Barnes & Noble today announced the new Nook GlowLight, a successor to the Simple Touch GlowLight that it claims brings the simple tablet up to speed with its main competition, Amazon's Kindle Paperwhite.
Like the Paperwhite compared with the Kindle Fire line, the new GlowLight offers a simpler experience than other Nook tablets, like the Nook HD+ released earlier this year, and is focused entirely on reading.
But the new GlowLight offers myriad improvements over past Nook readers, as well as over the Kindle Paperwhite, if you take everything Barnes & Noble said about it today as gospel.
Overall, the improvements to the Nook GlowLight are designed to let users read for long periods of time without experiencing hand or eye fatigue, the company said.
Screen and UI
The new Nook GlowLight features an anti-glare E Ink display with "next-generation lighting" tech that makes it easier to read in any environment, according to Barnes & Noble's announcement today.
The screen has 62 percent more pixels, it says, and fonts have been optimized for the new, crisper display.
In addition, turning the page is reportedly "smoother," without the full-screen flash or refresh that plagued past e-readers.
A redesigned UI features zero ads and minimal distractions, and makes it easier for users to discover new books or jump into the ones they're already reading.
The new Nook GlowLight is also Barnes & Noble's lightest e-reader at 6.2 ounces, making it 15 percent lighter than the Kindle Paperwhite, as the company was keen to point out.
It has a "soft-touch finish" and "industrial design" that make is easier to hold in one hand "for marathon reading sessions," so users can now read with a scotch in one hand, while they operate heavy machinery, or while running an actual marathon.
And the reader's new white coat of paint is designed to more accurately emulate the print reading experience.
The refreshed GlowLight also features twice as much storage as the previous GlowLight - that's 80 percent more than the Paperwhite, according to B&N - and holds around 2,000 books.
Barnes & Noble's new GlowLight e-reader is available today in stores and online with free shipping for $119 (about £74, AU$125). Barnes & Noble members (existing or new) get 10 percent off.