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The Barnes and Noble "Nook" Simple Touch is an average, cheap entry-level yet fantastically portable 6.5 inch e-reader. It is a robust device with a 6-inch E-ink screen, a grey non-removable back cover, a micro-sd card slot with a small charging port towards the bottom and two buttons, on the left and right of the the device, to turn the pages. For most avid reader, the Nook Simple Touch, provided by Barnes and Noble, the world's largest bookstore, is an wonderfully compact e-reader, with massive battery life, that can easily can be put in a purse or satchel. However, I must warn the less avid readers that reading is all you will receive with this device and I, personally, would have preferred a less limited, more flowing, operating system. Unfortunately, the Nook Simple Touch does not offer any other features other than a built-in dictionary and a book-marking feature, even though other popular e-readers offer document viewing and many other features making this e-reader limited in comparison. Another problem, despite being a small one, with the Nook Simple Touch is a noticeable "ghosting" effort when you turn the page which leaves a faint image of the previous page on the screen. Despite this, this minimalist e-reader has 2 gigabyte storage with the potential to upgrade it to 32 GB, via its micro-sd card slot, allowing more reading than your average e-reader. This is, overall, an excellent device for day-to day use like, for example: catching up with your favorite book on the train or on holiday and, due to its size, is extremely portable, but is lackluster in its features in comparison to the e-readers of today.
The Nook 'Simple Touch' is Barnes and Nobles entry level eReader and usually retails at around £29.
I deliberated for so long as to whether I needed an eReader. When I saw this model, I took the plunge. With such a low RRP, I didn't believe there was much to lose!
The initial presentation of the Nook 'Simple Touch' in its packaging is rather sleek in a box and comes with charger (which converts in to a simple USB lead so you can connect to a PC if needed) and instruction manual.
The first step needed is to fully charge the battery with the supplied charger. This took around 6 - 9 hours from memory. Once charged, you can begin setting up the device. This takes around 5 minutes and includes entering your WiFi details. You are then free to browse the book store.
I was quite frustrated with the device initially. I guess I expected it to run like a tablet. Because of the eInk technology, the pages sometimes don't refresh instantly and flicker slightly. Initially I thought it was a fault of my device, but after looking on a search engine I discovered this was perfectly normal. After a while you get used to it.
When you enter the book store, you can search or browse books based on categories. Books start from as little as 99p (some are even free!). I've never come across a book that isn't on the library - so there must be a pretty vast collection to chose from. I've found most prices compete with their competition.
Using the device is simple. The device has touch screen capability, but also has side buttons (long strips) which you use to navigate pages when reading. The screen has a matte finish and it really does visually feel like you are reading from a book. No glare that you may encounter from reading a tablet.
The battery life is outstanding! I've only had to charge 3/4 times since I've had the device (about a year). It barely goes down.
Overall, I'm really impressed. Once you get used to the flickering associated with eInk technology, its brilliant. I expected a lot less from this tablet and it has surpassed itself! I read a lot more than I ever used to thanks to this device.
This is based on the Nook Simple Touch Glowlight which is what I got when purchasing the Nook Simple Touch but please do check before buying as this is retailer dependent.
Having already got a Kindle and also a Kobo Mini to enable me to have different things available to me that each can bring (the Kindle having a huge books selection available and the Kobo Mini offering a compact device I can take anywhere) I decided that I wanted to have the ability to read at night without bothering my wife and based on the price decided to go for the Barnes and Noble Nook but how has it lived up to my hopes?
First of all this is a very simple device to setup and thanks to the touch screen takes no time to get ready for use.
The Nook has a 6 inch EInk touch screen touchscreen which is very responsive amd perfect for the needs on this device as it enables a quick and fuss free navigation. When it comes to you reading the book you have chosen you are able to read it brilliantly on a clear screen that delivers crisp text and enables for a glare free reading experience even when, like me, you are traveling by bus somewhere with the sun streaming through the large windows.
The Nook is designed to enable you to carry around plenty of books and be able to read them whenever you like and based on you reading on this without the built-in light being on you would be able to get 2 months charge based on 30 minutes of reading a day and so for those like me who commute over an hour you would find yourself charging the device every couple of weeks to ensure it is still charged and ready for use. The charging does not take very long (around 3.5 hours via USB plugged into a computer or much quicker if you purchase a USB plug which is well worth doing) and so if you find your device is low on juice and fancy reading it will not take long before you have full charge and plenty of hours reading opened back up to you.
