Barnes & Noble Nook Simple Touch with GlowLight comparison

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Barnes & Noble Nook Simple Touch with GlowLight

Barnes & Noble Nook Simple Touch with GlowLight
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Barnes & Noble Nook Simple Touch Reader (Wi-Fi)

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Barnes & Noble Nook GlowLight

Barnes & Noble Nook GlowLight
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Amazon Kindle Paperwhite (special offers, 2013)

Amazon Kindle Paperwhite (special offers, 2013)
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Kobo Glo

Kobo Glo
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Price $124 at 1 store $49 to $249 at 3 stores $100 at 1 store
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4.0 stars Excellent
    Overall score: 8.7 (4.0 stars)
4.0 stars Excellent
    Overall score: 8.3 (4.0 stars)
4.0 stars Excellent
    Overall score: 8.1 (4.0 stars)
Editors' choice 4.0 stars Excellent
    Overall score: 8.9 (4.0 stars)
3.5 stars Very good
    Overall score: 7.9 (3.5 stars)
Average user rating 3.0 stars out of 14 reviews 3.5 stars out of 63 reviews 5.0 stars out of 1 review 3.5 stars out of 5 reviews 3.0 stars out of 2 reviews
Release date April 13, 2012 May 24, 2011 October 30, 2013 September 30, 2013 October 14, 2012
The Bottom Line The Nook Simple Touch with GlowLight sets the standard for e-ink e-readers going forward and is well worth the extra money if you do a lot of nighttime reading. The new touch-screen Nook is a major advancement over its predecessor and offers some real advantages over the 2010 Kindle. While it doesn't necessarily beat the Kindle Paperwhite, the $119 Nook GlowLight is an excellent e-reader that's strongly worth considering if you don't want to buy into the Amazon ecosystem. While the "all-new" Paperwhite may seem like an unspectacular upgrade on the surface, it's a clear improvement over the original Paperwhite and arguably the best e-reader currently available. The Kobo Glo is an excellent Kindle alternative, especially for readers seeking EPUB compatibility and international options.

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