The new model features a 300 dpi E Ink touchscreen display and built-in ambient light. Oh and it’s also waterproof. So, reading your favorite vampire book while soaking in the tub has just gotten easier.
The backside of the case is made from bronze colored aluminum and the front frame has a textured white border.
The screen features enhanced contrast and glare-free technology in addition to the adjustable ambient light for “evenly dispersed light” in a variety of situations.
From the description, it seems that Barnes & Noble designed an eReader that can safely be used at the beach in the middle of the day, or in the tub with candles glowing all around, without fear of getting dust or water on the tablet.
The company says that the NOOK GlowLight Plus can last up to six weeks on a single charge if you read for an average of about 30 minutes a day. The software includes options for changing the font style, an updated home page with a more intuitive design, and Nook Profiles, which allow multiple users to log in to the same device for a customized reading experience.
B&N’s newest eReader has 4GB of built-in storage, but no microSD card slot. It measures 6.4″ x 4.7″ x 0.34″ and weighs 6.9 ounces, has a 1072 x 1448 pixel display, and runs software based on Android 4.4 KitKat.
The NOOK GlowLight Plus is available now from the company’s online and retail bookstores for $130, which includes three free books and a $5 good toward additional purchases.
This new entry into the NOOK line comes at a time when B&N is struggling to keep up with rival Amazon in the eBook and eReader market. Maybe this waterproof design will grab the attention of readers that don’t want to carry around a Ziploc bag with them every time they head to the pool (or pay a hefty price for a third-party waterproofing job).
If $130 seems like too much to pay for an eReader, B&N is still selling the original NOOK GlowLight for $99. But that model isn’t waterproof and it has half the screen resolution of the new model.