Here's an unfortunate footnote to the B&N&Microsoft news from earlier today. The Nook Touch is on sale this week at a number of US retailers. Strangely enough, B&N wasn't one of them. I don't have a complete list, but a brief search has turned up ads for 4 different chains, including:
All 4 chains are selling the Nook Touch for $80. And this is a new unit, not refurbished, making it a pretty sweet deal. But it's also terrible timing. It was just over a week ago that B&N shipped the Nook Glow early and the sales are happening the same week that B&N is trying to convince everyone that the Nook business is worth over a billion (more on that later).