As with most of the better eBook readers on the market the device has in-built WiFi connectivity and so enables for you to purchase your books on a computer and switch your WiFi on to sync and download the books quickly which is the way I always purchase and load my books. The WiFi works well and enables very quick downloading of your new books so you can purchase loads and not need to worry about it taking hours to load them as it is more likely to be seconds or minutes.
The main reason for my purchasing this was it having the in-built light and I am pleased to say this works very well and has enabled me to read my books at night very clearly without causing me any eye-strain and also has not bothered my wife (clip-on ereader lights were still bothering her when used with my Kindle). The light can easily have its brightness adjusted and whilst simple works really well.
The Nook is designed to have good storage available and is advertised as holding 1000 books but having never got near that I can''t confirm this to be the case but can say that it does hold loads of books with ease and is certainly able to hold a few hundred which would be plenty for anyone.
So, that is the positives done but there were some negatives for me and I have to mention them.
The power button has been placed at the rear of the device and for me I simply don''t like the placement or the feel of the power button as it feels poorly designed and thought out. Likewise the buttons placed beside the screen are a great idea but just don''t have the feeling of someone having taken care when designing and creating this as they feel stiffer than I personally feel they need to be and these little things really detract massively from the overall feel of the product.
The other thing I didn''t like is how it works when trying to fit a cover to it as thanks to the placement of the power button on the rear you can''t simply have a normal case and instead you need to buy one which clips in to little sections set on the side of the device which enables you to have access to the front and rear of the Nook. For me I didn''t like this design work and felt it was less secure than others for placement in to a cover so have to make mention of this as it was not something I had realized when doing my purchase.
Overall the Nook is a good product that enables for you to have plenty of eBooks at your disposal in a convenient way. The battery life is in line with other eBook readers on the market but the in-built light is a great addition that makes for a device you have to consider. I think that the poor areas in terms of the buttons and how these impact on using a cover for your device really do detract majorly for me. If you can get this for a reasonable price then it maybe worth considering but I can''t recommend it as being a market leader and is more so something that will hopefully keep the leaders on their toes.
I was surprised when I first used the Nook - after having being a Kindle devotee for 2 years, I had assumed that the Kindle dominates the market merely because it is far superior to its competitors, such as the Nook or Kobo. How wrong I was!
I had a 4th gen Kindle but lost it while overseas. I saw the Nook Simple Touch Glowlight on offer - picked it up for a mere £49 - and immediately purchased it, having been drawn in by the reading light and the low price. Upon using it, I was struck by it's easy to use interface and excellent presentation. In contrast to my old Kindle, everything is better presented, laid out and structured - even the text on the screen looks much sharper and vivid. The touch interface works perfectly. And, importantly, it seems to run a lot faster - the page turns are no longer clunky and painful like on the Kindle.
The glowlight is frankly excellent and is so useful for bedtime reading, long journeys or otherwise. I have had no problems getting the books I want online or from the B&N store.
Only downside: the battery life seems a lot worse than my old Kindle. Perhaps this is due to two things: the glowlight, and the fact my old Kindle wasn't touch screen.
As an avid reader, I was devastated at the start of the year when my old, little known Samsung e-reader was beginning to show signs of not keeping up with me anymore! After lasting almost 3 years and being used daily, I shouldn't really have been surprised! So I was delighted when for my birthday in April, my husband bought me the Nook Simple Touch. At the time, he paid around £60 for it, which I believe was a sale price in Argos. Since then, Nook have partnered with London Evening Standard partnership to Get London Reading, and have been offering the Simple Touch at just £29, which is an absolute bargain. I cannot say how long this limited time offer is going to last, but at the time I write this, the offer is still going on at Argos, Currys, and the Nook uk website.
The Nook Simple Touch has a 6 inch touchscreen. This is more than ample sized for reading, and I find it a very comfortable size for reading, and gives a nice sized font, although you do have the option to change the font sizes, I think there are roughly 6 different font sizes to choose from, but I have never needed to change the font size.
The home screen is divided into three sections. Along the bottom, is the Nook Top 100 book list. you can scroll through this and if you see a book you like, you can just touch the picture and a bigger screen loads up, showing you a full synopsis of the book, the price, reviews, and there is an option to buy. Upon setting up and registering your Nook, you can connect your debit card details so that if you wish to buy a book straight from the Nook website, you can press the buy option, then it gives you another option to confirm your purchase, and the book will be added straight your library. It is a very simple way to do it, although personally I rarely buy books this way as I feel it could be quite dangerous to my bank balance!
