NOOK GlowLight: Conclusion

May 19, 2012 by Jen Edwards Reads (17,441)
Editor's Rating

Ratings Breakdown (1-10)

    • Software & Support
    • 8
    • Upgrade Capabilities
    • 8
    • Usability
    • 8
    • Design
    • 8
    • Performance
    • 8
    • Features
    • 8
    • Price/Value Rating
    • 8
    • Total Score:
    • 8.00
    • Rating 1 to 10, top score 10

Conclusion

Barnes & Noble NOOK Simple Touch with GlowLightThe NOOK GlowLight is simply the best eInk reading device currently available. It’s small and light, with expandable memory, outstanding battery life, and a lighted screen that makes it perfectly usable in all reading conditions, whether you’re laying on the beach or curled up in bed. While it doesn’t have a web browser or any apps, it does offer a great reading experience.

Due to the current eBook marketplace riddled with DRM, which locks most purchased eBooks to one platform, I can’t recommend that anyone who has already made a heavy investment in Kindle books should make the switch. But I do strongly recommend the NOOK GlowLight for anyone just starting out with eBooks, or for owners of the previous NOOK devices. The GlowLight technology is a gamechanger in the best possible sense of the word, and this newest NOOK has become my reading device of choice.

Pros

  • Extremely light and comfortable to hold
  • GlowLight technology offers the best possible reading experience
  • Great value
  • Fantastic battery life

Cons

  • Limited internal memory, 75% of which is reserved for B&N content
  • No Web browser
  • No speakers for music or text-to-speech capabilities


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