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Barnes & Noble has confirmed that the NOOK GlowLight 4 Plus that we wrote about in May is now available for pre-order for $200 (or $180 if you’re a member of the B&N Premium rewards program).

The new eReader has a 7.8 inch black and white E Ink display with 300 pixels per inch, a waterproof design, and support for audiobooks thanks to a 3.5mm headphone jack and Bluetooth audio. It’s available for pre-order as of July 7th, but won’t ship until September, 2023. Update: It’s available as of September 6, 2023.

This is the company’s second-gen GlowLight Plus. The original also has a 7.8 inch display, waterproof design, headphone jack, and Bluetooth audio support. But that model had just 8GB of RAM and didn’t support audiobooks, just “Barnes & Noble podcasts.” That model is no longer available for purchase.

The new model has 32GB of storage and a few other upgrades, including a USB Type-C port for charging and data transfer. It also features a touchscreen display, physical page turn buttons, and a front light with support for adjustable color temperature, with a “Night Mode” feature that lets you manually or automatically reduce the amount of blue light emitted by the screen at night.

The Nook GlowLight 4 Plus is rated IPx7 for water resistance, which means you can drop it in up to 3 feet of water for up to 30 minutes without damaging the device.

But not all of the features are updated. For example wireless capabilities still top out at WiFi 4 (802.11b/g/n) speeds.

This article was first published July 5, 2023 and most recently updated July 7, 2023. 

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