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November 8, 2011

Barnes and Noble Launch $249 Tablet,sets The Stage For Tablet War

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The Nook Tablet weighs less than a pound, has a battery that enables nine hours of video watching and comes with 16 gigabytes of memory and an SD slot to add more.Another selling point: free customer service at the more than 700 Barnes & Noble stores
Barnes & Noble Inc. jumped into the tablet computer market Monday, unveiling a Nook Tablet priced at $249, $50 more than Amazon.com Inc.'s new Kindle Fire but half the price of Apple Inc.'s cheapest iPad.

The Tablet Bandwagon continues  as Barnes & Noble unveiled a $249 Nook Tablet Monday just ahead of the crucial holiday shopping season in a bid for more of the growing markets for e-books and tablet computers.Bookseller Barnes and Noble has revamped its popular 7-inch color e-book reader today. Simply called the Nook Tablet, the new version will sell for $249 starting next week, and features a 1GHz dual-core processor to power playback of HD movies, videos and TV shows. There will be a host of apps and games available at launch as well

The book seller cut the prices on its existing e-readers. The Nook Color is now $199, down from $239, and the Nook Simple Touch black-and-white reader, which has no browser, is now $99, down from $139. The Nook Tablet will be in stores and shipped to customers on Nov. 17. Like the Nook Color, it has a 7-inch color touchscreen.
Unlike Amazon, Barnes & Noble doesn’t offer streaming services, but the Nook includes preloaded apps from Hulu and Netflix Inc. that allow users to subscribe to stream movies and TV shows.