Reader Rocket Review Our evaluation of Touch vs Simple Touch GlowLight


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

Recharge time and boot-up


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Barnes & Noble NOOK Simple Touch GlowLight 

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

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Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Kobo Touch

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Thinner 10 mm vs 12 mm More than 15% thinner ; easily slides into bags
Can browse the web Yes vs No About half of E-Readers have a web browser
Faster page turns 0.86 s vs 1.03 s More than 15% faster page turns
Supports the Mobi e-book format Yes vs No About half of E-Readers support the Mobi e-book format
Front view of Barnes & Noble NOOK Simple Touch GlowLight

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Has a built-in light GlowLight vs None Very few E-Readers have a built-in light
Has reader-to-reader lending Yes (NOOK Book Store) vs No (Kobo Books) Somewhat common; e-books can be loaned to a friend for a 14 day period; each e-book can only be loaned once
Noticeably quicker recharging 3 hours vs 5 hours 40% quicker recharging; requires less time to re-charge

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Specifications Full list of technical specs


Touch  vs
NOOK Simple Touch GlowLight 
Gray shades 16 16
Screen resolution 800 x 600 800 x 600
Screen size 6" 6"
Pixel density 166 ppi 166 ppi
Built-in light None GlowLight
Screen type E-Ink E-Ink
Touchscreen Infrared Infrared
Multitouch Yes Yes
Flashes screen black during page turns Yes Yes


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


Internal storage 1 GB 1.26 GB
Expansion slot microSD (up to 32GB) microSD (up to 32GB)
Memory 2 GB 2 GB

form factor

Housing type Plastic and tough rubber Plastic and soft-touch rubber
Size 114 x 165 x 10 mm 127 x 165 x 12 mm
Weight 184 g 198 g
Interface touchscreen touchscreen
Headphone jack No No


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

technical specs

Processor 800 MHz 800 MHz
Document support
Image support


Uses an open platform Yes Yes
Bookstore Kobo Books NOOK Book Store
EBookstore size 3.2 M book 3.27 M book
Free content free content 1.89 M books 1.84 M books
Customer loyalty program No No
Average NYT best sellers price $9.95 $9.64
Number of NYT top-selling titles offered+ 38 38
Reader-to-reader lending No Yes
Cloud storage Yes Yes
Reading apps iOS, Android, BlackBerry, PC and Mac iOS, Android, PC and Mac
Additional electronic offerings newspapers, magazines and comics/graphic novels newspapers, magazines, comics/graphic novels, textbooks, and audio-books
Has retail store locations No Yes
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