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Barnes & Noble Nook

Barnes & Noble Nook
alaScore 91

4009 reviews

Feb, 2018

alaTest has collected and analyzed 4009 reviews of Barnes & Noble Nook. The average rating for this product is 3.9/5, compared to an average rating of 4.2/5 for other eReaders for all reviews.

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other eReaders the Barnes & Noble Nook is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 91/100 = Excellent quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 148 user reviews of Barnes & Noble Nook from The average user rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.2/5 for other eReaders on

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Feb, 2018

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 2761 user reviews of Barnes & Noble Nook from The average user rating for this product is 3.8/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.1/5 for other eReaders on

76% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

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Feb, 2018

Expert review by: David Carnoy (

Barnes & Noble Nook GlowLight Plus review


After taking a beating with its Nook tablets, Barnes & Noble smartly retreated and stopped making its own hardware, opting instead to sell Samsung tablets with a custom Nook interface, plus full access to the Google Play Store.

Barnes & Noble's third-generation Nook GlowLight Plus has a sleeker design with an aluminum back, improved lighting scheme, a sharper 300 dots-per-inch E Ink display and a more responsive capacitive touchscreen. Its biggest competitive advantage over...

The aluminum casing has a bit of an edge to it on the front. Nook's ecosystem is good but can't beat Kindle's.

The new Nook GlowLight Plus probably isn't going to make any converts out of Amazon's Kindle customers, but at least Barnes & Noble now has an e-reader with competitive specs and performance to the Paperwhite.

Nov, 2015

Expert review by: Ben Radding (

Barnes & Noble Nook GlowLight Plus


The Barnes & Noble Nook GlowLight Plus is a great waterproof ebook reader for the beach or the bathtub, but the Amazon Kindle Paperwhite remains your best option on dry land.

Waterproof. Sharp screen. Good book selection.

Unintuitive store interface. Slight performance lag.

Conclusions The Barnes & Noble Nook GlowLight Plus is a very good ebook reader if you like to read at the beach or the pool, or in the bath. It has a sharper display and costs lest than the waterproof Kobo Aura H2O, though it doesn't support as many...

Nov, 2015

Expert review by: K. T. Bradford (

Barnes & Noble Nook GlowLight review


The new Nook GlowLight has a better screen and brighter light, but that light is still uneven, its lack of page turn buttons make it difficult to use for lefties, and the overall package can't match the Kindle Paperwhite.

Screen is more pixel dense with deeper contrast ; GlowLight is brighter ; Speedy, responsive performance

No physical page turn buttons ; No improvements to the software or extras ; No MicroSD card slot ; Little space for non-B&N ebooks and files ; GlowLight still uneven

Ever since the first Nook debuted in 2009 each generation has improved on the last. Even when Barnes & Noble radically changed the design, it was done for the better. And each innovation from touch to built-in lights have made new Nooks highly...

Nov, 2013

Expert review by: Brian Heater (

Barnes & Noble Nook HD+ review: a high-def 9-inch tablet at an entry-level price


More Info Barnes & Noble announces Nook HD+ 9-inch tablet, we go hands-on Nook HD review: a high-def tablet with the heart of a reader

Brilliant high-res display ; Tempting price ; Device is comfortable to hold ; Good reading experience

Uninspired UI ; Limited selection of apps, multimedia content

With the Nook HD+, Barnes & Noble is offering a nice piece of hardware at a good price. Too bad it's somewhat limited on the software side.

Dec, 2012

Expert review by: David Pierce (

Barnes & Noble Nook HD+ review


Barnes & Noble picked a tough time to revamp its lineup of tablets. On the one hand, the 7-inch market is both more crowded and more mature than ever thanks to the Nexus 7, Kindle Fire HD, and iPad...

Terrific display ; Nice design and build quality ; Great reading experience

Constant performance problems ; Weak speaker ; App selection is lacking

You get what you pay for, apparently

Dec, 2012

Expert review by: Roberto Baldwin (

Review: Barnes & Noble Nook Simple Touch GlowLight


Barnes & Noble's light-up Nook has a touchscreen, but also buttons. Page turns can still be initiated with a simple swipe, but it's nice to...

Buttons on a touchscreen e-reader, oh how I missed thee. Glowing screen isn’t the best on the market, but it works just fine. Supports books in epub format. Built to be held. No ads

Glowing LED screen shows uneven brightness at the top of the display. Other screens are sharper. B&N’s Ecosystem can’t beat Amazon’s

Oct, 2012

Expert review by: David Carnoy (

Barnes & Noble Nook Tablet (8GB) review: Barnes & Noble Nook Tablet (8GB)


Editors' note (September 27, 2012): Barnes & Noble has cut the price of the Nook Tablet line: the 8GB Nook Tablet is now $179, the 16GB is $199. Prospective buyers should note that Barnes & Noble is planning to launch two new Nook Tablets in early...

