Kindle Paperwhite vs Nook GlowLight
Kindle Paperwhite's screen has 25% higher contrast. Crisp, dark text against a brilliant white background makes for the perfect read. Paperwhite guides light towards the display from above instead of projecting it out at your eyes like back-lit displays, thereby reducing screen fatigue. You can adjust your screen's brightness to create a perfect reading experience in all lighting conditions, from bright sunlight to bedtime reading.
NOOK's GlowLight illuminates your screen with a soft light that is perfect for bedtime reading. With advanced lighting technology not available on any other reader, GlowLight lets you stay up late reading in total comfort - while your partner stays asleep in the dark.
Latest news about Kindle Paperwhite and Nook GlowLight:
08.02.18. Kindle adds new search features. Amazon has released a new firmware update for any Kindle made in the past five years. In-book search now includes results from your notes and highlights and a clock now appears at the top of the screen when you are reading a book. You can disable it in the settings menu. Update 5.9.4 should be pushed out to all Kindles within the next few days and it will will automatically install it when the device is in sleep mode. You will likely notice a reboot next time you use it, along with a notification window that advises you of the new changes.
17.11.17. Barnes and Noble released Nook Glowlight 3. Barnes and Noble has just released their first new e-reader in two years and it is called the Nook Glowlight 3. This device has a number of innovative features such as the page turn buttons that can skip ahead a chapter with a double tap or rapidly turn the pages of an e-book by holding it down. It also the first Nook to incorporate a comfortlight system that mutes the white screen and turns it orange. Nook Glowlight 3 is running Google Android, similar to all of their other e-readers. It has a very advanced front-lit display system. One of the best elements on the new Nook are the physical buttons. There are two page turn buttons on both the left and right hand side. The main Nook Reading app is well designed and page turn speed is super quick and Copy/Paste text into the note app is innovative.
11.05.16. Amazon released Kindle Paperwhite USB Audio Bundle. Amazon unveiled a new USB audio bundle that allows Kindle e-Readers to give audio prompts when clicking on menus and text to speech functionality for listening to e-books. VoiceView for Kindle, which uses Amazon’s natural language text-to-speech voices also lets visually impaired customers read Kindle books. The USB audio dongle connects to headphones or speakers, which then allows the ability to listen to and navigate the user interface, in addition to listening to books. The only e-reader the new adapter is compatible with is the latest generation Kindle Paperwhite. Amazon says they are looking to make it available on other units in the future, such as the Kindle Voyage and Kindle Oasis.
26.10.15. Barnes & Noble created waterproof Nook. More than a year after discontinuing the Nook and Nook HD+, Barnes & Noble is finally updating its flagship GlowLight e-reader with the GlowLight Plus, the company's first waterproof e-reader. It is the first Nook to sport user profiles, because, you know, couples that read together stay together. Called the Nook GlowLight Plus, the new version costs $130 and is now available. The Plus features a 300ppi display with twice as many pixels as its older sibling, an aluminum body that slimmer though slightly heavier than the GlowLight. Most importantly, the Plus is waterproof, so Nook fans will be able to read their favorite ebooks in the tub.
22.06.15. New $119 Kindle Paperwhite will be easy on your eyes. Amazon has announced a new $119 Kindle Paperwhite e-reader with a 6-inch 300ppi display and a new font and book layout system that will make it easier to dig into The Martian during summer vacation. The reader will ship on June 30 and is available for pre-order now. The reader is essentially the same as the previous Paperwhite – a bright, almost white glare-free screen inside a nearly featureless slab of black plastic – but this model has “twice as many pixels” as the previous version and will display “laser quality text.” Font nerds will rejoice because Amazon has created a new typeface, Bookerly, that they claim is easier to read. They will also add a new “typesetting engine” that will improve book layout even at larger font sizes.
15.11.14. Kindle Update for e-readers lets enables sharing books with your family. Amazon brings new update to Kindle e-readers, so that the new e-reading features of the Kindle Voyage were available for older Kindles. The new features include Family Library (which gives people with Amazon accounts linked to family members the ability to read books a family member has previously downloaded), Word Wise (a feature that makes definitions for difficult words automatically pop up above them), Enhanced search (which now pulls results not only from your library, but also Goodreads and the Kindle Store) and About This Book (which provides information like author bios and other titles in the series as you start to read). The update will be supported by Paperwhite 2nd generation, Kindle Voyage and the most recent low-end Kindles.
19.08.14. Kindle Paperwhite gets twice more internal storage. Amazon quietly updated Kindle Paperwhite 2nd generation hardware. The latest model is identical to the version released last year, except with doubled internal storage. The international product page for the Wi-Fi Kindle Paperwhite started sporting a banner earlier this summer pointing to a “current version” product page. Kindle fans on the MobileRead forums have confirmed the new page is for a 4GB Paperwhite, which was previously only available in Japan. Amazon states that this isn’t a new product — it’s the old Paperwhite, but with more storage.