The top left section shows the book you are currently reading, and the page that you are on. The right side is for your library. Your library shows six books per page, with a picture of their covers and the title written underneath. You can choose to have your books sorted between most recent, title, or author,so depending on if you have a preference as to how you like your books ordered, you have a few choices. To start reading a book all you need to do is press the books icon and your book loads straight up.
While reading a book, if you tap gently at the bottom of the screen, a list of options appears, you can choose to go to the contents list, search for keywords, 'go to' so you can jump back through pages, there is a font button so you change the size, and the font design, and the 'more' button brings up the details of the book.
While reading, it is so easy to turn the page just by sliding your finger across the screen in the direction you want to turn the page. When I first got the Nook, I used to swipe my finger all the way across the screen, but soon realised the screen is slightly more sensitive than that and just a gentle flick will turn the page easily enough.
When you are on the home screen, if you press the N shaped button below the screen, another bar of options appears. The first two take you back home or to your library, the third is for the shop, which you can connect to with your Wi-Fi connection to browse through books, magazines and so on. The fourth option is a search function, I have never used this and don't really see the need for it to be there. but maybe somebody is using it! The last option is the settings tab, here you have the options to sort out your wireless connectivity, which comes in handy if you are away from home and trying to connect to a hotspot for example. You have other options here, like changing the time, language and so on. In fact I have just discovered myself that here I can connect my Nook to my social networks, too!
Apparently, the Nook has 2gb of memory, which will hold up to 1,000 books. At the moment I only have about 10 on mine, I had a bad habit of adding hundreds of books to my last e-reader and my library became very cluttered and I lost track of what I had read and hadn't, so I have been trying not to do that this time, but Im sure at some point I will.
The battery life is brilliant, in my opinion. My old e-reader needed to be charged weekly, and I probably read even more in the last few months than I used to, and I find myself needing to charge up overnight about every 5/6 weeks. Nook say the battery will to months on a single charge but I think that depends on the usage. I read for around an hour during the day, and a minimum of two hours on a night. I also discovered that just putting the Nook into sleep mode overnight drained the battery more, so have gone to shutting the Nook down properly overnight, this gives me around another week of battery a month!
The Nook accepts .PDF and .epub versions of ebooks. Most books come in this format so adding and reading books shouldn't be a problem if they haven't been downloaded from your Nook. I was also sent a copy of a book that was an .acsm file, which I had never heard of. I was then told that a Nook is pretty much the only thing these files will work on, you just need to download Adobe Digital Editions for them. You then add your books to the software, hook up your Nook to your computer, and if you register your Nook with Adobe through the software, you don't even need to drag and drop files, it will automatically register your Nook when it is connected to the computer, and you can choose to add your book to the Nook option and they will appear in your library!
I do have a few niggles about the Nook. It seems very slow to load up and switch back on when you do a total power off. Unlike my old e-reader that used to turn straight back on, the Nook takes about a minute to switch back on and load up, but then you are taken to a standby screen rather than the home page. On the standby screen you have to swipe your finger across the little padlock in the corner to unlock it and get into your book.
I also think the time it takes for the book to go into standby mode needs increasing. I can put the book down to nip and put the kettle on, for example, which takes about a minute, and I come back to find the Nook has gone into standby. There may be a way to change this but I haven't discovered it yet. They are the only things I wish were different, so on the whole they are small things that shouldn't put people off buying a Nook!
The Simple Touch is so light, and easy to carry around. The screen was a concern for me, I hadn't had a touch screen before and was wary of damaging it, so I went out and bought a protective cover for it so I could pop it in my handbag and take it without worrying. Even with my case, which is quite a thick one, the whole lot still weighs less than a thin paperback book. I would definitely suggest a case for the Nook to look after the screen.
I love my Nook, in fact I think my husband is slightly jealous of our relationship, and I know a lot of people think the Nook pales in comparison to a Kindle, but I am not a fan of the Kindle after using my mother in laws, and find the Nook more comfortable, easier to read and manage.
I bought this due to the promotion in the UK, they are being sold for £29 in order to encourage more people into the world of ebooks and ereaders. As a whole this seems to have worked quite well and I found it quite difficult to get my hands on one of these and they were sold out in many online shops, until i turned to argos and was luckily able to order one for free next day delivery.
The ereader has a 6 inch screen ( diagonally) with eInk so it does not produce artificial light which can reduce the concentration of melatonin concentrations, affecting sleep. The battery is excellent, lasting around 2 months on a single charge but make sure that you keep wi-fi off otherwise the battery will drain much quicker.
