Barnes & Noble Nook Simple Touch with GlowLight
Barnes & Noble's self-illuminated e-ink reader just got a $20 price drop, bringing it to just $99 -- that's also $20 cheaper than Amazon's competing Kindle Paperwhite. (The standard Nook remains available at $79, too.)
- Overall score: 8.7 (4.0 stars)
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Starting at: $79.99
The good: The integrated light in the Barnes & Noble Nook Simple Touch GlowLight displays uniformly across the high-contrast Pearl e-ink touch screen and is a killer feature for nighttime reading for couples who share a bed. The touch screen is ever so slightly more responsive, there's built-in Wi-Fi for direct access to the online Barnes & Noble store, an expansion slot for additional memory, and long battery life. The Nook supports e-book lending and EPUB loans from libraries, has no ads, and it offers some enhanced social networking features.
The bad: Like the Nook Simple Touch, this model has no support for audio, no 3G option, and no Web browser. The rubberized finish on the back of the device attracts fingerprints.
The bottom line: The Nook Simple Touch with GlowLight sets the standard for e-ink e-readers going forward and is well worth the extra money if you do a lot of nighttime reading.
July 22, 2013 12:02 PM PDT
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