The Barnes & Noble Nook Tablet (8GB) is an affordably priced full-featured tablet with a vibrant 7-inch touch screen, built-in Wi-Fi, 8GB of built-in storage, and a microSD expansion slot. In addition to a full slate of books and magazines, it offers...

There's no access to the full Android Market; no Bluetooth, GPS, or camera; and no video rental (or purchase) option. The 8GB of internal memory may be limiting to some people, though unlike with the Kindle Fire, you do have a memory expansion option.

The $199 Nook Tablet (8GB) matches up well to the Kindle Fire in specs and price--and has the added advantage of offering an expansion slot for additional memory.

Mar, 2012

Expert review by: Brian Heater (

Barnes & Noble Nook Tablet review


Back in April, the Nook Color underwent a magical change of sorts: a software update that transformed the device from a color screen e-reader into an

Excellent video quality ; Expandable memory ; Fast performance for a budget tablet

Upgrades from the Color are relatively minor ; Limited built-in storage for side-loaded content ; 7-inch screen is a bit small for magazines and comics

Barnes & Noble's budget tablet manages to give the Kindle Fire a run for its money, even though it costs $50 more.

Nov, 2011

Expert review by: JoannaStern (

Nook Tablet review


Exactly one year ago, Barnes & Noble made an interesting move, one no other company in the tech industry had yet been bold enough to make: it released the Nook Color for just $249.99. The 7-inch...

Design is still striking ; Lighter than the Nook Color ; Bright IPS screen with great viewing angles ; Faster performance

Weak music / video content ecosystem ; No tabbed browsing ; Cannot easily sideload apps ; Can only be charged with its “proprietary” MicroUSB cable

The Kindle Fire is $50 cheaper and provides a better ecosystem of multimedia content and applications

Nov, 2011

Expert review by: John C Abell (

Review: Barnes & Noble Nook, Black and White


By now, most everyone in your circle of friends has played with a Kindle and an iPad. Fewer have picked up a Nook. But you...

Nothing here gets in the way of a good read. Six-inch e-ink screen is crisp. Epic battery life. Hardware design eases one-handed operation. Shows progress in actual pages conforming to the paper edition

Low light is a problem. Touch screen could be better. Social tools are meh, and the e-mail client is especially weak. Until e-book readers cost significantly less than 0 they won’t be everywhere — razors exist to sell blades

Jun, 2011

Product Specifications

nook's easy-to read Ink display is more like a traditional book than a computer screen. With no glare or backlight, and adjustable text size, you can read comfortably hours. nook makes it easy to bookmark, highlight passages, or make notes - plus, look up words mid-sentence using the built-in dictionary. Use reading now, your virtual bookmark, to bring you back to the last book you've read, right where you left off.


Built-in speaker(s):N
Built-in speakers: No

Audio Output



Technology:Lithium polymer


Color of product:Black


Color of product:Black

Dimensions & Weight



Color: No
Display Diagonal:6
Display Resolution:600 x 800 / 800 x 600
Gray scale levels:15
Technology:E Ink
Touch screen:No / Yes
Touchscreen:N / Y

Display (Projector)

Color Support:4-bit (16 gray levels)
Diagonal Size:6in
Diagonal Size (metric):15.2cm
Technology:E Ink

Energy Management

Battery life (max):1440


Menu languages:Multi

File formats

Audio formats supported: No
Document formats supported:ePub, PDF
Image formats supported:BMP, GIF, JPEG XR, PNG / BMP, GIF, JPG, PNG
Video compression format: No
Video formats supported:Not supported

Flash Memory

Installed Size:2GB

GPS System

GPS Navigation: None


Manufacturer:Barnes & Noble
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Barnes & Noble nook


Compatible memory cards:MicroSD (TransFlash)
Internal storage capacity:2
Maximum memory card size:32


Type:Wireless cellular modem


Wireless Connectivity:IEEE 802.11g / IEEE 802.11b

Packaging Content

AC adapter bundled: Yes
AC adapter included:Y
Cables included:USB
Quick start guide: Yes

Ports & interfaces

Bluetooth: No
Headphone Out:N
Interface Type:USB 2.0
USB connector type:Micro-USB A
Wi-Fi: Yes
Wi-Fi standards:802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n


Battery life (max):1440

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty


Handheld Type:eBook reader

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:0.469 / 5
Height:6.5 / 7.01
Weight:12.8 / 6.95 / 7.48