The barnes and noble book store is really good and it is easy to search for books you want there.
Annoyingly it is not possible to delete books on your Nook simple touch directly, you must do it from your barnes and noble account. If you are not purchasing books directly from the store on the device and are instead transferring pdf and epub files from your computer then you must connect it to your pc or mac, then delete the files from the folder 'books' or 'documents', depending upon where you put them originally.
The touch screen is so useful, my dads kindle doesn't have one and you can really see the difference. Its nice to be able to swipe across the screen to turn a page and to be able to use an on screen keyboard which means the device is cheaper to build.
The on screen keyboard isn't much compared to that on the iPad but it is certainly good enough for what you can do on the ereader.
Recently there has been an offer on the Nook Simple Touch. The offer being thus; the price has recently been lowered for a short period of time to encourage digital reading.
The price I got all four of my recent Nook Simple Touches for was £29 each which was subsequently purchased from the official Nook website. Already owning both an Ipad and original Kindle Touch I was quite impressed with e-readers (if not a little frustrated by the Kindle's lack of touch sensitive responsiveness) and wanted to buy the Nook e-readers for up and coming birthday presents thinking they would only be comparable to my Kindle and far less superior. I was so wrong! The Nook Simple Touch is absolutely Fab. To be honest it is far better than my Kindle Touch. The Nook Simple Touch has a screen is far more responsive than my Kindle e-reader and more in line with responsive touch qualities I would associate with my Ipad. I am very impressed. I would buy a Nook Simple Touch for myself but alas; at the moment they seem to be out of stock on the Nook website.
Another advantage I would say the Nook has over the Kindle is the simple fact that Amazon advertise on their Kindle News stand magazines; however, I am yet to be able to buy a magazine via the Kindle News Stand however search as much as you like you will be hard pushed to find the magazine you want let alone be able to buy it. The Nook has a simple shop interface and purchasing magazines and newspapers is brilliant. As soon as I can I am throwing away my kindle Touch and one for myself. I am so jealous I brought everyone a Nook in my family for their birthday's this month thinking I could swan around with my better branded e reader and now I am the one shame faced. Absolutely 10 star device that I have yet to find fault with.
My husband dragged me into the 21st century by buying me a nook for Christmas. I am only in my 20's but loved the feel of an old fashioned book in my hands and really wasn't sure that I wanted any type of e-reader, how wrong was I.
When I got the Nook, I have to say I surprised at how light it was but still so sturdy, I wasn't worried that I might break it, due to it's high quality feel and make. I immediately set it up and got started, to begin with I wasn't really sure what I was doing, so I did have to read the manual to try and figure out where to start but once I got started I was off.
Glow Light and Display:
The Nook has changed my reading life, I love reading in bed, however having the light on while my husband was trying to sleep didn't go down too well, however with the fantastic glow light available I was able to read without disturbing him. This is also easily turned off and on by simply holding down the bottom button for a few seconds.
I also had a concern that the glow light would give me a headache while reading when the light was off in the room, like you can get when sitting on the computer too long but it is not like that at all, it is very easy on the eyes and also the brightness can be adjusted so if you prefer it dimmer, it's easily done. I also can read it in my sun room, which I didn't think I would be able to do due to the sunlight streaming in but again this is not the case.
Pages can be turned by touching the screen or by the side panels, which ever you prefer.
Shop and Library:
Lots of books are available and easy to find through the shop, I have read and found new authors through the shop, they download really quickly and go straight to your library. However, there a few drawbacks that I have found in the library. First off I found it quite difficult to sort my books, I just had a lot of books in no particular order in my library and it took a while to figure how to sort them out, although it can be done. I also found after I read a book, I wanted to simply delete it off my Nook, however this can't be done, you have to archive the book and then somehow go on-line and delete it this way, which to be honest I still haven't gotten around to doing.
I think the battery life of the nook is fantastic, I have had mine since Christmas 2012 and I have only had to charge it a handful of times. Also when it's low and in need of charging it only takes a few hours to get a full charge back, you don't need a day to charge it. It also tells you the % of battery life that it left on it so you know when to do it and it doesn't die half way through a chapter.
On the Go:
I always carry my Nook in my handbag, and you wouldn't know it's there, as I said it is so light and due to it's size in comparison to a book it takes up very little room. It was also great for going on holidays as I used to fill my hand luggage with at least 3 novels, taking up valuable bikini space but now that's a thing of the past. I stick it in and off I go, just making sure I have a few new reads loaded before leaving home and that it's fully charged.
