"Excellent ereader"on by GSOgymrat
Pros Size, weight, screen clarity, ease of use
Cons Needs to be connected to a computer to download public library books
Summary I have an iPad 2 and use the Nook app but it is not good for reading outside due to glare and I worry about leaving an $700 device poolside when I go in the water. I decided to try the Nook Simple Touch for a trip to the beach and it has exceeded my expectations. It is very light and the shape of the back with the rubberized surface feels great. I can hold it in either hand for hours and just turn pages with my thumb. It is small enough to fit in the pocket of my cargo shorts. Buying books is simple. I have also downloaded books from my local public library, although you do have to connect the Nook to a computer for that. Nook has "shelves" so you can organize your books. I have posted comments on books to Facebook, reviewed books and lended books with no problem. Battery life is excellent, especially if you turn off the wifi when you are not using it. You get perks if you take your Nook into Barnes and Noble, such as reading their ebook library for free for a hour. I still love my iPad other stuff but for reading I use my Nook.
Pros Lightweight, easy to use touchscreen, comfortable to hold with how the back of the Nook is molded with a hand hold.
Cons None at the moment!
Summary I recently purchased this and I love it. My wife has a Kindle which is very good but the touch screen is what sold me on the new Nook. It's very easy to use and easy to hold. The ebooks that I'm interested in are the same price on either Amazon or B&N so that wasn't an issue for me. The screen is actually slightly larger than the Kindles but only slightly. I'm completely satisfied with the font choices and other setting options. B&N did a great job with this one and I'd highly recommend it.
Pros Excellent reading. Acts like a complete bookshelf. Excellent battery life.
Cons Requires a computer to download library books - a minimal negative. No provision to replace the battery (a personal problem as that is now almost the standard).
Summary I love it!
Pros Excellent battery life
Easy to read screen
Comfortable to hold
Easy to use
Well thought out design for its defined purpose
Cons Needs better interface for pdf files.
A zoom feature would be nice.
Summary This is the best e-reader available today.First device froze on system restart within the first month. Unfortunately there is no way to reboot the software if a 12 sec hold of the on/off button does not work. I am worried that the designers do not have a way to really reboot, or at least pull out the battery. My replacement only took 2 days to arrive. Keeping fingers crossed.
As a B&N customer you can purchase with a free SD card containing 100 classic books.
You can't go wrong
Updated on Aug 9, 2011
"Great new e-reader!"on by gbar2
Pros Lightweight, easy to use, great battery life, touch screen is fast and easy.
Cons None so far.
Summary This is a great "simple" e-reader. I just replaced my original Nook with this one. As soon as I saw it in the store I came home and listed my Nook for sale (couldn't see buying a new one unless I sold the old one). This new version does not have all the bells and whistles and that was exactly what I was looking for. I don't need the web, I don't listen to music on an e-reader and I hated the touch screen at the bottom on the original Nook. It's a great size and so easy to use. I wasn't sure if I would like the touch screen but I do (was afraid it would be too sensitive). I subtracted half a star because the first time I was reading the device froze on me and I was unable to do anything for an hour. Hoping that was just a small glitch and that it will not happen again.