Barnes & Noble Nook Simple Touch Reader (Wi-Fi)
Manufacturer: Barnes & Noble Part number: CNET-Nook-Touch
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CNET editors' review
price range: $59.00 - $79.99
- Reviewed by: David Carnoy
- Edited by: John Falcone
- Reviewed on: 05/31/2011
- Updated on:10/01/2012
The good: The 2011 Nook is a compact and lightweight e-book reader with a responsive high-contrast Pearl e-ink touch screen that offers quick page turns. It's got built-in Wi-Fi for direct access to the online Barnes & Noble store, an expansion slot for additional memory, and long battery life (up to two months). The Nook supports e-book lending and EPUB loans from libraries, and it offers some enhanced social networking features.
The bad: The 2011 Nook has no support for audio, no 3G option, and no Web browser. The rubberized finish on the back of device attracts fingerprints.
The bottom line: The new touch-screen Nook is a major advancement over its predecessor and offers some real advantages over the 2010 Kindle.
by awashburn1012 on June 6, 2011
Pros: Responsive screen.
Still has dictionary, highlights, and notes.
Still has tactile page turning buttons.
Quick page turns (some say it's slow, but you try turning a page that fast with a real book).
Social networking is great if you have friends with a
Cons: No Sudoku! It would have been much better with a touch screen than on the original nook. Why they removed it, the world may never know.
Summary: Great for the adventurous reader. It literally can go almost anywhere. It can go weeks upon weeks without seeing a wall charger which makes it great for vacations in foreign ...
Summary: Great for the adventurous reader. It literally can go almost anywhere. It can go weeks upon weeks without seeing a wall charger which makes it great for vacations in foreign countries with weird plugs.
This is easily the best reader on the market. For those who miss the browser, what the crap are you browsing on a reader for. That's just plain stupid. It's always going to be too slow to be reasonable.
No 3G is a bummer, but in a world where there is WiFi almost anywhere, no big deal.
I would recommend this to anyone who reads.
1 out of 2 users found this user opinion helpful.
Warning to all Parents!!
by mommyofnine on January 10, 2013
Pros: Great small reader that i gave to my 11 and 12 year old for Christmas. Only I can buy their books. Seems safe, right?
Cons: WRONG! My son learned within a week that he can chat with strangers (can you say Predators?) through the book review of each book. They went back and forth. It's very scary and an eye opener. Please beware!
Great device, light and fun to use.
by KingOtrepony on July 4, 2012
Easy to read on
Cons: HArd to read in dark light
Very easy to use, but be careful with the battery life!
by Ice_Cream_Saturday on May 23, 2012
Pros: I wasn't sure how I would like the touchscreen, but it's very responsive and you get used to it. Everything is laid out nicely, and as a lefty, I appreciate the dedicated page-turn buttons on the sides. Downloading books is quick and easy.
Cons: I almost feel that it is TOO small and light--it can be difficult to hold onto sometimes. Also, no backlit screen.
Summary: This is great for reading on the go when you don't want to take a book along. I don't use it as much as I thought I would, ...
Summary: This is great for reading on the go when you don't want to take a book along. I don't use it as much as I thought I would, though, mainly because there aren't many options yet for renting e-books, and I'm not interested in buying something that I'll only read once. You aren't limited to Barnes & Noble's selection of books--I've put some novels from the iTunes store on mine--but B&N seems to have the best quality choices. I'd definitely recommend going for the GlowLight version now, because it is too bad that there is no backlight on this one!Forgot to add: the WiFi really drains the battery quickly if you keep it on all the time. Even with the WiFi option off, the battery drains more on standby than I thought it would. Still, the battery life is decent overall.
Updated on May 23, 2012
My first and only eReader.
by teabing on April 17, 2012
Pros: Very easy to use. Does what it says it will do and no more. The no more part is what I like best.
Cons: Only one and that is that it will not download from Project Gutenberg like the Kindle will.
Summary: I am an avid Apple user but see no sense in the iPad. Test drove an iPad 2 at an Apple reseller and it was way to heavy to be ...
Summary: I am an avid Apple user but see no sense in the iPad. Test drove an iPad 2 at an Apple reseller and it was way to heavy to be used as a book. The Nook Simple Touch is light, book sized, and just as easy to use as anything Apple makes. It doesn't have bells and whistles just like a book. If I want bells and whistles I will get on my iMac or my iPhone 4. Please note that I do not work for Apple and this is not intended to be an advertisement for Apple. When I was looking for an eBook reader CNET rated this one as being better than the cheapest Kindle.
Fantastic dedicated ereader
by freestewart on April 16, 2012
Pros: Light and easy to hold.
Touch screen works great and it has a super-fast page refresh.
