Barnes and Noble Nook GlowLight: Conclusion

December 6, 2013 by Sarah White Reads (5,119)
Editor's Rating

Ratings Breakdown (1-10)

    • Design
    • 5
    • Performance
    • 10
    • Features
    • 5
    • Price/Value Rating
    • 9
    • Total Score:
    • 7.25
    • Rating 1 to 10, top score 10


As far as eReaders go, the Barnes & Noble Nook GlowLight offers decent competition to the Kindle Paperwhite, with comparable resolution and size. It’s lighter than the Kindle and users have the advantage of brick and mortar stores for those that are averse to online shopping.

Barnes & Noble Nook GlowLight in HandThe biggest caveat for readers will come at the cost of ebooks. Searching for some of the more popular titles reveals that Kindle has the advantage on eBook pricing. For example, J.K. Rowling’s latest novel “The Cuckoo’s Calling,” written under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith, is available for $3.99 in the Kindle store, while the Nook store has it listed for $12.99. Amazon also has a digital “boxed-set” of the first 5 George R.R. Martin books, which Game of Thrones is based on, currently offered for $9.99; in comparison, Nook has the same digital set for $28.47. These are just a couple examples, but anyone in the market for an eReader should do a quick comparison between the prices of their favorite books before making a decision.

The Nook GlowLight is incredibly lightweight and offers some unique features, such as the button that takes the user back to their book, and the ability to turn the GlowLight off completely. However, the rubber bumper concerned testers, as they weren’t comfortable with the fact that it came away from the device, exposing components.

Overall, the Nook GlowLight is a great entry level eReader that will let users ditch conventional book lights, but the cost of the books might not outweigh the minor features that the Paperwhite doesn’t offer.


  • Lightweight
  • GlowLight can be turned off
  • Brick and mortar stores for troubleshooting


  • Loose rubber bumper exposes internal components
  • eBooks are more expensive than on rival Kindle

Bottom Line

The Nook GlowLight offers some unique features, but users might not find that they outweigh the cost of eBooks from Barnes and Noble.



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