In news I was not expecting to write anytime soon, Barnes & Noble has a new eReader.
The new NOOK GlowLight 4 features a 6 inch E Ink display with 300 pixels per inch, a front-lit display with adjustable color temperature, physical page turn buttons and a touchscreen display, plus a USB-C charger. It’s now available for $150 in stores and from the B&N website.
That makes the new model $30 more than the previous-gen NOOK GlowLight 3, but version 4 has a few key upgrades including:
- 32GB of storage (up from 8GB)
- USB-C port (rather than micro USB)
- Smaller design with slimmer bezels
Unfortunately the wireless capabilities are still capped at 802.11b/g/n and the battery life seems to have taken a step back: Barnes & Noble is promising up to a month of reading time on a charge which sounds pretty good until you notice that the NOOK GlowLight 3 was supposed to get up to 50 days of battery life.
I guess something had to give when the company reduced the physical dimensions of its flagship eReader.
If you’re wondering how the new NOOK GlowLight 4 stacks up against the competition, it has a smaller screen than Amazon’s 6.8 inch Kindle Paperwhite, and it lacks the water resistance that Amazon’s eReader has.
But the NOOK GlowLight 4 is competitively priced. Amazon’s latest Kindle Paperwhite starts at $140 for a model with 8GB of storage and ads on the lock screen. Removing the ads raises the price by $20. And if you want 32GB of storage you’ll need to pay at least $190 for a Kindle Paperwhite Signature Edition.
In a press release, B&N refers to the GlowLight 4 as the second NOOK released this year, but the other model was actually just a Lenovo tablet with the NOOK software pre-installed.
The last actually new eReader the company released was the 2019 NOOK GlowLight Plus, which sells for $200 and features a 7.8 inch display, IPx7 water resistance, and… just 8GB of storage, a micro USB charger, and 802.11b/g/n WiFi.
This article was originally published December 1, and last updated December 8, 2021.