Barnes & Noble introduces nook Wi-Fi and reduces price of nook 3G

Barnes & Noble nook

Barnes & Noble today unveiled the new nook Wi-Fi ebook reader and reduced the price of its original nook 3G to US$199. The new nook Wi-Fi is identical to the nook 3G except for the lack of 3G connectivity and will sell for US$149.

“People who love to read will find tremendous value with the new NOOK Wi-Fi, the most full-featured, low-cost eReading device on the market, and our bestselling NOOK 3G now at an even lower price,” said Tony Astarita, Vice President, Digital Products, Barnes & “This expanded choice offers best-in-class, best-priced dedicated eBook Readers featuring eBook sharing, access to our vast eBookstore, great free and exclusive content and much more. And with expansion of fast and free Wi-Fi access beyond Barnes & Noble stores to thousands of AT&T Wi-Fi Hot Spots, we’re bringing additional freedom and flexibility to all NOOK 3G and NOOK Wi-Fi customers.”

Barnes & Noble also announced a nook software upgrade. NOOK v1.4 adds complimentary access to all AT&T Wi-Fi hot spots across the US.

The nook Wi-Fi (US$149) is now available for order and shipments are expected to begin later this week. The nook 3G (US$199) is also available, both online and at Barnes & Noble stores.

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