Black Friday is almost upon us, and it bids fair to be an e-reader kind of holiday season. There’s no word yet from Amazon on any discounts on its Kindle products (though it seems to be discounting just about everything else), but Barnes & Noble has announced a special deal on a “Limited Edition” of its Nook Simple Touch e-reader—in stores only, it’s knocking $20 off the price. This brings it down to $79—on par with Amazon’s lowest-tier ad-supported Kindle price.

Amusingly, one of its listed benefits is

No Annoying Ads

Reading time is your time and you don’t want to be interrupted. NOOK lets you immerse yourself in your books, magazines, and newspapers without being distracted by annoying ads that appear in other Readers.

On TVTropes, that’s what we call a “Take That”.

Meanwhile, Apple’s Black Friday circular has leaked a couple of days early, giving a glimpse at what Apple will have on offer. The deals are about the same as last year, though a little better on higher-end devices.

The deals on the Mac end cover the iMac, MacBook Air, and MacBook Pro, while the iPod nano and iPod touch are the discounted iPod offerings. The Macs will be $101 less, the iPads will go from $41-$61 discounts depending on capacity (16GB, 32GB, 64GB), the iPod nano will shave off $11 for both 8GB and 16GB storage sizes, the iPod touch will follow the iPad’s lead of bigger discounts for bigger capacities, ranging from $21-$41 discounts.

I’d be vaguely tempted if I had any money.

I’ll mention other e-reader deals if I see them.


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