Shedding Light on the New Nook

Although black-and-white e-readers are generally lighter, cheaper, and snappier than they used to be, they still don’t excel in low light. That’s an area where tablets and their brightly lit color screens have a clear advantage. With its new $139 Nook, arriving this week, Barnes and Noble aims to fix that.

Save for a slight, gray border, this new WiFi-only Nook appears identical to last year’s. It has the same curvy, rubbery plastic body; the same 6-inch-sized touch-friendly black-and-white e-ink display; and, even the same components inside. The industrial design

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