Summary: With good reason, when Barnes & Noble was ready to unveil the Nook Simple Touch with GlowLight it skipped the pomp and circumstance it usually reserves for Nook product launches. There was no splashy press conference this time out; just one-on-one meeting with members of the press. The company says this was because the GlowLight technology doesn't translate as well in a press conference-type setting.
Pros: GlowLight works as promised, Lighter than its predecessor, Expandable memory
Cons: Loss of contrast for onscreen text, $40 premium for GlowLight functionality, No 3G option
Conclusion: Thanks to plenty of upgrades, a new lower price, no ads, and a laser-sharp focus on the reading experience, the refreshed Barnes & Noble Nook Simple Touch remains our Editors' Choice for best budget ebook reader.
Pros: Inexpensive. No ads. Excellent touch-screen experience. Faster page refreshes. Access to over 2 million books, newspapers, and magazines.
Barnes and Noble Nook Simple Touch with Glowlight Review
Good E-Book Readers
10 December 2011
Conclusion: The Nook Simple Touch with Glowlight really raises the bar on e-reading in 2012. It is the only device on the market that allows you to read comfortably in low-light conditions. Personally I do most of my reading at night when I am going to sleep. In the past, I needed the lamp to be on and be positioned in such as way that the e-reader was facing the light source so I can read without any shadows.
Pros: The ability to read in the dark, Expansive ecosystem of books and newspapers, Lots of options to change your reading experience, Fairly affordable
Cons: Most B&N stores are completely out of stock, No internet browser via the Search Menu
Excerpt: With an eye towards enlightening night-time, dark hidey-holes and that closet Harry was stuffed into, Barnes and Noble has added LEDs to their Simple Touch eReader, to form the verbosely named Nook Simple Touch, with GlowLight . Hardware-wise, not much has changed outside of the patent-pending technology that provides light over the top of the screen, vs. behind it, as is the case with its fully backlit LCD counterpart, the Nook Color .
Conclusion: The Barnes & Noble New Nook is one of our top picks among ereaders. It has a Pearl E Ink screen with a very well done touch user interface, it’s fast, it supports all manner of ePub with and without DRM, and it’s small and lightweight. The every sixth page turn refresh will please those who hate the flash to black during page turns (you’ll see it only every sixth page), but the drawback is a slightly less white background due to ghosting.
Pros: Sharp Pearl E-Ink display, great touch experience, great battery life, small and light.
Cons: WiFi shortens battery life considerably, some light ghosting of text.