Nook GlowLight Gadget Review

What is a Nook GlowLight?

The Nook GlowLight is a updated chronicle of a initial ebook reader to deliver a built-in light for night time reading before Kobo and Amazon followed suit.

£20 cheaper than a Kindle Paperwhite, a GlowLight is entrance to a UK carrying launched in a US final year with a redesigned physique and new reading features. It’s an alleviation in many ways on a inheritor and still offers decent value for money, yet it doesn’t do anything radically opposite from a competitors to make it a series one choice.

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Nook GlowLight: Design and Features

There are dual things we now notice when we initial collect adult a new GlowLight; a lightweight build and a iPad white hue. It weighs usually 175g, creation it 15 per cent lighter than a prior GlowLight and a Kindle Paperwhite. It’s a same breadth and tallness as a final GlowLight, though, that equates to roughly a distance of a tiny paperpback book. It can usually about fist into a trouser pocket.

It’s gentle to reason in one palm and a winding edges with silicon trim offers some total protection. But that trim is one of a initial signs of a not so smashing build quality. After a integrate of days in a bag it began to flay divided during a bottom around a micro USB charging port. The opening between a shade and a bezel is far-reaching adequate to trap plod and mud and is rather ugly. Investing in one of a Clip On covers is a must.

Buttons and connectors are kept to a smallest with a hardly manifest standby symbol on a left corner and a tiny n-shaped symbol subsequent a 6-inch touchscreen arrangement to arise a Nook. Holding this down for dual seconds also turns on a GlowLight. The earthy page branch buttons are left — it’s an all touchscreen affair.

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Just subsequent is a micro USB charging pier so we can use a adaptor granted or a customary microUSB to USB wire to energy it up. You can’t mislay a rechargeable battery, yet a estimated 8 week battery life is ample. This will change depending on how frequently we use it and spin on a reading light feature, of course.

Like a Kindle Paperwhite, there’s no headphone jack or speakers to support audiobooks and there’s no memory label slot, nonetheless a 2GB on house storage has been ramped adult to 4GB giving we space for adult to 2,000 books. You do have giveaway cloud storage support when we run out of space and this will sync information opposite all devices, including a many upheld mobile and inscription apps that work opposite iOS, Android and Windows devices.

Where a GlowLight does still kick a Paperwhite is support for a EPUB format. This is a many renouned ‘standard’ for a online placement of ebooks, that means we can steal books from open libraries. There’s also additional support for PDF, JPG, PNG, BMP and GIF record formats.

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Nook GlowLight: Screen

At a heart of a Nook Glowlight is a 6-inch touchscreen E-ink Pearl arrangement with built-in anti-glare record to assist observation outdoor in splendid light. That’s a same distance shade as a prototype and a Paperwhite. The shade fortitude is adult from 600 x 800 to a Paperwhite-matching 1,024 x 758 shade fortitude and a 167ppi pixel firmness is adult to a some-more considerable 212ppi. This means softened clarity and sharpness for calm and images.

The new era shade aims to discharge full page flashing or ‘ghosting’ as we spin a page. It works as advertised, display a purify page of calm as we appropriate by a book or a magazine. White and blacks still have that typically greyish stain we find on e-ink displays and while contrariety on black calm is strong, it doesn’t seem as considerable or pointy as it is on a Paperwhite.

Where it excels is brightness, yet this comes during a detriment of evenness. It’s unequivocally brighter from a sides and during a bottom of a screen, that can infer distracting when reading during night.

The miss of earthy buttons means a touchscreen is pivotal to navigation. It’s not capacitive kind we find on tablets, instead relying on a grid of infrared sensors to register a interaction. Responsiveness is good yet not good and there will be a peculiar arise we need to make a some-more counsel shade press to make selections.

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Nook GlowLight: Interface and Features

Once you’ve pulpy a N-shaped symbol subsequent a shade bezel and swiped opposite a bottom of a shade to unlock, you’ll get your initial introduction to a unequivocally simple, streamlined user interface. The GlowLight runs on a chronicle of Android 2.1 which, total with a 800mHz processor, can feel somewhat indolent during times.

The UI is dominated by a Reading Now feature, that gives we discerning entrance to many new calm purchased. Down subsequent is a Now on Nook section, that is radically curated calm for new books and magazines we competence wish to start reading next.

