Barnes & Noble Nook Touch Reader

E Ink has revolutionized reading. Laptops were never ideal for reading because of their bright screens’ painful repercussions. Today, the $149.99 Barnes & Noble Nook Touch Reader is the best e-reader on the market.

The Nook packs 2 gigabytes of storage space with a card slot for an optional 32 gigs more. 2 gigs will support about a thousand titles, so if you read more than 5 book a day per year, you should probably utilize the card slot. The USB power and uploading port is at the bottom of the 6.5×5.0×0.5 Nook. Page-turning buttons are located on the sides, and the power button is at the top of the back panel. Holding the Nook is a delight, as the back panel is designed for mono-handling.

This Nook, at 7.5 ounces, is the smallest e-reader on the market, but it doesn’t look that way with the big 6 inch E ink screen. The bottom border sports the home button, labeled ‘n’, but users won’t find a physical keyboard or an unnecessary number of external buttons.

The screen is wonderfully clear with a more-than-sufficient 800×600 resolution. The E ink is like reading from a book, soft on the eyes, and the touch screen is difficult to mark with finger smears. The technology’s reloading time might not be perfected yet, but it’s faster turning a Nook page than a real page.

The only buggy aspect of the Nook is the slider to unlock the thing once it falls asleep. You’ll have to swipe across the screen, which might have your customizable photo as a screen saver. There’s little to fault Barnes & Nobel’s machine on besides the slider (well, it doesn’t have 3G anymore, only Wi-Fi). There is no web browser, but through its Wi-Fi users download their titles (or they connect to Facebook or Twitter).

Barnes & Nobel has over two million titles to offer through their online store. The interface of the Nook is easy to handle, divided into what you’re currently reading, what you’ve recently downloaded, and what you might be interested in purchasing. If a user is inside one of the Barnes & Nobel stores, they can read whole books free of charge.

Unfortunately, if users are switching from Kindle, the books they purchased on Amazon can’t transfer to the Nook. That’s the nature of the beast at this point.

Users will be impressed with Barnes & Nobel’s store, which offers free downloadable samples and reader reviews. The new feature called Nook Friends allows your friends to recommend or even lend entire books. All the navigation is done via a pop-up touch keyboard which could very well be better than the real deal.

Reading is easy, with options to adjust text size, font, margin width and line spacing via a tap of the screen. Users turn pages by swiping, or tapping the margin or the physical button.

The Nook is superb. 2 months of battery life make it a necessary buy.

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