New Nook to Have Front-Lit Screen

Yes, B&N is beating Amazon to the punch.

Late last week Techcrunch reported that the next Kindle might be getting an integrated frontlight so people can read in the dark. I never really liked the idea, but apparently Barnes &Noble does. I now have a photo of new signage that B&N stores are just beginning to get in store.

It's important to note that the new Nook isn't getting a backlit screen like that on your LCD based tablet. The Nook, like many ereaders, uses an E-ink screen and that means that you cannot have the light behind the screen. The new Nook is going to have a front light embedded over the E-ink screen and it's probably going to work much like the FlexLight concept video which I showed you back in December.

I don't have any firm details on the price or release date, but I have heard that it will be a Thursday launch. That likely means tomorrow, but it might refer to next week.

P.S. As fascinating as this story is, I have to say that I've been hearing rumors of it for a while now. My competition reported last week about this very product. He only had a rumor, but his details were surprisingly accurate.

 

 

Nate Hoffelder

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Nate Hoffelder is the founder and editor of The Digital Reader: He's here to chew bubble gum and fix broken websites, and he is all out of bubble gum. He has been blogging about indie authors since 2010 while learning new tech skills at the drop of a hat. He fixes author sites, and shares what he learns on The Digital Reader's blog. In his spare time, he fosters dogs for A Forever Home, a local rescue group.

37 Comments

  1. Lynne11 April, 2012

    Cute. You are trying to get us to edit your old blog posts! (The link for the post from last December is a link to edit it in WP admin.)

    Just FYI! I wanted to read the post. ^_^

    Reply
    1. Nate Hoffelder11 April, 2012

      Fixed.

      Reply
  2. […] Just a few days after reports of a new Kindle with a front-lit screen started making the rounds,  Nate at The Digital Reader snagged a picture of a new NOOK Simple Touch eBook reader with a front-lit display. […]

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  3. Peter11 April, 2012

    There are TWO Nates with ebook blogs?

    Which one of you is Nate the great?

    Reply
    1. Nate Hoffelder11 April, 2012

      Me.

      Reply
    2. Mike Cane11 April, 2012

      The one doing this blog. Accept no substitutes.

      Reply
      1. Peter11 April, 2012

        Agreed.

        Reply
    3. fjtorres11 April, 2012

      Different approaches.
      Both useful.

      Reply
  4. […] Touch. Quella che vedete sotto è la foto promozionale del nuovo ebook reader Nook, pubblicata da the-digital-reader e scattata ad un volantino promozionale che Barnes & Noble sta per esporre nelle sue […]

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  5. […] if B&N will beat Amazon to market with the first front-lit ereader. The image here is by way of The Digital Reader and suggests B&N is set to launch an updated Nook Simple Touch Reader sooner verses later. […]

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  6. bart11 April, 2012

    Personally I’ve been looking forward to this technology.

    However I do hope that the light is not of the blue or white variety, a yellowish light (like incandescent) would give a more ‘bookish’ feeling.

    Wait and see I guess.

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    1. Mike Cane11 April, 2012

      Ah, that’s a very good point. Some lights seem clinical or like staring into an overhead fluorescent fixture.

      Reply
    2. fjtorres11 April, 2012

      Indeed.
      Given that eink already has a light gray background, the LED color might produce odd results. Presumably the light-guide layer will have a slight tint.

      Reply
  7. digital reader fan11 April, 2012

    I wonder if Thursday is online purchase only or in Brick stores Thursday. I guess if they were sitting on brick stores today word would get out. It will be fun to see it.

    Reply
  8. Tyler11 April, 2012

    I told you a couple of weeks ago when the Nook Touch refurbs went to $69 that it meant a new Nook was on it’s way. I would think that they will announce it and then it will be in stores in a few weeks so that they can get preorders in for it. That’s their usual MO except with the Nook Tablet 8 gig.

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    1. Mike Cane11 April, 2012

      If stores have signs to install, wouldn’t that mean it’ll appear sooner?

      Reply
      1. Nate Hoffelder11 April, 2012

        YES! Tomorrow, I said.

