"Fantastic dedicated ereader"4.5 starson by toomath
Pros: - Glow light is wonderful - even, soft light. This solves the one major problem with e-ink readers for me.
- Very small and light, even with a B&N case. No wrist or finger/thumb strain.
- Crisp, sharp text that is easy on the eyes.
Cons: - Battery life with glow light is short.
Summary: This device fills a niche that I think will become increasingly important. Though the trend has been toward one device that can do everything, people are starting to figure out that reading - really reading, as in real books - is a unique activity that requires a different interface than surfing the web or playing Angry Birds. .If you read a lot, and read entire books, the iPad/Android/mythical Microsoft tablet is too heavy and the screen causes eyestrain over long periods of time. Even a kindle fire or a Nook color can be too heavy for extended reading.
The simpletouch with glowlight is the first dedicated ereader I've seen that makes sense to buy in addition to an iPad or larger multifunction tablet. It's so light and small, you barely notice it's in your bag. And it's easy on the hands. The addition of a built-in light, the big differentiator with the kindle, makes it comfortable to read anywhere.
Bottom line: if you actually read, this is indispensable. If you're a casual, occasional reader, you're probably good sticking with a multifunction tablet.