Subscribe and save on a NOOK or get one for free

Two interesting Barnes and Noble press releases hit my inbox this morning.

In the first, Barnes and Noble is offering a free NOOK Simple Touch or a NOOK Color for only $99 if you purchase a one-year NOOK subscription of the New York Times. The cost of the subscription is $19.99 and includes full digital access for both the NOOK and the New York Times website. You can access the bundle directly and see the full terms and conditions  at

In the second release, Barnes and Noble is offering the NOOK Tablet for $199 with a one-year NOOK subscription to People. The cost of the digital subscription is $9.99 per month.  You can check the details and purchase at

These special bundles are available at Barnes and Nobles stores and at until March 9, 2012.

Bits and Bytes: Nook News

The Nook certainly dominated the ebook news yesterday.

As expected, Barnes & Noble announced the Nook Tablet,which will be available on November 18. The Tablet will retail for $249. Here’s a link to a  hands-on video from Engadget.

 Barnes & Noble has also reduced the price on two of its other readers. The Simple Touch will retail for $99. The Nook Color’s price will be reduced to $199.

Both readers are also getting updates: The Simple Touch update includes improvements to the page refresh rate and the battery life. Here’s a hands-on video for the Simple Touch from Engadget.

 For the original Nook color, the new updates will add Hulu Plus, etc.

And, if you find it confusing – Nook Color, Nook Tablet – here’s an article to  help you sort it out.

To help sell all the readers, Barnes & Noble is launching in-store Nook Stations!

And, if all of that is not enough, Barnes & Noble announced that they will be launching an international Nook in the months ahead.