Amazon isn’t the only one with a new e-reader hitting the market this year. Barnes & Noble is next to the table with a whole new version of the Nook. The new NOOK GlowLight 4 will be launching in a few days (December 8th) and will be coming with a few new features and enhancements.
Overall, it does look as though the company is going after the Amazon Kindle Paperwhite edition. The new NOOK GlowLight 4 features similar specs while learning further toward the new Kindle Paperwhite Signature Edition.
So let’s go through some of these. For one, you get a 300ppi screen. This isn’t new for the NOOK, but it is one of the biggest benefits of the Paperwhite (or any model above it). The company is also promising a crisper looking screen overall. It also has a non-invasive light to help you read at night. Only, instead of something you set by hand, it has the ability to turn on automatically following the progression of the sun. Of course, you can control is manually if you choose. Then you have the battery life that lasts for weeks before needing to recharge it using its new USB-C charging port.
What makes it really compare is the fact that it has 32GB of internal space instead of 8GB. This is where it leans toward the Signature Edition while maintaining a better price. Putting B&N in a great spot. The only catch, is that the screen is only 6 inches (compared to the Kindle’s 6.8).
Beyond that, you get modified physical buttons for turning the pages (in case you prefer to use those vs the touch-screen) and a “soft-touch” finish. All-in-all, it does sound like a good e-reader and its MSRP is at a decent starting price of $149. As mentioned, it will be releasing on the 8th and you’ll be able to snag it from B&N stores or its website.