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Just in time for the holiday shopping season, US bookseller Barnes & Noble has refreshed its Nook line of e-readers with an upgraded glowing E Ink model. The new Android-powered device is essentially a refresh of the earlier Nook Simple Touch with GlowLight version, although this one drops the Simple Touch branding in favor of …


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  1. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward


    Does it run android, and is it as easy to root as the NST? An outdoor readable tab is a handy addition to the collection...

    1. William 3 Bronze badge

      Re: Android?

      No SD card, so no Android.

  2. banjomike

    All that useless space...

    A 4gig device with only 500meg available for non-official books. Crazy. And no way to root it. Bad. And rather ugly too.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: All that useless space...

      Yeah, but Christ, how many books will 500mb hold? Text compresses like nobody's business and it's minuscule to begin with. What, say, 500 pages at 10 words per line and 50 lines per page - well, novels are usually around 60k words on the short side? Say 100k to be generous, and 10 bytes per word... That only gets you to 1mb per book uncompressed. Does anyone outside of edge cases really want more than six or seven hundred books on tap at a moment's notice?

    2. Neil Barnes Silver badge

      Re: All that useless space...


      No likey nooky booky.

      Apart from the colour, there's an awful lot of margin around the display.

  3. AnimeMaster

    All that hidden space is to reserved for the NSA surveillance of you.

  4. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    nook with glowlight

    recently reduced to 50 quid. Great device, with many reports on the "tear" in the screen. Mine got one yesterday too. Well, back to Argos then...

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