Barnes & Noble Drops Nook HD and Nook HD+ Prices, Could Be More Than a Mother's Day Sale
The 7-inch Nook HD is down to $149 (8GB) and $179 (16GB), while the 9-inch Nook HD+ is $179 (16GB) and $209 (32GB). Yes, the 16GB Nook HD is the same price as the 16GB Nook HD+. Go figure.
Although competing tablets sales around a holiday is nothing new, the price drop on the Nook tablets is notable because just days ago, B&N announced Google Play access on the devices in addition to support for Google services and apps including the Chrome browser, Gmail, YouTube, Google Maps, and so on. In other words, B&N added some serious value to its Nook devices and then promptly dropped the prices, too.
Perhaps the company is trying to flush its inventory in anticipation of a hardware upgrade soon and the Google additions were just fortunate timing, but B&N may also simply be making an aggressive play for more of the tablet market share. If that’s the case, the competitive pricing may stick around for a while. Whether Mother’s Day is the end of this excellent sale or just the beginning, the Nook HD and HD+ suddenly seem like a more compelling tablet option than they did on Thursday.