Generally speaking a product’s life cycle includes one of additional features and more bang for buck. The Nook Simple Touch is anything but that.
It costs $139 and includes a 6-inch e-ink touchscreen. Unlike B&N’s other Nooks, there is no color screen or Android OS. It’s a simple as pie e-reader with a hefty feature set for the money.
Expect a 2-month battery life from a single charge. That will of course vary with use and this is B&N’s claim, not ours. The 6-inch touchscreen has 50% more contrast than the first Nook and it weighs just 8oz, less than most standard paperback books. You can store up to 1000 books (2GB, add a microSD card for more) at a time and even lets you borrow books from your local library. There is currently only a WiFi version, and there is no word if a 3G version will come to life.
You can preorder the Nook Simple Touch today with an expected launch date of June 30th.