Last year on April 12, 2012, Barnes & Noble introduced their Simple Touch with Glowlight. It was the second e-reader with an internal light, Sony was first, beating its major competition Amazon by 4 months. Since that time Barnes & Noble hasn't made much noise in the e-reader race. On October 30, 2013, they finally made their big reappearance by introduced their 2nd generation Nook Glowlight, they dropped the Simple Touch name, one month after Amazon released their 2nd generation Kindle paperwhite.
When people first look at the new Nook Glowlight the only difference they will notice from the original is the case. On the original Nook Simple Touch with Glowlight the case was a flat gray with rounded edges. The new Nook Glowlight is an off-white color and the edge have a 45 degree bias giving the now thinner Glowlight a sharper look that fits well in your hand. When you pick up the Nook Glowlight you will notice that it is extremely light at just 6.2 ounces it is over an ounce lighter than the Kindle paperwhite that comes in at 7.3 ounces.
The Nook Glowlight beats the Kindle paperwhite when it comes to storage space giving you 4 gigabytes compared to only 2 gigabytes on the paperwhite. That means that you will be able to store twice the amount of books, magazines and newspapers for your reading pleasure. The Glowlight also wins on the price even though both e-readers cost $119 the Nook Glowlight is ad free. To get an ad free version of the Kindle paperwhite you will need to add an additional $20. Barnes & Noble also offer a 10% discount to people that have a membership card making the Nook Glowlight over $30 less that a comparable Kindle paperwhite.
Both the Nook Glowlight and the Kindle paperwhite offer a 6-inch display with 1024x758 resolution with 212 pixels per inch. They both have an black & white e-ink base that give you the look of an actual book. They are also both equal on battery life offer up to 8 weeks when the Wi-Fi is turned off. Other features that come on both e-readers are parental controls, book sharing and cloud storage.
The Kindle paperwhite does beat the Nook Glowlight with a 1 GHz processor compared to the 800 MHz in the Glowlight. The difference in speed compensated for with Barnes & Noble by correcting the flash problem that was prominent on the 1st generation Glowlight. The result of the elimination of the flash gives a nice clean page turn making the lack in processor speed a non-factor.
The Nook Glowlight probably will not sway users of the Kindle paperwhite to leave but it makes a strong presence that will show Amazon that they still have some competition out there in the battle of the e-readers.