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Subject: B&N offers e-ink reader with backlight option
Date Posted: 4/12/2012 4:52 PM ET
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Barnes & Noble announced today they are now taking pre-orders for the new Nook Simple Touch with GlowLight. So you read with standard e-ink in lighted conditions and can turn the backlight on when it's dark. Light has adjustable brightness.

Date Posted: 4/12/2012 5:21 PM ET
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Well, I'd have to see it to see where the light comes from, and how even it is.

If it's from the sides, I'd be interested in that, as long as it doesn't interfear with page turning. If it's from behind the screen, I'll pass. Looking into direct light is a problem for me, and that would just be the same old thing as a tablet screen.

I'd be much more excited at more available internal memory for a Nook Touch without needing a Micro/SD card, and especially in a way to make your own catagories like the Sony's do. I've got enough books that I have to make special titles to sort the books on my Nook so I can find them, and there's just no working with trying to catagorize all the books by hand.

Fix that, and make it so it doesn't have such a problem with certain MicroSD cards, and I'd probably give it a try. Not so much interest in a self-lighted one.

 

Date Posted: 4/12/2012 5:26 PM ET
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Cindy, I was kind of wondering some of those same things. I have the Nook Color, so backlighting is obviously not an issue for me, but I know it can be for a lot of people. It appears as though the light comes in around the edges, but I'm not sure whether it is or not. But it is certainly a good idea for a new model of Simple Touch, since one of its shortcomings was that you couldn't read it when there was dim or no lighting.

Just thought I'd share this for folks. I know I am considering this as a gift for my read-anything-and-everything daughter! She's got a book light in every car so she can read if it gets dark, LOL! :)

Date Posted: 4/12/2012 5:42 PM ET
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There's a better hands-on video at endgadget Here.

Looks like it's one light bar above the screen, across the top. Looks pretty strong, and is adjustable. I could probably do that, as long as the light isn't aimed at me, but at the screen itself.

I'll hang around for reviews, but I've got so many machines now I doubt I'll run out for another one. (DH would think I'd finally lost it. Lol.) But I'd be interested if something broke and I needed a replacement.

 



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Date Posted: 4/12/2012 5:59 PM ET
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Nice link!

I was thinking that the light looks a lot like those book lights that have the bar along the edge and shine the light across the glass to illuminate the book. Except this is a much smaller size and built into the device.

Date Posted: 4/12/2012 9:19 PM ET
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From the video it looks painful to read from, but it may be better in person.  I hope they have one to try out in stores.

Date Posted: 4/13/2012 7:21 AM ET
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My thoughts:

I find it VERY irritating that once again, right on their product page, B&N use false, misleading words about their product:

World's #1 Reader now with breakthrough GlowLight™

When did they start selling Nooks worldwide? NEVER. In what fantasy land is it the world's #1 reader? This type of thing, which I have seen before from this company, is a major selling point for me. It sells me on the belief that I do not want to buy from them. I did get the Nook Color for my kids for Christmas, because I didn't want them to have access to my archives etc....but I got a refurb AND I never use the B&N OS, I have it made into an Android tablet, on which I use AMAZON apps. And AMAZON books.

There is NO doubt in anyone's mind, except the B&N execs, exactly which is the World's #1 Reader. I'll wait until the world's #1 reader company makes a lighted eink Touch reader. I bet the price will be more realistic, too. And I bet the product page won't be full of false comparisons and lies.

Date Posted: 4/13/2012 9:24 AM ET
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Geez... come in to share and discuss a new product and you always get someone who comes in and either rants about the company or lauds about how great the competition is.

Date Posted: 4/13/2012 9:41 AM ET
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Um yeah - so don't buy one.

 

Date Posted: 4/13/2012 9:56 AM ET
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That wasn't my point.

My point was to decry B&N's selling tactics. They have so little confidence in their product that they have to lie about the competition.



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Date Posted: 4/13/2012 10:03 AM ET
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There are a lot of things about this new Nook that I like. The black bezel, the card slot, the page turn buttons. And the light! I don't like the price, though. I may be interested if it drops considerably after a few months.

Date Posted: 4/13/2012 1:23 PM ET
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especially in a way to make your own catagories like the Sony's do

I've just taken to putting them on my SD card in folders.  Easy to sort that way.

 

And no offense to anyone who has one, but I recently won a Kindle with SO in a raffle at work.  I much prefer my Nook Color all the way around.  The Kindle is like playing with an etch-a-sketch.  BN has issues, I agree, but Amazon does too - in spades.

