In an excellent news for eBook lovers, and in a move that is sure to put pressure on Amazon’s Kindle, Barnes & Noble confirms their new Nook model sans 3G for a new low price of $149 while at the same time reducing the price for the previous $259 3G capable Nook to $199. The new model without 3G connectivity is called Nook WiFi. One of the features I really love about Nook line is the inclusion of a microSD expansion slot, a feature not present into it’s main competitor, Amazon’s Kindle.
The 3G capability made a lot of sense several years ago during the release of the initial Kindle, but meantime the smartphone market exploded along with more or less generous data plans and tethering options (again more or less legal), so it shouldn’t be very challenging to tether your new Nook to your smartphone. Also, Barnes & Noble released their latest Nook software, now at the version 1.4 that beside a number of improvements as “Go to page”, an extra large font and some speed-up overall, now allows Nook to access the fairly extensive AT&T WiFi network for free.
The new Nook is available at B&N own website and also at Best Buy and it will start shipping this week. The main visual difference between Nook WiFi and Nook 3G is a white back panel for the new model and a slightly (0.5 oz) lower weight.
Update: Amazon followed immediately slashing their Kindle price to $189.