Barnes & Nobles just announced the new Nook Tablet 7. It is the company most affordable Nook device ever with a price of $49.99. With previous Nooks priced at more than $100 new Nook Tablet 7 is a Barnes & Nobles entrances to a completely new niche of dirt cheap tablets. With declining sales of Nooks (Nook sales declined 24.5% from last year to $41.0 million for the first quarter) it is not clear if new Nook Tablet 7 is going to bring back the momentum in Barnes & Nobles tablet game.
Nook Tablet 7 is priced to match a competitor Kindle Fire 7 tablet from Amazon which is also priced at $49.99. Performance details are not yet available so we are not able to comment on it at this moment.
Nook Tablet 7 has potentially enticing feature for some customers with Google Play store available on the device. Kindle Fire 7 has its own Amazon only app store and there is no way to use Google Play store without hacking the device.
Specs look very similar to Amazon Kindle Fire 7 tablet with Nook Tablet 7 featuring:
- 1,024×600-pixel resolution with 171 ppi
- 7-inch IPS display
- Dimensions: 7.40×4.20×0.39 (HWD)
- Weight: 8.8 ounces
- Full access to Android apps in the Google Play store
- Front camera (VGA), rear camera 2MP
- Wireless connectivity via Wi-Fi (802.11 a/b/g/n), dual-band (2.4GHz/5GHz)
- Up to 7 hours of reading, watching videos and web browsing
- More than a million books priced under $4.99
- Discovery delivered daily with B&N Readouts
Nook Tablet 7 will be available in all Barnes & Nobles stores on Black Friday day.
According to authorearnings.com Nook has 8% of the e-reader market while Amazon has 71%.
25 days before Black Friday Amazon lowered price of its Amazon Paperwhite from $119.99 to $99.99. Kindle Paperwhite is one of Amazon bestselling devices which provides the best value for its cost.
Besides Kindle Paperwhite following Kindle products also got $20 discount. Kindle 6″ is now $79.99 after $20 discount (was $99.99). Kindle Voyage is $179.99 after $20 discount (was $199.99).
Based on previous Black Friday discounts this deal will probably be there until Black Friday holiday or even until official Amazon Black Friday close date on December 22nd. But it is also possible that Amazon will stop the deal for sometime and re-launch it again later to spark more interest. So sit tight!
Last month Amazon announced it will hire 120,000 holiday workers to help with holiday demand.
New Amazon deals are now available on Amazon official Black Friday page at https://amazon.com/blackfriday. To choose which devices is the best for you visit following page https://www.amazon.com/Amazon-Kindle-Ereader-Family/b?ie=UTF8&node=6669702011 which has features and specs of every device in Kindle family displayed side by side. Learn how to open DAT file.
This Tuesday (November 23rd) Amazon reported on their Facebook wall: “We had our biggest sales day ever for Kindle devices yesterday. Thank you, customers!”. And it was just Tuesday of Thanksgiving Week. Since then Amazon made couple more posts on their wall announcing more Black Friday Deals products but didn’t leave any notes about Kindle Sales on Friday. My expectation is that Wednesday would be as strong as Tuesday and Thursday or Black Friday Kindle Sales will beat the record. Also I have great expectation for Cyber Monday which in recent years grew to be as significant as Black Friday.
It would be very interesting to find out how many people will go with Kindle 2 Black Friday Deal for $89 and how many will get Kindle 3G+WiFi or Kindle 3 WiFi version instead. It won’t be a simple choice since Kindle 2 is closer in features to $189 Kindle 3G (both of them have 3G connection which is a very useful feature) for just half the price at $89.
I’ll keep track of Amazon Facebook page and Amazon Black Friday Lightning Deals page deals both manually and with use of my Amazon Deals tracker which I announced in previous post an will keep you updated on all changes and announcements there.