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Barnes and Noble Nook Touch Edition eReader Review

Overall, the Barnes and Noble Nook Touch Edition eReader does one thing and does it exceptionally well.

June 21, 2011
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Reading Books

Reading books on the Nook Touch is a great experience, as the latest generation of eReaders with eInk screens have seemed to eschew physical controls in favor of a touch screen. We find that it feels a bit more natural to swipe our finger across the screen than to mash buttons on the side of the unit. If you absolutely need buttons, the raised parts of the rubber bezel are actually physical controls that you can use to turn pages if you choose, but we believe you'll probably stick to the touch screen, especially if you're used to reading eBooks on an iPad or iPod touch.

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A simple interface is a good interface

One of the claims Barnes & Noble gave us in their press release earlier in June was actually correct, as the "dip to black" effect was greatly minimized when turning pages. It did show up every once and a while, but even then it was greatly shortened. Kudos, Barnes & Noble!

Buying Books

The online eBook store for the Nook Touch is fairly extensive and easy to use. It is a bit slow to search for items, but the touch screen keyboard allows for easy browsing and you won't have to worry about being limited to a small set of bad controls.

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Behold, the Nook Shop
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eBook Formats

Because of the Nook Touch's marriage to the Barnes & Noble eBook store, you will find it a bit difficult to get the books you want on your eReader if they aren't in the store. You can always use the Calibre software to convert your other files, but this can be slow-going.

If you would like to transfer files from your computer, you must make sure that they are.pdf,.txt,.epub, or the Barnes & Noble proprietary format.

Newspapers & Magazines

Once you've set up your Nook account with Barnes & Noble, you can browse the newsstand, which is home to the eBook versions of about 80 newspaper and magazine titles.

eBook Battery Life

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Sections

  1. Introduction
  2. Product Tour
  3. Screen
  4. Battery & Controls
  5. eReader
  6. Amazon Kindle Keyboard Wi-Fi Comparison
  7. Barnes & Noble Nook Color Comparison
  8. Kobo eReader Wireless Comparison
  9. Conclusion
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