80

A good buy for anyone who's ever fought over lights-out time

80

The addition of GlowLight should add some extra utility for frequent travelers, insomniacs and the nocturnally inclined. And heck, if Barnes & Noble's marketing is to be believed, it might even save a marriage or two. The loss of contrast is certainly a bit of a compromise, though it's not likely to be a dealbreaker for most users. Pricing, on the other hand, might be. The Nook Simple Touch with GlowLight costs $139, a $40 premium over the light-free Nook Simple Touch -- which is admittedly priced to move compared to the $139 ad-less Kindle. Funny, $139 is also the price point the Simple Touch was selling for back when we used to call it the Nook WiFi. Odds seem pretty good that if you can wait until after the Mother's and Father's Day rushes, you can probably pick one of these up at a healthy discount.

If you (or your spouse) can't wait that long, however, the $40 extra is justified. After all, no longer being at the mercy of the sun's whims means lot more reading, and that's sort of the whole point of picking up a reader in the first place, right?

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Critic reviews

8.7
18 reviews
  • Display / readability
    8.3
  • Battery life
    8.1
  • Store and selection of titles
    8.2
  • Ease of use
    8.0
  • Document support
    8.0
  • Storage capacity
    8.3
  • Durability
    6.8
  • Design and form factor
    8.2
  • Portability (size / weight)
    8.5

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User reviews

8.6
8 reviews
8.0
Engadget Apr 24, 2012

The addition of GlowLight should add some extra utility for frequent travelers, insomniacs and the nocturnally inclined. And heck, if Barnes & Noble's numbers are to be believed, perhaps it will even save a marriage or two.

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9.0
Gizmodo Apr 24, 2012

As a gadget to use daily, this is the best eReader you can buy. The choice comes down to content. The Nook is a product by Barnes & Noble, and the company's breadth of selection compares well against Amazon's selection for its Kindle.

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9.0
New York Times Apr 24, 2012

If you’re willing to commit your e-book future to Barnes & Noble, this reader will make you happy — a realization that doesn’t require much meditation and incense.

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9.0
PC Mag Apr 24, 2012

An E Ink reader you can use in the dark? Yep. Barnes & Noble delivers the first ebook reader with edge lighting that really works. And it's a winner.

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9.0
Macworld Apr 27, 2012

At $139, the Nook Simple Touch with GlowLight is the best e-reader you can buy today. The built-in light makes for a compelling addition, and puts this speedy e-reader in a class by itself until other manufacturers play catch-up.

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8.0
CNET Apr 24, 2012

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.

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9.0
Time Apr 24, 2012

If you want an e-reader you can read in dim-to-nonexistent lighting without babysitting your battery, you want the new Nook. It’s the most usable, well-rounded, pleasing E Ink e-reader so far.

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8.0
SlashGear Apr 24, 2012

The NOOK Simple Touch with GlowLight delivers the best of e-paper and LCD: a paper-like reading experience with self-sufficiency in its lighting. That’s enough to make it a winner in our book.

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9.0
GottaBeMobile Apr 24, 2012

People who often find themselves wishing they could use their eReader in any lighting, including dark rooms, will find the GlowLight functionality worth the extra $40 over the original Nook Simple Touch.

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9.0
CNN Apr 24, 2012

While the Nook is better designed than its Amazon counterparts, at $139, it comes at a steeper price, existing in a range that's neither here nor there. ... That could make the Nook a harder sell for some, particularly for those locked into an ecosystem like Amazon's.

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8.0
TechRadar Nov 7, 2012

While navigation on the touchscreen could be a little smoother and a few issues need solving, we believe this is simple and convenient enough to convince technophobes everywhere of the huge benefits of e-readers.

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9.0
Digital Trends Apr 25, 2012

The Kindle may beat Nook slightly in a few areas, but when it comes down to it, nobody getting a Nook is going to walk away disappointed because it’s not a Kindle. And in many ways, the Nook is superior to Amazon’s market leader.

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9.0
IT Pro Portal Oct 3, 2012

The GlowLight punches back harder, with its edge lighting, ePUB compatibility, the microSD slot, better fonts, and its slightly lighter weight. And the edge lighting really is a very appealing, stand-out feature – and for all these reasons, the Nook Simple Touch GlowLight bags our Best Buy award.

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8.0
MSN Apr 24, 2012

At this point, the GlowLight is definitely worth a look if you're in the market for a new e-book reader.

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9.0
USA Today Apr 24, 2012

Barnes & Noble says a built-in reading light was the No. 1 requested feature since it unveiled Simple Touch. The inclusion of that feature in this latest device is great news for the many people who like to curl up in bed with a good book.

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9.0
st3ph3n st3ph3n

Its all about the glow light. Until the announcement of the Kindle Paperwhite, that set this reader apart from the rest. However, Kindles still will not open ePub files, but the Nook will. I've had two Sony readers in the past (PRS-600 and a PRS-950), and this just blows those out of the water....

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9.0
maximilianmann maximilianmann

The nook simple touch is a great device. I have a very special use for it, i rooted it and now it runs Android and a navigation software i use for Airplane navigation, the screen is just teriffic! I love this product, for reading i have a kindle touch but i like the nook better. JUst the...

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9.0
zerohalo zerohalo

The real question is, why get the Nook Glowlight instead of the Kindle Paperwhite? Expandable memory. The Nook has an SD card slot so I will never worry about running out of space. No ads. I don't want ads on my lock screen, or anywhere else. This thing costs more than $100, I don't want to see...

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7.0
MtnSloth MtnSloth

This has been one of my worst upgrade experiences ever. The bulk of my ebook library (now over a decade old) is in .pdb. While I've seen claims that I can download ePub files from eReader.com, I haven't been able to do so; and there has been no help from either eReader.com or BN.com. I could have...

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