Simply, it's the best full-sized tablet you can buy for under £150. The Barnes & Noble NOOK HD+ with 16GB storage is now available for just £149. Read our Barnes & Noble NOOK HD+ review to find out why it is such a good deal - probably the best cheap tablet around.
The book company has announced a series of special deals in support of UK literacy and the upcoming Get Reading festival. For a limited time the 7-inch Barnes & Noble Nook HD will start at just £99 (8GB) and £129 (16GB) from NOOK.co.uk and at leading retailers. The 9-inch NOOK HD+ tablet will be available starting at £149 (16GB) and £179 (32GB). See also: what's the best cheap tablet?
The Get Reading campaign is a partnership between the London Evening Standard and NOOK. It aims to help struggling readers catch up with their peers and maximise the opportunities that reading brings. The campaign culminates with a free reading festival in London’s Trafalgar Square on the 13th of July - there's no word on whether the special deals will end then, too. We'll keep you posted.
NOOK HD+: best cheap tablet
The NOOK HD+ was a great deal at its previous price of £179, so £149 makes it a staggeringly good deal. Not only is the hardware great value, but when releasing the 9in HD+ B&N opened a gate in its walled garden and allowed the Google Play store in. That means you now have access to some 700,000 apps and games that were previously unavailable to Nook tablet owners. Google Play also offers films, music and magazines, giving you a broader choice than the Nook Store alone. Unlike the competitor Kindle Fire HD tablet, you can buy from the store of your choice, and download vidoes to be watched when offline.
The Kindle Fire HD 8.9 starts at £229, but you can't add storage and you have to pay extra if you want a mains charger and don't want lock-screen adverts. You're also locked into Amazon's walled garden, with no access to Google Play. That leaves the Nook HD+ in pretty good shape especially since the 16GB model now costs a trifling £149, and doubling internal storage to 32GB would give you change from £180. The lack of cameras will be a turn off for some (you won't be making video calls with Skype, for example) but despite this and the stuttery interface, the HD+ is easy to recommend at this price. See also: Google Nexus 7 tablet vs Barnes & Noble Nook HD comparison review.
"To celebrate the free Get Reading festival and to help make digital reading more affordable across the UK, we have reduced prices on our award-winning NOOK HD and NOOK HD+ tablets for a limited time," said Jim Hilt of Barnes & Noble.
"We are committed to promoting the cause of literacy and we hope that families from all over the UK come to the Get Reading festival on 13th of July for a fantastic day of events featuring some top authors and celebrities."