The B&N NOOK GlowLight 4 offers two significant benefits over the Kindle

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The B&N NOOK GlowLight 4 offers two significant benefits over the Kindle

Barnes & Noble has unveiled its newest e-reader, the NOOK GlowLight 4, and if you’re still not convinced, the NOOK GlowLight 4 could persuade you. The latest NOOK, which will be available on December 8, takes the essential characteristics of the GlowLight 3 and improves the design, battery life, and charging.

As a result, the old micro USB port has been replaced by a USB-C port for charging the ereader. That’s helpful because it makes it significantly more probable that you’ll be able to set the NOOK using your phone charger.

A 6-inch 300-dpi e-paper screen with a scratch-, glare-, and fingerprint-resistant coating is used for the display. It takes advantage of B&N’s GlowLight illumination system, which can be set to Night Mode and adjusts the lighting automatically as the sun moves through the day. You may also use GlowLight to control it manually.

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The battery life is awe-inspiring. Barnes & Noble claims that you can read for up to a month on a single charge, based on 30 minutes of reading per day, 1 page refresh per minute, and 10% GlowLight illumination. It also assumes that you’ve turned off your wireless.

The plain black case has been given a soft-touch coating to make it more comfortable to handle. Even though the bezels are substantially greater than those seen on the latest Amazon Kindle Paperwhite, Barnes & Noble makes good use of them. They not only make it simpler to hold the NOOK GlowLight 4 without accidentally touching the screen, but they also incorporate a pair of tactile page-turn button sets – one on each side – so you can move through ebooks without reaching across and swiping the screen.

There’s now 32 GB of storage for those ebooks, with just over 29 GB available for NOOK Store material or side-loaded books. WiFi b/g/n is also expected – there’s no cellular option – and NOOK owners still have access to free WiFi in Barnes & Noble shops and AT&T WiFi hotspots. ePub, PDF, and Adobe DRM ePUB/PDF and JPG, GIF, PNG, and BMP images are all supported file types.

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It’s tempting to think that Amazon has the e-reader market cornered at this point. After all, the Kindle is now a household name, and ereaders, in general, are approaching the Kleenex level of brand ubiquity. Even a well-established retailer like Barnes & Noble faces an uphill battle.

Nonetheless, the NOOK line’s prolonged presence shows that B&N has no plans to abandon it anytime soon. The shop claims to have “millions” of ebooks on its virtual shelves, and long-time NOOK users still value the option to readily side-load their literature. The NOOK GlowLight 4 will be available online and in stores on December 8, priced at $149.99 (between the Kindle Paperwhite and the Kindle Paperwhite Signature Edition), with folio cases starting at $19.99 apiece.

Source: barnesandnoble