There’s a really good deal on a 7.8-inch ereader with a 300 ppi screen and page buttons at Amazon right now, but most people will probably lose interest as soon as they see the name of the device.
The Nook Glowlight 4 Plus is available for $144.99 (renewed) from a seller on Amazon that is known for selling refurbished Nooks. The Glowlight 4 Plus sells for $199 new so it’s a $55 discount, but you can’t buy it new at the moment (more on that in a minute).
The thing is, I think a lot of people would jump at this deal if it was a Kindle or a Kobo with the exact same design at that price. But it probably won’t garner much interest simply because of the fact that it’s a Nook.
The Nook Glowlight 4 Plus started shipping at the end of August of 2023 so it’s still only a few months old. These “renewed” units are probably just customer returns that Barnes and Noble can’t sell as new, and their return period is only 14 days so they can’t be very “used” at all—it’s not like buying a 5-year-old refurbished Kindle from Woot.
The Glowlight 4 Plus has a nice feature-set for the price. They don’t state it anywhere, but I’m pretty sure it has a Carta 1200 screen with improved contrast, and it has 300 ppi and a frontlight with adjustable color temperature.
The device is also waterproof (it’s IPx7 rated) and it has a USB-C port, WiFi, Bluetooth for audiobooks, and it has 32GB of storage space. It’s only one a few devices to have a 7.8-inch E Ink screen with page buttons on both sides, and there’s a sensor button below the screen as well.
The weird thing about this is I noticed that Barnes and Noble is currently not selling the Nook Glowlight 4 Plus from their website, and it appears to be unavailable from most of their stores as well, even though it was just released a few months ago.
On the B&N website it says that it’s temporarily out of stock, and they don’t expect to have more until May 31st, 2024. How can it be out of stock for the next 4+ months when it was just released 4.5 months ago? That seems weird. It’s not like Nooks are in high demand.
Nonetheless, $145 is a really good price for any modern 7.8-inch ereader. Nooks don’t have the greatest software, but they support EPUBs and PDFs, and their hardware is actually pretty nice, especially if you like having page buttons. If Amazon released a new Kindle exactly like this people would love it, and Amazon would sell it for a lot more than the Nook.