The Nook Simple Touch is an e-ink ebook reader from Barnes and Noble. As the name implies it focuses on being a feature simple, budget reader with a touch screen. The Nook’s biggest standout feature is its price, currently £29, making it by far the cheapest mainstream e-reader on the market.
The Nook Simple Touch has a wide aspect 6 inch touch screen that uses eInk Pearl. Connectivity is provided by one micro-usb port and via wifi (802.11b/g/n). The Nook has the capacity to read ePubs and PDFs and display JPGs, GIFs, PNGs and BMPs.
Size: 1654mm (6.5 inches) x 126.6mm (5.0 inches) x 12mm(.47 inches)
Capacity: 2gb onboard, of which 256Meg is accessible. It also takes microSD of up to to 32GB
Weight: 212 grams
The Nook’s eInk screen has a screen resolution of 800×600 and with its 6″ size that translates to a PPI of around 167PPI. This is covered by a infrared touch layer which does not interfere with the screen visually (although it does make it impossible to use a stuck on screen protector). Text font is variable and can be changed in size from very small to a huge looking font; in addition line spacing and margins can be altered if required.
There is no audio aspect to the Nook Simple Touch. No headphone socket and no speakers.
The Nook Simple Touch is physically squatter and wider than you would expect from its pictures. It is covered with a grippy rubber and the back has a square depression that makes it good to hold with either hand or with both. The Nook is charged by a microUSB port on its base and has a microSD card slot on the righthand side hidden by a small rubber flap.
There are a total of 6 buttons on the device. One large power button on the back at centre top and a home button in the front, middle bottom. The power button needs to be hit rarely but the home button allows access to all the menus and options. To the left and the right of the screen are two sets of long thing rubberized buttons which can page forward or back instead of using the touch screen.
The Nook is light enough to be held in one hand comfortably and as it offers the choice of using the touch screen or physical buttons to page it can be held in a number of positions.
Ease of Use
The Nook Simple Touch requires you to sign up for or have a Barnes and Noble account to make use of it. This is a straightforward sign up process and does not require you to enter credit card details. Once setup the device is simple to use as a reader and fairly straightforward to get books on, either buying them direct from the Nook store or copy and pasting them on to the reader when it is plugged into a PC.
Manufacturer: Barnes and Noble
Retailer: Barnes and Noble and several other retailers, although only B&N had stock at the time of review.
Included In The Box
- Nook Simple Touch
- MicroUSB cable, 1m
- Quick start guide.
The Nook Simple Touch has a lot to recommend it – a nice touchscreen and physical buttons, a comfortable form factor and most of all its low price but it does have downsides – a smaller ebook store, the inability to read Amazon’s .mobi files and a lack of advanced options such as the ability the email files to the reader. Its price however is its trump point. If you are looking for an eInk reader and are not already tied into the Amazon ecosystem the Nook Simple Touch is an excellent economic and ergonomic choice.
The Nook Simple Touch was released in June 2011.