Reader Rocket Review Our evaluation of Simple Touch GlowLight vs 1st Edition

Display

How do the screens stack up?

Resolution, pixel density and Screen size

Bookstore

How good is the supporting ecosystem?

e-bookstore size, average NYT best sellers price, NYT's top selling titles and 4 more

Performance

How responsive and how long does the e-reader last?

Battery life

Reviews

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Reader Rocket Score

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Barnes & Noble NOOK Simple Touch GlowLight 

Reader Rocket recommends the Barnes & Noble NOOK Simple Touch GlowLight  based on its performance and reviews.

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Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Barnes & Noble NOOK Simple Touch GlowLight

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Significantly longer battery life 30 hour vs 8 hour 3.8x longer battery life; read more between charges
Significantly lighter weight 198 g vs 318 g Around 40% lighter weight
Thinner 12 mm vs 13 mm Around 10% thinner ; easily slides into bags
Front view of Barnes & Noble NOOK 1st Edition

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Can browse the web Yes vs No About half of E-Readers have a web browser
Faster page turns 0.8 s vs 1.03 s More than 20% faster page turns
Has a removable battery Yes vs No Somewhat common; Old batteries can be replaced inexpensively

Specifications Full list of technical specs

screen

NOOK Simple Touch GlowLight  vs
1st Edition 
Screen resolution 800 x 600 800 x 600
Screen size 6" 6"
Pixel density 166 ppi 166 ppi

features

Sync across multiple devices Yes Yes
Directly download library e-books to device No No
Web browser No Yes
Stereo speakers No Yes
Evernote integration No No
Landscape mode Yes Yes
Accelerometer No No
Parental controls Yes No

storage

Expansion slot microSD (up to 32GB) microSD (up to 16GB)
Memory 2 GB 2 GB

technical specs

NOOK Simple Touch GlowLight  vs
1st Edition 
Document support
ePUB
PDF
Image support
JPEG
GIF
PNG
BMP

bookstore

Uses an open platform Yes Yes
Bookstore NOOK Book Store NOOK Book Store
EBookstore size 3.27 M book 3.27 M book
Free content free content 1.84 M books 1.84 M books
Customer loyalty program No No
Average NYT best sellers price $9.64 $9.64
Number of NYT top-selling titles offered+ 38 38
Reader-to-reader lending Yes Yes
Cloud storage Yes Yes
Reading apps iOS, Android, PC and Mac iOS, Android, PC and Mac
Additional electronic offerings newspapers, magazines, comics/graphic novels, textbooks, and audio-books newspapers, magazines, comics/graphic novels, textbooks, and audio-books
Has retail store locations Yes Yes

form factor

Size 127 x 165 x 12 mm 124 x 196 x 13 mm
Weight 198 g 318 g
Headphone jack No Yes
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