Barnes & Noble conducted a survey and found that essentially half of readers struggle with bothering their significant others in bed because they had to keep the lights on. Barnes & Noble’s answer to that problem is the Nook Simple Touch with GlowLight, an updated e-ink-based reader whose screen comes with a built-in screen glow feature for easy night-time reading.
Book readers that use the e-ink technology (like the original Kindle and most Nook devices) have the advantage of battery life measured in weeks rather than hours, but the lack of a back-lit screen is part of the reason they beat out LCD-based readers like the iPad and the Kindle Fire in that metric.
The new Nook Simple Touch manages a compromise by retaining the e-ink tech, but using a simpler, less power-intensive backlighting technology to make the books readable in bed. Your boyfriend, girlfriend, husband, or wife won’t be quite so bothered anymore, and you’ll be able to read for up to 2 months without recharging.
Beyond that, the updated version of this 6-inch reader is light on features, hence its sticking to its unlit predecessor’s “simple” name, but it does have a touch screen. It’s no revolution, but the price isn’t too bad either; it will go on sale in early May for $139.
That’s just in time for Mother’s Day — just a thought about how we can all be thoughtful!