Yesterday we mentioned the Kindle Fire deals, but we don't want the Nook fans to feel left out! Barnes and Noble is offering a free $20 B&N gift card when you purchase any one of their Nook HD and HD+ tablets or e-ink readers. This is good online or in-store. Online buyers will receive a $20 electronic gift card. Store buyers will receive a $20 plastic gift card. Limit five gift cards during this promotion which expires 9/2/13.
The prices are good on their own, before you even consider the $20 gift card. The 9-inch Nook HD+ with its memory card slot (unlike the iPad/Nexus/Kindle tablets) goes for $150 and it may not be a bad idea as a photographer's "assistant" or portable portfolio. The latest Nooks now have official access to the Google Play store, so you can use your existing Android apps and not have to worry about the Nook app system. The Google Play access will come when you turn on the device and it looks for the latest firmware update.
There is some confusion as to the future of Barnes and Noble tablets, but having access to Google Play inoculates against most of the risks since you can use the Google Play apps and ignore the Nook apps ecosystem.