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        1. Mike Cane11 April, 2012

          Then fix yer frikkin post!! “That likely means tomorrow, but it might refer to next week.”

          Reply
          1. Tyler11 April, 2012

            The signs would be to advertise them. I would be very surprised to see one in a store tomorrow.

    2. em12 April, 2012

      The nook refurbs are back up to $79 on the ebay B&N shop.

      Reply
  9. […] today, The Digital Reader posted a photo (pictured to the right) of a B&N promotional poster that reads […]

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  10. fjtorres11 April, 2012

    Hey! MSNBC is quoting you! 😉

    Reply
  11. […] The Digital Reader was lucky enough to obtain a picture (shown above) of one of the new posters advertising the lighted Nook Touch that Barnes and Noble stores are starting to get in. […]

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  12. Dave12 April, 2012

    Well, this is exciting news to me! I use my Nook Touch and love it, saving the rest of my electronic gizmo appetite for my uber Android smartphone. I once rooted my Nook Touch but restored it because I like it just as a book reader. Ever since I saw news about flexlight I’ve thought, “THAT would be a nice addition to the Nook Touch.” Wow, sometimes hopes do come true! I can’t wait to see it. I too agree, though, about the light color mentioned above. The newest nook clip-on light uses an “incandescent” look and it’s much nicer than the bluish white of many LED lights. Will be interesting to see how this looks.

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  13. […] în s?pt?mânile urm?toare.?i exist? ni?te zvonuri potrivit c?rora azi se va lansa un nou Nook Simple Touch cu ecran luminat din spate. Vom vedea.Articole asem?n?toarestiri pe scurt[zvonuri] amazon lanseaza ebook reader color de 6 […]

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  14. SaltatorMortis12 April, 2012

    i hope it comes with an firmware update…
    1. browser
    2. android mode(installable app)
    3. landscape
    4. improved partialrefresh

    Reply
  15. […] Noble may be updating its Nook Simple Touch with something all e-readers sorely need: a light. The Digital Reader reports that both the Nook and Kindle will soon be getting frontlights, but that Barnes & Noble will […]

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  16. […] company’s newest Nook is the $139 Simple Touch with GlowLight (leaked Wednesday by The Digital Reader). It has a front-lit screen and it is aimed at the person who […]

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  17. Geert12 April, 2012

    Now mentioned on B&N’s website.
    $139 Pre-order for May 1.

    Reply
    1. Nate Hoffelder12 April, 2012

      Called it.

      Reply
  18. digital reader fan12 April, 2012

    Darn right Nate and source scooped the internet. Good job!

    Reply
  19. Nieuwe Nook krijgt ingebouwde schermverlichting | | Ereader NLEreader NL12 April, 2012

    […] voorzien is van schermverlichting. Dat blijkt uit promotiemateriaal dat verscheen op het blog van The Digital Reader. De nieuwste Nook wordt mogelijk volgende week officieel […]

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  20. […] the new Nook Touch at a closed event in NYC today. I didn’t get an invite, but given that I posted the leaked sign yesterday I guess I can live with it.But I was slightly wrong in my post. Surprisingly, B&N held the […]

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  21. ‘Nieuwe Nook-e-reader krijgt verlicht e-ink-scherm’ | Tech-nieuws12 April, 2012

    […] nieuwe versie van de Nook simple Touch zou een verlicht e-ink-scherm krijgen, genaamd GlowLight, volgens uitgelekte promotieposters die The Digital E-reader kon bemachtigen. Door de specifieke […]

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  22. […] tecnologia eInk.Ad annunciare in anteprima l’arrivo era stato il solito ben informato blog The Digital Reader, che aveva paragonato la tecnologia GlowLight a quella FlexLight di cui parlammo qualche tempo fa. […]

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  23. […] month would be a good example, or the Nook Color Acclaim, the November Nook Tablet launch, or the leaked signage from earlier this week.To put it simply, I’m too fucking good at finding out stuff. I can […]

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  24. […] Source The Digital Reader […]

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