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Review: Nook Simple Touch(TM) with GlowLight(TM)

Just one of thousands of titles you can buy at the Nook store

Nook Simple TouchTM with GlowLightTM


Unless you haven’t turned on a television or walked into a store, you’ve probably both seen and heard Christmas is coming. So what to get that voracious reader on your list (or yourself if you’re the voracious reader)? The Nook Simple Touch with GlowLight is an excellent option.

What’s great about it

The experience begins with the box. Whoever designed it put in the thought and care typical of Apple products. The box opens easily. The Nook is well displayed and easy to remove. It comes with a cord to plug into the computer with an adaptor at the end to plug into the wall for charging, both tucked below with no space wasted.

The device itself feels great in your hands. Its small, light, and has a nice rubbery back. The text is dark and crisp. The pages are easy to flip pages both backwards and forward with a quick tap of the screen with your thumbs or the push of a physical button that can be customized. The pages turn quickly and smoothly. The screen is very responsive—but not over responsive—so it turns when you want to but not when you don’t. The onscreen keypad is easy to use and accurate.

The Glow Light is what really makes this shine. The light is easy to turn on and off with either the home button or an onscreen control with a nice range of adjustments so you can decide how bright you want it. It’s as easy to read at night with the light on as it is to read during the day. The battery life is great allowing you to read several books—with the light on—before you need to charge.

And the ability to read any Nook book free for up to an hour per day in the local Barnes and Noble store in Idaho Falls is a nice addition to make sampling all the easier so you truly can try before you buy. And the store offers free technical support.

What could be improved

There are a couple of areas that could use tweaking. The page turn buttons are hard to push. The menu system is a little awkward with two levels of menus. It would be nice to access your library from a touch screen menu. But these are small matters that do little to take away from the enjoyable reading experience.

Overall verdict

If you love to read, this is an excellent device. It feels great in your hands, is reasonably priced, and lets you lose yourself in your books day and night.


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