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      • 15. Re: NOOK Glowlight Plus - Thoughts?
        Omnigeek

        Doug_Pardee wrote:

        Adding an SD card slot also introduces some (not insurmountable) issues:

        1. Memory must be partitioned into internal and external. Considering the general approval of the GL+ having an unpartitioned memory, that's kind-of a step backward.
        2. The reader app must be written to keep up with cards being inserted and removed. B&N seems to have enough trouble with app development, and that may be a step too far for their app team.
        3. The slot needs to be waterproofed, and done so in a way that it's waterproof even with a micro-SD card loaded in there. (The USB slot isn't usable when wet.)

        1.  The general approval of the unpartitioned memory was because the partitioned onboard memory was so limiting.  I have never had an issue with partitioning between onboard and offboard memory.  Not allowing offboard memory is the step backward.

        2.  They already had the reader app able to keep up with cards being inserted and removed.  No additional NRE there.  I don't insert and extract my microSD card a lot -- but I like having it.  When I travel or even go camping for more than a few days, I like having the whole library with me.

        3.  The USB port has to be waterproofed too.  They could have a single cover for both the USB and microSD card ports or they could have the microSD card covered with a different gasket.  It's not hard, other hardware does this just fine.

        No support for microSD kills the deal for me.  I won't downgrade to the Samsung GS6 or the new Nexus phones for the same reason.

        • 16. Re: NOOK Glowlight Plus - Thoughts?
          captainnook

          Good review in Mashable, though a doubt raised about the speediness of menus. But didn't have an e-ink to compare to, so maybe it's a general e-ink slowness, not specific to the Glowlight Plus?

           

          Nook GlowLight Plus is a sleek $130 e-reader that's waterproof

           

          I'll try it this weekend and see.

          • 17. Re: NOOK Glowlight Plus - Thoughts?
            captainnook

            MacMcK1957 wrote:

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            But not allowing for an SD card says they're still not willing to cater to the hardcore reader.  Are they still targeting the mythical Julie?

             

            Re: NOOK Glowlight Plus - Thoughts?

            Omnigeek  wrote:

             

            SD card slot is a killer

            I've seen this kind of comment about SD's cards before, but I don't get it. I consider myself a hardcore reader with a considerable 3rd party side-loaded library as well as first party items in the hundreds, but I've never seen a need for an SD card.

             

            Am I doing something dumb? I seriously want to know, because if I'm missing out on something that I'd have if I used an SD card, I want to correct that.

            • 18. Re: NOOK Glowlight Plus - Thoughts?
              jaquellae

              I think it's a matter of preference.

               

              I keep a NSTG around as a backup - and it currently has a microSD card in it that has my entire library on it. (I tend more to read on my phone or Samsung tab2 nook.) I like the idea of having the library there as a backup, considering my library goes back to when Fictionwise, eReader.com and Mobipocket (as well as the big "A") were the main players in eBooks. For me to replace my e-ink device, a microSD slot is a must so transferring my library is as simple as moving the microSD card to the new device. This is the same card that used to live in my Nook 1st edition.

               

              I do know other people have different preferences, which doesn't equate to "dumb". It's like the Android vs iPhone debate. Both products have their pluses and minuses - just because I prefer Android, I don't think anyone's dumb for preferring iPhone (despite what fanboys on both sides would have you believe).

              • 19. Re: NOOK Glowlight Plus - Thoughts?
                Omnigeek

                captainnook wrote:

                 

                MacMcK1957 wrote:

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                But not allowing for an SD card says they're still not willing to cater to the hardcore reader.  Are they still targeting the mythical Julie?

                 

                Re: NOOK Glowlight Plus - Thoughts?

                Omnigeek  wrote:

                 

                SD card slot is a killer

                I've seen this kind of comment about SD's cards before, but I don't get it. I consider myself a hardcore reader with a considerable 3rd party side-loaded library as well as first party items in the hundreds, but I've never seen a need for an SD card.

                 

                Am I doing something dumb? I seriously want to know, because if I'm missing out on something that I'd have if I used an SD card, I want to correct that.

                I like to keep my entire e-library with me, especially when I'm travelling or camping for more than a few days.  My e-library includes documents besides ebooks.  I frequently leaf through various books to look up quotes or trivia or just to refresh my memory on storylines.  Keeping my e-library on the microSD card means it's portable between devices.  It also means there is more free memory on the ereader for some of my travel pictures and drawings or cartoons that I have set up as my randomized screensaver.

                Is it absolute necessary in order to use the ereader?  No but I like having the microSD card and I don't like the direction Google and Samsung have gone (and where Apple has always been) in limiting my choice for storage -- especially when I consider their device configurations to have sparse memory to begin with.

