It’s been two years since Barnes & Noble announced a new Nook GlowLight. Since then the company has partnered with Samsung to release string of Nook-branded Android tablets, but now it’s ready to release a new version of its popular e-reader.
The Nook GlowLight Plus features a totally rethought aluminum design along with beefed up hardware and improved software. It’s also water and dust-resistant with an IP67 rating, and promises six weeks of use per charge thanks to its low-energy E Ink display. Speaking of which, the 6-inch screen boasts twice as many pixels as its predecessor along with a built-in ambient light.
The new Nook feels awesome. It’s just barely heavier than the previous plastic model at 6.9 ounces, but it feels infinitely better in your hands. The bronze-covered aluminum is cool to the touch and soft without feeling too slippery. The display looks great too, though the software seemed to lag a bit in the few minutes of hands-on time we had.
The company’s also improved its Nook user interface with a new tab called B&N Readouts. It’s designed to replicate the experience of walking though an actual bookstore, and showcases a few different books each day. The same feature is available on the Barnes & Noble apps for iOS and Android as well.
Barnes and Noble is also offering plenty of cases and accessories for the new Nook. The company even came up with a special case you can write on using an included pen. It’s perfect for getting a signature from your favorite author or just for doodling something special on the cover of your e-reader.
The Nook GlowLight Plus is available now for $129.99 and comes with free in-store support for life.