Barnes & Noble Nook Simple Touch

The second generation Nook from Barnes & Noble ditches the touchscreen LCD menu bar of the first model while adding touch sensitivity to the 6-inch E Ink display. This results in the e-reader having a substantially more compact footprint, and the 16 levels of grayscale offer fifty percent greater contrast than the original Nook. On Nov 7th, 2011 the Barnes & Noble relaunched the Simple Touch at a new price (down from $139.99) with software that improved both screen rendering and battery life.

  • Status: Available
  • Availability date: Jun. 10, 2011
  • Price at launch: $99.00

What You Need To Know

  • Lighter, smaller physical design
  • Touchscreen 16-grayscale E Ink display
  • 50% more contrast than the original Nook
  • Battery life of up to two months on a single charge

Verge Review

The new Nook from Barnes & Noble has this funny little trick: I keep on reading on it. In fact, despite my best efforts otherwise, I’m often reading the very book I planned on reading, or the book that I was reading moments before I tried to escape into some OS Wonderland that simply doesn’t exist here. Sometimes I wonder what else is going on in the world — but I’d have to set down the Nook and pick up another device to find out, so I just read the book instead. It’s kind of like… reading a...

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Basic Specs

Screen size (diagonal) 6 inches
Technology E Ink Pearl
Touchscreen type IR
File support ePUB, PDF

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Tech Specs

Hardware
Height 6.5 inches
Width 5 inches
Thickness 0.47 inches
Weight 0.47 pounds
Primary orientation Portrait
Color Black
Display
Screen size (diagonal) 6 inches
Resolution (X) 600 px
Resolution (Y) 800 px
Screen shades 16
Technology E Ink Pearl
Touchscreen type IR
Software
Operating system Android
Text-to-speech No
File support ePUB, PDF
Storage
Internal size 2 GB
External storage Yes
External type microSD
Max. external size 32 GB
Connectivity
Wi-Fi Yes
Ports
Data connections Micro USB
Battery
Removable No
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