Up tip you’ll find a bookmark idol that will let we burst true into a final thing you’ve review and a presentation standing idol mostly portion adult messages to do with other Nook services. Over on a right you’ll find a time and an idol to burst to a Glowlight feature. Here we can also see battery turn standing in percentage, Wi-Fi tie standing and a bar to appropriate left and right to vigilance a strength of a GlowLight backlight.

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Library, Barnes Noble emporium and hunt facilities are situated down a bottom. The library is flattering customary fare. You can filter by many recent, author and pretension and perspective titles in a list or by book covers. Similarly, a store creates it unequivocally easy to hunt for content. The Popular Lists territory is radically your means of find new books with sections dedicated to bestsellers, new releases special offers and Writers in focus.

Venturing into a settings we can additionally perspective information regarding
calm storage, nonetheless it’s not immediately transparent how to undo books to giveaway adult space.
Additionally, we can set adult a wireless connection, adjust time and
view remuneration and comment information.

There’s also a section
dedicated to joining a Glowlight to Facebook, Twitter and Google
accounts so you
can share books and noted excerpts.
But joining these accounts presents some problems. For starters, we have to name to have one amicable network comment related during a time and when
you wish to share something on a other, we need to sign-in again. Login pages for Twitter and Facebook are not scrupulously formatted
to a GlowLight possibly and a attempts to share excerpts were unsuccessful.

One of a some-more engaging aspects of the
GlowLight is NOOK friends. This lets we see what other Nook users are reading and
use a LendMe use to loan and steal books out to friends for
free for adult to 14 days. Reading by a specifics of loaning books
reveals there’s some conditions, usually like there is loaning or borrowing
Kindle books. Not all books are accessible to lend and we can usually lend a
book one time.

Venturing into an tangible ebook, there’s zero groundbreaking to unequivocally make note of. A tiny arrow
above a page count brings adult a categorical page menu and here we can burst to
the calm page, find specific words, pierce to another page or chapter
and adjust layout. This includes rise size, type, line spacing and
margins. You can name words, that generates
dictionary definitions powered by a Oxford English dictionary. There’s
also a ability to supplement notes, that creates it useful for calm books, and
share excerpts, that as we formerly explained doesn’t work perfectly.

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Nook GlowLight: Barnes Noble Store vs Kindle Store vs Kobo Store

Barnes and Noble claims there are 3 million titles accessible in a store with a Kindle Store and Kobo Store charity likewise endless libraries of calm opposite ebooks, newspapers and magazines. Comparing a tip 5 best-selling books opposite a 3 stores, it appears we are profitable somewhat some-more for a same titles by Kobo and a Barnes Noble storefronts.

Barnes Noble Store, Kindle Store and Kobo Store book prices compared

Book title: The Silkworm – Robert Galbraith (Kindle £1.99, Barnes Noble £6.99, Kobo £6.99)
Book title: We Are All totally Beside Ourselves – Karen Jo Fowler (Kindle £1.80, Barnes Noble £1.80, Kobo £3.71)
Book title: Bite – Nick Louth (Kindle £0.59, Barnes Noble £0.59, Kobo £0.98)
Book title: The Fault in Our Stars – John Green (Kindle £1.99, Barnes Noble £2.49, Kobo £4.99)
Book title: Sycamore Row – John Grisham (Kindle £1.99, Barnes Noble £4.99, Kobo £4.99)

All 3 offer newspapers for daily and monthly fees, nonetheless Kobo offers this use by a PressReader application. A discerning peek during pricing shows it’s somewhat cheaper to buy by a Kindle Store again. It’s somewhat some-more formidable comparing repository prices as there’s unequivocally small crossover between a three.

Choice-wise Barnes and Noble offers an equally vast library of books compared to a competitors and a some-more extensive preference of magazines. So if we like throwing adult on Men’s Health or a latest emanate of Good Housekeeping we are good catered for.

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Should we buy a Nook GlowLight?

The Glowlight does done poignant improvements on a predecessor, yet it’s not unequivocally adequate to make this a best ebook reader choice available. The upgrades are not though their issues as good and a build peculiarity disappoints. It still has some things in a foster like a EPUB format support and a brighter screen.

Many of a program quirks don’t unequivocally compare adult to a Netflix-style Kindle Unlimited or a giveaway Kindle lending library services we get with Amazon’s book readers. Even a somewhat some-more costly Kobo Aura (£119) offers expandable memory and improved processor, relating a GlowLight in flattering most each other department.

Quite simply, if we wish a best ebook reader experience, it’s value spending that small extra.


The reasonable alleviation on a initial Nook with GlowLight, yet it’s not adequate to know a Paperwhite off a tip spot.

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