BOOKSELLER AND TABLET MAKER Barnes & Noble has slashed the prices of its Nook ereaders and tablets as part of the "Get London Reading" literacy initiative.
For "a limited time only", the Nook Simple Touch ereader is as cheap as chips at just £29, down from £79, while the backlit edition, the Nook Simple Touch Glowlight costs £69, down from £109.
Featuring an 800x600 E Ink touchscreen that uses a network of infrared beams slightly above the screen surface, the Simple Touch has 2GB of internal memory for ebook content and two month battery life.
With an e-ink display that is backlit so it can be used in the dark as well as in direct sunlight with no glare, the Nook Glowlight edition offers 167ppi resolution, 2GB of storage and two months' battery life with backlight off, or one month with backlight on.
As for tablets, Barnes & Noble has also cut down the price of its 7in Nook HD to £129 from £159 and its 9in Nook HD+ to £179 down from £229.
When it launched last September, the 7in Nook HD featured the highest resolution display seen on a 7in tablet at 1440x900. With a pixel density of 243ppi, the Nook HD has 25 percent more pixels than the Kindle Fire HD's 216ppi screen.
On the inside, the device has a dual-core 1.3GHz processor, 1GB of RAM and graphics processing capabilities that the firm claims are 80 percent faster than the Kindle Fire HD when it comes to displaying smoother, faster animations, renderings and apps experiences.
The Nook HD+ offers a larger display with a full HD resolution of 1920x128, featuring a 256ppi pixel density for up to HD 1080p video playback. Weighing 515g, it is also much lighter than Apple's iPad, and has a 1.5GHz dual-core processor with 1GB of RAM.
As part of the partnership with the The Evening Standard's "Get London Reading" literacy initiative, Barnes & Noble has said it will donate 1,000 of its Nook Simple Touch eReaders to Beanstalk, a national literacy charity that recruits, vets, trains and supports volunteers in schools.
We're not sure exactly how long "a limited time only" means, but we've asked Barnes & Noble. µ