Barnes & Noble's new $130 e-reader is water resistant, has a sharp display and an aluminum back


Although Barnes & Noble stopped making its own Nook tablets a couple of years ago following poor commercial success and is now selling rebranded Samsung Galaxy tablets with a custom Android UI, the company hasn't given up on hardware altogether. Earlier today, Barnes & Noble officially announced the Nook GlowLight Plus, a much-needed update to the company's e-reader series.

The original Nook GlowLight Plus, launched a couple of years ago, was updated in pretty much every aspect you can think of, and, at the price of $130 with no ads, the e-reader appears to hold its own against Amazon's competing Kindle e-readers.

Since the display is the number one attraction on any e-reader, it should be noted that the new Barns & Noble Nook GlowLight Plus features an e-ink display with a density of 300 dots per inch, an enhanced contrast, and better brightness dispersal. Barns & Noble claims that the display matches that of the Amazon Kindle Paperwhite, which is the main competitor of the Nook GlowLight Plus. Speaking of similarities, the new e-reader from Barnes & Noble also integrates a capacitive touchscreen, an upgrade over the infrared touch technology used by the entry-level Amazon Kindles and the older Nook GlowLight.

Although a better display was to be expected, Barnes & Noble took a lot of people by surprise today when it announced that the GlowLight Plus comes with an aluminum back and is also dust and water resistant up to depths of 3 feet for up to 30 minutes. The company says that customers want durable e-readers that they can use to read books at the beach and in the bathtub, and the GlowLight Plus directly addresses both these needs.

To get you going as soon as the GlowLight Plus arrives, as Barnes & Noble offers three free e-book from a collection of 20 titles. Furthermore, if you buy the Nook GlowLight Plus by the end of the year, the book retailer will also throw in $5 in credit that you can spend in the company's online bookstore. 

What do you guys make of the new Barnes & Noble Nook GlowLight Plus? Is $130 a good price for an e-reader with a sharp display and an aluminum back that can be used to read books in the comfort of your own hot tub?


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7 Comments

1. DeusExCellula

Posts: 1390; Member since: Oct 05, 2014

Kindle still better.

2. Jklaz

Posts: 159; Member since: Jul 01, 2013

Multiple places where Barnes is spelled Barns

3. fistigons

Posts: 368; Member since: Feb 11, 2012

If my wife's Nook GlowLight ever breaks I'll definitely get this for her. I kind of wished it came with the new type C input. Then again, I'm going to be saying that about every new device that comes out without it.

4. Totse2k15

Posts: 478; Member since: Feb 11, 2014

Just get a tablet, same [s]hit, do more with it.

5. Toshi_TNE

Posts: 2; Member since: Sep 22, 2015

I'm pretty much in the field all day, I use a 9.7 eink for PDFs and architectural drawings. A tablet is useless when the sun is above your head.

7. TheOldOne

Posts: 196; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

you obviously haven't used a ink reader before, or you are not an avid reader at all. Its way better for reading at night, and good luck reading something at the beach or at the pool with your tablet.

6. kach22

Posts: 153; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

I am going to get one. Looks gorgeous than a kindle.

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