with some substantial improvements. The new Tablet has more tablet capabilities, instead of being held hostage by the B&N software. It has things like Netflix, for streaming media, and it's also lighter and has an improved battery life. All this for $249, same price as the Nook Color used to be!
Sounds like a great deal, right? I'm excited, but I'm also excited about what this means for the prices on their other devices. The Nook Simple Touch is now $99, down from $139, and the Nook Color is $199, instead of $249. If you don't need the improved capabilities of the Nook Tablet, you can take advantage of this opportunity to get one of the other ebook readers for a good price!
In other news, Barnes & Noble is also rolling out an update for the Nook Simple Touch. I'm hoping this will fix the freezing problem it was having — people were having problems with it freezing while they were swiping to turn the pages, as well as some other problems that may or may not be related — as I might eventually get one if that problem has been resolved. I like the small size, though I do rather prefer a few things about my Nook 1st Edition — larger internal memory, removable back cover, and color touch screen among them!
It'll be interesting to see how the Nook Tablet does when it's released. Although it's pre-order only right now, it'll be available on November 17th — a mere week and a half, and in plenty of time for the holidays!