Barnes & Noble trims price of Nook Color to $139, Nook Tablet to $159

The tablet PC price wars continue to heat up as Barnes & Noble lowers the cost on its older slates in preparation for the release of its new Nook HD models.
Written by Sean Portnoy, Contributor

If you're looking to buy a Barnes & Noble Nook tablet, and you don't want to pony up more money for the new HD versions due next week, you're in luck. The bookseller has announced that it is dropping the price on its soon-to-be legacy Nook Color and Nook Tablet effective tomorrow (November 4).

Each of the 7-inch tablets will get $20 shaved off their former price tag. The Nook Color will now cost $139, while the 8GB Nook Tablet will now run $159 and the 16GB version will cost $179. The new 7-inch Nook HD will start at $199 when it arrives on November 8, while the 9-inch Nook HD+ will cost $269 (or $60 less than the similarly sized iPad Mini).

The Nook price cuts were inevitable, not only to make room for the new Nooks' higher pricing, but also to make them more competitive with the Amazon Kindle Fire. The new non-HD version of the Fire starts at $159 (though you have to pay $15 extra to remove the special offers from it), but its specs are improved over the first version and presumably the Nook Color and Nook Tablet. 

Are these new prices now low enough for you to pick up a Nook Color or Nook Tablet? Let us know in the Talkback section below.

[Via The Verge

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