by james | 11:01 pm

Today I’m reviewing an Oldie but a goodie, the Nook Simple Touch. This EReader has been out for a few years but the device can still keep up with the best of them. Why am I reviewing an old EReader you might ask? Well you can pick this EReader up for an absolute bargain these days so it’s a great entry model for those who are on the fence about whether or not to get a EReader. So let’s jump in!

 

Special Features

The Nook Simple Touch Battery Life Is Awesome!

Let’s start with the battery life. On it’s best setting, the Nook Simple Touch can last up to 2 months! Try getting your mobile phone to last that long and see what happens. A lot of the newer EReaders have lost their way when it comes to how long they last, with some customers reporting certain EReaders only lasting a matter of hours before they need charging.

 

That brings me onto the second benefit. The Nook only needs around 3.5hrs to charge before it’s back up to full capacity. Again, another impressive feat.

 

The Nook achieves these impressive statistics by employing a technology that only requires the page to fully refresh every 6 page turns compared to other EReaders which require a full page refresh every time a page is turned. This makes for an all round better reading experience as users are not distracted by the full page refresh as often.

 

Bringing Social Media To Life

The Nook Simple Touch has got some great features that allows your reading experience to be a social one. The first I wanted to touch on is the ability to share your thoughts on books you’ve just finished via social media. This includes the standard platforms such as Facebook and Twitter. No more awkward book clubs where you have to attend in person.

 

Share your thoughts about your latest read easily online

 

Nook have gone one step further though through a feature which allows you to Lend books to your Nook friends. I personally think this feature is great as I don’t know about you but when I’ve just finished a book, the first thing I want to do is discuss with someone. This gives me a great opportunity to get a friend onboard by lending them the book for a couple of weeks.

 

The final point I’ll touch on here is that because of Nook’s integration with DRM (Digital Rights Management for those interested), it means that you can also borrow books from your local library. This is great for those people who would like a sneak peek of a novel before they purchase the full thing. Check with your local library to get more details.

Most library these days will have some kindle of online sharing

Now It’s Time To Customise

Although the Nook Simple Touch doesn’t come with much storage (2 GB), it does have a micro SD card slot which is expandable to to 32 Gig. In my opinion, you could put a lifetime of books on that card and you wouldn’t even make a dent on the storage. These days micro SD cards are as cheap as chips so it would be much of an additional expense on top of the EReader.

 

Another favourite of mine is that the Nook Simple Touch comes ad free. That means no ads on the screensaver or whilst you’re reading. I wish more EReaders would follow this trend as they’re pretty distracting when you’re trying to get into a book and there’s an ad. Talking, of the screensaver, you can actually customise that too by uploading your own photos. This means that you’re not stuck with the default when the device goes on standby

 

Ever feel there are just too many ads that you’re being bombarded with?

 

The final feature I want to touch on here is the ability to archive books and magazines. Once you’ve read them, you can select to archive them. This means that they don’t appear on the Library view which reduces the clutter if you’ve got a lot of books there. It doesn’t delete them, so you can re-visit the books you’ve read if you need to.  

 

Some Added Benefits

There’s a couple of novel features I want to touch on here which make the Nook stand out. Firstly, you can actually read Kobo books on it! As both devices are using the same format, you can use them interchangeably. This is great for those of you who have a knackered Kobo and don’t want to pay the hefty price tag for another other.

 

Secondly, if you have a subscription to a regular publication such as the New York times, Nook actually lets you keep the ones you have downloaded, even when the subscription expires. This is something that the equivalent Amazon service does not. I definitely think this is the right way to go as after all you’ve paid for those articles.  

 

The Design

OK, let’s take a look at the design. The first thing to call out here is the back of the case. Unlike traditional EReaders which have a plastic backing, the Nook Simple Touch has gone for Rubber finish which allows for assisted grip. No sure if this is required as personally I’ve never found my EReader slipping out of my hand all the time but either way it’s a nice feature.

 

They’ve also focused on keeping the device small so that you can easily fit it in one hand. This is a very similar approach to the original Kindle Oasis (both coming in at 5 inches, though the Kindle Oasis does have the weight advantage).

 

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I also like the fact that they’ve included 4 touch buttons on the either side of the case for simple navigation. These buttons are also customisable which means you can enable them to scroll or perform simple page turns. For those of you who aren’t a fan of the buttons, touchscreen options are available too within the device. The buttons aren’t too imposing either, and elegantly fit the design.

 

The display resolution is 800 X 600 which gives the Nook Simple Touch 200 PPI. PPI stands for Pixels per inch and basically the more you have, the better. This does come in a little short with most EReaders these days having a PPI at 300. However, this is totally understandable as the EReader is a few years old and still makes it an enjoyable reading experience.

 

Price – Here’s The Deal

So at the start I touched on the Nook Simple Touch now selling for a bargain. So how much of a bargain? We’ll I’ll let you be the judge but I think it’s a fantastic steal when comparing it to the price of most modern day EReaders. The price below isn’t even for a used one, it’s brand new! The price does vary a little bit so to get the latest click here

Kindle Paperwhite Price:

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Kindle Oasis Price:

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Some Specs To Compare Against

I’ve included a summary of some of the specs that I feel are personally important to consider when looking at getting a new EReader.