I also found on the nook that you can upload your own personal screen saver on it, I picked a black and white one, which shows up well on they greyscale screen, which just gives it that added feature.
When I got my Nook the first thing I did was look up covers to protect it while in my handbag. However, they were all costing about £25.00, so I went onto Ebay and bought one for £4.99 and I would advise getting one, just for throwing into your bag, to protect the screen. It also makes it easy to hold, although with the rubberised back, grip isn't a problem even without a cover.
All in all I love it!
I've had a Kobo for a while, and when it started to act up (having had a very hard life) I sought nothing more than a new one (I don't like the Kindle at all.) But on calling at my local Argos, I found they were selling the Nook Simple Touch at £20 less than the Kobo. It looked OK so I went for it.
It was a mistake, even at a discount.
I almost returned the Nook right away, when I read reports that I might have to tender my credit card number before I could even use it, but I managed to register without it - perhaps they've changed that requirement now - it would have been a deal-breaker for me. Registering did present one problem - it's only possible by wi-fi, and I have a wired internet connection, so I had to register in a coffee shop hotspot. My old Kobo registered via USB on my PC.
The actual reading experience on a Nook is very pleasant - very similar to the Kobo. The home menu screen is rather cluttered compared to the Kobo, and books don't seem to me to be so easy to organise or find. And you can't delete side-loaded books other than via the PC. All in all though - if this had been my first eBook reader, I'd have been pleased enough.
But I soon ran into trouble. I already have a collection of non-DRMed eBooks that I intended simply to 'side-load' - and so I did for a while. I soon got a 'memory full' error after loading just part of my collection. I was told that my 240meg of memory was now full. 240 meg????!!!! I'd paid for 2 gig!!
It transpires that, of the 2 gig you pay for on the Nook, Barnes and Noble reserve over 1.5 gig solely for books purchased from their store - it can be used no other way, and users have no access to it, even via their PC!! Frankly that's unacceptable - neither the Kobo or Kindle charge customers for memory and reserve it for themselves. You can insert a micro SD card, but that shouldn't be necessary.
Also, while I haven't had the Nook long enough to be sure, a week's use at 2 hours a day had the battery down to 60% - so claims of 2 months between charges seems to me to be a flight of fancy.
My wife quite likes the Nook and is happy with a small collection on the device, so it's hers now. Meanwhile I'm still using my old Kobo and about to shop for another. As with most manufacturers, there are other models in the Nook range - but I'm afraid I won't be shopping with Barnes & Noble again.
Slightly off topic, but two points for people with new eBook readers. First, get a copy of calibre on your PC - an excellent free eBook organiser. Second, switch off your reader's wi-fi at the earliest opportunity and leave it off unless you really need it.
I received one of these NOOK simple touch eReaders for Christmas and pretty much haven't put it down since (apart from to write this review of course). This is my first eReader and I am pretty certain that it will also be my last - not because I do not like it, but actually for the complete opposite reason!
The display, I feel, is the most important aspect of any eReader. To give you an idea of the quality of this eReader's display, when I first got it I took it out of the box (obviously) and when I looked at the eReader it appeared to have one of those plastic films over the display displaying instructions of how to unlock the device. I tried for a couple of minutes trying to peel off what I though was just a protective cover used for transit before I realised that it was actually the screen I had been scratching away at. This not only proves the amazing, and I really mean amazing, quality of the display but also shows that it is quite resilient to scratching after my time of feeling like a dog at a closed door failed to even blemish the screen in the slightest.
The device is a nice size, very "book-sized" which is obviously an advantage in making the experience feel as life-like and natural as possible. The backing is slightly rubberised which means that it is less likely to slip out of your hands no matter what position you are holding it in. I do have a slight fear that, like many other devices that are rubberised, the backing could easily be marked. So far, it is fine however I am not going to test it intentionally.
The battery life seems excellent, the eReader came in the box with it already powered up (you can't actually turn the display off) and weeks later it is still going without any charging at all!
The responsiveness of the eReader is a little undesirable however, it can take a second or two to actually carry out the action you asked such as turning a page which can get a little frustrating after a few pages. However, this is a small price to pay considering how good the rest of it is.
An aspect of NOOK which actually really annoyed me was regarding their eBook store. Even if you aim on downloading free eBooks only and have no intention of ever buying a book, you have to still enter debit card information. The process of doing this is standard however I like to have my details in as few places as possible - I do not like that anybody who picks up my eReader can start charging eBooks to my bank!