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Barnes & Noble Nook Simple Touch Reader Prices, Specifications and Reviews

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The Nook Simple Touch Reader is one of the first eReaders to be offered with a touch-screen. And without the navigation screen, or a keyboard like early Kindles, the Nook Simple Touch Reader is one of the lightest, most portable units available.

In addition to the touch-screen, Barnes & Noble made several changes in the Nook platform. The Nook Simple Touch has a much longer battery life than the Nook 1st Edition, able to continue on a single charge for up to two months.

The Simple Touch is available only in a Wi-Fi model, not 3G, but access is free in thousands of locations, including Starbucks stores and Barnes & Noble retail locations.

CostHelper Bottom Line: Advertised prices for the Nook SImple Touch are typically equal to MSRP of $79. Electronics items are often on sale around major holidays, for those willing to wait. Savings typically range from $5-$15 off the retail price.


(Prices as of 03/27/2013)
Nook Simple Touch Reader Source
$79Barnes & Noble
$80Best Buy

Additional Costs:

$0-$20Books: Most titles are $5-$20, more than 1 million books are free
$20-$60Cover/carrying case
$15 Reading light
$20 Extended warranty/protection plan


DimensionsHeight: 6.5"
Width: 5"
Depth: 0.47"
Weight7.48 oz
Screen Size6" touch-screen
Text DisplayE-Ink Pearl
Capacity2GB (about 1,000 books); MicroSD card slot allows for additional 32GB (30,000 books)
Battery LifeUp to 2 months (Wi-Fi off), up to 3 weeks (Wi-Fi on)
Other FeaturesMini USB pot
PDF reader
Social media (Twitter & Facebook) integration
Built-in dictionary
Warranty1 year, limited

For manufacturer information about this product, go to Barnes & Noble.

Best-Selling Books

1. "Firefly Lane" by Kristin Hannah$3
2. "Lover at Last" by JR Ward$15
3. "The Edge of Never" by JA Redmerski$1
4. "The Wanderer" by Robyn Carr$6
5. "The Host" by Stephenie Meyer$6
(List as of 03/27/2013) Source: Barnes & Noble

Best-Selling Magazines

1. US Weekly$5.99/month
2. Cosmopolitan$1.99/month
3. People$9.99/month
4. OK! Magazine$2.90/month
5. HGTV Magazine$1.99/month
(List as of 03/27/2013) Source: Barnes & Noble

Best-Selling Newspapers

1. The New York Times$19.99/month
2. USA Today$11.99/month
3. The Wall Street Journal$18.29/month
4. The Onion$2.49/month
5. The International Herald Tribune$14.99/month
(List as of 03/27/2013) Source: Barnes & Noble

What People Are Saying:

Consumer Reports marked the Nook Simple Touch Reader as the highest-rated dedicated eReader on the market in 2011, noting its excellent readability, responsiveness, navigation and page-turning ability. The Nook Simple Touch Reader was also named the Editor's Choice by PC Magazine. Users also lauded it with praise. The only complaint users noted, and infrequently, was the possibility the screen would freeze, but users added replacing the device was simple and easy through Barnes & Noble.
  • PC Magazine: "Hands down, the Barnes & Noble Nook Touch Reader is the best dedicated ebook reader available right now. It's inexpensive, provides a fantastic reading experience, lasts an insanely long time, and accesses the giant Barnes & Noble library."