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June 21, 2010

Amazon and B&N Price-war Drops Ebook Reader Prices


This morning Barnes & Noble announced that it was dropping the price of its ebook reader, the Nook, to $149 for a wifi version and $199 for the 3G version. Now, I would never buy a Nook, but I have been giving the Kindle some sideeye for the past year.


Reacting to Barnes & Noble’s price cut on the Nook Monday morning, Amazon.com has just dropped the price of its Kindle e-reader to $189 from $259.

Both are now approaching Gabriel Malor ImpulseBuy™ levels. I've been using Kindle for iPhone on my iPod Touch for maybe a year now. In fact, when I started, I was just buying Amazon eBooks for convenience on the metro. But then, I noticed that I was irritated by the bulkiness of real books at home too. Seriously, why lug around a hardcover or lengthy paperback rather than my iPod, which I always have with me for music anyway?

So it's been a loooong time since I bought an honest-to-God book made out of paper and stuff. And while I love my iPod, I'm about ready to graduate to a full-size e-reader.

New issue: do I get the Kindle or wait around for the iPad second generation? I won't get the first version, they always need to work out so many kinks. But I'm gonna be drooling for the next iPad... Oh, and there's a rumor that Amazon is working on a touchscreen Kindle, too.

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