As the Halloween night sets in and the ghouls and goblins are out in the streets what better way for the avid book reader to read but in a darkened room wrapped up in their blankets. For e-reader fans who want a simple e-reader that has backlighting and offers a different option that Amazon’s range of readers Barnes & Noble have their Nook Simple Touch with Glowlight.

This is just Nook is designed for the people who want one thing from their e-readers and that is a lighted view that allows them to read without having to have a light source exterior to the Nook itself. Recently released in the UK there are plenty of options for materials to read, from a choice of 2.5 million titles already (that includes magazines and newspapers). It’s light, cheap and has a bright screen, but does it have what it takes to go up against the Kindle and its new variety of readers?

Design
The Nook Simple Touch is fairly simplistic and square in its design. This means it’s not the most stylish e-reader on the market but it still is easy to hold, which of course is its main task. It’s also comfortable in the hand with its matte rubber finish, so won’t wear on the hand with constant use. The “Simple Touch” part of the name gives away that this version of the Nook is a touchscreen interface, with physical buttons kept to a minimum to save the space for the screen itself. There is a button for sleep mode though which will save the battery on the Glowlight. There are also two buttons to flip the pages if you want to use this method instead of the actual touch screen. The choice is yours.

Features
The specs for the Nook Simple Touch is 2GB of on board memory. 1GB of this is used to store the books with other space used for Barnes & Noble content. This gives you the ability to hold up to around 1,000 books easily. If more space is needed there is a Micro SD slot to expand storage capacity.

Screen

If you are going to be reading in the dark then the important question is how good is the Glowlight technology the Nook uses? The 6-inch screen is an E Ink Pearl Display which is designed to give the screen a “paper” look. The actual screen is not actually backlit though, rather lit from the front. The light levels for this are adjustable to fit your personal taste and need.

Verdict
With a battery life that spans months rather than hours (with constant use you’ll probably need to charge it every month) there is plenty of life in the Nook and as long as it has the titles that you want to read this is a reader that does stand up against the Kindle’s more basic varieties. It fits in your hand, it’s comfortable and well lit for the less well lit places you may be reading so by the look of it is perfect if you want a basic Nook with a little light on whatever subject you are reading.