Barnes & Noble Introduces A Nook You Can Read In The Dark
via New York Times:
Tired of using a clip-on light to use your eReader in the dark? Is your significant other threatening divorce because the glow from your iPad is keeping him or her awake?
Barnes & Noble has you covered. The retailer has announced a backlit eReader: the Nook Simple Touch with GlowLight. It costs $139 and will ship out in May.
PC Mag got some hands-on time with the device, and came away with a favorable impression:
Reading with the GlowLight is enjoyable—and, honestly, preferable to using a clip-on light. Without it, it's the same as before, but with it, you can now read in the dark while your significant other sleeps peacefully nearby. If you're really being picky, you may want it even dimmer than the dimmest setting, but to my eye it looked like it would go dim enough that it wouldn't disturb another sleeping person.
Barnes & Noble has struggled for attention when it comes to the Nook--the iPad and the Kindle family dominate the eReader industry. Getting this model out front was a smart move on their part. Now, the big question is: Are people clamoring for backlit eReaders?
Personally, I love my Kindle, and prefer it as an eReader over my iPad. The iPad is big and heavy and expensive, where as the Kindle fits in my pocket, weights nearly nothing, has a marathon battery and plenty of storage. But I wish I could sit outside on my balcony and read it at night. A backlit eReader seems like a common sense solution--Amazon is even working on their own right now, according to reports.
The big question is what this will do to battery life, especially since the robust power supply is one of the biggest advantages of the e-ink display. Barnes & Noble claims readers will still get long-lasting battery life, but we'll see if that pans out.
Is anyone excited about this, and willing to give the Nook a try--or upgrade--to get this feature? Or is Barnes & Noble gilding the eLily?
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