Barnes & Noble is going into the weekend having launched a new eBook reader that allows you to read scary stories under the covers at night without any third party accessories. It's the Nook Simple Touch with GlowLight, the first and only E-Ink based eBook reader that lets you read in the dark, B&N claims. The adjustable GlowLight is said to produce uniform light across the Nook's display, and will do so "without disturbing a sleepy spouse" the way reading with a light on does.
"To date, readers have had to compromise: either buying black-and-white E Ink reading devices to optimize their outdoor reading or color LCD devices to be able to read at night in bed with the light off. Nook Simple Touch with GlowLight is like two Readers in one," said William J. Lynch, Chief Executive Officer of Barnes & Noble. "With our new GlowLight technology and the most advanced E Ink display available, we’ve created the most versatile, high-utility Reader ever; as exceptional for reading in the darkest bedroom as on the brightest beach."
The obvious drawback to having an integrated night light is battery life, but remarkably, B&N claims nighttime bookworms can squeeze more than a month of reading time on a single charge, with the light on.
In addition to adding a GlowLight, B&N managed to lighten the Nook in another way. The new Nook weighs less than 7 ounces and is B&N's lightest eBook reader to date, weighing a full 5 percent lighter than the standard Nook Simple Touch. Otherwise, it's the same device with a 6-inch touchscreen, 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, and 2GB of internal memory (1GB for content) expandable with a microSD card up to 32GB.
The Nook Simple Touch with GlowLight is available to pre-order now for $139 (ships May 1, 2012), compared to $99 for the non-GlowLight version.