Now you can get a free $20 Barnes and Noble gift card when you purchase any NOOK Tablet or E-reader.
I wrote previously about what is probably the best deal on electronics this year: the significant discount that Barnes and Noble is offering on the high-def NOOK HD and NOOK HD+ media tablets. That sale is still ongoing. You can get the 7-inch NOOK HD for just $129 ($70 off) and the 9-inch NOOK HD+ for $149 ($120 off).
While that deal was attractive enough to make buying a NOOK tablet a no-brainer, on top of that Barnes & Noble is now offering all of them for the sale price PLUS you get a $20 Barnes and Noble gift card with the purchase of a Nook HD+, Nook HD, NOOK Simple Touch with GlowLight, or NOOK Simple Touch.
This deal is for a limited time, however, and is good only until September 2. Click here to see complete details (and to jump on it).
It’s the equivalent of offering these top-rated reading/entertainment/gaming/Internet devices for a further 15 – 20% discount.
Since Barnes & Noble has revealed that they are going to be getting out of the high-definition color tablet business and concentrate on producing e-readers, you might wonder whether it’s still a good idea to buy a NOOK HD or NOOK HD+.
I like Rick Broida’s take on this question. The basic answer of this CNET author is “Heck, yes!”
Advantages of NOOK devices
For one thing, all of the NOOK devices — tablets and e-readers — are recommended buys by Consumer Reports, CNET, The New York Times, and other professional testers. They are high-quality, thoughtfully-designed pieces of hardware. And now that Google Play content has been added to the NOOK HD and NOOK HD+, these tablets have become even more versatile.
As Rick points out in his article, you can root the NOOK tablets to enable them to run a “purer” version of Android and thus use them for a greater variety of apps. You don’t have to worry about any limitations on usefulness of these tablets going forward and content will always be available.
Bottom line: the NOOK HD+ Tablet at $149 along with a free $20 Barnes & Noble gift card is a steal. The effective price becomes $129. Try finding another deal like that on any highly-rated tablet.
But again, it only lasts until September 2.
You can also take advantage of this offer when you buy one of Barnes & Noble’s NOOK e-Readers. The NOOK Simple Touch (currently priced at $79) or a NOOK Simple Touch with GlowLight (priced at $99) are also part of the $20 gift card deal. With the additional $20 incentive, that also makes these top-rated e-Readers a steal.
And there’s still that good karma thing when it comes to buying from Barnes & Noble.