Wi-Fi only Nook listed for $149.99 at Best Buy; 3G version for $199 (updated)

The pricing on e-book readers is getting a whole lot more competitive, with the $149.99 price tag attached to a new Wi-Fi only version of Barnes & Noble's Nook.

The pricing on e-book readers is getting a whole lot more competitive, with the $149.99 price tag attached to a new Wi-Fi only version of Barnes & Noble's Nook.

Spotted on Best Buy's online store, the $149.99 version can only connect to the Internet via Wi-Fi (no 3G like the $259.99 version). It's only up for pre-order now, but some websites are pointing towards a release this Wednesday, June 23. This light version of the Nook will certainly go head-to-head with the Kobo, although the Kobo lacks both 3G and Wi-Fi.

A $150 price point for an e-reader is something that finally entices me to consider picking up one myself. Sure, it's only Wi-Fi access. But if you can manage to accomplish what you need when near a Wi-Fi hotspot, then that $100 savings can be put to a lot of other stuff like e-books, music or even other gadgets.

UPDATE: Barnes & Noble has issued a press release, officially announcing not just the $149.99 Nook Wi-Fi, but also a price drop on the original version to $199 with the name "Nook 3G."

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