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Cracking Open the Nook Simple Touch with GlowLight

Nook Simple Touch with GlowLight teardown

Released in May 2012, Nook Simple Touch with GlowLight is lighter than the standard Nook, has an antiglare screen protector, and an integrated light. In this Cracking Open gallery, I show you what's inside the new Nook Simple Touch and reveal the secret behind its GlowLight.

For a detailed analysis of the teardown, check out my article and video, Nook GlowLight teardown reveals secrets behind integrated light and lower weight.

Photo by: Bill Detwiler / TechRepublic
Caption by: Bill Detwiler


Bill Detwiler is Managing Editor of TechRepublic and Tech Pro Research and the host of Cracking Open, CNET and TechRepublic's popular online show. Prior to joining TechRepublic in 2000, Bill was an IT manager, database administrator, and desktop supp...

Dr. Solar
Dr. Solar

Surely there's a whole lot of prior art for lighting a display by putting an LED along the side. Like, most any cheap digital watch that has a light at all.


I looked at the Glowlight and the Simple Touch side by side in a BN store yesterday and got a good rundown from a knowledgeable manager. I didn't buy one -- as much because they were sold out as because I hadn't decided. This teardown article couldn't have been more timely. Nicely done. Thanks.