How to get a free Nook Simple Touch e-reader
If you've ever tried to use a tablet as an e-reader, especially a
big tablet, you know that it's not exactly ideal. Larger, heavier
models can be hard to hold for long periods, and I find them
especially unwieldy for reading in bed.
Plus, tablets offer no end of distractions, everything from
e-mail to Facebook to Angry Birds to Netflix. With so many cool
apps competing for your attention, it can be hard to focus on your
At $269, the HD+ is already a killer deal. It has an
ultra-high-resolution 8.9-inch screen, a fast processor, and 16GB
of expandable storage. And it runs all the most popular Android
apps, like Netflix and Evernote, though I will admit that Barnes
& Noble's curated app store is annoyingly light on
One other big perk: You can convert the HD+ to a full-blown
, one with full access to the Google Play store
and all the apps and media therein. That includes the Kindle app,
meaning you can read any books you've already purchased from
Amazon--or any you want to purchase.
As for the Nook Simple Touch, it would normally cost you $79.
It features a 6-inch Pearl e-ink touchscreen, 2GB of expandable
storage, and Wi-Fi for downloading books. Although it lacks the
newer model's compelling backlight, it's widely regarded as one of
the top e-readers on the market.
And it's free! If you were thinking of buying a big tablet
anyway, this is one offer that's definitely worth considering. But
it ends March 31, so don't wait too long to decide.
Why would B&N give away its e-readers? Some would argue
that the company is planning to get out of the hardware business,
but I suspect they're merely clearing older inventory to make way
for newer models. Either way, it's a win for the customer.Veteran technology writer Rick Broida
is the author of numerous books, blogs, and features. He lends his
money-saving expertise to CNET and Savings.com, and also writes for PC
World and Wired.