Barnes & Noble has slashed the UK prices for its Nook tablets, the move comes just days after the US giant announced it would stop making such devices next year.
Officially the company is billing the price-cut as part of its literacy promotion – supported by the London Evening Standard newspaper – and “in celebration of the upcoming Get Reading festival”.
UK shoppers will be able to pick-up the the 7-inch NOOK HD for just 99 (8GB) and £129 (16GB), while the 9-inch NOOK HD+ tablet with cost £149 (16GB) and £179 (32GB).
The devices run a modified version of Android Ice Cream Sandwich, allows multiple users to set up custom profiles and offers access to more than 2.5 million books, a wide choice of magazines and apps.
“To celebrate the free Get Reading festival and to help make digital reading more affordable across the UK, we have reduced prices on our award-winning NOOK HD and NOOK HD+ tablets for a limited time,” said Jim Hilt, Managing Director, Barnes & Noble S.à r.l.
“We are committed to promoting the cause of literacy and we hope that families from all over the UK come to the Get Reading festival on 13th of July for a fantastic day of events featuring some top authors and celebrities.”