The Nook GlowLight has 6 font types and 7 sizes. There are three settings for spacing and margins, plus you can turn on and off publisher defaults. Reading features include adding bookmarks, highlights, and notes. You can share via Facebook, Twitter, and Google. You can search, jump to page, navigate via table of contents, and lookup words in the dictionary. In the library you can create shelves to organize your content. From the homescreen you can select to shop from the Nook store. That’s it. There are no advanced features to speak of. No web browser (although a exists), no annotation export or sync, no reading speed estimator, no vocabulary builder, no X-Ray, no Wikipedia reference, no translations, no landscape mode—none of the extra features found on the Kindles or Kobos.
The most disappointing thing about the new Nook GlowLight isn’t the removal of the page buttons and microSD card slot, it’s the fact that the Nook software has remained virtually unchanged since the original Nook Touch was released 2 and a half years ago. I don’t recall B&N adding any significant new software features since then. The Kindle and Kobo ereaders have so much more going for them in terms of software features.
The Nook GlowLight shares the exact same overall shape and size as its predecessors, but it has a new design and is a lot thinner and lighter, which makes it more comfortable to hold. Gone are the page buttons and contoured back. The power button has been moved from the back of the device to the side. The little “n” button below the screen remains.
The Nook GlowLight runs Android 2.1, which means nothing to the average user. From interacting with the device you’d never know it has an Android operating system. The software looks nothing like Android and it is totally closed off so you can’t install apps or anything cool like that. The Nook Touch and Nook Glow were popular with the hacking community—they could be turned into , in fact—but I don’t see that kind of enthusiasm following the Nook GlowLight. Now that the memory card slot has been removed, it makes the process much more difficult, and with the limited amount of internal storage it’s hardly worth the effort anymore. If you want a , my advice would be to get one of the earlier models instead of waiting for this one.
I received the Nook Glowlight Plus as a gift and I am quite pleased with it. Compared to my original Nook e-reader from 2010, this one is extremely light and easy to hold. The construction appears to be top-notch and I love the grippy, textured bezel. The back is a little slippery, but I received the soft touch back cover to go with it and it improves handling and softens the construction while still being able to see the beauty of the nook through the cover. The display is very crisp and I had no difficulty setting it up and accessing my current library. I really like the light feature. No more needing to use a clip-on light to read at night. The page appears to be evenly illuminated and easy on the eyes. I find the device to be very responsive with page turns, although typing can lag behind a bit. If I had one complaint, it would be that I need to get used to the "n" home button. It's easy to accidentally move a finger over it while holding the device, which then returns the nook to the home page. That is just something I need to get used to and be aware of when reading. I can't compare this model with previous glowlight models since I've never owned those, but I can say that I'm quite pleased with the performance of this model and I would recommend it.