The NOOK Simple Touch with GlowLight is ideal for anyone just starting out with eBooks, or for owners of the previous NOOK devices.

- Jen Edwards , TabletPCReview 

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.

- Jeffrey Van Camp , Digital Trends 

Reviews summary

8/10AVG.
RATING
Based on 21 reviews

Many people have said the the Nook Simple Touch with GlowLight is the device that the Amazon Kindle 4 with Wi-Fi should have been. It’s a basic e-book reader with a 6-inch e-ink screen that accepts all the typical modern e-book formats, plus it comes with built-in backlighting to allow pretty much anyone to truly read any time, anywhere. Even before the Nook Simple Touch was released to the market with built-in backlighting for the screen, it was already popular. And now, with the inclusion of simple built-in backlighting, it is even more closer to perfection.

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It features a 6-inch 600x800 pixel resolution touchscreen e-ink display. It may not seem like much on paper, but in reality its simplicity is what has led it to become so successful. Besides, the seemingly low-resolution screen is no hindrance and really doesn’t effect the experience all that much when it comes to reading e-books on the go. The reader accepts e-books in the ePub format and can even display media in the form of BMP, GIF,JPG, and PDF.

There is built-in 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi and up to 2 months of standby time on a single charge. Needless to say, you can be confident that it will always be ready when you’ve got some quiet time for reading. It’s a bit more expensive than the base model of the Amazon Kindle with Wi-Fi, but it’s a great way to go if you don’t want ads and want to read in low light.

Need To Know: Nook Simple Touch with GlowLight

1. Built-in 6-inch screen comes with built-in backlight to allow reading in the dark. (The Good)

2. Doesn’t come with ads unlike its main competitor. (The Good)

3. No extra features such as built-in speakers. (The Bad)

4. A bit more expensive than the competition. (The Bad)


Specs summary

Screen
6"

The NOOK Simple Touch with GlowLight's screen is 6 inches with 600 x 800 pixels resolution.

Processor
Unknown
OS

The tablet runs on the Other operating system (OS).

Camera
No
This model has no built-in camera. Sorry, no selfies.
Storage
2 GB

Internal memory is 2 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 32 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
1530mAh

The tablet is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 1530 mAh battery. Barnes & Noble's performance ratings are 60 days standby time, 30 hours reading.


Prices (Where to Buy)


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Reviews summary

8/10AVG.
RATING
Based on 21 reviews

Many people have said the the Nook Simple Touch with GlowLight is the device that the Amazon Kindle 4 with Wi-Fi should have been. It’s a basic e-book reader with a 6-inch e-ink screen that accepts all the typical modern e-book formats, plus it comes with built-in backlighting to allow pretty much anyone to truly read any time, anywhere. Even before the Nook Simple Touch was released to the market with built-in backlighting for the screen, it was already popular. And now, with the inclusion of simple built-in backlighting, it is even more closer to perfection.

Show more

It features a 6-inch 600x800 pixel resolution touchscreen e-ink display. It may not seem like much on paper, but in reality its simplicity is what has led it to become so successful. Besides, the seemingly low-resolution screen is no hindrance and really doesn’t effect the experience all that much when it comes to reading e-books on the go. The reader accepts e-books in the ePub format and can even display media in the form of BMP, GIF,JPG, and PDF.

There is built-in 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi and up to 2 months of standby time on a single charge. Needless to say, you can be confident that it will always be ready when you’ve got some quiet time for reading. It’s a bit more expensive than the base model of the Amazon Kindle with Wi-Fi, but it’s a great way to go if you don’t want ads and want to read in low light.

Need To Know: Nook Simple Touch with GlowLight

1. Built-in 6-inch screen comes with built-in backlight to allow reading in the dark. (The Good)

2. Doesn’t come with ads unlike its main competitor. (The Good)

3. No extra features such as built-in speakers. (The Bad)

4. A bit more expensive than the competition. (The Bad)

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A worthy gift for your loved ones

from Know Your Mobile ( )

Should you get a Nook SimpleTouch with GlowLight? If you’re in the market for a dedicated e-reader, than I would say, for most people, the SimpleTouch with GlowLight is an excellent choice.

