Barnes & Noble Nook Simple Touch
If Dad prefers to hang out at the local Barnes & Noble, the basic Nook Simple Touch may be a better choice than the Kindle. And unlike the slightly cheaper Kindle, the $79 Nook has a touch-screen -- and no ads. (The GlowLight version costs $40 more.)
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Starting at: $39.99
The good: The 2011 Nook is a compact and lightweight e-book reader with a responsive high-contrast Pearl e-ink touch screen that offers quick page turns. It's got built-in Wi-Fi for direct access to the online Barnes & Noble store, an expansion slot for additional memory, and long battery life (up to two months). The Nook supports e-book lending and EPUB loans from libraries, and it offers some enhanced social networking features.
The bad: The 2011 Nook has no support for audio, no 3G option, and no Web browser. The rubberized finish on the back of device attracts fingerprints.
The bottom line: The new touch-screen Nook is a major advancement over its predecessor and offers some real advantages over the 2010 Kindle.
May 5, 2013 10:10 PM PDT
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