Nook Glowlight 3 Update to Add 5.4 GB for Sideloaded Content


Nook Glowlight 3 Orange Light

A number of folks have expressed disappointment with the new Nook Glowlight 3 because Barnes and Noble limited the available storage space for sideloaded content to less than 1 GB.

The Nook has 8 GB of storage total, with about 1.6 GB reserved for the operating system and 5.4 GB for Nook content.

After receiving some complaints, Barnes and Noble is now beta-testing a software update that makes it so there is no limit for sideloaded content.

This basically abandons the 1 GB of additional storage space but it makes the 5.4 GB available for both Nook and sideloaded content, a big improvement for some folks.

There’s a post over at MobileRead with users testing the new software.

The latest beta firmware version is 48.3.20. There’s a link for it at the top of page 8 if you want to try it out.

The Nook Glowlight’s current software version is 47.2.113/4.8.2.8, although B&N just shows 4.8.2 on their webpage for Nook Glowlight 3 software updates.

History is repeating itself once again (this same thing happened with an earlier Nook) but it’s good to see B&N is still listening to what customers want.

9 Responses to “Nook Glowlight 3 Update to Add 5.4 GB for Sideloaded Content”

  1. Wish you could have put this article out when the price was 89 dollars. This is one more reason to buy it.

  2. Yes, I see that.

    I hope they lower the price again.

  3. I’ve installed the beta firmware and I’m finding it just a bit buggy. The buttons don’t work reliably. The double press chapter feature seldom works. Even going to a chapter via the table of contents doesn’t always work.

    The reading experience, though, is excellent and that’s what really matters. I hope they fix this stuff but even if they don’t I’m glad I got it.

    Barry

    • If you are having trouble with the beta software, be sure to erase and deregister the device after installing. It’s a pain in the butt, as you have to reload your books, but it seems to solve most issues that crop up.

  4. “This basically abandons the 1 GB of additional storage space but it makes the 5.4 GB available for both Nook and sideloaded content…”

    So, the firmware update makes that 1 GB of storage just disappear and the *total* storage is now 5.4 GB??

    That appears to be — in the politest terms possible — an imperfect solution, doesn’t it?

  5. For everyone who has used it, is it worth the purchase after the software update?

  6. Could someone explain in detail how to go install the Beta? I went to MobileRead and got it but the explanations for installing it were too vague. I did what I thought I should do and it didn’t work. Thanks!

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