Though I wish the SimpleTouch were a bit lighter and had a slightly more responsive touchscre... More

Should you get a Nook SimpleTouch with GlowLight? If you’re in the market for a dedicated e-reader, than I would say, for most people, the SimpleTouch with GlowLight is an excellent choice.

Though I wish the SimpleTouch were a bit lighter and had a slightly more responsive touchscreen, the pros far outweigh the cons. I love how rugged and damage-proof the SimpleTouch feels, the GlowLight screen works exceptionally well, and the battery lasts longer and the Nook store offers more content than I’ll ever reasonably need.

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8/10

The cheapest backlit ereader around

from PC Advisor ( )

Slightly chunkier than its rival Kindle but somehow lighter, the Nook Simple Touch GlowLight may have found itself a niche in the market. A simple interface makes it easy to use and the social integration with Facebook and Twitter is a fun feature. The GlowLight feature works well too.

Slightly chunkier than its rival Kindle but somehow lighter, the Nook Simple Touch GlowLight may have found itself a niche in the market. A simple interface makes it easy to use and the social integration with Facebook and Twitter is a fun feature. The GlowLight feature works well too.

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8/10

Sturdy, soft-touch texture, and gentle backlit display

from The Inquirer ( )

Barnes & Noble's Nook Glowlight is a sturdy ereader that will survive a few knocks and thus should last a long time. It's not the most high-end looking device on the market but does the job by offering a comfortable reading experience both in daylight and in the dark with its subtle and gentl... More

Barnes & Noble's Nook Glowlight is a sturdy ereader that will survive a few knocks and thus should last a long time. It's not the most high-end looking device on the market but does the job by offering a comfortable reading experience both in daylight and in the dark with its subtle and gently backlit display.

Though Barnes & Noble has developed an ergonomically pleasing ereader with the Nook Glowlight, along with a great online bookstore, the Glowlight is let down by its response times to touchscreen commands. And at £109, it's not the cheapest out there. We'd advise punters to see what Amazon's Kindle Paperwhite has to offer before buying.

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6/10

The edge lighting really is a very appealing, stand-out feature

from ITProPortal ( )

Either way, you really can’t go far wrong grabbing a Nook Simple Touch, or a Simple Touch GlowLight, when they arrive in October. Looking at Amazon’s line-up, for the same price as the GlowLight’s £109 tag, you can pick up a Kindle Touch with Wi-Fi. With the Kindle Touch,... More

Either way, you really can’t go far wrong grabbing a Nook Simple Touch, or a Simple Touch GlowLight, when they arrive in October. Looking at Amazon’s line-up, for the same price as the GlowLight’s £109 tag, you can pick up a Kindle Touch with Wi-Fi. With the Kindle Touch, you’re getting a sleeker design, slightly darker text, and of course Amazon's superior online store. However, 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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9/10

Superb GlowLight technology and EPUB support

from PC Pro ( )

The Nook does have a few weaknesses. There’s no audio support, which will be a turn-off for fans of audiobooks. The Nook has nothing to match Amazon’s X-Ray feature, and support for PDF reading is woeful. We loaded some manuals and magazine pages on the Simple Touch and found them unr... More

The Nook does have a few weaknesses. There’s no audio support, which will be a turn-off for fans of audiobooks. The Nook has nothing to match Amazon’s X-Ray feature, and support for PDF reading is woeful. We loaded some manuals and magazine pages on the Simple Touch and found them unreadable, with no support for pinch-to-zoom, panning or option to reflow the text.

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4.5/10

Recommended for anyone just starting out with eBooks, or for owners of the previous NOOK devices

from TabletPCReview ( )

The NOOK GlowLight is simply the best eInk reading device currently available. It's small and light, with expandable memory, outstanding battery life, and a lighted screen that makes it perfectly usable in all reading conditions, whether you're laying on the beach or curled up in bed. While it do... More

The NOOK GlowLight is simply the best eInk reading device currently available. It's small and light, with expandable memory, outstanding battery life, and a lighted screen that makes it perfectly usable in all reading conditions, whether you're laying on the beach or curled up in bed. While it doesn't have a web browser or any apps, it does offer a great reading experience.

