Nook Simple Touch
The Nook Simple Touch displaying a photo screensaver
|Developer||Barnes & Noble|
|Release date||June 10, 2011, Wi-Fi version|
|Introductory price||US$139, Wi-Fi version US$99, 2011-11-07|
|Operating system||Android 2.1|
|Power||Installed battery (2 months with Wi-Fi off)|
|CPU||800 MHz TI OMAP 3621|
|Storage||2 GB internal, microSD expands up to 32 GB|
|Display||6 in (152 mm), 600 x 800 pixel, 167 PPI, E Ink|
|Input||Touchscreen, left-right paging buttons, home button|
|Connectivity||Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, USB|
|Dimensions||6.5 in (165 mm) H
5.0 in (127 mm) W
0.47 in (12 mm) D
|Weight||7.48 oz (212 g)|
The Nook Simple Touch (also called the Nook Touch) is the second generation of the Nook e-book device by Barnes & Noble. It features an 800x600 E Ink screen that has a touchscreen using a network of infrared beams slightly above the screen surface. It has wireless connectivity via Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, and has a micro USB port for charging and connecting to a computer. In April 2012, Barnes & Noble introduced a Simple Touch Reader with "GlowLight" technology.
The Nook Glowlight was released on October 30, 2013 and replaced the Simple Touch with Glowlight. The Simple Touch was still sold until late February 2014 when it was discontinued.
As with the prior Nook, the Simple Touch provides a LendMe feature allowing users to share some books with other people depending on licensing by the book's publisher. The buyer is permitted to share a book once with one other user for up to two weeks. The other users may view the borrowed book using a Nook, Nook Color, Nook Tablet, or Barnes & Noble's free reader software on any other device running Android, BlackBerry OS, iOS, OS X, or Windows.
The device can store an estimated 1,000 books; it has 2 GB of internal memory of which only half is available for content. Of the 1 GB of content, 750 MB is reserved for content from Barnes & Noble's e-book store, which leaves approximately 250 MB for other files. As with the original Nook, microSD and microSDHC memory cards can be inserted to expand the Nook Simple Touch's memory up to 32 GB. Unlike the prior Nook, the rechargeable battery in the Simple Touch is not user-replaceable, and is expected to last, per charge, for 2 months with the wireless turned off, or 3 weeks with the wireless turned on. Unlike prior versions, the Simple Touch lacks audio abilities. Supported file formats include EPUB (DRM and non-DRM), PDF, JPEG, GIF, PNG, and BMP. The Nook does not support txt or rtf. Images may be used as screensaver replacements and can appear as part of an ebook.
The Nook also had a "hidden" web browser (accessed by entering a URL into the search feature), but this was removed in the 1.1.0 Nook Software Update. Other changes involved in the 1.1.0 software update include improved battery life and enhanced font display. In the 1.2.1 Nook Software Update, a hidden browser could be found by navigating to Settings-Social-Link to Facebook, Twitter, and Google, tapping Link Your Account under the Google tab, then tapping the Google logo. This takes you to the Google home page, where you can search the web.
The Nook can organize books into 'shelves' to make it easier to find things. This organization must be done manually on the device, one book at a time. The file table is inaccessible so users cannot use third party software (such as calibre) for external editing, due to DRM concerns.
A limited edition version of the Nook was sold as a Black Friday special on November 25, 2011. It featured a white plastic bezel along the sides of the device and a $20 discount. For a time starting January 2012, Barnes and Noble offered the Nook for free with the purchase of a year-long subscription of The New York Times online edition. On December 9, 2012, the Simple Touch Reader retail price dropped to $79.
On April 12, 2012, Barnes & Noble introduced a Simple Touch Reader with "GlowLight" technology to make reading in the dark easier. The Glowlight is a frontlighting technology that uses a diffraction grating technique to diffuse the light across the screen. As of August 2014, it is priced at $99.
On April 30, 2013, the London Evening Standard gave 1000 to low-income school children and in partnership with Barnes and Noble offered the device for £29 in the United Kingdom for a limited period "to promote reading". On May 3 the reduced price promotion, called "Fact not Fiction", was pulled because the Nook was sold out.
Since its release on May 25, 2011, the Nook Simple Touch has received generally positive reviews. PC Mag summarized their review as: "Thanks to plenty of upgrades and a laser-sharp focus on the reading experience, the second-gen Barnes & Noble Nook Touch Reader is our new Editors' Choice for ebook readers." Laptop Magazine termed it "the best E Ink eReader on the market right now". An MSNBC critic favored the Nook Simple Touch over the Kindle Touch due to its better user interface and an "over two months" battery life versus the Kindle's "up to two months".
Use of additional Android applications
As an Android device, the Nook Simple Touch can be modified to run Android applications (including through Google Play) through a process called rooting, which grants users root access to the Nook Simple Touch's file system. Doing so voids the device's warranty in some jurisdictions, although it can often be restored to (non-rooted) factory defaults for warranty claims.
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