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Barnes & Noble Debuts Lit Nook

4/13/2012 12:10:01 PM Eastern

New York - Barnes & Noble has introduced the Simple
Touch Nook e-reader that can be read in the dark.

The Nook Simple Touch GlowLight retains the Nook's E Ink
display, but adds an infrared touchscreen that has an adjustable light source.
A company spokeswoman said the light is created by combining a light guide
plate with a full lamination, anti-glare screen to create the first-ever evenly
distributed illumination for reading in the dark

The Nook GlowLight is about 5 percent lighter than the
original and has a $139 suggested retail. It is available for pre-order staring
on April 13 and will be in stores by early May, the company said.

The nighttime reading ability was needed, BN said, as a
study it conducted found 64 percent of people read in bed, and having to leave
on the light disturbs the sleep of their partner.