Barnes & Noble Nook Simple Touch with GlowLight

According to Barnes & Noble, the most requested feature of people in an e-book reader is an integrated light. This amidst the fact that a lot of ebook reader manufacturers sell their products chiefly on the basis of their readability under bright sunlight, and that the inability of the ebook readers to read in the dark has been always a given weakness of those kinds of devices. The solution resides mainly on simply buying a clip on light or case that has a built in flip out light. Having found what people wants most, the company then proceeds to spend a good part of the last two years in developing a reader that can do just that. The result is the Barnes & Noble Nook Simple Touch with GlowLight, which the name suggests, is an e-book reader with a built-in illuminator.

Compared to the Nook Simple Touch that costs around $99, the difference in design seems to extend only on the border going around the edges with the Simple Touch with GlowLight having it in gray while the previous model has a black one. In addition, the Simple Touch with GlowLight is slightly lighter at only around 6.95 ounces instead of 7.48 ounces of the Simple Touch despite the fact that it now has a built-in set of lights. It also seems to have a slightly more responsive touch screen than its predecessor.

As mentioned earlier, the Barnes & Noble Nook Simple Touch with GlowLight is lighter than the previous Nook Simple Touch. It only weighs around 6.95 ounces, which is also lighter than the Kindle Touch Wi-Fi. The GlowLight has also been coated with soft touch paint on the back similar to its predecessor, which gives it a rather smooth and rubberized feel. However, although the grip is enhanced, the coating does give opportunities for finger smudges to show on the device so the user has to frequently wipe down the back.

As for the integrated lights themselves, Barnes & Noble though is not the first to integrate a light into an e-ink e-reader. It has been outpaced by Sony, which developed its PRS-700 reader before that. However, when it goes down to it, it seems that the Barnes & Noble is the first company to do it in a truly successful manner. Although there is still some light unevenness to it since the top where the lights originate is brighter, overall there is a uniformity unlike in the case of the Sony device wherein the users complained not so much in the lack of light uniformity per se but on the lack of contrast when the lights on the device are on.

The glow technology of the Barnes & Noble Nook Simple Touch with GlowLight isn’t really from backlight but rather from LEDs that were positioned at the front – or rather front-lighting. The lights are activated and shut off easily by simply holding down the Nook button on the front. The lights can also be dimmed and a brightness of around 50 percent is okay with reading in a dark room. In addition, the lights actually fade on and fade off, which is a nice touch and more elegant and convenient solution of light distribution across the display compared to simply using clip on lights.

In terms of text contrasts when the light is on, there is indeed some slight dulling of letters on the GlowLight compared to the Simple Touch Nook but overall, the user really has to look for the difference to even notice. The letters are still very nicely readable. Another interesting feature of the GlowLight is that it has its screen protector installed on the device – laminated in fact – making it the first (perhaps) ebook device to do just that. As to the performance, it seems that there is no major difference between the GlowLight and the previous model.

Aside from the integrated lights that is really a major upgrade from the previous Nook model, the Nook Simple Touch with GlowLight delivers pretty much the standard features expected from an e-ink e-book reader. It has a 6-inch in diagonal display with Pearl e-ink touch-screen, Wi-Fi, social media sharing features, and uses a rechargeable battery via Micro-USB port. The reader supports the more open EPUB and PDF formats.

Overall, the Barnes & Noble Nook Simple Touch with GlowLight is a huge benefit to the ebook reader fans and embodies how ebook readers of today has come so far from the first devices that were released.

Barnes & Noble Nook Simple Touch with GlowLight Price in Singapore Dollar (SGD): Approximately S$ 180.00

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Could you kindly let me know where or how get I buy a Nook Simple Touch with GlowLight in Singapore?
    Please help me! Thanks A Lot!

  2. I am also visiting in Singapore soon and want to buy Nook siple Touch during my visit, but difficult to find address. Please help me and tell the address of the shop.
    Thank you

  3. I imported a few sets, selling them at $240 contact me at if you are interested.

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