Barnes & Noble Nook GlowLight Plus E-Reader

Last updated date: March 27, 2019

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7.5

Barnes & Noble Nook GlowLight Plus E-Reader

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We looked at the top E-Readers and dug through the reviews from some of the most popular review sites. Through this analysis, we've determined the best E-Reader you should buy.

Update as June 14, 2021:
Checkout The Best E-Reader for a detailed review of all the top e-readers.

Overall Take


In our analysis of 95 expert reviews, the Barnes & Noble Nook GlowLight Plus E-Reader placed 13th when we looked at the top 14 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

From The Manufacturer

Our best eReader ever harnesses advanced technology to keep reading pure and simple. Enhanced contrast and higher resolution make each page read like paper in any light. From Daylight to Dark of Night With the latest GlowLight technology, NOOK keeps reading easy and glare-free in bright sun or at bedtime, when you want to stay lost in your book without keeping someone else awake. Our Highest Resolution Enjoy crisper text, enhanced contrast, and a glare-free, scratch-resistant screen. Featuring GlowLight Illumination Its powerful enough to read in bed or in the bright light of the sun. NOOKs most advanced Ambient (Always-On) GlowLight technology lets you enjoy an evenly dispersed light. Its Waterproof(1) Our new water-tight design lets you read worry-free poolside or in your bath or kitchen. Rain or shine, wherever you are, its the perfect companion. Built for Adventure The seamless aluminum body offers a premium feel and increased durability. Plus, its dust-proof for dirt roads and busy, flour-filled kitchens(1). A 6" high-resolution, 300-dpi screen with built-in glare-, scratch-, and fingerprint-resistant lens provides a paper-like reading experience. NOOK GlowLight Plus Micro-USB Cable Quick Start Guide Rechargeable Battery (installed) Built-in anti-glare screen protector

Expert Reviews

Expert Summarized Score

7.8
8 expert reviews

User Summarized Score

6.8
56 user reviews

What experts liked

Has glowlight technology that adjust to day and night reading.
- BestReviews
Barnes & Noble's third-generation Nook GlowLight Plus has a sleeker design with an aluminum back, improved lighting scheme, a sharper 300 dots-per-inch E Ink display and a more responsive capacitive touchscreen.
- CNET
The GlowLight Plus features a sharper screen for less money than the Aura H2O, making it a solid choice if you're looking to do your digital reading by the pool or while bathing.
- PC Magazine
November 3, 2015 | Full review
Sharp display that's easy on the eyes.
- Tom's Guide
November 4, 2015 | Full review
Really like the Glowlight Plus. Great quality screen which is incredibly clear.
- Best Advisor
Flexibility: The Nook GlowLight Plus runs on Android, which affords it a great degree of flexibility – if you know what to do and where to look.
- Comparakeet
May 28, 2018 | Full review
It is waterproof, dust proof, has a super high resolution screen and incorporates software features never seen on an e-reader before.
- Good E-Reader
November 15, 2015 | Full review
The screen resolution is very clear and on point with similar e-books like the Kindle Paperwhite.
- Versus Reviews

What experts didn't like

Files are somewhat confusing to transfer.
- BestReviews
The aluminum casing has a bit of an edge to it on the front.
- CNET
The Barnes & Noble store can be slightly confusing to navigate at first.
- PC Magazine
November 3, 2015 | Full review
The Nook GlowLight Plus ($129.99) improves upon the design, display and interface of the previous generation, but annoying performance lag and a shorter battery life may stop you from plopping down your hard-earned cash for this e-reader.
- Tom's Guide
November 4, 2015 | Full review
The device is a bit slow to boot up, and turning pages can be kind of sluggish too
- Best Advisor
The interface isn’t as snappy as other eReaders when registering commands.
- Comparakeet
May 28, 2018 | Full review
This model has some drawbacks though. The screen can be somewhat unresponsive at times, which makes creating notes, highlights and annotations a bit tedious.
- Good E-Reader
November 15, 2015 | Full review
The main complaints, however, are that it can often be difficult to find purchases if you have a large store of e-books, and occasionally people have noticed slow response times, which can be quite annoying.
- Versus Reviews

Our Expert Consultant

Molly Thornberg   
Technology and parenting blogger

Molly Thornberg is a professional writer, creative and mom to four kids, living her best life outside of Dallas, Texas. With a love for all things tech, she is passionate about helping parents raise kids in the digital age. She writes about technology, parenting and humor on her blog Digital Mom Blog.

