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New Nook Simple Touch Reader review

Is the new $139 Nook a Kindle killer? Not exactly, but it does have some distinct advantages over Amazon's e-reader and it may just be the best e-ink reader on the market--for the moment anyway. Read CNET's full review of the new Nook.

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Executive Editor David Carnoy has been a leading member of CNET's Reviews team since 2000. He covers the gamut of gadgets and is a notable reviewer of mobile accessories and portable audio products, including headphones and speakers. He's also an e-reader and e-publishing expert as well as the author of the novels Knife Music, The Big Exit and Lucidity. All the titles are available as Kindle, iBooks, Kobo e-books and audiobooks.
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The new $139 Nook hits Barnes & Noble stores Thursday, and preorders are already shipping. Sarah Tew/CNET

Is the new Nook better than the Kindle? That's what a lot of people are asking and the short answer--at least at this moment--is arguably yes.

No, it doesn't have an audio jack for MP3 music playback or a built-in basic Web browser, but it does have one thing the Kindle doesn't: a touch-screen interface--and it's a good one.

How does the new Nook perform compared with the Kindle?

Read the full review of the 2011 Nook to find out.