Barnes and Noble Nook HD Tablet now available from £99

The reason why you can now pick up a Nook HD tablet for a mere £99 is not apparently down to Barnes and Noble's recent announcement that it was exiting the ultra-competitive tablet market. No, the official reason is that the company is celebrating the upcoming Get Reading Festival which is also why it cut the price of its Nook SimpleTouch eBook reader down to a jaw-dropping £29 as well.

The discounted tablet can be purchased from Nook UK or from Argos. A 16GB model is also available from £129 but there's little impetus to get one given that you might just as well buy a 64GB microSD card slot with the extra money and bump the onboard storage capacity of the 8GB model to 72GB instead.

The device runs on a dual-core TI OMAP system-on-chip clocked at 1.3GHz with a PowerVR GPU. There's also a 1,440 x 900 pixel display with a fully laminated screen with no air gaps, a manufacturing process that reduces glare and provides with extra wide viewing angles.

Other features include up to 11 hours of reading time and up to nine hours video, Wi-Fi plus a number of Nook-only applications like Nook Cloud (which stores all purchases made from Nook), Scrapbook, Today and IQ Recommendations. All of it runs on a customized version of Android 4.0 with full access to Google Play. You can check out our reviews of the Nook HD tablet and the SimpleTouch eBook reader.

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