Date Posted: 4/13/2012 1:49 PM ET
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Sherri, is that the Kindle Touch that you won? Have you had a chance to compare it to the Nook Touch?

Date Posted: 4/13/2012 1:54 PM ET
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I was wondering the same thing, Anne. :)

Date Posted: 4/13/2012 4:54 PM ET
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Anne, I was taking it to mean that the #1 rating wasn't necessarily for sales, but for ratings.  Most of the sites I've seen have rated the Nook Touch higher than the Kindle Touch.

I guess it's all in interpretation.

Date Posted: 4/13/2012 5:00 PM ET
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Sherri, is that the Kindle Touch that you won? Have you had a chance to compare it to the Nook Touch?

I have.  A coworker has one.  The Nook Simple Touch seems a bit faster with page turns but the Kindle has better shelving features.  The NST is a shade heavier to hold but I like the rounded edges. The Kindle downloads a bit faster but the e-ink screen doesn't seem quite as crisp as the NST, and it's so light I'm afraid I'm going to break it.

My main....gripe, if you want to call it that, is that the Kindle has a bit harder of a learning curve.  I've had 2 Nooks and a Sony and when I turned on the Kindle I honestly was lost for a little bit.

Each seem to have pro's and con's.  I'm going to say it's really whatever the person prefers. 

I myself have the Nook Color and I'm going to upgrade to the tablet once this one is obsolete/dies, unless Sony comes out with something that will read BN downloads.

Date Posted: 4/13/2012 10:15 PM ET
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Shelia, I have seen that too, the high ratings. I can't say one way or the other, as I don't have either Touch reader. But I still take issue with the phrase "world's...". There are many people in the world who would be delighted to have a nook touch but B&N doesn't sell worldwide. I hope they will start doing so, I don't know why they haven't.

Personally, I think the Sony T1 is better than either of those two Touch readers.

Sherri, very interesting that you prefer reading on the LCD screen. (I prefer the e-ink). I really should take the screen protector off my kids Nook Color, I hate it. On the other hand, since the kids use it, that's why it's on....sometimes I read on the NC. But not usually. I got it for apps lol.

Date Posted: 4/15/2012 9:54 AM ET
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I really am not sure whether screen protectors are really necessary. Our family has two iPod Touch, a Nook Color and have had various cell phones (both touch interface or not). The only one that ever got a scratch was one with a softer more plastic screen. The others just keep on going. I've never managed to scratch them, and that's with tossing them into my purse with my keys, sunglasses, and other things.

I've always had a cover on my Nook Color, but my kids have had more than their fair share of opportunities to scratch them, and they've not succeeded yet!

Date Posted: 4/15/2012 10:05 AM ET
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As to screen protectors, unless they help with glare, I find they're not really adding that much protection and do take a bit away from the sharpness of the device.. The Ipad, for me, has a lot of glare, but I've found it's not enough to want the protector on it. And while I got a few scratches on my old Sony's in the beginning, I use Decalgirl skins on the machine itself, but no longer worry about screen scratches.

I do have them in cases, but that's more to protect the screens from any pressure that may break the glass itself rather than scratches and hopefully cushon a fall in case one got dropped. I did accidently drop a Sony down the stairs once, but it was in a cover and the stair were carpeted. It bound down a few stairs, but no damage. AFAK, my son is still using it. Plus, I think they feel better in my hand with a case, as sometimes the machines are just a tad too small to hold comfortably.

So far, knock on wood, I've never scratched or broken a screen. Although I do spend some time wiping off fingerprints! Lol.

Date Posted: 4/15/2012 10:10 AM ET
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Good to know....I am taking the protector off the Nook Color today! 

Removed. Much nicer. Also noticed I had the brightness turned below half! Ooops!  Maybe I did that to read in bed at night, can't remember. Anyway, no question that it is a nice tablet.



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Date Posted: 4/20/2012 8:52 PM ET
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I've pre ordered the new Nook. :) I loved the original NST, but the built in light is so worth it for me. I know it's all preference, but this is just exciting for me! lol

I'll let you know how I like it after I receive it. Can't wait till May now!

Date Posted: 4/20/2012 10:38 PM ET
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Yay! Let us know!
Date Posted: 4/24/2012 12:02 AM ET
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I just got the email that it shipped today. :)

Date Posted: 4/24/2012 6:22 AM ET
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Lucky!

I look forward to seeing what the hackers do with this one.

Date Posted: 4/26/2012 4:53 PM ET
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And it's awesome. The light isn't in your face, it's so comfortable to read. I will adore this feature at night!

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