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Barnes & Noble's e-readers can be pre-ordered now and will go on sale in early October, somewhat ahead of the Nook tablets.
The Nook Simple Touch (right) costs £79 and Simple Touch with GlowLight (left) £109. Both will be available through the same retailers as the HD tablets, as well as through Argos.
Comparing the e-readers directly with the Amazon Kindles currently on sale in the UK is tricky, at least in terms of price, as the entry-level Kindle (£69) does not have touch functionality and the Kindle Touch (£109) has no built-in light. Amazon is about to release the Kindle Paperwhite in the US, which lacks touch but does have a built-in light.
It is far easier to compare the new Nook e-readers with those from Kobo, which are sold through WH Smith in the UK.
The Kobo Glo offers both touch and a light, and costs £99.99 — notably cheaper than the B&N alternative. The Kobo eReader Touch Edition, which lacks the light and would therefore go up against the basic Simple Touch, costs £79.99 — almost the same as its rival.
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