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 edge, it looks identical to the standard $99 Nook Simple Touch, which remains on the market. However, Barnes & Noble says this new model is slightly lighter (6 percent, to be exact), weighing 6.95 ounces.
New Nook lights it up
"It was really hard to get the lighting just right so it displays uniformly across the display," Barnes & Noble CEO William Lynch told CNET. "We think people are going to be really happy with how it looks."
Lynch said the technology was designed in-house at Barnes & Noble's of... [Read more]