In addition to optical touchscreen technology, the new Nook also gets the latest Pearl e-ink with 16-level gray scale and much-improved contrast
Back view of the new Nook Simple Touch Reader
The new Nook Simple Touch Reader is 35 percent lighter and 15 percent thinner than the first edition Nook, and offers a best-in-class battery life
William Lynch, Chief Executive Officer of Barnes & Noble, with the Nook Simple Touch Reader
The dust hadn't even had time to settle on the announcement of the new Kobo eReader Touch Edition before Barnes & Noble (B&N) unveiled the Nook Simple Touch Reader. The new Nook has 50 percent better contrast than the previous e-Ink edition (thanks to being upgraded to the latest Pearl e-ink technology) and, like the Kobo device, its 6-inch display has been made touch sensitive with the aid of infrared technology. It's also 35 percent lighter and 15 percent thinner than the first edition Nook, and offers a best-in-class battery life.
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