Barnes & Noble’s new Nook GlowLight is lighter, faster, and full of ideas

Barnes & Noble’s Nook division seems to exist in a constant state of flux — one day it’s being spun off, the next its construction outsourced — but the retail giant continues producing its E Ink readers unabated. Today it’s announcing the Nook GlowLight, its new flagship ebook reader. It’s designed to compete directly with Amazon’s Kindle Paperwhite, and Barnes & Noble makes a surprisingly compelling case.

The device itself is incredibly light and thin. At 6.2 ounces, it feels almost empty — plastic with soft-touch edges, it’s incredibly comfortable to hold any way you can think of. It’s white and gray, a stark contrast to the Paperwhite; Barnes & Noble says it picked the color because it more closely mimics the margins of the…

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