 

Nook Simple Touch Original Kindle Oasis New Kindle Oasis Kindle Paperwhite
Size 5 Inches 5 Inches 7 Inches 6 Inches
Weight 212g 131g 194g 217g
Display 200 PPI 300 PPI 300 PPI 300 PPI
Colours available Black Black Black Black/White

 

Nook Simple Touch’s Covers, Cases and Chargers

So the good about the Nook being out for a while is that there are plenty of accessories to protect it, decorate it and enhance it. I’ve included below a selection of Nook Simple Touch covers and cases chargers for you to take a look at if you’re looking to buy the EReader with some accessories:

 

What I Like thumbs up

For me what stands out is the price. The fact that you can get a pretty decent EReader for a bargain is a bit plus for me as it gives those of you who are on the fence, an inexpensive opportunity to try one out.  I also love the fact it comes with no ads. The seem to have created the business model around not requiring ads on their devices which is pretty awesome. The final point I want to touch on here is the design. It’s just a great looking device that fits comfortably in your hand.

 

What I Don’t Like

As good as the Nook is, there are a couple of downsides that I want to touch on here. Firstly, because the device is a few years old, it does mean it doesn’t have a back-light. So for nighttime reading you’re going to need that bedside lamp on when the sun goes down.

 

Secondly, they’ve actually made an experimental web browser that is actually worse than one you’d find on Amazon Kindles. I never thought i’d hear myself say that but it’s true. Although they don’t publicly advertise it, in the search bar if you type a web address, it will load a web page! However, when you get there, it’s unlikely that anything will work on the page or even be readable as there is no zoom or scroll functionality available.  The final thing to touch on here is the limitation of fonts available. The Nook only has 6 (which was standard for the time it was created), but my modern day EReaders, this is pretty limited.

 

What Amazon Customers Are Saying

Overall, the Nook has ranked pretty highly with customers and because it’s been around a while, there are a decent amount of reviews to take a look at.

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Conclusion

The Nook Simple Touch EReader is a fantastic device for those of you who are on a budget or are unsure about whether or not EReaders are for you. Despite its age, it’s still a strong contender amongst the best of them. If you own one already, I’d love to hear your thoughts on it!

Until next time

Cheers

James

 

Any questions? Feel free to drop in a comment below

Comments

Remy

thanks james,
I have just started researching e-readers for an upcoming motorbike trip that I am planning.
I would love to take a heap of books but being on a motorbike weight and space are very limited.
Can I ask a few questions.
How rugged are most e-readers. I am going to be doing a lot of bumpy roads. I wouldn’t take a traditional laptop because they are too fragile but how would an e-reader go?
How good are they in the sun?

May 22.2018 | 10:40 pm

    james

    Hi Remy,

    A motorbike trip sounds amazing! Happy to answer your questions. So EReaders on their own tend to be a little fragile with the exception of those which have have been re-enforced as standard (such as the Onyx EReaders which you can find reviews from on the site). Your best bet is to protect them with a case and screen protector. You can find some examples in the accessories section of the site but for your needs I would recommend something below:

    https://amzn.to/2s31EFM

    For your second question, happy to report that all EReaders are great in sunlight as their screens are not reflective.

    If you have any further questions, happy to help

    Cheers

    James

     

    May 24.2018 | 08:49 am

Sharon

Hi James,
I enjoyed your review of the Nook. I have a Kindle and have alway gone down the Kindle line, replacing my broken one with the latest one, and I too have noticed the battery life gets worse with each update. I have thought about the Nook in the passed but never quite “jumped”. After your review I will take a better look next time as I like the lending ability and the “keep what you bought”.
However, do you think, in some case, less battery life is worth the upgrade?
Sharon

May 28.2018 | 02:29 pm

    james

    HI Sharon,

    Thanks very much for your feedback on the post. You’re not alone in the habit of when your Kindle dies, just purchase another Kindle. My advice here is that it is worth considering other options as whilst Amazon is one of the top players in the EReader space, their competitors do offer features that Amazon don’t. For example other EReader competitors such as Kobo and Nook have been offering waterproof devices for years and only now Amazon have released one. 

    Happy shopping!

    Cheers

    James

    May 29.2018 | 09:53 pm

kmv

Great review of the Nook. We’ve been using Kindles here forever, and now need to add one more device to the “family”.

I understand that it is possible to transfer our Kindle books to the Nook. Do you have a recommended guide for this?

Love how long the device lasts on a charge…and it charges back up fast!

It looks like the Kindle is going to be a little cheaper for me (not a lot of new options for the Nook in the $80 price range)

Jun 03.2018 | 11:48 pm

    james

    Hi there,

    Glad you liked the post. In terms of a transfer guide, this one is fairly comprehensive:

    https://www.epubor.com/transfer-kindle-books-to-nook.html but let me know if you need any further help on this.

    Happy EReader shopping and let me know if you have anymore questions.

    Cheers

    James

    Jun 04.2018 | 09:32 pm

Ashley Copp

Hey! Great review on the Nook. It is always interesting to hear of different products on the market in this space other than the Amazon Kindle – it seems that the Kindle is the tablet of choice when it comes to reading. Whilst the Nook may be slightly cheaper do you think if you are using this for reading on a daily basis a kindle may still be the best way to go or do you think this will fit the bill?

Jun 10.2018 | 05:13 pm

    james

    Hi Ashley. Thanks for the comment! It’s an interesting question you ask and will ultimately come down to the needs of the device. I’d recommend trying the Nook in a store as at least you can then compare it against a kindle side by side.

    Cheers

    James.

    Jun 11.2018 | 08:36 am

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