Re­view: Nook Glowlight

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Can a mas­sive book ar­chive and snazzy de­sign make this e-reader a Kin­dle caner?

US$119, nook.com

“Kin­dle” is now short­hand for “e-reader” to most pun­ters, but this makes a de­cent fist at chal­leng­ing that.

Barnes & Noble’s cool, white, redesigned Nook leaves Ama­zon’s slab look­ing rather dated, its friendly rounded edges, large bezel and silky fin­ish mak­ing it re­ally comfy to hold. It’s de­signed to be used with­out a pro­tec­tive case and can come out of sev­eral weeks in a bag with­out a scratch.

The e-ink Pearl touch­screen with 16-level grayscale has the high­est res­o­lu­tion found on a Nook to date, with text clear and enough grunt inside to re­fresh pages in­stantly. The anti-glare film means it’s at home in sun­light, while the built-in back­light, although not quite as evenly il­lu­mi­nated as the Kin­dle Paper­white, helps with night-time read­ing. The ba­sic in­ter­face has been tweaked slightly, but is as sim­ple as be­fore.

The Barnes & Noble ebook store of­fers over three mil­lion ti­tles, slightly more than Ama­zon’s Kin­dle store. There’s no 3G ver­sion, though, so you’ll need to stock up on Wi-Fi.

With de­cent bat­tery life, great looks, a strong li­brary and a good price, the Nook is the only gen­uine al­ter­na­tive to the Kin­dle. How­ever, there are slips, and Ama­zon is a dif­fi­cult beast to top­ple. love Cool de­sign, Light and comfy to hold, Great book se­lec­tion hate No 3G. Back­light could be more even T3 says A strong de­vice and the first e-reader we’ve seen that could worry the Kin­dopoly

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