Dear Barnes & Noble: bless you, ladies and gentlemen, for making the Nook Color. Without it, the Android modding scene might be less vibrant than it is now. On that note, the Nook Simple Touch with GlowLight (a Kindle-style e-ink reader, also running Android) has received another price drop. Now you can pick one up for a cool $99 - not bad for a device that launched at the already-low price of $139.


I've got a Nook Simple Touch with GlowLight (or NSTG, as the modders over on XDA tend to abbreviate it) and I can say that it's a pretty solid little reader on its own. But the reason that it has continued to hold the attention of Android fans is that it runs Froyo 2.2, something that can't be said for the Kindle competition. With a little know-how, it's pretty easy to get either a rooted stock build or a simple custom ROM loaded up. Granted, there's not a whole lot that can be done with the low-power hardware and black and white screen (the ability to download apps straight form the Google Play Store is notably absent). But it does make the Nook Simple Touch and its illuminated brother the only widely-available e-ink reader that can read both Barnes & Noble and Amazon Kindle books. The NSTG has been on the market for about a year and a half, and is probably due for a refresh.

The Nook Simple Touch with GlowLight is already selling at the reduced price on Barnes & Noble's website, Best Buy, and Wal-Mart, but not Staples or OfficeMax. The retail prices for other stores should drop sometime this week. For those who can't spare $20 for the light-up screen, the standard Nook Simple Touch is $79. If you're ready to start modding, grab a Windows or Linux machine and a MicroSD card and head for this XDA post.

NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--NOOK Media LLC, a subsidiary of Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE: BKS), the leading retailer of content, digital media and educational products, today announced amazing new low pricing for the highly acclaimed NOOK Simple Touch GlowLight. Beginning today, customers can purchase the award-wining NOOK Simple Touch GlowLight for just $99. This incredible device at an unbeatable value is available at the nearly 700 Barnes & Noble retail stores nationwide and online at www.nook.com.

NOOK Simple Touch GlowLight is the most versatile reader ever created, and is the first designed to address E Ink customers’ number-one request: the ability to read in the dark in bed and avoid disrupting a significant other. Featuring Barnes & Noble’s innovative lighting technology, GlowLight shines uniformly across the display and adjusts with just a touch, so customers can control the amount of light illuminating their device, whether in a dimly lit or pitch dark room. At under 7 ounces, NOOK Simple Touch GlowLight is also Barnes & Noble’s lightest NOOK ever. The device’s ergonomic back and soft-touch design make it super comfortable to hold in just one hand – perfect for staying up all night in bed with a can’t-put-it-down novel or for carrying everywhere. Now at the amazing new low price of just $99, NOOK Simple Touch GlowLight is perfect for students and customers seeking an exceptional reading experience for everything from late night studying to lounging on the beach.

“At just $99, our high-quality, top-rated NOOK Simple Touch GlowLight is an unbeatable value for customers who are seeking an unparalleled, pure reading experience that goes from beach to bed, day or night,” said Michael P. Huseby, President, Barnes & Noble, Inc. & CEO, NOOK Media LLC. “NOOK Simple Touch GlowLight is the first Reader to hit the market with built-in illumination for reading in the dark and is the perfect way to experience NOOK’s best-in-class digital reading experience at an unbelievable price.”

NOOK Simple Touch GlowLight features a revolutionary built-in screen protector offering paper-like reading with no glare, even in bright sunlight. It provides access to Barnes & Noble’s expansive digital bookstore featuring more than 3 million books, magazines and newspapers, and enables customers to borrow digital books from public libraries as well. The device can hold up to 1,000 NOOK Books® and more content using expandable memory.

Customers can visit www.nook.com or visit the NOOK Digital Shops and displays in any of Barnes & Noble’s nearly 700 bookstores for more information. Barnes & Noble offers Always Free NOOK Support in all of its neighborhood bookstores, with more than 35,000 NOOKSellersTM across the country ready to assist customers with setting up their NOOKs or choosing their next great read.

Jeremiah Rice
Jeremiah is a US-based blogger who bought a Nexus One the day it came out and never looked back. In his spare time he watches Star Trek, cooks eggs, and completely fails to write novels.
  • firesoul453

    hmm I was thinking about getting a glow e-ink reader. Was looking at the kobo glo but this mihgt not be a deal I can pass up

    • Rob Mahon

      Takes (or it used to) some time for things to settle, but when done before, the Play Store /was/ working.
      Then from there, you're set. Worked great. The screen refresh sucks of course for any 'game' but as an ereader, it's hard to beat. Load up fbreader, nook/kindle, and you can lug around a LOT of books in a cheap device, and have tons of extra functionality as needed.

      • firesoul453

        So the play store works? What apps work on that screen? Could I read nook, kindle, and kobo books?

        • Matthew Merrick

          Theoretically even Google play books.

          • Richard Switzer

            Yeah, I've got Kindle app, Kobo app, Google Play Books, Aldiko Reader, Cool Reader, etc all on mine, though I still primarily use the B&N store/reader. Search Market app, Legacy Launcher, and Button Savior are pretty essential. ES File Explorer works, Dropbox, Titanium Backup, Android Terminal, GMail... you can even install Google Maps, YouTube, and Facebook apps if you really want.

          • shirley caine

            could you please advise as to how you got google play apps to work, its really just google books I want the ability to access.

  • spydie

    may I assume you have to root it before you can load Kindle on it?

    • Hayden Bridges

      Probably so

  • King Lo

    Just be careful these things have an affinity for getting holes in the screen. YMMV.

  • Marsg

    Im waiting for the next generation of e-ink devices, all the devices from last year have some small quirks. The NSTG has uneven and splotchy light covering the screen, the Kindle paperwhite while having a bit more even lighting still has manufacturing problems like weird colors showing up on the screen not to mention no SD card (Apple of the ereaders), the closest device to being the perfect ereader would be the Kobo Aura HD, larger screen, crisp letters, micro SD, and Kobo has perfected front lighting on their devices, its as even as a LCD would be. Only problem is price, the thing costs as much as a 7 inch tablet after tax and shipping/handling.

  • Jeffrey Smith

    I've had one of these for months and never took a look at what was running underneath. I may have to correct that omission this evening.