There were rumors that manufacture would be outsourced, followed by further rumors that the entire Nook division would be hived off. Sales of both Nook tablets and Nook readers were first pronounced to be “disappointing” and then a hurried retraction attempted to paint a rosier picture.
However, here we are in the run up to the 2013 festive sales season, and B&N has once again gamely thrown its corporate hat in the ring with the launch of the new Nook Glowlight. It seems inevitable that it will be compared with the Kindle Paperwhite – so here’s a short presentation looking at the differences between the two devices. Use the arrow keys to navigate backwards and forwards through the different slides.
In fact, in terms of hardware, there’s no that much difference between the two readers. As always, B&N are delighted to point out that their reader has no ads (for the same price). The new Nook is also an off-white color rather than the perennial balck/graphite of most electronic gadgets.
This is supposed to more closely mimic the visual effect of reading a “real” book. You can see the logic.
The new Glowlight is lighter than the Kindle – and it also has a much shorter name than the old Nook Simple Touch With Glowlight. Also missing are the physical page turn buttons and the SD memory card slot – although on-board memory capacity has now been boosted to 4GB (enough for up to 2,000 books and twice the Kindle’s 2GB).
In the end, the two devices are very similar – in all the areas that matter at least. Many prospective buyers will make their choice based upon who they like to source their content from – and both B&N and Amazon have plenty of e-books to choose from these days.
It’s good that B&N are still in the game and supporting their e-book sales with their own reader. Hopefully they will make enough sales over the Christmas period to stiffen their resolve for their ongoing struggle with Amazon.