Reader Rocket Review Our evaluation of eReader vs Simple Touch

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 and Recharge time

Reviews

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Reviews from multiple trusted sites

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 bookstore and performance.

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Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Kobo eReader

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Thinner 10.2 mm vs 12 mm More than 15% thinner ; easily slides into bags
Quicker recharging 2.5 hours vs 3 hours More than 15% quicker recharging; requires less time to re-charge
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
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
Significantly longer battery life 30 hour vs 10 hour 3x longer battery life; read more between charges
Many more gray shades 16 vs 8 Twice as many gray shades

Specifications Full list of technical specs

screen

eReader  vs
NOOK Simple Touch 
Gray shades 8 16
Screen resolution 800 x 600 800 x 600
Screen size 6" 6"
Pixel density 166 ppi 166 ppi
Built-in light None None
Screen type E-Ink E-Ink
Touchscreen None Infrared
Flashes screen black during page turns Yes Yes

features

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

storage

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

form factor

Housing type Plastic Plastic and soft-touch rubber
Size 119 x 183 x 10.2 mm 127 x 165 x 12 mm
Weight 227 g 212 g
Interface D-pad touchscreen
Headphone jack No No

connectivity

eReader  vs
NOOK Simple Touch 
Cellular data None None
Wi-Fi None 802.11b/g/n
Bluetooth connectivity Yes No

technical specs

Document support
ePUB
PDF
PDF

bookstore

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
Kobo eReader
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Barnes & Noble NOOK Simple Touch
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