Barnes & Noble Nook Simple Touch with GlowLight

The Good The integrated light in the Barnes & Noble Nook Simple Touch GlowLight displays uniformly across the high-contrast Pearl e-ink touch screen and is a killer feature for nighttime reading for couples who share a bed. The touch screen is ever so slightly more responsive, there's built-in Wi-Fi for direct access to the online Barnes & Noble store, an expansion slot for additional memory, and long battery life. The Nook supports e-book lending and EPUB loans from libraries, has no ads, and it offers some enhanced social networking features.

The Bad Like the Nook Simple Touch, this model has no support for audio, no 3G option, and no Web browser. The rubberized finish on the back of the device attracts fingerprints.

The Bottom Line The Nook Simple Touch with GlowLight sets the standard for e-ink e-readers going forward and is well worth the extra money if you do a lot of nighttime reading.

Editors' Rating
  • Design 9.0
  • Features 9.0
  • Performance 8.0
8.4 Overall

Compare

Barnes & Noble Nook Simple Touch with GlowLight
Barnes & Noble Nook Simple Touch with GlowLight
Kobo Aura One
Kobo Aura One
Amazon Kindle Oasis 2017 (32GB, 3G/4G)
Amazon Kindle Oasis (2017)
Amazon Kindle Paperwhite (2015)
Amazon Kindle Paperwhite (2015)
Amazon Kindle Voyage
Amazon Kindle Voyage
Price $119 MSRP $244 Amazon Marketplace $350 Amazon.com $120 Amazon.com $200 Amazon.com
Design
9
7
9
8
9
Features
9
8
9
9
9
Performance
8
8
9
8
8

Review

Barnes & Noble Nook Simple Touch with GlowLight

Editors' note (October 30, 2013): Barnes & Noble has replaced the 2012 model reviewed here with the updated Nook GlowLight, which retails for $119. Remaining stock of this older model can still be purchased for $99 while supplies last.

What's the No. 1 requested feature people want in an e-ink e-reader?

According to Barnes & Noble, it's an integrated light, which is why the company spent the last two years developing the $139 Nook Simple Touch with GlowLight. Except for a gray rather than black border around the edge, the new model looks identical to the standard $99 Nook Simple Touch. But it's slightly lighter, weighing 6.95 ounces instead of 7.48 ounces, and has an ever so slightly more responsive touch screen.

Continue Reading

Specs / Prices

  • MSRP $119
  • Brand Barnes & Noble
  • Wireless Connectivity IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n
  • Weight 6.95 oz
See full specs

Report errors

How To

​11 ways to get free or discount books for college

​11 ways to get free or discount books for college

​Download free e-books from your local library -- here's how

​Download free e-books from your local library -- here's how

Missed the Kindle update deadline? Here's how to update manually

Missed the Kindle update deadline? Here's how to update manually

What to look for in an e-reader

What to look for in an e-reader

Move everything from an old Kindle to your new Kindle

Move everything from an old Kindle to your new Kindle

How to change your Amazon Kindle's screensaver

How to change your Amazon Kindle's screensaver

Send PDFs to Kindle, via email

Send PDFs to Kindle, via email

How to read and listen to music, Facebook share on a Kindle

How to read and listen to music, Facebook share on a Kindle

Borrow ebooks from your local library... without even going there

Borrow ebooks from your local library... without even going there

How to back up Kindle purchases on your PC or Mac

How to back up Kindle purchases on your PC or Mac

Ebooks and e-readers: FAQ

Ebooks and e-readers: FAQ

Latest News