                • 20. Re: NOOK Glowlight Plus - Thoughts?
                  DeanGibson

                  Excuse me for being negative, but where are the specifications?  Eg, what WiFi modes?  I can't find them on B&N's web site.  To find even the barest of specs, you have to compare the GL+ to the other tablets (and the old GL is missing from that table).  Yes, you can find most (but not all) of them by scurrying around the web site, but some are just missing (as far as I can tell).  This had been a persistent problem with B&N releases.  Sadly, B&N is not unique (although possibly the worst);  a lot of manufacturers don't even know what a specification is.

                   

                  Hint:  Battery life is not a specification;  battery capacity is.

                   

                  Finally, for $20 more, you get the Tab 4 Nook, with lots more features (eg, color, more memory, Google Play, microSD slot, ...), and the weight is not all that different.  And that $20 is only a factor if you don't trade in (by November 7) an old Nook for a $50 credit. Otherwise, you looking at a $30 saving of the Tab over the new GL+.  Too bad the discount doesn't apply to the new GL+ (I called & asked).

                   

                  I understand the desire to have an e-Ink device, with its different screen and long battery life:  I have three e-Ink Nooks, and only one color Nook.  However, what good does it do for B&N to have KitKat, Lollipop, or Marshmellow on the eReader, if Google Play isn't there?  Not even the usual pre-installed Google eMail client, which would be eminently useful on an e-Ink device (as would be a browser).

                  • 21. Re: NOOK Glowlight Plus - Thoughts?
                    captainnook

                    Okay, that makes sense to me. I don't store anything other than books in my various devices, so that is probably the key difference. While I do go offline for long periods of time, I'm fine with just doing some downloading prior to a trip. For my third party side-loaded stuff, I keep all of it on my laptop (which is backed up twelve ways from Sunday) and just use Calibre to side-load anything I need.

                    • 22. Re: NOOK Glowlight Plus - Thoughts?

                      Visited the local B&N today to check this out.  I've been waiting for B&N to get a 300 dpi display.

                       

                      The resolution and the new fonts were as nice as hoped for, and the screen lighting was basically perfectly uniform.

                       

                      I still left empty-handed, though, for two reasons.  I found (and have not found by Googling) any way to adjust the text size.  I'm hoping it's just escaping me because this seems to be a near-fatal flaw in an e-reader.

                       

                      More importantly, I have no idea what they mean by "improved contrast".  The background on both the display models was distinctly gray at any level of illumination.  Considerably grayer than the display on my existing NSTs.

                       

                      Page changes and menus also seemed slow.  Not nook 1st gen slow, but certainly not improved over the NST.

                       

                      I dislike the loss of physical page turn buttons, but I could adjust to that.

                      • 23. Re: NOOK Glowlight Plus - Thoughts?
                        byter67

                        According to the Glowlight Plus User Guide (available on line) text size is adjustable from the Reading Tools Menu

                        • 24. Re: NOOK Glowlight Plus - Thoughts?
                          Hypatia1

                          The wifi spec is 802.11 a/b/g/n

                           

                          They could make things easier to find - the ebookfriendly site has pulled a lot of this together. I think a lot of this comes down to personal preference - I find that the best way to disconnect is not to take a device I can easily get email on into the bedroom so I like the lack of features.... Will report when I have had a chance to use my device-happy to learn it will arrive a day earlier than promised so I should get it tomorrow

                          • 25. Re: NOOK Glowlight Plus - Thoughts?
                            nlstein

                            Does anyone know if the new model is Calibre compatible? That would make "side loading" my none B&N ePub books a snap.

                             

                            Or is it too soon to know?

                            • 26. Re: NOOK Glowlight Plus - Thoughts?
                              lkmiller

                              Kovid is working on it.  Should be soon.

                              • 27. Re: NOOK Glowlight Plus - Thoughts?
                                Hypatia1

                                Font size is easily adjustable. I now have my glowlight plus fully charged and in a nice cover..... Text is definitely crisp and contrast looks great to me. Settling in for a nice read...

                                • 28. Re: NOOK Glowlight Plus - Thoughts?

                                  BN tweaked how font size changing works in the NGLP, it's still there, and still in the same place, but instead of being a series of different options all laid out, you'll see a small A and a larger A, there are 10 font sizes tapping the smaller makes the text smaller, and tapping the larger makes the text larger.

                                   

                                  Keep in mind the NGLP is capacitive, which some folks here were asking for (I wasn't one, and the reason is one you've hit in your reasoning).  This means that there is an extra layer between the text and you.  I did not notice the same greyish coloring when I was checking out the demos in my store.

                                   

                                  I do have some good news though, shelves now sync.  Yes, I know, small steps, but at least it shows someone in charge is listening.  Oh and I'm not sure if it was mentioned elsewhere but series should now be bundled together.

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                                  • 29. Re: NOOK Glowlight Plus - Thoughts?
                                    Hypatia1

                                    Well, after a day of reading, I have to say I like the feel of this in my hand and I am getting used to the slightly different swipe . Taking it on travel today, like the fact the case has elastic to keep it closed. I am thinking of getting one for my father ...

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