Get a Barnes & Noble Nook Simple Touch for $49.99

Best Buy's deal of the day shaves $30 off the price of this popular (and versatile) touch-powered e-reader.

Get 'em while they're $49.99. They won't be for long.
Get 'em while they're $49.99. They won't be for long. Best Buy

Are you really going to take your tablet to the pool? The beach? The campground? Nah, for times like those, you want a simple e-reader, something that lets you read to your heart's content without all the typical tablet-powered distractions (I'm looking at you, Limbo ).

And why not keep a dedicated e-reader in your beach bag when you can score a great one for just $50? Today only, and while supplies last, Best Buy has the Barnes & Noble Nook Simple Touch for $49.99, shipped (plus sales tax). It's new, not refurbished, and normally priced at $79.99.

Sale-savvy readers will point out that Radio Shack stores were clearing these babies out for even less a couple of months ago, but availability was very limited.

There's not much I can tell you about the Simple Touch you don't already know. Gorgeous six-inch Pearl e-ink touch screen, 2GB of storage, microSD slot, Wi-Fi, etc.

What you may not know is that you can root the reader to become a full-fledged Android tablet (as described by Lifehacker), thus opening the door to certain apps that might be useful -- like, say, the Kindle app.

Indeed, if you're already vested in the Kindle ecosystem, you can also use a utility like Calibre to convert your Kindle books for Nook viewing -- no rooting required.

So, yeah, for around 50 bucks out the door, this is a pretty versatile little e-reader, even if you don't jump through any of the aforementioned hoops. Do yourself a favor: Turn off Honey Boo-Boo and pick up a good book. (If you haven't read "Gone Girl" yet, I highly recommend it. Speaking of which, what's on your summer reading list?)

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Bonus deal: In the market for a big monitor? TigerDirect has the AOC e2460sd 24-inch LED monitor for $129.99, plus around $12.50 for shipping. That's a very solid deal on such a big screen, which runs at 1,920x1,080 and features DVI and VGA inputs and a three-year warranty. And the user reviews are five stars almost across the board.

Bonus deal No. 2: I suspect these will sell out very quickly, but as of this morning, Newegg has the refurbished Creative D80 Bluetooth Speaker for $14.99, shipped. That's after redeeming a $10 mail-in rebate (PDF), which comes in the form of a prepaid debit card. It's not portable, but it might be the perfect addition to a bedroom or other small space where you want to crank some tunes from your phone or tablet. (No Bluetooth? No problem: It also has an aux-in jack.)

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