An Overview On E-Readers

E-readers have changed the way people consume books, magazines and articles. Instead of choosing between one or two physical books to bring with you on vacation, you can bring hundreds of options along in one sleek device. E-books tend to be cheaper than paperbacks, so it’s less expensive to expand your mind and check out new authors and titles. They’re also environmentally friendly; downloading e-books instead of buying hardcover books saves plenty of paper and cardboard.

The popularity of e-readers has spawned a large industry of digital reading devices, and finding the right one for your needs requires some research. One of the first questions you’ll want to ask yourself is how you plan to use your e-reader, and whether you might benefit from purchasing a tablet that can double as your e-reader, says technology expert Molly Thornberg, a parenting and tech blogger.

“Basic e-readers allow just reading. These are great for focused reading, and for kids,” says Thornberg, the brains behind the Digital Mom Blog. “More advanced e-readers are typically tablets offering more options like web browsing and a music player.”

Understanding the technology behind e-readers can also help you make your decision. E-readers take e-book files and make them accessible to readers by storing them on a small computer. Their optimized portability, readability and battery life make them great literary companions. Many models today are designed for easy reading in sunlight.

Staring at a computer screen to catch up on your reading list might sound like a headache, but e-reader technology reduces eye strain. Large screens, backlights and adjustable fonts and text sizes all make ebooks easier to read than ever.

Before you buy, you’ll want to consider whether you prefer an e-reader experience that closely mirrors the one you’d have with a regular book, or whether you’re up for a more lively display.

“E-readers offer either e-ink (electronic ink) or LCD display,” says Thornberg.  “E-ink offers an electronic paper-like display. LCD screen displays offer color and typically more touchscreen capabilities. Some devices offer both.”

Older e-readers needed to be charged regularly, but newer models have extended battery lives for more reading freedom. The Kindle Oasis can go weeks without a charge, so you won’t have to go hunting for power outlets at stops on your next road trip.

If audiobooks are more your speed, you can still listen to them on some e-readers. The Kindle Oasis and Waterproof Kindle Paperwhite are compatible with Audible, a massive library of audiobooks and original content.

You don’t need to worry about squinting to make out the words on your e-reader’s screen, either. The Pixels Per Inch (or PPI) of modern e-readers eclipses their predecessors.

Thornberg says you’ll also want to consider what e-book stores and libraries your new e-reader will have access to as well.

The E-Reader Buying Guide

  • Will you be traveling a lot with your e-reader? If you regularly jet set for work or play, you’ll want an ultra-portable e-reader that fits easily in a carry-on bag. 
  • How frequently do you plan on using your e-reader? All four of our top picks have improved battery life over their predecessors. They can go for “weeks” without a charge, but that’s dependent on how frequently you use them. Give your e-reader’s battery life a test run at home before you take it on any long trips.
  • E-readers can download books via WiFi or over your cellular network. Downloading over your home WiFi network will save you some cash, but you’ll be out of luck if you want to check out a new title on the go. Using a cellular network is convenient, but the data charges might drive up your cellular bill. Talk to your network provider before you dive into this option, and make sure you budget accordingly for your bookworm habit.
  • How many e-books, audiobooks and graphic novels do you plan on reading? You’ll need more memory if you want an extensive collection. The Kindle Oasis comes in 8 GB or 32 GB versions, while the Kobo Clara HD 6-Inch Touchscreen E-Reader comes with 8 GB of built-in memory.
  • What type of controls are you most comfortable with? Touchscreen controls are effortless. However, some older e-readers still use buttons to help you scroll through pages.