Night Mode on Nook Glowlight 3 is Surprisingly Nice

Nook Glowlight 3 Orange Light

I’ll be the first to admit that I’ve never been a fan of reading while using the night mode options available on some ebook readers and reading apps.

The thing is I just want ebooks to look like paper books for the most part, and I’ve never once read a paper book that had orange or black paper.

I also don’t have any problem falling asleep at night so I’m not worried about blue light in the least.

But I can respect the fact that there are a number of people that do like using the night mode settings that some ereaders and apps provide.

Everyone has different preferences, and the great thing about ebooks is the various ways in which they can be consumed. You can customize layout and font size and font type to your liking, and in some cases you can set the color of the page and the text to your liking as well.

Of all the night mode options I’ve tried, I like the Nook Glowlight 3’s take on it the best.

The Nook’s frontlight can be adjusted from a cool bluish color to a warm yellowish orange tone. It’s kind of like being able to switch from a white frontlight to a yellowish one. Most ereader frontlights tend to vary between those two colors, like with Kindles you never quite know what color of frontlight you’re going to get.

The nice thing with the Nook Glowlight 3 is you can choose if you want a cool or warm frontlight.

Some other models have the same kind of feature, like the Kobo Aura One and 2nd gen Kobo Aura H2O. Their frontlight colors can be adjusted too but the color is more toward the darker orangish red spectrum. Luckily you can filter how much color you want with the middle settings, but it’s still more of an orange hue than yellow, and the orange color is quite uneven on my Aura One (but they can vary a lot from one to the next).

I tend to like the yellowish tone on the Nook better. It’s more paper-like in color, like aged paper. I find that I actually don’t mind using the night mode setting; it’s less obtrusive than similar features I’ve tried. It does help make the light seem softer and I can see how it would be useful at night. I’d still rather read with a whitish background but the Glowlight 3’s take on night mode is surprisingly good, especially at lower brightness settings.

11 Responses to “Night Mode on Nook Glowlight 3 is Surprisingly Nice”

  1. I have a question I hope somebody can help me with. Can you sideload ePub books to the Nook Glowlight 3?

  2. I looked at the Glowlight 3. I liked it better than the previous Glowlight with the metallic back, but didn’t purchase it because I didn’t find thick/bold fonts.Though the fonts were definitely an improvement over the previous Glowlight.

    I wonder if the software people have figured a workaround to add fonts to the Glowlight 3.

  3. I love night mode and comfort light. I tend to use it quite often although very minimally, not too extreme which give me a perfect subtle yellowish tone which is perfect in most lighting conditions, especially at night. I Purchased the Glowlight 3 but returned it because of the limited storage space. I definitely remember it having a beautiful screen with the IR and a nice comfort light. I might have to reconsider now that the storage has been expanded. I have no doubt in my mind that if Amazon releases a comfort light on a Kindle people will adapt to it and perhaps prefer it, especially if they nail it like the Glowlight 3.

  4. For me, changing the color temperature helps with eye fatigue. Not the orange extremes, but ranging from white to gray to beige.

  5. The color on my Aura ONE looks much like your picture. As you say, it was a feature that wasn’t too important to me before buying, but one I have come to absolutely love. It just makes bedtime reading easier on my eyes. So much so that it is hard to use a non-comfort lit reader at bedtime now.

  6. I have the old nook, can I borrow books from the PUBLIC LIBRARY ?

    • Yeah, Nooks support library books using Adobe Digital Editions, but there are a number of reports of the process not always working right with Nooks.