Barnes and Noble has officially discontinued the Nook Simple Touch and the Nook Simple Touch with Glowlight. These two e-readers are now a few years old and the company is now only actively selling the Nook Glowlight, Nook HD and Nook HD+.
The Nook Simple Touch was the companies first e-reader that featured a single e-ink based screen. This was their most popular device and raised the bar on the digital reading experience. Barnes and Noble also used this model as an entryway to the United Kingdom, due to the fact of the low price point. The Nook Simple Touch with Glowlight was released a year later in 2012 and pioneered the front lit display.
The Nook Simple Touch and Simple Touch with Glowlight are discontinued and the bookseller will not be making anymore. Select Barnes and Noble Bookstores in the USA may still have some in stock, but once they are sold out, they are gone forever. The same goes in the UK, they are still available at Foyles, John Lewis, Blackwell’s and others.
Barnes and Noble released the following statement, based on this news item. “The critically acclaimed NOOK GlowLight™ is the successor to both NOOK Simple Touch® and NOOK Simple Touch® with GlowLight®. These earlier models are available in limited supplies only at Barnes & Noble retail stores and are sold out online at BN.com. With the new NOOK GlowLight we are bringing our customers the very latest reading technology, featuring perfectly lit pages, sharper text and an advanced display for an optimized long-form reading experience. The new NOOK GlowLight is available both in stores and online, alongside NOOK® HD and NOOK® HD+, for the low price of just $119, with Barnes & Noble Members getting an additional 10% off this best-in-class eReader.”
Michael Kozlowski is the Editor in Chief of Good e-Reader. He has been writing about audiobooks and e-readers for the past ten years. His articles have been picked up by major and local news sources and websites such as the CBC, CNET, Engadget, Huffington Post and the New York Times.