B&N Expands Nook Clearance Sale to the UK

B&N Expands Nook Clearance Sale to the UK e-Reading Hardware Remember that extended Father's Day sale on the Nook HD, Nook HD+, the one that eventually became an out and out clearance sale? B&N has just launched a similar clearance sale in the UK.

I was wondering when this would happen.

Barnes & Noble updated their UK website this morning, and it now shows a radically lower price for B&N's 7" and 9" tablets. The Nook HD is now selling for £99, or £30 off the regular retail, and the Nook HD+ is selling for £149. The sale prices are likely also available via B&N's retail partners, so I would check your local retailer.

The Nook HD is a 7" tablet with a 1440x900 resolution screen (the highest of any 7" tablets). It's running a proprietary version of Android on a 1.3 GHz dual-core CPU, and it ships with  8GB or more of Flash storage. The Nook HD+ is a 9" tablet with a 1920x1280 resolution screen. It too is running B&N's own proprietary version of Android on a 1.5 GHz dual-core CPU, and it ships with  16GB or more of Flash storage.

Those prices aren't nearly as good of a deal as the US prices (but they're still decent). The UK clearance prices convert to prices of $151 and $226, and once you factor out the taxes the price of the Nook HD is actually lower than the US price. But the Nook HD+ price in the UK is disappointingly higher than the US price ($149), leading me to wonder whether B&N had only imported a limited number of that tablet into the UK.

B&N Expands Nook Clearance Sale to the UK e-Reading Hardware

On a related note, B&N is also selling the Nook Touch and Nook Glow in the UK at prices so low that I think they are on clearance. The Nook Touch is selling for £29, and has been for some time now. The Nook Glow is selling for £69. That's a lower price than B&N is asking in the US, where the Nook Touch and Nook Glow are still selling at regular retail.

These clearance sales were launched as part of B&N's response to their generally marginal success in the ebook and tablet markets over the past year. Barnes & Noble announced last week that they were getting out of tablets and handing that off to a hardware partner. But B&N will still be developing new ereaders, or so their press release said.

 

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Nate Hoffelder is the founder and editor of The Digital Reader: He's here to chew bubble gum and fix broken websites, and he is all out of bubble gum. He has been blogging about indie authors since 2010 while learning new tech skills at the drop of a hat. He fixes author sites, and shares what he learns on The Digital Reader's blog. In his spare time, he fosters dogs for A Forever Home, a local rescue group.

5 Comments

  1. flyingtoastr3 July, 2013

    BN isn’t “getting out of tablets”, they’re mitigating risk by having a third party handle hardware design and production. It’s what Google and Amazon do already, so unless they’re also “out of the tablet business” already you’re FUDing what’s going on.

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    1. Nate Hoffelder3 July, 2013

      “It’s what Google and Amazon do already”.

      Nope. Amazonhas already gotten into doing their own design work, including own custom chipsets and audio systems.

      Also, at this point it’s far from clear what connection B&N will have with their next tablet. For all we know they might simply put their brand on a decent-quality generic Android tablet.

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      1. flyingtoastr3 July, 2013

        “For all we know they might simply put their brand on a decent-quality generic Android tablet.”

        So, you mean how the KF was a Blackberry Playbook?

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        1. Nate Hoffelder3 July, 2013

          The original Kindle Fire wasn’t the same device as the BB Playbook. I have both, and the closest they come is to being the same device is that they likely came from the same engineers and designers.

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