Following rumors that indicated its imminent unveiling, Barnes & Noble today officially announced the NOOK Simple Touch with GlowLight eInk-based eReader.
True to its name, the new NOOK is essentially the same Simple Touch reader Barnes & Noble already offers, with the addition of front lighting. The new eReader is also approximately half an ounce lighter than the original.
Barnes & Noble’s new lighting technology consists of a thin LED display overlay that the company claims provides even and unobtrusive light, enabling bookworms to read in the dark without disturbing others. The light levels are user adjustable and B&N claims it has minimal effect on the battery. The new NOOK still lasts for more than one month on a single charge with the light on, assuming 30 minutes of reading a day, according to the company.
The new NOOK Simple Touch with GlowLight is now available for preorder and will cost $139, which is $40 more than the original Simple Touch eReader. It will be available in early May (B&N did not specify exactly when).
Rumors indicate Amazon may be working on something similar for its Kindle lineup of eInk eReaders. For more information on the NOOK Simple Touch Reader, see our full review.