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Barnes & Noble Nook Simple Touch eBook Reader (Wi-Fi Only)
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- Ultra-Light, Ultra-Portable - Under 8 ounces
- Easy to Use 6" Touchscreen
- Clear, Crisp Reading
- Longest Battery Life - read for up to two months on just one charge
- Over 2 million titles including books, magazines & newspapers -just a touch away! Thousands are FREE
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Easy to Use 6" Touchscreen Just tap to shop for the best books, magazines and newspapers right on your NOOK. Turn pages, look up words, highlight passages, adjust the font size and style-all with just a touch of your finger.
Clear, Crisp Reading The most advanced E Ink® Pearl technology on the high-contrast 6" touchscreen displays text as crisp and clear as a printed page, so you can read easily-even in bright sun. 50% more contrast than NOOK 1st Edition.
Ultra-Light, Ultra-Portable Under 8 ounces, NOOK is lighter than a paperback and super thin, yet holds up to 1,000 books, magazines and newspapers-so it's easy to take your entire library with you anywhere.
Longest Battery Life With the longest battery life of any eReader, you can read for up to two months on just one charge. That's enough time to start and finish a lot of great stories-or an entire series.
World's Largest Bookstore Over 2 million titles including books, magazines & newspapers -just a touch away! Thousands are FREE, most others $9.99 or less. Pre-order books and subscribe to magazines so you'll get them the instant they're released.
Read Your Way Make the text bigger or smaller. Choose the font style you like. You can even add bookmarks and highlight passages while you read.
Immersive Reading Experience NOOK has 80% smoother page turns and minimized flashing compared to other eReaders-so it's easy to lose yourself in your latest read. And with Fast PageTM, you can scan easily through any book, magazine or newspaper. Just touch and hold the page turn buttons to get to where you want to read quickly.
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NOOK connects via thousands of Wi-Fi® networks, including fast and free access at all Barnes & Noble stores and more than 24,000 AT&T® hotspots
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After my deployment I put it away in a drawer and forgot about it until I discovered it after I recently moved to my new town house. I would recommend this for anyone who want's a cheaper tablet for reading and does not mind not having sound or video. I currently have the finances and the means to get a much fancier and expensive tablet but I still love using my paper white. I do a lot of reading in the evening and I like how my eyes don't get strained from looking at a lit screen. I'm the type of person who can sit down and read for hours and hours.
Now here comes the Nook Simple Touch Reader (Nook STR). I got one via pre-order when they came out in early June. It has the same e-ink Pearl screen as the Kindle, so the screen contrast is no longer an issue. And wow, has the user interface improved over the original Nook! (which I thought was clunky) The entire e-ink Pearl screen has full touchscreen capability. On both the Kindle and the original Nook, I felt myself wanting to touch the screen to select a book to read, instead of using the buttons (on the Kindle) or the LCD touchscreen (on the original Nook) to highlight and select the desired ebook. On the Nook STR, the Library screen shows icons for all the ebooks loaded in the device (both library and purchased). Touch the icon, and the ebook opens. Turning the page? Touch the screen on the right side of the page (to go forward) or the left side (to go back). Or swipe your finger across the screen as in flipping a physical book page. Or use the buttons built into the frame. Want to page quickly through a book? Hold down the page turning button. Need a word definition? Touch and hold on the word and a dictionary pops up. The user interface resembles that of an iPhone or iPad, with the icons, virtual keyboard and the physical home button. It even has the "slide to unlock" feature like the iPhone. The touchscreen on the Nook STR is infrared (it senses the heat of your finger, again like iPhone), so a light touch works just fine. I found that on the original Nook, sometimes it would take multiple touches on the LCD screen for the device to recognize a command.
In response to the reviews about the touchscreen ceasing to respond, the pre-order Nook STR I had suffered from that problem. The touchscreen would become slow to respond, and eventually quit working altogether. A power cycle generally brought it back. I started a thread on B&N's website about this and found many others having the problem. I did take my Nook STR back to B&N and they exchanged it. Have had the replacement Nook ST for six weeks now and the problem hasn't returned. So don't be spooked about buying one due to this problem - if it happens to you, exchange it.
Going back to library books, I had to install Adobe Digital Editions onto my PC (my library had the link to download - free). This software allows you to manage your ebooks on your Nook.
The Nook STR is a good choice for seniors that may not have extensive computer skills. Using the device is easy enough, but loading books from a library website (via Adobe Digital Editions) requires a few steps to complete. If help is needed, it can be a positive relationship-building experience.
One last plus - once you get your Nook STR, check the "Shop" tab to access B&Ns website. Every Friday B&N offers a free book for download, and has discounts on other days of the week.
- Small and light in weight
- 4 buttons to turn the pages forwards/backwards (2 buttons on each side, paired above and below each other on the same side for southpaws/traditional)
- Decent battery life (I charge it about once a month. Keep in mind, I don't let the battery drain to 0% before I charge, either)
- eInk display is really clear and legible. The text looks like it's really printed on paper
- Ability to change font/font sizes/margin sizes
- Slight delay on actions. Granted the processor on these e-readers aren't the strongest but there's a second or two of delay at times (i.e. opening your library, turning pages using the side-buttons, opening the quick-menu, etc.)
- Ghosting. Sometimes when you turn to the next page, you may see a faint imprint of the page you just turned from. It's nothing that really takes anything away from the reading experience though, in my opinion.
For it's low price (relative to some of the other e-readers out there), this one does exactly what it's meant for. A simple e-reader with no extra bells and whistles.
If using a Nook Simple Touch (or any e-reader, I suppose): I'd highly recommend using a free program called "Calibre - eBook Management" to keep your Nook's library looking nice and organized. It allows you to edit the epub info (author's name, book title, # in the series, etc.) along with adding/removing book covers. Happy reading!