When NOOK launched the Simple Touch eReader, it was one more rival to the indisputable leader on the market, the Amazon Kindle. Now Nook, amongst others (including Currys and Sainsburys), has cut the price of the device to £29, a 63 per cent discount off its previous selling price of £79.
Note that the price reduction is a limited time offer in support of the Evening Standard's literacy initiative, Get London Reading.
That tablet comes with a 6in touchscreen display that sports a 4:3 aspect ratio (and a 800 x 600 pixel resolution) and a rather thick bezel. The display has 16 levels of greyscale and uses E Ink display technology. This means that you can read it in bright sunlight thanks to the company’s Best-Text technology.
Other features include 2GB of built-in memory, a microSD card slot that can take up to 32GB cards, Wi-Fi, access to the NOOK store (with more than 2.5 million digital books), compatibility with ePub and PDF formats) and an impressive battery life.
B&N says that the device only needs 3.5 hours of charge to get it powered for over 18 hours of use (with Wireless turned off). You don’t get a power adaptor though and you’ll have to reply on the USB port and a bundled USB cable.
The eBook reader is only 12mm thick and weighs a mere 212g. We reviewed the Nook Simple Touch Glowlight eReader here.