Barnes & Noble Nook Simple Touch
If you're buying for someone who's not an Amazon Prime member, Barnes & Noble's Nook e-readers are a good choice. The company's 2011 e-ink reader is just $79, and -- unlike the Kindle -- there are no ads. But if you're looking for the latest 2013 self-illuminated GlowLight model, you're going to need to spend $119.
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Starting at: $59.99
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.
October 31, 2013 3:28 PM PDT
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