Nook Simple Touch review: Pros, Cons & Verdict [2022]

Nook Simple Touch Review

Let’s start the Nook Simple Touch review by saying that Barnes and Noble Nook has long been Amazon’s primary rival in the eReader marketplace.

Nook Simple Touch

Nook SImple Touch
The Nook Touch with GLowLight is the first ebook reader that includes a light that does not cause eyestrain. This means that you can read in complete darkness without having the feeling like you’re staring at a computer screen. A massive upgrade on previous eReaders which couldn’t be read in the dark without a torch.

However, does this make the Nook ebook reader a great product, or just offer a marketing gimmick? Let’s take a look.

Nook Simple Touch: Key specs

  • Release Year: 2012
  • Battery Life: 8 weeks
  • Screen Size: 6 inches
  • Screen Type: e-Ink with glowlight
  • Weight: 6.95 oz
  • Storage Size: 2GB
  • Internet: Wi-Fi
  • Main eBook Format: ePub


Comfortable: When it comes to comfort, it’s not only size and weight that matter but also ergonomics. The shape of the device affects the way it feels in your hand, and the ereader is as comfortable as they come. This is made even better by the specially designed grip on the case, which makes it less likely to slip in your hand.

Screen and Display

Nook Simple Touch display
GlowLight technology: The biggest development offered by the Nook is the Nook GlowLight technology. This technology lights up the screen in such a way that it doesn’t glare when you look at it for long periods of time. Unlike traditional backlit screens like those found on computers and tablets, the GlowLight screen on the device does not lead to eyestrain, or other discomforts while reading.

This is a massive plus, as it means you can now read in the dark without needing a torch. What’s more, you can also adjust exactly how bright the screen appears, so if you don’t want to disturb whoever’s sleeping next to you, partner or baby, you can have the light set very low.

Anti-Glare: As with all eReaders, the Nooks ereader doesn’t suffer from glare problems when used outside, even on the sunniest of days. This ensures you can use it wherever you are, whenever you want, without any difficulty.

Fragile Screen: Probably the single biggest issue with the e-reader is the fragility of the screen. Many users have reported that even a minor knock leaves cracks in the screen that glows whenever the light is switched on in the device. That means you’ll have to be ultra-careful with the device, otherwise, your reading experience with the light on will be ruined. This is a serious problem.

Nook or Kindle: Format supported

Unlike the Amazon Kindle, which uses its own book format, the Nook uses the popular ePub format. This is the most common eBook format, meaning you can buy and read books from a wide range of different sources, without having to worry about converting the files.

Battery life

Battery life is one of the most important things for any device designed to be portable. And the ereader doesn’t disappoint. Even with the light on, a full battery charge will last for up to one month of use – an impressive number, though not quite up to the level of the Kindle Paperwhite. Still, up until now, one-month battery life has been standard for eReaders without a light, so making it possible for one that does have a light – and a touch screen – is certainly impressive.

Size And Weight

In terms of size and weight, the e-reader is great. It’s small enough to fit into a pocket on your cargo pants or slip into a backpack, suitcase, or handbag. This size is also a bonus in terms of comfort when holding the device, as it’s easy to hold.

In addition, the GlowLight is very lightweight. This makes it easy to carry around with you wherever you go, and also makes it easy to hold when reading for long periods of time. A double plus!


For those who are fast readers, or just a bit impatient, the fast page turns are a blessing. They’re much faster than the majority of other eReaders, interrupting the reading experience which lets you get on with enjoying your book.

Touch Screen: Modern technology is increasingly going the way of the touch screen, with physical buttons going out of fashion like there’s no tomorrow. The ebook reader responds directly to this consumer interest by offering full touch-based controls to interact with the device. This gives it a real up-to-date feel and is sure to impress.

Memory Space

The Nook Touch is one of the only eReaders to offer expandable memory options. This is certainly an advantage and is something many users have been calling for from their eReaders for some time.

Using MicroSD memory cards, you can expand the memory on this device by up to 32GB, giving you more space than you could ever really use on eBooks.


Well, the problem for the ebook reader is that it is competing directly with Amazon’s Kindle Paperwhite, and unfortunately comes at a higher price. If the price drops, then this issue will go away, but for now the device is one of the more expensive eReaders on the market.

Customer service

Barnes and Noble have gained something of a reputation for poor customer service. This is a major issue for any company competing with Amazon, which has consistently received high praise for the quality of its customer service.

No Kindle Bookstore: Another problem with the e-reader is that it can’t access the Kindle bookstore. This is a major limitation, as the Kindle bookstore offers the largest selection of eBooks of any provider.

Nook Simple Touch Pros and Cons


  • 1.GlowLight technology. Read without eye strain
  • 2.Anti Glare display
  • 3.Great Battery life
  • 4.Fast Page Turns
  • 5.Expandable Memory


  • 1.Fragile Screen
  • 2.The Price

Nook Simple Touch Review – Final Verdict

Overall, the Nook with GlowLight is a good product but is probably now outdone on all fronts by the Kindle Paperwhite.

The real deal-breaker with the GlowLight has got to be the fragile screen. There’s no point in paying out for an eReader with a lit-up screen if there’s a good chance the screen won’t last long. So it’s hard to recommend this otherwise good product for that reason. Best to avoid this one.

John Smith
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