Get a Nook Simple Touch e-reader for $49.99

It's refurbished, but don't let that stop you from saving $50 on the price of a new one. Because you get the same one-year warranty.

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So, hey, remember Black Friday, when one of the big doorbuster deals at Target was a Nook Simple Touch e-reader for 50 bucks? Well, it's back, and you don't have to go anywhere near a door -- or a store, for that matter.

While supplies last, Walmart has the refurbished Barnes & Noble Nook Simple Touch e-reader for $49.99 shipped, plus sales tax where applicable.

Although it's a refurb, it's covered by a full one-year warranty, same as new Nooks. Speaking of which, this model sells new for $99.

True to its name, the Simple Touch relies on a touch screen for flipping e-ink pages, navigating menus, and so on. CNET rated it four stars and called it a "major advancement" over its predecessor.

There's an argument to be made, of course, that the e-reader's days are over, or at least seriously numbered, now that full-blown tablets like the Kindle Fire can be had for as little as $159.

On the other hand, many readers prefer an e-ink screen to one that's backlit, as the former is not only easier on the eyes, but also far better for outdoor reading (i.e., pool, beach, patio, etc.). Plus, you don't have all the distractions afforded by a tablet (e-mail, Words with Friends, etc.); it's just you and your book.

And make no mistake: $50 is not the same as $159. Or $199. At this price, I expect Walmart will burn through its inventory fairly quickly. So if you're looking for a gift for yourself or someone else, I'd grab this quick.


Bonus deal: I love rechargeable batteries, especially when they're cheap. Today only, and while supplies last, Woot Sellout has the iGo Charger with 12 AA and 4 AAA batteries for $19.99, plus $5 for shipping. The charger can handle up to eight batteries at a time. I grabbed a similar set a while back, and they've been great.

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