One of the best eReaders on the market is getting a follow-up that now lets users read in complete darkness. The NOOK Simple Touch with GlowLight is Barnes & Noble’s new ebook reader that’s virtually the same model as the last. But better. Why? It still has the same great design; the Simple Touch’s rubberized material on the backside is tough and feels great. But GlowLight sets the device apart; you don’t need a reading lamp, meaning your partner won’t be disturbed during your Nicholas Sparks reading marathons. And it offers fantastic battery life, even with GlowLight turned on full blast. We previously spent time with the device earlier this month, and we absolutely loved it. Will that be the case with a more extended hands-on?

NOOK Simple Touch with GlowLight Specs:

  • Release Date: Available for preorder; Release May 7
  • Price: $139
  • OS: Android 2.1 with B&N Custom Skin
  • Dimensions: 6.5 x 5.0 x 0.47-inches
  • Weight: 6.95 ounces
  • Display: 6-inch eInk touchscreen with GlowLight, 600×800 resolution, 16-level grayscale
  • Battery: 1 month with GlowLight on; two months off
  • Processor: 800 MHz TI OMAP 3621
  • RAM: 256 MB
  • Internal Storage: 2GB (1,000 books), expandable with microSD
  • Network: Wi-Fi only