Nook Glowlight 3 Software Update Removes Storage Partition

Nook Glowlight 3

Thanks to a new firmware update, Barnes and Noble has officially removed the 1GB partition restriction for sideloaded content on the new Nook Glowlight 3.

This effectively opens up the full 6.35GB of onboard storage space for both Nook and non-Nook content.

Previously sideloaded content was limited to just under 1GB of total space.

Now with the 4.8.3 firmware update you can use all the available space for sideloaded books.

The 4.8.3 update also includes the usual unspecified bug fixes and performance enhancements.

The Nook will automatically download and install the update with no input from the user as long as WiFi is turned on.

To get the update now you can go to Settings > About > Check for System Update.

Barnes and Noble also updated the Nook’s product page to reflect the change. It now says 6.5GB of space is available for Nook Store content and sideloaded content.

8 Responses to “Nook Glowlight 3 Software Update Removes Storage Partition”

  1. Good news. I looked at the Glowlight 3 over the holidays. I didn’t purchase one because there wasn’t a font bold enough for my taste- or better said, for my eyes.

  2. Now, they just have to offer it at the price it had in Dec ($89), and I may be getting one.

    They are making it look like they really want to get people’s business.

  3. You can’t possibly price the Glowlight at $119 the same as the super popular Amazon Kindle with the superior ecosystem, software, And bookstore. No way. The only way for people to take a shot at it is to make it extremely enticing at a super low price. That might mean taking a hit in profits the same way Amazon took a hit in profits for years in order to build up it’s customer base.
    Considering the Paperwhite routinely goes on sale at $99 and even $89 sometimes not to mention the trade-in program with a $40 rebate, the Glowlight 3 should not be priced higher than $79 tops!

    • Not sure if I’d agree with you on your software comment, although Amazon definitely had a superior bookstore ecosystem.

      The Nook is still a very useful e-reader for those of us like myself that have a large collection of books in e-pub format.

      In fact, I have two e-readers, I’ve found it much easier to manage my books this way. I own a Sony and a Kindle. The Sony for my e-pub books and the Kindle for their mobi books.

  4. Glad to hear about this the Nook is really nice e-reader!!

  5. The operating system is terrible though.
    For the GlowLight3, anyhow.
    I have the latest OS, that makes one big partition.
    I have a lot of books that appear when I mount the Nook on a Mac desktop via USB, but aren’t appearing in the Library view on the Nook.

    I made a Shelf and put a book into it.
    I looked, and the wrong book (different author) was on the shelf.
    I added the correct book to the shelf,
    and deleted the wrong one.

    The shelf disappeared. Another shelf just disappeared with eight books in it.

    “Cannot Open Reader” is a frequent problem, when a book won’t open.

    They really need to work on this thing.

  6. I just bought my third Nook a Glowlight 3 and it is such a disappointment. I am about to buy a Kindle and be done with B&N. I travel and want it to download library books as the previous two Nooks did flawlessly. This one allowed it after much struggle but now will not download books that can be read; I don’t know if a software update has made it even worse, but I have tried everything suggested, restarted everything, etc. It is a piece of junk for my needs and I feel profoundly ripped off by B&N. It has some nice features but for the most part is far inferior to the previous Ereaders. I am kicking myself for sticking with B&N and not just getting a Kindle. What a waste of money.

  7. It’s August of 2018 and I have the latest software update of 4.9.2 on my Nook and it still partitions the sideloaded ebooks to less than 1GB. I contacted Barnes and Noble on 3 separate occasions and I was told each time that there is still a partioning of sideloaded ebooks. I don’t know where the information about the partioning being taken away in the software update is coming from, but the people at Barnes and Noble say there is still 5.6 GB dedicated to Nook store purchases only and the sideloaded content is definitely restricted to under 1GB.