eReaders are definitely a hot item and their are plenty of options. Barnes and Noble hit the eReader world with the Nook® in 2009. Now called “Nook 1st Edition”, featured eInk paper0like display and a small LCD touch control screen at the bottom. This past month, Barnes and Noble revamped the original Nook® and released the all new Nook Simple Touch. This new Nook boast a Pearl eInk display that has touch control on the screen. Some great features include:
- 6″ Pearl eInk (paper-like display that is easy on the reader’s eyes) display area that is touch control.
- Extremely light-weight coming in around 7.5 ounces
- Battery life extends dramatically to 1 to 2 months for the average user (based upon WiFi usage and average reading time).
- Great touch user interface that makes the eReader very easy to use for all levels of users.
- Over-the-air shopping and downloading of ebooks from B&N’s enormous selection of ebooks on a WiFi connection.
- Great social features like recommendaing books while shopping or sharing a quote from a book while reading out via email, Facebook, or Twitter.
- Can be used with Libraries that lend ebooks (check with your local library)
- When in a Barnes and Noble, read ebooks cover-to-cover for up to an hour per day for free with the “Read In Store” feature. Outside of a Barnes and Noble, you can always get free Samples of ebooks prior to purchasing.
This eReader is truly a treat for any reader. The user interface is very easy to navigation through. The virtual keyboard is much is easier to use compared to the Nook 1st Edition. And the size and weight makes it very comfortable to read on.
Two things that have been coming up with some critics that I personally don’t agree with and will explain why on each:
- There is not a 3G version. 3G is only used on these types of devices to download ebooks. At one point, if you wanted the anytime/anywhere download capability; 3G had to be built into the device. The downfall to this is that the manufacturer has to select a specific carrier and price goes up. WiFi is so readily available (like in every Barnes and Noble nationwide and in many people’s homes) that 3G built-in really becomes unnecessary and price can be kept down ($139 for the Nook Simply Touch). Likewise, if truly want 3G then the better route to go is a MiFi type of prtable hotspot offered through major cellular carriers today. This way you get your choice of service and plans.
- No web broswer. eInk displays were never meant for web browsing. And, quite honestly, the web experience on an eInk display is pretty bad. These types of displays are also not meant for intense graphics found on websites and the speed is often times pretty slow for eReaders that have an eInk display and web browser. So it’s no big loss in my opinion. B&N often does software updates and may eventually add this.
So if your looking for a great eReader that is comfortable and very easy to use, definitely check out the Nook Simple Touch eReader. What are your thoughts?