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Old 04-12-2012, 05:56 PM   #1
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Old 04-12-2012, 07:19 PM   #2
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I wonder if it'll be any different than reading off a tablet.
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Old 04-12-2012, 08:03 PM   #3
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Sure it will be different than reading a tablet--it has regular e-ink and can be backlit, still with a white background and black ink, when required. It does sound like the perfect solution.
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Old 04-12-2012, 08:26 PM   #4
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It's not backlit. It's front lit.

The light is above the screen, not under it.

In theory it should be no different to your eyes than a nook with a book light.
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Old 04-12-2012, 09:47 PM   #5
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Wow! Did we know about the Glowlight? This is very cool! I love it!
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Old 04-12-2012, 10:37 PM   #6
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I'm intrigued.
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Old 04-13-2012, 03:31 AM   #7
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I would love one, but too expensive right now (or rtaher when available in May), but when price comes down, or refurbs are offered I might buy one.
I will certainly check it out when visiting Indianapolis in June (the other places I go to don't have BN stores - must plan my trips better...)!

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Old 04-13-2012, 05:04 AM   #8
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It looks just like the light on the Sony Prs-700. I'm curious to see what it looks like in person.
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I would love a lighted screen; I always read with an attached light. But I'll skip this iteration.

I bought the previous Nook Touch, and passed it along to my daughter. If they provided some meaningful updates to the reading software (formatting), higher resolution, and better page turning buttons, I would have been all over this.

As it is, I'll wait and see what the competition comes up with.
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Old 04-13-2012, 09:29 AM   #10
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I would love one, but too expensive right now
Yeah, I agree. I cannot see anyone spending 40% more just to get the new lighting feature. I am glad that they are continuing to innovate and improve however, and no doubt the price will come down ($29.99! )
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Old 04-13-2012, 09:44 AM   #11
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That does look interesting. Hopefully this will become standard across eInk readers, and you can use it if you need it.

(However, in what way is the Nook the "world's #1 reader", especially as it's not available much outside the US? No need to answer, just my ageing grumbling about marketing-speak...)

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Old 04-13-2012, 10:24 AM   #12
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So it sounds like the only change is a slight cosmetic one, the built in illumination (which should be pretty nifty) and they somehow managed to make it just a hair lighter (about half an ounce, or about 8% lighter). It doesn't look like there are any changes to the processor, memory, storage, battery, dimensions or screen. I guess a perk is that the cover I have should fit it. I am pretty dissapointed that it looks like they made absolutely no other changes to it...and on top of that are asking for what is in effect a $40/40% premium for just front lighting. If they had at least made some other minor changes, like increasing storage space even, I think it might be worth it. However, if nothing else, a nice LED book light is about $25...which I don't think means that the built in lighting is really worth commading a $40 premium.

All that said, I'll give it 6 months or a year and probably get a refurb then or something similar once the price dips to $100 or less. It would be a nice feature, and I can't complain about any weight reduction (not that I think my nook ST is heavy, but it can always be lighter)...but I already have a nice LED book light, even if it isn't as convenient as having it built in.

That and I can't help wondering if there is going to be a fully on "revamp" in the next 4-8 months anyway as this seems really like a quick interim release to try to muscle more of Amazon's Kindle market, and not what the next nook is really going to be (though I kind of hope they keep the same form factor/size in the next nook as I really like the nook ST's dimensions and form factor).
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Screw you naysayers ;-)

I'm in for one. Now. Now just to figure out who gets my old one... (this will be the 7th Nook purchase for my immediate family I think...).

Nook Simple Touch is already my most favorite device ever - and this little addition will be even more perfect. I go through batteries like no tomorrow on the clip-on light... not to mention the fact that it sometimes gets turned on automatically and drains batteries faster.

This is a great addition...
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Looks very tempting! Hard to justify purchase since I already have a Nook Color. Unless I can attribute it to "research purposes"?
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Must not be a very good clip on light. Mine hasn't finished a set of batteries yet and is probably up to at least 20hrs of use on the two lithium button batteries in it. Built in light would be extremely nice, but I can't justify spending $140 on a new ereader simply to get one with a built in light. If mine died tomorrow and crazily wasn't under warranty suddenly, I'd deffinitely get one. That or if I can talk my wife in to inheriting my current one and actually using an ereader (she uses her ipad, and that took about 9 months of pulling teeth to get her to do that. Only willing to because of a large number of free books she can read by swithing to ebooks).

Still and all, its nice, but seems to be a pretty limited upgrade when I can't help feeling like this is an interim release before a real new 2nd generation nook simple touch.
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