B&N announces Nook reader with light

April 13, 2012 at 4:31 PM

NEW YORK, April 13 (UPI) -- Barnes & Noble says its Nook Simple Touch with GlowLight will be a boon to those wanting to read in bed without disturbing their partner.

The new Nook's "N" button at the bottom of the device activates its GlowLight, a series of LED lights embedded in the product's frame around the screen, to illuminate its 6.5-inch E-Ink screen for reading in low-light or dark environments, Fox News reported Friday.

The brightness of the GlowLight can be adjusted to suit the reader.

Costing $139, the new unit has faster page-turning and longer battery life than the original Nook Touch, Barnes & Noble said, with up to 60 hours of continuous reading with the GlowLight turned on at 18 percent.

The new Nook also weighs 5 percent less than its predecessor at 6.95 ounces.

Barnes & Noble said its research found two-thirds of U.S. adults say they read in bed and 42 percent get annoyed when a partner reads in bed with the light on.

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