Nook Glowlight 3 Video Review and First Impressions


Nook Glowlight 3 Orange Light

To the surprise of many, Barnes and Noble released a new Nook ereader this past week.

It’s called the Nook Glowlight 3, even though it’s technically their forth Glowlight Nook (I guess the Nook Simple Touch with Glowlight doesn’t count).

It’s more of a mid-level device than B&N’s last model, the Glowlight Plus.

The Glowlight 3 isn’t waterproof, it doesn’t have a flush glass screen, and it doesn’t have an aluminum back like the last Nook.

What it does have is a nice 300 ppi E Ink screen, two physical page buttons on both sides of the screen, and a frontlight with adjustable color temperature.

The frontlight color goes from a cool blue to a warm orange, similar to Kobo’s ebook readers. You can actually see the LED lights under the top edge of the display. It has 7 blue lights and 6 orange.

The design of the new Nook is more like the original Nook Touch than the Glowlight Plus. The large bezels are kind of goofy looking but I find the device very comfortable to hold with a thumb resting on a page button. It’s fairly lightweight and is covered in a soft rubbery coating front and back.

As some folks have already pointed out, one of the shortcomings with the new Nook is the partitioned storage space, leaving just under 1GB for sideloaded content, with 5.4GB for Nook content.

The new Nook runs Android 4.4.2 like the Glowlight Plus. Over at XDA they’ve already managed to root it. Apparently you can also install apps without rooting if you’re familiar with using ADB.

I’ll post a full review in a couple weeks after getting more familiar with the new Nook. In the meantime here’s a video walkthrough.

Nook Glowlight 3 Video Review

16 Responses to “Nook Glowlight 3 Video Review and First Impressions”

  1. Being able to add Apps (kindle app) to it, makes it worth it for me to get one. It would be nice for them to offer a discount for those who already have an eReader or tablet from them.

    Maybe someone will learn how to change the partitions on the storage as well.

    • I doubt the Kindle app would be enjoyable to use on E Ink. It almost never is, although it wasn’t bad on the Inkbook Prime so I guess you never know until you try, but it was basically unusable on the Onyx N96.

      • That may be the case. I may go look at one this weekend at B&N. If Amazon’s books do not appear good on that tablet, then the tablet would have to be at a lower price for me to get it.

        Overall, what did you think of the Inkbook Prime?

        • The Inkbook Prime has a nice design, much nicer than the Nook, but I’m just not into tinkering with Android software anymore. It’s more hassle than it’s worth because 99.9% of apps don’t work well on E Ink anyway. Kindles and Kobos have much more refined software for E Ink so I’d rather use them.

  2. You mention the screen clarity being better on the GL3 due to it not having a capacitive screen. Would it be possible for you to demo the clarity difference between IR and Capacitive touch devices? Maybe the new Oasis 2 vs Glowlight 3?

    • Unfortunately the effect is too subtle to show up on video. It’s just one of those things you have to see in person in good lighting to get a sense for, and frontlights can affect clarity too.

  3. Are you able to embed sideloaded fonts through Calibre? Sorry not familiar with Nook.

    • I assume that’s what the original fonts option would be for (I’m too lazy to download, import, convert, and sideload everything anymore so I haven’t used Calibre in a long time—mostly I just read library ebooks lately because it’s my opinion that 90% of writers suck at writing so I have no interest in paying for most books).

  4. Looks interesting. I generally like to overall design. But won’t be buying as long as my Glowlight Plus and Aura One still work. The page buttons are a real draw, but I found I rarely used them on my Simple Touch and Simple Touch with Glowlight.

    As for why page turns take longer when using the buttons, the answer is fairly straight forward. The page buttons have different functions depending on if you single press, double press, or long press. The software has to have some delay so that it can determine what your intentions are. Are you going to double click? Or long click? The software has to determine that before it advances the page.

  5. What formats does it take? Epub, PDF what else? Does it have a multilanguage dictionary? A web browser? Can you still make customize screeensavers?
    Thanks.

  6. I purchased this the other day and very happy so far. I do not like the small screen but its a much better reading experience than the Plus model. My Glowlight Plus is sluggish and since the new update this month it is very buggy

  7. Questions, I new to nook ereader, and I see it comes with a pen. This is touchscreen, so you can actually navigate with your fingers instead of using then pen? Maybe is a stupid question, but I just want to make sure before I decide to buy it.
    Thanks

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