By Scott Packard
on 4.18.12
Photo by AP/Mary Altaffer

With an eye towards enlightening night-time, dark hidey-holes and that closet Harry was stuffed into, Barnes and Noble has added LEDs to their Simple Touch eReader, to form the verbosely named Nook Simple Touch, with GlowLight. Hardware-wise, not much has changed outside of the patent-pending technology that provides light over the top of the screen, vs. behind it, as is the case with its fully backlit LCD counterpart, the Nook Color. Brightness level is adjustable, and the battery can provide a month of reading time in glow mode or two months with the light off. Otherwise, the new device is also imperceptibly lighter (5%) compared to the original and has an anti-glare coating for improved daytime viewing. Those tweaks will cost you an extra $40 — but on the bright side, at least you can delve into your erotica collection the classics at anytime you damn please.

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