April 13, 2012

Barnes & Noble Beats Amazon to the Punch

David Carnoy, CNET

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As rumors swirl that Amazon is developing a new Kindle with an integrated light, Barnes & Noble's new $139 Simple Touch with GlowLight is already a reality.

Barnes & Noble has been working on the lighting technology in its new Nook e-ink e-reader for two years (click to enlarge).

What's the No. 1 requested feature people want in an e-ink e-reader?

According to Barnes & Noble, it's an integrated light, which is why the company spent the last two years developing the new $139 Nook Simple Touch with GlowLight, available today for preorder and shipping in early May.

I had a chance to play around with the new Nook at a launch event in New York and, as you can see from the pictures, except for the gray border around the...

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