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8/10

Fairly affordable, expansive ecosystem of books and newspapers, and lots of options to change your reading experience

from Good E-Reader ( )

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 po... More

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. When you have a family or are sleeping with a significant other this could cause drama with them wanting the light off. You could obviously bypass this by purchasing a book light or a case with a built in light. I was never a fan of these because it took away from the essence of an e-reader, in that they are supposed very light and portable.

One of my main concerns with this new lighting system is what happens if one of the LED lights burns out? I have yet to find any kind of replacement lights on the market and B&N has been fairly mum on the matter. It also goes without saying that Barnes and Noble does not actively sell their e-readers or tablets outside the USA. If you live in Canada, Australia, Europe, or anywhere else your best option is the premier e-reader store Shop e-Readers, that has plenty in stock.

In the end, this is a great e-reader for the price and the only one with a built in light. It really allows you to read anywhere and anytime. Unlike an LCD tablet, it will not burn your eyes and is the closest experience you will get to reading a real book. Digital content is also way cheaper than buying the physical book. Often a new release in hardcover format will cost $25 to $45, while the ebook often costs $9.99. Any book you buy from Barnes and Noble can be read on their official apps for iOS, Android, and many other operating systems.

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9.5/10

Even if you're not reading in complete darkness, it's wonderful in low-light situations

from Business Insider ( )

If you read a lot in the dark or low light, then yes, you should definitely buy the new Nook. It costs $139, which is $40 more than the cheapest Kindle Touch. But unlike the $99 Kindle Touch, you won't find ads on the new Nook. Plus Kindles don't offer built-in lighting (yet). I'd say it's defini... More

If you read a lot in the dark or low light, then yes, you should definitely buy the new Nook. It costs $139, which is $40 more than the cheapest Kindle Touch. But unlike the $99 Kindle Touch, you won't find ads on the new Nook. Plus Kindles don't offer built-in lighting (yet). I'd say it's definitely worth spending a little extra on the Nook for those benefits. If the GlowLight doesn't do it for you, Barnes & Noble will continue to sell the original Nook Simple Touch for $99. It's just as good as the Kindle Touch, and again, there aren't any ads.

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A great alternative to the Kindle and jump ahead of Amazon in a few ways

from Digital Trends ( )

At $140, the Nook Simple Touch with GlowLight is a bit pricy, considering the Nook Simple Touch is essentially the same unit sans a light for only $100. Either way, both are a great alternative to the Kindle and jump ahead of Amazon in a few ways. If you’re someone who might want to sideloa... More

At $140, the Nook Simple Touch with GlowLight is a bit pricy, considering the Nook Simple Touch is essentially the same unit sans a light for only $100. Either way, both are a great alternative to the Kindle and jump ahead of Amazon in a few ways. If you’re someone who might want to sideload ePub books or PDFs from your PC onto your e-reader, the Nook is much easier to use than the Kindle. If you can find a book on the Kindle, chances are it’s on the Nook as well. We like how small the Simple Touch with GlowLight (and without) is as well. 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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8.5/10

The interface is smartly designed

from Mashable ( )

Overall, Barnes & Noble Nook Simple Touch with GlowLight is a winner. It’s easy to setup (entering a Wi-Fi password is easy thanks to the touch screen), feels great in the hand, slips into my back pocket and holds thousands of books. The interface is smartly designed. I like the store d... More

Overall, Barnes & Noble Nook Simple Touch with GlowLight is a winner. It’s easy to setup (entering a Wi-Fi password is easy thanks to the touch screen), feels great in the hand, slips into my back pocket and holds thousands of books. The interface is smartly designed. I like the store design and how easy it is to buy things (pretty much a match for the Kindle store) and found the E Ink screen crisp and responsive. My only tiny criticism is the power button on the back. You use it to fully turn off the device (and turn it on) and it wiggles a bit too much for my taste. The good news is that, considering the battery life, it’s unlikely you’ll use it very often. If I were buying a new E Ink reader right now, I’d go for the Barnes & Noble Simple Touch with GlowLight. It’s slightly more affordable than the Kindle Touch (when you include the charger), feature-sensible and now has the killer enhancement: a built-in light.

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