Amazon dropped the price of the smaller of its two Kindle ebook readers to $189(Check out new prices and buy Amazon Kindle from Amazon), just hours after primary competitor Barnes & Noble lowered its Nook reader to $199. Before today, the Kindle and Nook were both priced at $259.
Barnes & Noble, the largest book retailer in the United States, kicked things off with an announcement that it was lowering the price of its Nook e-reader, which can download books on the fly through its 3G wireless connection, to $199 (U.S.) from $259. The book chain also announced it was adding a Wi-Fi-only Nook to its offerings for $149.
The Kindle is a Linux-based handheld that lets you download and read ebooks from Amazon’s online Kindle Books store. It includes a (free) wireless connection, and you can sync your book collection across others devices running Kindle software, including Windows desktops and notebooks, Macs, BlackBerries, iPhones, iPod touches, and iPads. An Android version is in the works.
At launch, the Nook carried the same price tag as the Kindle. But on Monday, Barnes & Noble dropped the price by $60. Amazon promptly responded with its $70 drop.
Barnes & Noble is also taking pre-orders for a Wi-Fi-only version of the Nook that sells for $149. Check out new prices and buy Barnes & Noble Nook from Amazon.