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Nook GlowLight Plus is a 2015 waterproof and dustproof e-reader from Barnes & Noble

Nook GlowLight Plus is a waterproof and dustproof e-reader from Barnes & Noble, selling at a competitive price of $129.99.

Introduced two years after its predecessor, the 2015 Nook GlowLight Plus sports all the features the most advanced e-readers already have.

It has a 1430 × 1080 px 300 ppi E-Ink Carta display, is front lighted with Ambient GlowLight technology, and has a 4 GB memory on board.

What makes it special, besides a fantastic sleek design, is that it’s waterproof and dustproof.

GlowLight Plus is not the first waterproof e-reader. Kobo Aura H2O was launched in September 2014. But H2O is a waterproof version of Kobo Aura HD.

The new Nook is waterproof by default. You can’t choose a “basic” non-waterproof version because there is no any. Water-resistance is the standard.

In a press release we read:

Nook GlowLight Plus has an advanced design that allows it to withstand water and dust, so customers can read at the beach, in the bathtub or alongside the pool without worry. The company designed the first-ever waterproof and dustproof Nook for customers who requested a durable, portable design for their reading device.

I wonder how many customers were specifically asking for the device being waterproof. I’d rather say, Nook GlowLight Plus is an example of a product that doesn’t only answer the needs of consumers but also creates them.

The 2015 Nook GlowLight Plus is available in Barnes & Noble stores nationwide and online, in the Nook Store. It sells at a launch price of $129.99 and comes with a free lifetime in-store support. B&N Members save 10%.

Nook GlowLight Plus – comparisons

It’s obvious that the first device to compare is Kobo Aura H2O, the existing waterproof e-reader from a direct competitor.

But, as I said, Nook GlowLight Plus is waterproof by default. This is quite a bold marketing move, as it will force Amazon and Kobo to either take the challenge or continue the battle on who offers a lower price for a standard device.

Well, since today, which device is the standard: waterproof or non-waterproof?

On the other hand, when you can’t offer a much better screen technology, and there is not that much to save on weight and dimensions, being waterproof (or heavy-duty in general) is the only way to go.

The result would be that consumers will stop thinking whether they need a waterproof device or not, because they get it anyway.

Let’s now have a look at how Nook GlowLight Plus compares to Kobo Aura H2O, and also the 2015 Kindle Paperwhite, as they are in the same price range.

Nook GlowLight Plus vs. Kobo Aura H2O vs. Kindle Paperwhite

Feature Nook GlowLight Plus Kobo Aura H2O Kindle Paperwhite 2015
Screen size 6 in 6.8 in 6 in
Pixel density 300 ppi  265 ppi 300 ppi
Screen resolution 1430 × 1080  1430 × 1080 1440 × 1080
Waterproof Yes Yes No
Dustproof Yes Yes No
Grayscale 16-level 16-level 16-level
Front light Yes Yes Yes
Touchscreen Yes Yes Yes
Weight  6.9 oz / 195 g 8.2 oz / 233 g 7.2 oz / 205 g
Storage 4 GB 4 GB 4 GB
Price $129.99 $179.99 $119.99

You’ll agree that Kobo Aura suddenly becomes ridiculously expensive – $50 more expensive than Nook. Yes, it has the larger screen but that’s done at the expense of the pixel density. Also, its weight is by almost 40 grams bigger than Nook’s.

When it comes to GlowLight Plus vs. Kindle Paperwhite comparison, there are three things to highlight:

  • Nook is waterproof and dustproof, Paperwhite is not,
  • despite being waterproof, Nook is lighter than Paperwhite by 10 g,
  • despite being a newer model, Nook is only $10 more expensive than Paperwhite.

In the comparison, we used the version of the Kindle Paperwhite with ads. If we pick up the version without ads, the Nook would be actually cheaper.

One thing about memory. Nook GlowLight Plus has 4 GB, just like the competitors. But the tech specs say, that 1.5 GB is taken by the system, so there is 2.5 GB for the content – out of which 2 GB is reserved for Nook Store content. That makes only 500 MB for the content downloaded by the user personally.

Nook GlowLight Plus – pictures

We’ve collected all the pictures of the new Nook below. Take a look, and tell us you think.

Nook GlowLight Plus - front view

Nook GlowLight Plus - back

Nook GlowLight Plus comes with a selection of cases and accessories

Nook GlowLight Plus – video introduction

This 30-second video will let you learn about most important features of the new e-reader from Barnes & Noble.

Nook GlowLight Plus – full specs

Screen size 6-inch, with built-in glare-, scratch-, and fingerprint-resistant lens; provides a paper-like reading experience
Screen resolution 1430 × 1080 px
Pixel density 300 ppi
Waterproof IP67 certified. Waterproof in fresh water for up to 30 minutes at a maximum depth of 1 meter (3.28 feet)
Battery Up to 6 weeks on a single charge
Storage 4 GB – 2.5 GB for content, of which 2 GB is reserved for Nook Store content
Connectivity Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n
Ports Micro-USB – for charging a battery and connecting to a computer
Dimensions Height: 6.4 in / 163.6 mm
Width: 4.7 in / 119.6 mm
Depth: 0.34 in / 8.6 mm
Weight 6.9 oz / 195 g
Support file formats Text: ePub, PDF
Graphic: JPG, GIF, PNG, BMP
Warranty & service One year limited warranty included.
Optional Extended Protection Plan sold separately.
Visit your local Barnes & Noble for free lifetime in-person support.
In the box NOOK GlowLight Plus
Micro-USB Cable
Quick Start Guide
Rechargeable Battery (installed)
Built-in anti-glare screen protector

Nook GlowLight Plus – product chart

Nook GlowLight Plus - thumbNook GlowLight Plus

Wi-Fi / 4 GB

Our highest resolution
Enjoy crisper text, enhanced contrast, and a glare-free, scratch-resistant screen.

It’s waterproof
Our new water-tight design lets you read worry-free poolside or in your bath or kitchen. Rain or shine, wherever you are, it’s the perfect companion.

Built for Adventure
The seamless aluminum body offers a premium feel and increased durability. Plus, it’s dust-proof for dirt roads and busy, flour-filled kitchens

Featuring GlowLight illumination
It’s powerful enough to read in bed or in the bright light of the sun. Nook’s most advanced Ambient (Always-On) GlowLight technology lets you enjoy an evenly dispersed light.

Long battery life
It’s perfect for long road trips or even travel to remote corners of the world. Read for up to 6 weeks on a single charge. Get going and never look back.

Now with B&N Readouts
Enjoy a quick read for every moment with our new digital discovery feature. Offering a daily selection of free book excerpts, magazine articles, sneak peeks at upcoming releases, and more.

⇢ Nook Store $129.99

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