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."
Related coverage on ZDNet:
- Barnes & Noble offering up $50 gift card with Nook
- Barnes & Noble Nook e-reader already in Best Buy's online store
- Nook to be sold at Best Buy this month; Kindle possibly headed to Target
- Two new Nook editions to possibly be released later this year