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Barnes & Noble Nook Simple Touch
ManufacturerBarnes & Noble
Release dateJune 10, 2011
Introductory priceUS$139, lowered to US$99 on 11/7/11
Operating systemAndroid 2.1 (Eclair based on Linux kernel 2.6.29)
PowerRechargeable, Non-replaceable, 1530 mAH battery (3.7V, 5.66 Wh).
Up to 2 months with wireless off based on 1 hour of daily reading
CPUTI OMAP 3621 ARM processor clocked at 800MHZ [1]
integrated Imagination Technologies' PowerVR SGX 530(unconfirmed)
Storage capacity2GB (1GB for content; 750 MB reserved for B&N content; chip SanDisk SDIN5D2-2G [2] )
Expandable microSD card up to 32GB
Memory256MB (RAM) (Samsung K4X2G323PC-8G [3])
Display800 x 600 pixel, 6 inch
Pearl E-Ink Infrared Touch Screen
InputInfrared Touch Screen, Nook Home, and Power buttons.
ConnectivityWireless connectivity via Wi-Fi® (802.11b/g/n), Jorjin WG7310-2A [4], USB (microUSB)
Dimensions6.5x5.0x0.47 inches
Weight7.48 ounces

Barnes & Noble Nook Simple Touch is an e-ink e-reader developed by Barnes & Noble, based on the Android platform. The device was announced in the United States on May 25, 2011, and was released on June 10, 2011 for US$139. The Nook Simple Touch Reader will compete with the Kindle Touch, Kobo Touch, and other e-ink readers. It includes Wi-Fi connectivity, and a six inch E-ink Infrared Touch Screen display that serves as the primary input device.


The Nook Simple Touch Reader is based on the Android (operating system) (which was initially developed by Android, Inc and purchased by Google in 2005), and has a MicroSD expansion slot for extra storage. One differentiating feature of the nook is the "LendMe" feature: some books are licensed by their publishers for sharing. In those cases, the purchaser is permitted to share a book once, with one other user, for up to two weeks. Users will be able to share purchased books with others who are using Barnes & Noble's reader application software for Blackberry, iPhone, iPod Touch, Mac, and Windows, and also other nook users with the "LendMe" app.

The Nook Touch also has the potential for user install android apps after it has been rooted.

Software revisions


This was initial firmware released with the device.


This firmware upgrade became available on August 2, 2011. According to Barnes & Noble the improvements were "Connect more easily to Wi-Fi hotspots, Improved touchscreen responsiveness, Enhanced accuracy of battery meter".


This firmware upgrade became available on November 7, 2011. Barnes & Noble in what's new in ver 1.1 lists "Breakthrough E Ink® display - best just-like paper reading, even in bright sun; 25% faster than any other eReader " Best-Text™ Technology for sharper, ultra-crisp fonts; Longer battery life -read for over 2 months on a single charge; Ongoing enhancements and other performance"improvements".


Released March 12, 2012, B&N states in "What's new in Ver 1.1.2?": "The NOOK Simple Touch Ver1.1.2 update provides minor system enhancements." Specifically, it seems this update primarily addresses Wifi issues. ref


This is the initial factory firmware release for the "Nook Simple Touch with GlowLight".


Released October 25, 2012, this firmware update is a common release for both the original "Nook Simple Touch" and the "Nook Simple Touch with GlowLight". Check the B&N forums for user-discovered enhancements (and some disappointments). Among them is an improved dictionary, with search functionality. There is also a permanent screensaver overlay stating "Press the n button below to wake up your Nook(R)".


Released December 20, 2012, this firmware update is a common release for both the original "Nook Simple Touch" and the "Nook Simple Touch with GlowLight". B&N states in "What's new in Ver 1.2.1?": "The NOOK Simple Touch Ver1.2.1 update provides minor system enhancements."ref

One change is that both devices now support WiFi channels 1-13 (for European usage) out of the box. With previous versions, it was necessary to edit "/system/build.prop" to add "13" at the end of the following line:


Rooting Progress


A detailed step by step process for achieving root on the Nook Simple Touch Reader and allowing adb installation of apps is available on this wiki at Nook_Simple_Touch/Rooting.

To follow the progress in real time join #nookdevs on the freenode IRC network. If you have an IRC chat client, you can just click on this irc link to the channel

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