Kindle Paperwhite vs NOOK GlowLight: Which Lighted eReader is Better?

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With so many eReader devices to choose from, it can be hard to decide which one best suits your personal needs. A product that is ideal for one person may seem lacking to the next.  It is important to take into consideration the pros and cons of a number of different comparable products to make an informed choice about which is best suited to you. If you are currently looking for an eReader, then you may wonder what benefits each has to offer. Here we compare and contrast the Kindle Paperwhite vs NOOK GlowLight.

Kindle Paperwhite Overview

The Paperweight is the latest model of eReader from Kindle, an established leader in the market. They offer consumers and excellent reading experience in comparison to their competitors and have made updates and improvements in creating this particular model. These improvements are aimed at creating the best reading experience possible for adults and children alike.

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NOOK GlowLight Overview

The NOOK GlowLight promises an ultra-slim ereader that is easy to use and has a large storage capacity. This is their most advanced eReader so far.  Improvements made to the display, clarity of text and durability of the product make the Glowlight a leading contender that stands out against its competitors.

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Compare Paperwhite and GlowLight Key Features


The NOOK is designed to be durable. It is ideal for people who carry their ereader in their pocket or bag containing several other items. The Kindle focuses on the overall reading experience and this makes it the ideal choice for people who will use an eReader on a regular basis at different times of the day and for different purposes.


The NOOK has an six-inch screen that is designed with durability in mind. This is great for people who prefer a niche screen and anyone who is worried about damaging the screen. The Kindle has a matching six inch screen, but their screen has a built in light and sixteen levels of grey to choose from. This is ideal for people who find it difficult to read text in lighter or darker shades as they can adapt the text to meet their needs.

It is also good for those who read in bed at night and do not want to disturb others as they can use the reading light.

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Both products have made improvements from their previous models to ensure that navigation is as simple as possible for the user. This means they can both be used by people who are eReader newbies and also by children. The Kindle is the better choice if you are planning on your children using your eReader as there are greater options for children’s content available from Amazon.


Both the NOOK and the Kindle have an eight-week battery life so they are similar in this respect. If the length of the battery life is one of your main concerns, either option would be equally appropriate.


Both eReaders are currently priced at $119. This means that they fall into the same price bracket and will appeal to people with the same budget range.


The Kindle holds over 1,000 books and includes free Cloud storage for all Amazon content. This is perfect both for people who use Amazon to obtain content and for heavy readers who are likely to take full advantage of the storage space. The NOOK comes with the ability to store up to 2,000 books. You will also receive personal recommendations from Barnes & Noble.


While the Kindle measures 6.7″ x 4.6″ x 0.36″ and weighs 7.3 oz or 206 grams, the NOOK GlowLight weighs a lighter 6.2 oz or 175 grams. The NOOK measures 6.5” x 5” x 0.4”, meaning both products are similar in size.

Features of the Kindle Paperwhite

The main features of the Paperwhite are as follows:

A screen light that allows you to read in the dark. If you like to read in bed and share your room with someone that prefers the lights out, then you can still read without disturbing them.
Parental controls. This is great for parents who want to be able to allow their children to use their eReaders.-
Free sample books. Ideal for those who want to try new authors or genres.
-Completely wireless so it can be used anywhere. This is perfect for people who travel.
– It is possible to convert and store PDF and Microsoft word documents. This feature is a great solution for business people who may use their eReader in a multifunctional capacity.

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Features of the NOOK GlowLight

The main features of the NOOK GlowLight are:
Ad free experience. This is an advantage if you find that advertisements disturb your reading experience.
Parental controls. If children are likely to use the eReader, then this is obviously an advantage as you can select what they can access.
Free sample books. A great way for users to find out if they like a particular genre of book or the writing style of an author.

Pros and Cons of the Kindle Paperwhite

The major advantages of the Kindle Paperwhite are the cutting edge screen light that allows you to read in the dark, the overall reading experience and the simple navigation that can easily be used by both adults and children. As the storage is limited to around 1,000 books, this could be considered to be its major disadvantage. However, if you are unlikely to read 1,000 books, then this is not an issue.

Pros and Cons of the NOOK GlowLight

The biggest advantages of the NOOK GlowLight include the larger amount of storage available (up to 2,000 books), and the durability of the product.

Conclusion- The Best Choice

Overall, when comparing the Kindle Paperwhite versus NOOK GlowLight 2014 there are many similarities between the two products and this means they will appeal to a similar target market.

The Kindle Paperwhite is the best choice for people who purchase content from Amazon or have many Kindle Books in stock, those with children who will use the eReader and people who will read in different environments or light levels. The NOOK GlowLight (BNRV500) is the better choice for regular readers who need the additional storage space and those who prefer an ultraslim and lightweight model.

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2017-05-16T08:43:35+00:00 By |eReader Reviews|2 Comments


  1. John poulsen May 8, 2015 at 1:50 pm - Reply

    In Your opinion will be Barnes and noble make it in the ereader industry for the long haul like amazon?also will hook be coming out with a new ereader this year to replace the glowlight?

    • Ken May 11, 2015 at 6:25 pm - Reply

      John, given B&N has a huge collection of ebooks. They will continue and hope to release something attractive to keep NOOK readers upgrade. Last year, Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 NOOK was a smart move.

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