Nook Simple Touch with 'no annoying ads' to drop to $99

Nook Simple Touch with 'no annoying ads' to drop to $99

Summary: Leaked documents suggest Barnes & Noble could be cutting the Nook Simple Touch's price to match the ad-supported Amazon Kindle Touch next week.

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It looks like Barnes and Noble will not only be unveiling the Nook Tablet on Monday, but also dropping the price of its Nook Simple Touch to $99, as well as releasing an update (version 1.1) for the e-reader. According to leaked Nook documents obtained by Engadget and The Digital Reader, the update will bring about "25% faster page turns," a 2-month battery life, and "no annoying ads."

Is a price cut for the Nook Simple Touch coming next week? Image from Engadget

Is a price cut for the Nook Simple Touch coming next week? Image from Engadget

At $99 and with no ads, the Nook e-reader is definitely not bowing down to the new, ad-supported $99 Kindle Touch ($139 for the ad-free variant). And it looks like the Nook Color will be discounted to $199 and be given a software update that brings the likes of Hulu Plus and Pandora to the last-gen device.

A comparison of all Nook devices. Image from Engadget

A comparison of all Nook devices. Image from Engadget

But keep in mind this information has not been confirmed by B&N yet so this is all just speculation at the moment. Regardless of the specs and price, deciding between the B&N and Amazon device will come down to the type of content you consume -- do you usually read e-books in ePUB format from your public library, or do you tend to purchase new e-books from Amazon?

One way or another, we will find out just what B&N will really do with its Nook lineup next week. Tune into ZDNet's coverage of the press event on November 7!

[Source: Engadget, The Digital Reader]

Updated: Mentioned the Nook Color's price drop as detailed in the specs comparison chart.

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    Too bad there is no competition in the tablet market. That is one really sick market. We all lose.
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