Battery is eternal.
Cons: Can't read ebooks from Amazon, which means there lots of books you just can't get due to exclusivity deals.
Can't add B&N books via the USB - has to be done over wifi.
The physical page turning buttons are a bit stiff.
Summary: The Simple Touch is such a delightfully well made device. It's simple and it works! It's a million times better than the Nook 1st Edition, and I suspect ...
Summary: The Simple Touch is such a delightfully well made device. It's simple and it works! It's a million times better than the Nook 1st Edition, and I suspect it's much better than the new Kindles.
My only concern is that I may have chosen the losing side in the ebook wars. Three cheers for DRM lock-in!
It exceeded my expectations!
by hcm2 on March 30, 2012
Pros: Small, comfortable, durable and easy to read. First rate service from B&N and the store is always there if you like to browse the physical books rather than strictly shop on line.
Cons: Some books don't utilize the entire screen for text.
Summary: I bought the Nook in June for my wife's birthday. She is an avid reader and took to the Nook as her first ereader right away. She likes to ...
Summary: I bought the Nook in June for my wife's birthday. She is an avid reader and took to the Nook as her first ereader right away. She likes to read while sunning and doesn't have any trouble reading in full, bright sunlight. Unfortunately, after using the Nook for ten months, we couldn't wake it up from its nap yesterday so we took it back to B&N. When I explained the issue to their Nook specialist he tried for just a minute and also could not wake up the little device. Without hesitation (or a receipt) he opened up a brand new Nook, downloaded my wife's library and sent me on my way with the new device fully restored and an extra charger with an apology for my trouble. Thank you B&N, I'm sold!
This is a great ereader.
by TestShouldWork1007 on October 7, 2011
Pros: This is a great ereader.
Cons: No 3G connection.
Summary: If 3G access is not a problem for you then this is a good buy.
Summary: If 3G access is not a problem for you then this is a good buy.
It is dependable and easy to use.
by nana219 on August 31, 2011
Pros: The page changes are quick and have no problems with freeze-ups like I did with my previous e-reader. The dictionary is handy, the choice of text size and font is good, it is light-weight and durable. I love the fast wi-fi downloads. Even the downloads th
Cons: My battery lasts only a few days at best (I use it constantly). They fail to tell you that the dictionary, highlighting, archiving and other perks only work on books purchased from Barnes and Noble. My biggest problem is that books cannot be deleted. I ge
by sil1_mark on August 12, 2011
Pros: hidden web browswer, touchscreen, battery life, grippy, e-ink display, can slide in back pocket without case... PRICE!!
Cons: cant complain about anything because the price is so good. if anyone has a problem with this device theyre greedy and cheap...
Summary: Barnes and Nobles care about their customers so much they've created the nook touch with android os.. the system have hidden goodies like bluetooth and web browser. why does ...
Summary: Barnes and Nobles care about their customers so much they've created the nook touch with android os.. the system have hidden goodies like bluetooth and web browser. why does it have these things and wasnt told to us? IDK! But maybe this will give us an up on the competition; where is the comp? hmm?.. NOOK FAN FOR LIFE!
- Manufacturer: Barnes & Noble
- Part number: CNET-Nook-Touch
- Description: Breakthrough E Ink display - 25% faster than any other eReader Best-Text, ultra-crisp, reads just like paper - even in bright sun Longest battery life - read for up to 2 months based on 1 hour of daily reading Over 2.5 million books, get them in seconds with built-in Wi-Fi No annoying ads Always free NOOK support in-store Borrow books from your public library
- Packaged Quantity 1
- Product Type eBook reader
- Dimensions (W x D x H) 5 in x 0.47 in x 6.5 in
- Weight 7.48 oz
- Slot provided type [Dec 3, 2010 from CDS: Slot Provided] microSD
- Type 6 in,
Monochrome E Ink
- Display Resolution 800 x 600
- Touchscreen Yes
- Display type 6 in,
- Max resolution 800 x 600
- Flash Memory 2 GB
- Total User Available Memory 1.25 GB
- Supported Flash Memory Cards microSD,
- Max Supported Capacity 32 GB
- Flash memory installed 2 GB
- Wireless Connectivity 802.11b/g/n
Operating System / Software
- Preloaded Software Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary Eleventh Edition
- Supported Text Formats EPUB ,
- Supported Still Image Formats JPEG,
- Features Touch screen ,
- Type Touch-screen
- Recharge Time 3.5 hour(s)
Expansion and Connectivity
- Expansion Slot(s) 1 x microSD
- Interfaces 1
- Cables Included 1 x USB cable
Dimensions & Weight
- Width 5 in
- Depth 0.47 in
- Height 6.5 in