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Nook Simple Touch Price Drops to $79

For the bookworm on your list, the Editors' Choice award-winning Barnes & Noble Nook Simple Touch can now be had for just $79. That's a $20 discount and just $10 more than the non-touch version of the Amazon Kindle. 

“Just in time for the holidays, this new low pricing makes the critically acclaimed Nook Simple Touch a terrific, affordable gift for anyone on the gift list,” said Jamie Iannone, President of Digital Products at NOOK Media LLC. 

While it's not the newest, backlit GlowLight version, this is a good deal for holiday shoppers. During our testing, we loved the slim and pocketable design that was comfortable to hold. We found the 6-inch E Ink touchscreen responsive and the graphically-appealing interface easy to navigate, but we really loved that there was still a physical button option for page turns. Plus, Barnes & Noble does a nice job of making it easy to share passages via social networks such as Facebook and Twitter. 

Currently, the Barnes & Noble e-book catalog has more than 2.5 million titles. That's about 1 million more than the Kindle offers, but that same figure can be attributed to public-domain books from Google Books. We found a complete selection of New York Times bestsellers from the e-books, fiction hardcover and print/e-book lists in the Barnes & Noble store.

The Simple Touch can be found at, or at the company's 700 bookstores around the country. 

A lover of lists and deadlines, Anna Attkisson covers apps, social networking, tablets, chromebooks and accessories. She loves each of her devices equally, including the phablet, three tablets, three laptops and desktop. She joined the Laptop Mag staff in 2007, after working at Time Inc. Content Solutions where she created custom publications for companies from American Express to National Parks Foundation.