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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 (opens in new tab) 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 (opens in new tab) eBook reader down to a jaw-dropping £29 as well (opens in new tab).

The discounted tablet can be purchased from Nook UK (opens in new tab) 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 (opens in new tab) and the SimpleTouch eBook reader (opens in new tab).

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Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.