Thinking of buying a smaller tablet soon?

At the Google I/O developer conference today, the search company confirmed recently ubiquitous rumors by announcing its very own Nexus 7 tablet, which will run on a brand new version of its Android mobile operating system: Android 4.1, nicknamed Jelly Bean. Specs for the tablet , which will be manufactured by Asus, include a 1,280 x 800 HD display, a quad-core Tegra 3 processor, a 12-core GPU, and 1GB of RAM.

Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 tablet and Galaxy Player 4.2 portable media player have finally been released in the United States and on sale now priced at $399.99 and $199.99, respectively.

Target has announced it will stop selling Kindles in its stores, depriving shoppers of one of the few venues in which they can look at and use Amazon’s tablets and e-book readers before they buy one. The chain’s move seems to have been driven by so-called “show-rooming,” the industry term for the practice of consumers viewing products in retail stores before buying them online.

Barnes & Noble today discounted its Nook Simple Touch and Nook Color models by $20. The sale, in effect until May 12, turns what were already fine values into some of the best bargains ever for a black-and-white and color e-book reader, respectively. The Nook Simple Touch will sell for $79 in the sale, down from $99.

Samsung is making sure its tablets run the gamut, from large to small and from expensive to low-cost. Its latest entry, the Galaxy Tab 2 7.0, is an update to its original 7-inch tablet. It’s also the most inexpensive Galaxy Tab yet, at $250 with 8GB of storage

Barnes & Noble announced today that it would split off its digital-book business and give Microsoft a 17.6-percent stake in the new unit, resulting in a $300 million investment by the computing giant. This announcement could be good news for consumers, since it may help the bookseller in competing with Amazon in e-book readers and the content and services sold for them. The new funds, say analysts, should bolster B&N in its pitched battle for market share in e-books with Amazon—and that cutthroat competition has been excellent for buyers of e-books and e-book devices over the past few years

Barnes & Noble today launched a new $139 version of its Nook Simple Touch e-book reader with a lighted E Ink screen that promises to allow you to read while your sleeping spouse lies undisturbed. After looking at the device in a darkened press-preview room (see our video above), along with Consumer Reports test engineer Rich Fisco, I think the new Nook promises to offer the most elegant solution yet to the night-time e-reading dilemma in many marriage beds—including my own.

Amazon announces it will lower e-book prices

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Following yesterday’s news of the Department of Justice suit against Apple and a group of major publishers for e-book price fixing, Amazon.com announced it would cut prices on its e-books. The cost of a popular title could fall from $14.99 to as low as $9.99. According to the DOJ, the accused publishers secretly colluded with Apple to set e-book retail prices.

Today’s electronics deals, courtesy of The Consumerist : Best Buy : Samsung Vitality 3G Android Phone for $40 + pickup at Best Buy Dell Home : Dell Home: 15% off refurb Dell laptops, $125 off Inspiron ONE AIO Desktops Entertainment Toys R Us : Final Fantasy XIII-2 Xbox 360, PS3 $34.99 + $5.14 ship Amazon : $2 Amazon MP3 Store Credit for free Neither Consumer Reports nor The Consumerist receive anything in exchange for featuring these deals; the posts are intended to be purely informational. These deals are often fleeting, with prices changing or products becoming unavailable as the day progresses.