Barnes & Noble Nook GlowLight Plus E-Reader

Last updated date: March 27, 2019

Review Melt Score
7.5

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We looked at the top 1 E-Readers and dug through the reviews from 8 of the most popular review sites including BestReviews, CNET, PC Magazine, Tom's Guide, Comparakeet, Good E-Reader, Versus Reviews and more. Through this analysis, we've determined the best E-Reader you should buy.

Overall Take

In our analysis of 99 expert reviews, the Barnes & Noble Barnes & Noble Nook GlowLight Plus E-Reader placed 9th when we looked at the top 10 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

Editor's Note April 9, 2019:
Checkout The Best E-Reader for a detailed review of all the top e-readers.

Expert Summarized Score
7.8
8 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
6.8
56 user reviews
Our Favorite Video 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

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

Overall Product Rankings

1. Amazon Kindle Paperwhite E-Reader (10th Gen)
Overall Score: 9.0
Expert Reviews: 13
2. Amazon Kindle Paperwhite E-Reader (7th Gen)
Overall Score: 8.5
Expert Reviews: 5
3. Amazon Kindle Oasis E-Reader
Overall Score: 8.5
Expert Reviews: 12
4. Kobo Aura ONE E-Reader
Overall Score: 8.4
Expert Reviews: 12
5. Amazon Kindle Voyage E-Reader
Overall Score: 8.2
Expert Reviews: 10
6. Kobo Aura H2o E-Reader
Overall Score: 8.1
Expert Reviews: 10
7. Amazon Kindle 6-Inch E-reader
Overall Score: 7.7
Expert Reviews: 7
8. Amazon Fire HD8 E-Reader
Overall Score: 7.5
Expert Reviews: 5
9. Barnes & Noble Nook GlowLight Plus E-Reader
Overall Score: 7.5
Expert Reviews: 8
10. Amazon Fire 7 Tablet
Overall Score: 6.9
Expert Reviews: 9

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. Understanding the technology behind e-readers can 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. Amazon’s Kindle Paperwhite has a glare-free display for kicking back with a new novel at the beach.

Staring at a computer screen to catch up on your reading list might sound like a headache, but e-reader technology reduces eye strain. The Kobo Aura ONE E-Reader has an impressive 7.8-inch screen with a built-in ComfortLight that protects your eyes while lighting up your screen for late night reading. The 7th Generation Kindle Paperwhite has an adjustable built-in light, and the new Kindle Paperwhite lets you adjust the size and boldness of your book’s text.

Almost all physical books come in e-book form today. Amazon’s Kindle readers offer access to over a thousand books, magazines and more to Prime members, and The Kobo Aura ONE connects directly to your local library for free access to their entire e-book catalog.

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 Kindle Paperwhite are compatible with Audible, a massive library of audiobooks and original content.

Comic book fans can keep up with their favorite series on an e-reader, too. The Kobo Aura ONE has HD resolution and 32 GB of onboard memory to hold up to 700 graphic novels. It also supports 14 different file formats, making visual books just as accessible as a standard e-book.

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. All four of our top picks have impressive 300 ppi screens, so every sentence will be crystal clear.

Good e-readers can get a little pricey, so you’ll want to think about a few more things before you commit to one. 

Review Melt Fun Fact

E-readers didn’t reach the masses until the mid-2000s, but someone saw the new technology coming. Author Bob Brown predicted the death of printed books in his 1930 book “The Readies.” Brown suggested building a machine that had ribbons of miniaturized text scrolling behind a magnifying glass. It would shorten reading time by creating hyper-abbreviated words, with em dashes replacing certain words. He called these shortened words “readies.” Brown also said that the machine would allow users to adjust type size for easier reading, and he said that the machine would reduce paper waste and save trees.

Only 150 copies of Brown’s futuristic text were published when he was alive., But the book is now available in paperback, hardcover and of course, as an e-book.

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. At just 6.6” x 4.6”, the Kindle Paperwhite fits easily in your purse or 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 Aura ONE comes with 32 GB of built-in memory.
  • What type of controls are you most comfortable with? Our three Amazon Kindle selections and the Kobo Aura ONE all come with effortless touchscreen controls. However, some older e-readers still use buttons to help you scroll through pages.