Ever hate having to stop reading when things get dark or have to scrounge around for a book light?! What about trying to read on your laptop and getting that bad glare?! My least favorite is reading and touching newspapers because I always get black ink all over my fingers post-newspaper contact! I do have to admit I haven't read a book, my Bible is the only exception, voluntarily for about…16 years! I used to read books all the time, though nothing educational but I loved reading. My parents had to pry the books out of my hands to get me to go to bed or ban books from the house to get me to play at the playground and not have my face buried in a book. But sadly, when high school hit and reading specific books became a requirement, it no longer was fun and I stopped reading for pleasure. So you must be wondering why I decided to do a review of a Nook e-reader. The desire for an e-reader began when Honey was commuting to work everyday but would spend 3+ hours everyday on a train. He always talked about how the books were too heavy to carry and it was cumbersome to read them on the train and he started noticing everyone who had an e-reader. So since that time, e-readers have been on our minds! So I was fortunate enough to be able to work with Staples to do a review on Barnes and Nobles Simple Touch with GlowLight e-reader.
Below are the specs for the Nook:
- 6" E-Ink® touchscreen at a resolution 600 x 800 and 16-level Gray Scale
- Most advanced E Ink® display with clear, crisp text – even in bright sun
- Under 7 ounces
- Over 2.5 million books, magazines and newspapers and NOOK lets you borrow books in the universally accepted ePub format – so you can borrow and read eBooks from your local library!
- NOOK connects via thousands of Wi-Fi® 802.11b/g/n networks, including FREE access at all Barnes & Noble stores and more than 24,000 AT&T® hotspots
- Connect with friends and share recommendations about the books you love on Facebook and Twitter, or swap books with LendMe® technology
- 2GB holds up to 1000 books
- With 2GB of space and 32GB w/ microSD card expandable memory
- Get handpicked recommendations on what to read next and personalize your reading experience by adding your own screensaver and bookshelves
- Read for over 1 month on a single charge with GlowLight on and 2 months with it off
- Dimensions 6.5" H x 5.0" W x .47" D, 6.95 oz
- 1 year limited manufacturers warranty
So what do all those specs really look like when you're using it?! With the built-in anti-glare screen protector, I did not have to worry about the light hitting the Nook screen the wrong way and causing my eyes to squint. When I first got the Nook shipment, I couldn't believe how lightweight the shipment was and when I opened the box, the under 7 ounce Nook, felt light as a feather! At first, Honey thought the Nook was all powered up and ready to go because the screensaver image was up already but we came to realize that even when the Nook is off, it still displays an image! I love that it has both a 6" touchscreen and page turn buttons so you have the flexibility to decide which you prefer more. I have used both features equally and even love the fact that they have page forward and page back buttons on both the left and right side of the e-reader, allowing both left-handed and right-handed readers to enjoy the Nook. I actually use the left page back button and right page forward button when reading with both hands! I also enjoy the GlowLight on the Nook and it's adjustability. I can set it to a dim light setting or on bright or completely off. It's been great for reading in the dark or just when I feel like I need a little bit more light!
When setting up my Nook, I had to register it to an email account, set up a password, connect to Wi-Fi, and even input a credit card in order to start using the Nook. When you first look at the Nook, you'll notice all the interesting screensavers on the Nook of past authors or you could also change it to nature scenes. I decided to look through the user guide and found that you can also customize your own screensavers and that's exactly what I decided to do. Nothing wrong with pictures of authors but I wanted to make my Nook personal with pictures of those I love! So what you have to do is hook up the Nook to your computer, open up the Nook folder and you'll see a sub-folder called Screensaver. Open that up and make a new folder for the new screensavers you want to upload. I dragged and dropped some photos into the new folder and ejected the Nook. Then press the U button on your Nook, go to Settings and then Screensaver. You will now notice the categories: Author, Nature, and the new folder(s) you created. Select the file you want to use as your screensaver and you are all set! Below is a full colored photo that I uploaded as a screensaver. Doesn't look too bad as a black and white photo on the Nook, especially compared to the original screensavers to the right of it.
I love their Free Sample feature that allows you to essentially check out the book, magazine or newspaper for 14 days for free before committing to the purchase. This has helped me determine whether or not I wanted to make a purchase for something. I was looking for a bible to use on my Nook but didn't know which one to purchase that would work best on the Nook so I used that feature on 3 different bibles, allowing me to test out all their features, ease of use, etc. However, what I have discovered is that the bible is too large of a book to be used on the Nook because it really slows down the e-reader. I tried doing searches on all 3 bibles and they all seemed to freeze and it was hard to jump from one book in the bible to another. So my ultimate decision was to not use my Nook for reading my bible but I'd love to see a version come out for the Nook Simple Touch that could really handle people jumping from one book and scripture to another, using search terms to find relavent scriptures, and being able to go to the table of contents easily. I did see some reviews that the Nook Color and Tablet can better handle a large application such as the bible but not the Nook Simple Touch. So I was glad for the sample feature because being able to try it out for the 14 days helped me to save around $16 per bible! Nook also offers a selection of free books but after looking at them, I did not find the quality selection I would have liked to see so I would most likely go the paid books and magazines route. However, with that said, I was able to find a free Star Wars book for Honey's reading pleasure, of course that's when I'm not using the Nook for myself! There is also a LendMe option through the Nook and you're able to lend certain books to other Nook users. In the Nook library, you can drop down the menu to show books and magazines that are available in the LendMe program. I was not able to find too many Nook users out there so the LendMe program, though great in theory, did not help me in my case because I could not find someone to lend to or from. However, that was only in the 2 weeks I owned the Nook so I may find someone later on to swap books with!
The Nook SImple Touch with GlowLight can be purchased at Staples for $119 and with free shipping on all orders over $45.