Barnes and Nobels Nook: The Simple Touch Reader

by AJ

Barnes and Nobels Nook is certainly competing well against the Amazon Kindle! And now they have introduced The Simple Touch eReader.

Barnes and Noble Simple Touch eReader

Touch Screen Technology comes to The Nook

Sony's ereaders have had touch screen technology for awhile now, and finally Barnes and Noble have caught up with their All-new Nook, which they are calling The Simple Touch Reader.

Early reviews of Nook's new eReader, is hailing it as a superior device when compared to the Kindle Wi-Fi, which retails at the same price of $139.

Barnes and Nobels All-New Nook: The Simple Touch Reader

The Simple Touch eReader
The Simple Touch eReader

New features on the Simple Touch eReader

Reduced "ghosting"

The All-New Nook(TM): The simple Touch Reader just for $139 - Buy Now at Barnes & Noble!

e-ink is at risk of "ghosting" but Nook now incorporates anti-flashing technology, which cuts down on the annoying ghosting effect that appears when you change page.The Nook also uses the same 6-inch Pearl e-ink screen as the Amazon third generation Kindle.

The compact Simple eReader is coated with soft-touch paint, which gives the device a smotth rubberized feel.

Barnes and Nobel have used zForce Infrared Touch technology to create a touchscreen, which should make navigation easier and instead of having the keyboard buttons located under the screen, the software keyboard only appears on the screen when you need it. Unlike the Kindle, which is yet to introduce a touch screen for this price.

And because there's no buttons, this means that the new Nook is reduced in size and is shorter and looks "squatter" when compared to the Kindle.

Although the Kindle offers 3GB of storeage, compared to the Nook's 2GB, unlike the Kindle, the Nook has a microSD card slot, enabling you to expand the storage to up to 32GB.

But it is the "staggeringly long battery life" as commented on by ZDNET that also gives the new Nook another edge over its rivals, with Barnes and Nobel claiming that the battery can last for two months with the Wi-Fi off. Something that the KIndle cannot match.

For those who want to be sociable with their eReaders, Nook Friends allows Nook owners to lend and borrow books from each other, that they can comment on to each other if they wish.

Nook Simple Touch eReader Features

What you get

* Touch screen with responsive zForce infrared touch technology

* 6-inch Pearl e-ink screen

* Change the size of the text

* Change the syle of the font

* FastPage allows fast scanning through a book or magazine

* Free Wi-Fi wireless connectivity

* 2GB of onboard storage

* MicroSD card expansion slot, add up to 32GB additional storage

* 800MHz OMAP 3 processor by Texas Instruments

* Battery charge can last up to two months

* Runs on modified version of Android 2.1 (no Android apps available, however)

Size and weight:
Dimensions: 6.5 x 5 x 0.47 inches
Weight: 7.48 ounces (212 grams)

Price: $139

Side view of the Simple Touch eReader

Only half an inch thick!
Side view of the Simple Touch eReader
Side view of the Simple Touch eReader

Key Benefits of buying a Nook

* The new Barnes and Nobel Simple eReader supports EPUB, PDF, Adobe DRM, which will allow e-book borrowing from your local library

* Reads JPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP graphic files

* 2 million titles available: books, magazines & newspapers

* Free Nook reading apps so you can carry on reading on your smart phone or PC

* Personalize your nook with screensavers suppied or download your own photos

* NOOK Friends™ allows you to connect with other Nook owners so you can share books and discover new titles. NOOK Friends™ allows you to see your friends’ favorite books and what they're recommending. Barnes and Noble's exclusive LendMe® technology allows you to swap books between Nooks.

New Nook Reviews

What the reviewers are saying about the new Barnes and Noble Nook

"All in all, it seems responsive and really pretty zippy for an e-ink device" - CNET

When comparing the touchscreen Nook with the new Kobo ereader and the third generation Kindle, PC World said : "With a sleek design and solid features, the Barnes & Noble touchscreen Nook is the standout e-reader out of the bunch."

ZDNET said:

"Barnes & Noble says that the latest Nook can run for two months with Wi-Fi off. That blows the current Kindle out of the water,"

Updated: 02/24/2014, AJ
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ohcaroline on 08/12/2011

I don't own an ereader presently; but this information can help make an educated decision when that time comes to buying one. Thanks.

AJ on 07/07/2011

I'm really glad you learned something new from this page :)

theherbivorehippie on 07/06/2011

I'm so glad I read this. I have Kindle on my phone but I've been torn on whether to buy a Kindle or a Nook but I don't know anyone who has a Nook. I love that I now know these have a microSD card slot. This is something I didn't know!

Susan52 on 06/10/2011

I'm still happy with my original Kindle, but I would certainly consider a Nook in the future.

AJ on 06/08/2011

Yes, as I say under "Key Benefits of Buying a Nokk", you can choose from a range of screensavers or personalise with your own photo :)

someone unknown on 06/08/2011

can you change the screensaver?

nightbear on 06/03/2011

Great Review. I need to make a decision.

pkmcr on 06/03/2011

Nice review and some additional information which compliments another review I have seen. I think the Nook makes a nice alternative to a Kindle for those looking for something a little different from their eBook Reader

vikksimmons on 06/03/2011

I love my KIndles but the new Nook commercials are terrific. I think my daughter picked up a Nook at Christmas. I'll have to check hers out.

poddys on 06/03/2011

Sounds pretty good to me. I don't have a use for one - not right now, but it does seem as if the Kindle type eBook readers are here to stay.

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