Nook Simple Touch GlowLight Review

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Looking for an ereader with an integrated light? Barnes & Noble's Nook with GlowLight is the way to go. The Nook's screen is top drawer regardless, but the added feature lets users adjust the lighting to suit any environment. Overall performance is spot-on.

Nook Simple Touch GlowLight reviews confirm that this is the most well-rounded ereader for less than $100. It comes with desirable extras, such as a built-in light and touchscreen, even as the price remains in budget territory without the imposition of ads. The adjustable LED lighting is roundly praised in CNET's review for its even distribution across the display and enabling nighttime reading while others slumber away. This Nook now sets the standard for screens with light, the expert asserts, explaining that contrast remains sharp and text is nicely dark. Top Ten Reviews concludes that the Nook Simple Touch GlowLight (starting at $99, Amazon) is one of the best ereaders around. This review raves about the ergonomics (e.g., soft-touch coating) and silky edge lighting, but says the display contrast is a tad softer than some competing models although so subtly off it's noticeable only in a side-by-side comparison. Many user reviews mention a bigger problem with the Nook Simple Touch GlowLight: a small tear or hole that develops and allows bright light to leak through the screen. More common, though, are positive remarks about the responsive touchscreen, speedy page turns, or long battery life.

The hardware for the Nook Simple Touch GlowLight is nearly identical to that of the basic Nook but for one big difference: the light, which illuminates the entire display so users can read in low-light conditions. The Nook sports a six-inch E Ink Pearl screen (with an anti-glare protector) and offers six fonts at seven sizes; the touch feature is augmented by traditional navigation buttons. The device includes 2GB of internal memory, with about 1GB available for storage; a microSD card slot accepts cards up to 32GB. The Simple Touch GlowLight supports wireless connections and the rechargeable battery lasts up to a full month with the GlowLight on or two months with it off, assuming the Wi-Fi connection is used sparingly. The Nook supports the EPUB format as well as PDFs and JPG, GIF, PNG, and BMP image formats. It weighs less than 7 ounces.

The Nook Simple Touch GlowLight is the top full-featured ereader on the market given its just-shy-of-$100 price tag. The similar Amazon Kindle Paperwhite has comparable features and performance but costs quite a bit more. A stellar performer, the Nook with GlowLight is easy to read, easy to use, and worth a few extra pennies.

Michael Sweet

Michael Sweet writes about consumer electronics. If something runs on electricity or ones and zeroes, he's interested in it. Sweet has written about PC technology and consumer electronics for 14 years.

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