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Barnes & Noble chops e-reader prices for Father's Day

For a limited time, the Nook Simple Touch is available for $79 while the Nook Color drops to $149 if you use your MasterCard.

To get the $20 discount, you have to use a MasterCard credit card. Barnes & Noble

As it did in the days leading up to Mother's Day, Barnes & Noble is chopping $20 off its Nook Simple Touch e-ink e-reader and the Nook Color tablet for Father's Day. The only catch is that you have to use a MasterCard credit card to get the discount.

Barnes & Noble has run a similar promotion with MasterCard in the past. You can now pick up the Nook Simple Touch for $79 and the Nook Color for $149. The sale runs until June 17 and is available in stores and online at

Alas, there's no discount yet on the newer $139 Nook Simple Touch with GlowLight, which earned a CNET Editors' Choice award. The Nook Color is also an older model that came out in 2010 and doesn't have the faster processor of the $199 Nook Tablet.

Barnes & Noble has discounted the Nook Simple Touch to $79 a couple times before, but that price point is the lowest for a touch-screen e-reader and matches Amazon's highly rated non-touch Kindle 2011 with Special Offers, which costs $79 and is ad-supported.

CNET readers frequently point out that you can get refurbished Nook e-readers at nicely discounted prices. A quick look at Google shows that most refurbished Nook Simple Touch units are selling for $79. At times you may see them for less, but right now $79 seems to be the low price.

Note: Video below is for the more expensive Nook Simple Touch with GlowLight.

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