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Nook Glowlight 4 Review

The Nook Glowlight 4 e-reader enters the e-reader market with its affordable price of £120, and a feature set that promises a smooth digital reading experience. This review will delve into the Nook Glowlight 4’s attributes, evaluate its strengths and weaknesses, and examine its fit for various user types.

Design and Construction

The Nook Glowlight 4’s design can be described as minimalist and functional. Available in Black and White, it maintains an appealing simplicity with its colour options. The device’s dimensions, 155.2mm by 120mm, and its slimness at 8.2mm thickness make it easy to handle and carry around. Weighing in at 170g, the Glowlight 4 is sufficiently lightweight to be held for extended reading sessions without causing discomfort.

A notable feature of the Glowlight 4 is the presence of page-turn buttons, providing tactile feedback that some readers may prefer over solely touchscreen-based navigation. However, the device doesn’t offer a flush screen, and this could impact the smoothness of the touchscreen experience.

Screen and Readability

The Nook Glowlight 4 sports a 6″ screen, an industry-standard size that marries portability with readability. The device’s 300ppi resolution ensures that text appears sharp and easy to read, mirroring the clarity of printed text on paper.

The Glowlight 4 features both a frontlight and a warmlight. The frontlight ensures readability in low-light conditions, while the warmlight allows users to adjust the colour temperature of the light, which can be particularly useful for late-night reading sessions that require a warmer light to reduce eye strain. However, the lack of an auto-brightness feature means that users will have to manually adjust the brightness to suit their environment.

Operating System and File Compatibility

The Nook Glowlight 4 runs on Android 8.1. While this isn’t the most current Android version, it is capable of supporting a solid e-reading experience. However, the absence of Play Store access is a significant limitation, as it reduces the available options for users to download reading apps.

The Glowlight 4 supports a modest array of file formats, including EPUB, PDF, and various image formats like JPG, PNG, GIF, BMP. While the range of supported formats might suffice for basic e-reading needs, it falls short of offering the extensive compatibility seen in some other e-readers.

Storage and Connectivity

The Glowlight 4 impresses with its 32GB internal storage, which offers ample space for users to store a large library of e-books (in contrast, the more affordable Nook Glowlight 4e has a more modest 8Gb of storage). However, it doesn’t include a Micro-SD slot, so users can’t expand the storage capacity if needed.

In terms of connectivity, the Glowlight 4 lacks both Bluetooth and mobile connectivity. Users will need a Wi-Fi connection to download content onto their device. The absence of Bluetooth connectivity also means that users can’t connect headphones or speakers for listening to audiobooks or using the text-to-speech functionality.

Additional Features

The Nook Glowlight 4 does offer text-to-speech, a useful feature for users who like to listen to their books or for those with visual impairments. The device also doesn’t display advertisements, offering an uninterrupted reading experience. However, the lack of features like waterproofing, auto-rotation, and wireless charging may disappoint some users – the more premium Kindle Paperwhite Signature Edition may be a better choice for such users, however it


The Nook Glowlight 4, with its affordable pricing and decent feature set, is a solid entry in the e-reader market. Its high-resolution screen, ample storage, and physical page-turn buttons make it an appealing choice for basic e-reading needs. However, the lack of certain features like Bluetooth connectivity, waterproofing, and Play Store access may limit its appeal to users looking for a more feature-rich e-reading experience.

In conclusion, the Nook Glowlight 4 might be an ideal choice for users who prefer a straightforward, no-frills e-reading experience. Those who need more advanced features or extensive file format compatibility might want to consider other options in the market.

Alternative entry-level e-readers include the Kobo Nia and Kindle 2022.

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Full Specs

Product The name of the product/modelNook Glowlight
Version The version of the product4
Buy Click on the button to buy
Image A picture of the productNook Glowlight
Price The price of the product (in USD)$149.99
Brand The brand/manufacturer of the productNook
Screen size The size of the screen (measured diagonally)6"
PPI The number of pixels per inch (PPI) NOTE: on colour devices, this is the monochrome PPI300ppi
Storage capacity The storage space of the e-reader32Gb
Operating System Which O/S the device runs by defaultAndroid 8.1
Writing Whether the e-reader has writing/note-taking capabilities
Frontlight Whether the product has a frontlight
Warmlight Whether there is temperature control for the frontlight
Auto brightness Whether the brightness of the e-reader changes automatically based on the exterior ambient light
Bluetooth Whether the e-reader support audio via Bluetooth headphones/speaker
Speakers Whether the e-reader support audio via an onboard speaker
Touchscreen Whether the e-reader has a capacitive touchscreen
Waterproof Whether the e-reader is waterproof to IPX8 rating
Play store Whether you can install apps from the Google Play Store (e.g. Kindle, Koreader etc.)
Flush screen Whether the screen is flush with the casing of the e-reader
Page-turn buttons Whether the e-reader has physical buttons for turning pages
Auto-rotation Whether the e-reader automatically changes the screen orientation
Text-to-speech Whether the e-reader can convert text to speech
Micro-SD slot Whether the e-reader has a slot for a MicroSD card
Colour screen Whether the e-reader has a colour screen
Ads Whether the e-reader shows ads on the sleep screen
Wireless charging Whether the e-reader supports wireless charging
Mobile connectivity Whether the e-reader can connect to the cloud over the cellular network
Weight The weight of the product170g
Thickness The thickness of the e-reader8.2mm
Height The height of the e-reader155.2mm
Width The width of the e-reader120mm
File formats The file formats that are supportedEPUB, PDF, JPG, PNG, GIF, BMP
Colours Which colours this e-reader is available inBlack, White
Buy Click on the button to buy