Barnes & Noble just announced a $50 price drop on the Nook Color, bringing it down to $199.
The Nook Color remains a good value, and will get many new features like Hulu Plus support, Netflix and access to Nook Comics via a free software update. This update will also add support for Rhapsody and MOG as well as additional music services.
This price drop pits the Nook Color against the Kindle Fire in terms of price, but the real competitor is the Nook Tablet. The company was big on emphasizing the reasons that the Nook Color and Nook Tablet are better than the Kindle Fire at today’s event.
You can expect to see the price drop reflected at retailers soon, and the new features will come as a free software update. The new software update will come in December. Below, you can see the highlights of the new Nook Color software update.
- More entertainment and apps: NOOK Color customers will be able to download Netflix to watch movies and TV shows. Hulu Plus will also be available for NOOK Color in the coming months. Customers will enjoy top music services and thousands of apps including games, children’s apps and many others.
- Read your way: Customers requested the flexibility to read books in portrait or landscape and adjust the text with even more font sizes to choose from.
- The most user-friendly library: Customers will have faster, easier access to all of their content. NOOK Library is organized with tabs for books, magazines, newspapers and apps. The magazine display shows virtual stacks of covers with dates so customers can just tap on the issue they want and dive in.
- Enhanced shopping: NOOK’s amazing new Shop experience makes it easier than ever for customers to find their next great book, kid’s book, newsstand title or app. The NOOK Store™ is even easier to use, and more social and streamlined to show the breadth of content. Customers get suggestions based on their favorite authors, reviews and recommendations from their NOOK Friends plus top NOOK Newsstand picks, free trials and new NOOK Daily Finds.
As you can see, this is an impressive update, for the video capabilities alone. This will help the Nook Color compete with the Fire.
For more, read: Nook Color vs. Kindle Fire.