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Barnes & Noble Nook Simple Touch with GlowLight

Barnes & Noble Nook Simple Touch with GlowLight
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Kobo Glo

Kobo Glo
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Amazon Kindle (2012, special offers)

Amazon Kindle (2012, special offers)
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Barnes & Noble Nook Simple Touch Reader (Wi-Fi)

Barnes & Noble Nook Simple Touch Reader (Wi-Fi)
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Price $99 at 1 store $129 to $138 at 3 stores $69 at 2 stores $49 to $114 at 3 stores
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4.0 stars Excellent
    Overall score: 8.7 (4.0 stars)
3.5 stars Very good
    Overall score: 7.9 (3.5 stars)
3.5 stars Very good
    Overall score: 7.7 (3.5 stars)
4.0 stars Excellent
    Overall score: 8.3 (4.0 stars)
Average user rating 3.0 stars out of 14 reviews 3.0 stars out of 2 reviews 3.5 stars out of 3 reviews 3.5 stars out of 63 reviews
Release date April 13, 2012 October 14, 2012 September 07, 2012 May 24, 2011
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 Kobo Glo is an excellent Kindle alternative, especially for readers seeking EPUB compatibility and international options. The $69 Amazon Kindle is an excellent no-frills e-book reader for anyone who’s willing to forgo a built-in light or a touch screen. The new touch-screen Nook is a major advancement over its predecessor and offers some real advantages over the 2010 Kindle.

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