Following some last-minute rumors earlier this week, Barnes & Noble has confirmed the impending arrival of the Nook Simple Touch with GlowLight. Available in early May for $139, the front-lit display adds a $40 premium to the existing e-ink line, but utterly reshapes the use case scenarios for the average e-reading consumer.
As I said earlier this week, I look forward to experimenting with the hardware in person. The Nook Simple Touch, as it stands, is a thoroughly compelling e-reader and, coupled with such a versatile display, I imagine it will cause many to reconsider purchasing a Kindle in the lead-up to the summer.
Unless Amazon hurries its front-lit counterpart out of the factory in the coming weeks, that is.
The Nook Simple Touch with GlowLight is available for preorder here.