Product Nook Simple Touch Glowlight
Specifications 6in e-ink touchscreen display, 2GB storage with 750MB reserved for content, backlit display with 167ppi resolution, two months battery life with backlight off, one month with backlight on, 3.5 hour charge time, supports Epub and PDF ebook formats, WiFi connectivity, microUSB port, microSD card slot, 165x127x12mm, 197g, black
THE RACE for this Christmas season's favourite ereader is on, and Barnes & Noble entered its contender into the British market last week with the Nook Simple Touch Glowlight, the bookstore company's first expansion outside the US.
With an e-ink display that is backlit so it can be used in the dark as well as in direct sunlight with no glare, the Nook Glowlight is set to compete against Amazon's Paperwhite Kindle and the much cheaper Kobo line of ereader devices.
The firm's first Nook ereader that it launched in October 2009 has been popular in the US and helped Barnes & Noble eat into Amazon's ebook market share. Now it's the UK's turn as the firm announced partnerships with UK retailers to sell its Nook devices and content from its range of 2.5 million digital titles.
Design and build
The Nook Simple Touch Glowlight has a distinctive soft touch material covering its backside and a good part of the 18mm bezel, which is 20mm wide at the top and bottom. While this makes it easy to grip and a feels pleasant in the hand, we have to admit that it also makes the Nook look a little cheap. The fact that it easily attracts smudge marks from fingertips doesn't do it any favours in terms of appearance.
Nevertheless, the Nook Glowlight is exceptionally light, weighing just under 200g, and as a result it is comfortable to hold in just one hand. If you don't care too much about style you're unlikely to be fazed by its cumbersome looks and distinctly average and not very flattering design.