Barnes & Noble Nook Simple Touch

The Good The 2011 Nook is a compact and lightweight e-book reader with a responsive high-contrast Pearl e-ink touch screen that offers quick page turns. It's got built-in Wi-Fi for direct access to the online Barnes & Noble store, an expansion slot for additional memory, and long battery life (up to two months). The Nook supports e-book lending and EPUB loans from libraries, and it offers some enhanced social networking features.

The Bad The 2011 Nook has no support for audio, no 3G option, and no Web browser. The rubberized finish on the back of device attracts fingerprints.

The Bottom Line The new touch-screen Nook is a major advancement over its predecessor and offers some real advantages over the 2010 Kindle.

Editors' Rating
  • Design 9.0
  • Features 7.0
  • Performance 8.0
8.3 Overall

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Barnes & Noble Nook Simple Touch

Editors' note: The rating on this product has been lowered from 8.3 to 8.0 in response to competitive changes to market. Potential buyers should also check out the Nook Simple Touch with GlowLight. It adds an illuminated screen, but is otherwise nearly identical to the Simple Touch e-reader reviewed here. Readers should also note that the "Kindle" this product is compared to in the text is the 2010 version of that product, not the newer 2012 version. See Kindlevs. Nook vs. iPad: Which e-book reader should you buy? for more information.

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.

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Specs / Prices

  • MSRP $79
  • Brand Barnes & Noble
  • Wireless Connectivity IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n
  • Weight 7.48 oz
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