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Barnes & Noble Nook Simple Touch with Glow Light eReader Review

While the new Nook's light does enable night reading, there is the predictable tradeoff in battery life.

May 07, 2012
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Reading Books

Reading books on the Nook SimpleTouch with Glow Light is a rewarding experience as far as eReaders go, because not only is the unit easy to hold, but it's exceptionally easy to control via the IR grid touchscreen. You can control it much like you would on a tablet, or you can use the buttons; whichever is easiest for you.

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If you decide that you need a larger font size, or different font altogether, you can access the menu to change either. There are 7 different font sizes to choose form, ranging from tiny, to ridiculously big.

Buying Books

Buying books on the Nook SimpleTouch with Glow Light is a relatively simple task. Once you've created a Barnes & Noble account complete with billing information and link it to your device, you will be able to access the store at any time that you have a WiFi connection. Once inside the eBook store, all you have to do is find the title you would like to purchase, and tap the "buy" or "download" icons. Your account will be billed automatically, and your download will begin immediately after your card clears.

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eBook Formats

Possibly the only drawback to the Nook SimpleTouch with Glow Light is the fact that it can only handle an extremely limited number of eBook formats, and a few image formats. Though you can always use a converter program like Calibre to convert your library to the ePub format, it's still difficult to reach the same level of available eBooks on the Barnes & Noble storefront in comparison to that of Amazon.

Newspapers & Magazines

You can also purchase issues and subscribe to periodicals of your choice through the Nook store. Simply tap the "purchase" icon on the main page to be taken to a selection of the periodicals available to you. Once you've found the issue or periodical you'd like to buy/subscribe to, you can tap the appropriate icon, and your account will be billed automatically. Once your card clears, your downloads (if applicable) will begin.

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Sections

  1. Introduction
  2. Product Tour
  3. Screen
  4. Battery & Controls
  5. eReader
  6. Barnes & Noble Nook Touch Comparison
  7. Amazon Kindle Touch Comparison
  8. Conclusion
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