Best E-Readers 2013, on a Budget: B&N NOOK Simple Touch
It wasn’t that long ago that the best e-readers were going for $399. Today they’re almost affordable enough to be impulse purchases. All the major e-book manufacturers now have a budget model priced below $100, but Barnes & Noble has been running a sweet NOOK sale (still live at time of publication). It offers a NOOK Simple Touch e-reader for just $59 with free shipping.
I spent a few weeks with a B&N NOOK Simple Touch last summer and there’s really nothing low rent about this e-reader. It has a unique form factor with wide bezels that makes it look a little chunky compared to others, but I find this makes it easy to hold (it still weighs just 7.48 oz). Text isn’t as crisp as the best e-readers at 600 x 800 or 167 ppi (pixels per inch) but it is a high quality E Ink Pearl display.
Other B&N NOOK e-reader features: There are 7 fonts to choose from, 2GB of built-in memory for 1,000 books or so, it offers microSD card expandability, 2 months of battery life and includes Wi-Fi for online shopping (just like any of the best e-readers in the current crop do).
The NOOK Simple Touch can take advantage of free Wi-Fi in B&N stores and 24,000 AT&T (T) hotspots. Because it supports the ePub format, e-books can be read on many other devices — just not Kindles.