Barnes & Noble unveils budget e-book reader

Barnes & Noble just released a budget version of the Nook GlowLight 4, the e-book reader it released last December.

Barnes & Noble’s new Nook GlowLight 4th eBook reader. Barnes & Noble

The 6-inch Nook GlowLight 4e, unveiled by Barnes & Noble on Wednesday, May 25, retails for $120 β€” that’s $30 cheaper than the Nook GlowLight 4.

So, what are the grid differences between the two devices?

First, the new e-book reader comes with 8 GB of onboard storage, while the more expensive model offers 32 GB. Even with 8 GB, you can load a lot of books, and certainly a lot more than you can handle in one vacation, so don’t worry.

The Nook GlowLight 4e also has a slightly inferior display, at 212 dots per inch compared to 300 dots per inch on the GlowLight 4. Still, both are designed to reduce glare and have scratch-resistant properties, which should ensure a comfortable reading experience.

Battery life seems more than adequate for the new device, with Barnes & Noble saying a single charge will last “weeks”, while the GlowLight 4 will last “about a month”.

The Nook GlowLight 4e also comes with a built-in dictionary, bookmarks, and sharing features. Oddly enough, Barnes & Noble doesn’t seem to be able to tell us, even approximately, how much the new devices weigh, saying only that they “may vary by configuration and manufacturing process.”

Commenting on the launch of the new eBook reader, Susan McCulloch, President of Barnes & Noble said: β€œEncouraging browsing and helping book lovers discover their next favorite book is at the heart of Barnes & Noble. We are excited to deliver this latest experience in time for Father’s Day gift giving and summer readings.”

The Nook GlowLight 4e is now available for pre-order and will ship on June 7. The covers for the new device are also available in different colors.

At $120, the GlowLight 4e is $30 more expensive than Amazon’s basic Kindle e-book reader, although that particular device is currently listed as out of stock on Amazon’s website.

If you want to learn more about the popular ebook readers on the market today, this handy guide to digital trends can help.

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