12.03.14. Amazon adds Goodreads integration to Kindle Paperwhite 1. Amazon is pushing out the software update for first-gen Kindle Paperwhite that bring Goodreads integration and other new functions to the e-reader. The currently available Paperwhite, a second-generation model, already has Goodreads support, gaining it last November. The update also includes Kindle FreeTime, which curates books for children and lets parents block time for them to read, Cloud Collections for organization and Page Flip for scanning content without losing your place. The Bookmarks, Highlights and Notes feature can now be accessed more quickly. The update will roll out over the next few weeks to devices in the United States, Canada, and Australia.
2013. Kindle Paperwhite will nudge kids to read more. After the software update for the Kindle Fire tablets, Amazon announced an upgrade for the Kindle Paperwhite e-Ink e-readers. The most ineteresting enhancement is the goal-oriented feature to nudge kids to read more. Parents now can encourage their children to read more by setting daily and long-term reading goals on the Kindle Paperwhite. Progress reports are available for parents and kids get satisfaction by earning achievement awards based on goal and reading progress. Besides, as well as the Fire-tablet, Kindle Paperwhite gets Goodreads integration. You can see what titles your Goodreads friends are reading now and set a Goodreads rating after finishing a book. You can even share passages to Goodreads directly from a book. And all your Amazon book purchases, either print or digital, can now be imported to a Goodreads account.
2013. Barnes & Noble releases new ultra-light Nook GlowLight. Barnes & Noble released completely redesigned Nook GlowLight e-reader. It's an updated version of Nook SimpleTouch with GlowLight and it's $10 more expensive ($119). Interesting, that $119 is the price of Kindle Paperwhite with ads (GlowLight does not have ads). The Nook GlowLight doubles the older model’s storage capacity from 2 GB to 4 GB, providing room for over 2,000 ebooks. That is also double the storage capacity of the Kindle Paperwhite. (On the other hand, the GlowLight lacks the microSD slot that the previous model had, so if you wanted to expand the device’s storage even more, you’re out of luck). Like the Paperwhite before it, Barnes & Nobles’ new e-reader features an updated 6-inch E-Ink display with 62% more pixels on the screen than the previous Nook Simple Touch with GlowLight; this improves text clarity and contrast.
2013. Amazon announced new faster Kindle Paperwhite. The second-generation Kindle Paperwhite will cost the same as the older version — starting at $119 for a Wi-Fi version with ads — and offers a higher-contrast display, a better light and a faster processor. It also includes some software improvements that could eventually be rolled out to older Kindles: Kindle PageFlip (lets readers skim through a book without losing their place), Vocabulary Builder (lets users quiz themselves on the words they had to look up while reading), Smart Lookup (integrates a full dictionary definition with other reference information about a word, character, topic or book via X-Ray and Wikipedia). The new Kindle Paperwhite starts shipping on September 30.
2013. B&N drops Nook GlowLight price to $99. Undercuts Amazon and Kobo. Barnes & Noble just announced a $20 price cut, bringing the GlowLight’s price to just $99. And it makes Nook Simple Touch with GlowLight the cheapest option on the premium e-reader market. The ad-supported Kindle Paperwhite costs $119 and the Kobo Glo is $129.99. Powered by a front-lit screen dubbed GlowLight, the Nook Simple Touch GlowLight emits a pleasant glow that’s sort of different from traditional backlighting. It’s easier on the eyes but the light cuts the battery life in half — which honestly is not that big of a deal since it still lasts 2 months. The price drop suggests that Barnes & Noble could be trying to clear out stock in advance of releasing a new model. Recall, the company recently announced that it will stop developing tablets in-house, but plans to continue manufacturing e-readers.
2012. Kindle e-Readers sales make no profit to Amazon. During his interview to BBC Amazon chief executive manager Jeff Bezos said that the company sells the Kindle e-readers and tablets at their production cost and doesn't earn anything on their sales. "We want to make money when people use our devices, not when they buy them" - he said. That's a much different business model, than Apple, which has built up a huge cash pile through the profit margins on its mobile products. Recall, the price of the latest model Kindle Paperwhite starts from $119 for the Wi-Fi version, and Kindle 5 - costs $69. To be fair, we note that Amazon earns not only on selling books and media content via Kindle, but also on advertising, which is shown during the Kindle sleep mode.
2012. Amazon unveils Kindle Paperwhite and Kindle 5. The e-reader arms race never stops these days. Today Amazon has unveiled two new e-ink e-readers - cheap Kindle 5 and "frontlit" Kindle Paperwhite. Of course, the second model is going to compete with the Nook Simple Touch with Glowlight and Kobo Glo. All these e-readers allow to read books in the dark, but it seems, Paperwhite surpasses the competitors. The screen looks almost perfectly white while the Nook still has a tinge of grey. And Amazon has also improved the battery life, claiming eight weeks of use even with the light on (compared to the Nook’s month). Kindle Paperwhite has a touch screen - actually it replaces Kindle Touch in Amazon's e-reader family.