Reader Rocket Review Our evaluation of Simple Touch vs Libre Pro

Display

How do the screens stack up?

Resolution, pixel density, Screen size and anti-glare

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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Reviews from theverge.com

Reader Rocket Score

Display, Bookstore, Performance and Reviews

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Barnes & Noble NOOK Simple Touch 

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

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Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Barnes & Noble NOOK Simple Touch

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Has Wi-Fi connectivity 802.11b/g/n vs None Most E-Readers have a Wi-Fi connectivity; download books from device or surf the web
Has a touchscreen Infrared vs None About half of E-Readers have a touchscreen; Fewer buttons, interact directly with menus
Can take notes Yes vs No About half of E-Readers support take notes
Has a built-in dictionaries Yes vs No About half of E-Readers have a built-in dictionaries
Bigger screen 6" vs 5" 20% bigger screen
Higher resolution screen 800 x 600 vs 640 x 480 More than 55% higher resolution screen
Longer battery life 30 hour vs 24 hour 25% longer battery life; read more between charges
Front view of Aluratek Libre Pro

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Significantly thinner 9.5 mm vs 12 mm More than 20% thinner ; easily slides into bags
No black flash when turning pages No (ePaper) vs Yes (E-Ink) Somewhat common; provides less obtrusive page turns
Faster page turns 0.78 s vs 1.03 s Around 25% faster page turns
Supports the Mobi e-book format Yes vs No About half of E-Readers support the Mobi e-book format
More storage capacity 2 GB vs 1.26 GB Around 60% more storage capacity

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Specifications Full list of technical specs

screen

NOOK Simple Touch  vs
Libre Pro 
Gray shades 16 16
Screen resolution 800 x 600 640 x 480
Screen size 6" 5"
Pixel density 166 ppi 160 ppi
Built-in light None None
Screen type E-Ink ePaper
Touchscreen Infrared None
Flashes screen black during page turns Yes No

features

Sync across multiple devices Yes N/A
Note taking Yes No
Text to speech No No
Directly download library e-books to device No No
Web browser No No
Stereo speakers No No
Evernote integration No No
Landscape mode Yes Yes
Parental controls Yes No

storage

Internal storage 1.26 GB 2 GB
Expansion slot microSD (up to 32GB) microSD (up to 32GB)
Memory 2 GB 2 GB

form factor

Housing type Plastic and soft-touch rubber Hard Plastic
Size 127 x 165 x 12 mm 108 x 152 x 9.5 mm
Weight 212 g 213 g
Interface touchscreen D-pad
Headphone jack No Yes

connectivity

NOOK Simple Touch  vs
Libre Pro 
Input/Output port micro-USB mini-USB
Cellular data None None
Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n None
Bluetooth connectivity No No

technical specs

Document support
FB2
PRC
PDF
TXT
RTF
ePUB
MOBI
Image support
JPEG
GIF
PNG
BMP

bookstore

Uses an open platform Yes Yes
Bookstore NOOK Book Store None
EBookstore size 3.27 M book N/A
Free content free content 1.84 M books N/A
Customer loyalty program No N/A
Average NYT best sellers price $9.64 N/A
Number of NYT top-selling titles offered+ 38 N/A
Reader-to-reader lending Yes N/A
Cloud storage Yes N/A
Reading apps iOS, Android, PC and Mac N/A
Additional electronic offerings newspapers, magazines, comics/graphic novels, textbooks, and audio-books N/A
Has retail store locations Yes N/A
Barnes & Noble NOOK Simple Touch
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