NOOK GlowLight 3

NOOK GlowLight 3

by Barnes & Noble
3.7 58


  • Read comfortably at any time of day
  • Seamless day-to-night reading with Night Mode
  • Soft touch finish on front and back for easy grip
  • Page-turning buttons for faster reading experience
  • Select NOOK newspapers & magazines free with purchase – see details

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NOOK GlowLight 3 in Night Mode

Now Featuring Night Mode

Night Mode allows you to easily shift to a warmer light for comfortable bedtime reading.

NOOK GlowLight 3 in hand

Comfortable Design

Soft touch finish makes it easy to grip and comfortable to hold for hours at a time.

NOOK GlowLight 3 buttons

Effortless Navigation

Page-turning buttons give you easier access to the books you love. Jump to the next chapter with a few clicks or fast-flip through multiple pages by holding down on buttons.

More Features & Contents

Our Highest Resolution

Our Highest Resolution

Enjoy crisper text, enhanced contrast, and a glare-free, scratch-resistant screen.

GlowLight Illumination

Featuring GlowLight Illumination

It’s powerful enough to read in bed or in the bright light of the sun. NOOK’s most advanced Ambient (Always-On) GlowLight technology lets you enjoy an evenly dispersed light.

Night Mode

Night Mode

There are two ways to activate Night Mode.
Manual: Adjust the light yourself.
Auto: Mimics the sun’s natural progression throughout the day.

Happy Face

Comfortable Design

Soft touch finish makes it easy to grip and comfortable to hold for hours at a time.

Battery Life

Long Battery Life1

It’s perfect for long road trips or even travel to remote corners of the world. Read for up to 50 days on a single charge. Get going and never look back.

Library of Books

So Many Books

Carry thousands of titles everywhere life takes you. Choose from the millions of books Barnes & Noble has to offer — and add to your library in seconds using built-in Wi-Fi®.

NOOK Cloud

Read Across All Your Devices

The free NOOK Reading App™ for iPhone, iPad and Android devices makes it easy to pick up right where you left off. Start a book on your NOOK and continue reading on your smartphone or tablet.

In-store Support

Free Lifetime In-store Support2

Visit any Barnes & Noble Store and receive free in-person support to help you get started, organize your library, or discover your next great read.

B&N Readouts

Now with B&N Readouts™

Enjoy a quick read for every moment with our new digital discovery feature. Offering a daily selection of free book excerpts, magazine articles, sneak peeks at upcoming releases, and more.

Device Specifications

Screen & Resolution

  • A 6" high-resolution 300-dpi screen with built-in glare- scratch- and fingerprint-resistant lens provides a paper-like reading experience.

Battery Life1

  • Read for up to 50 days on a single charge.


  • Physical page turning buttons help you navigate the way you like it.

Device Storage3

  • Holds thousands of books (8GB memory: 6.5GB for NOOK Store content and side-loaded content).

Cloud Storage

  • All of your purchased eBooks are stored free in the NOOK Cloud.

Built-in Wi-FI®

  • Wireless connectivity via Wi-Fi (802.11 a/b/g/n). Free Wi-Fi in all Barnes & Noble stores and at 30 000 AT&T® hotspots nationwide.


  • Micro-USB connector charges your battery and connects to your computer.

Suggested File Types4

  • Text: ePub, PDF, Adobe DRM ePub and PDF.
  • Graphic: JPG, GIF, PNG, BMP.

Warranty & Service

  • One year limited warranty included.
  • Optional Extended Protection Plan sold separately.
  • As always, visit your local Barnes & Noble for free lifetime in-person support.(2)

In the Box

  • NOOK GlowLight 3
  • Micro-USB Cable
  • Quick Start Guide
  • Rechargeable Battery (installed)
  • Built-in anti-glare screen protector

1 Based on 30 minutes of testing per day and 1 page refresh per minute with Glowlight at 10% brightness and wireless off. Battery life tests conducted using specific units tested for 25 days with an average drop in power of 2% per day. Actual results may vary based on device settings, usage, and many other factors.

2 Lifetime in-store support provides assistance for setup, connectivity, and basic troubleshooting when you visit Barnes & Noble bookstores.

3 Actual size and weight may vary by configuration and manufacturing process.

4 Adobe, the Flash logo, and Flash are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Adobe Systems Incorporated in the United States and/or other countries.

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Customer Reviews

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NOOK GlowLight 3 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 58 reviews.
Chodrak 10 months ago
B&N did a fantastic job on this new Glowlight! The feel in the hand is fantastic, but my favorite feature has to be the new auto-adjusting glowlight. It seamlessly changes between cool blue in the day to warm sepia in the evening. It may be all in my head, but this makes a huge difference reading at night -- much more comfortable. The software remains easy to use and minimal in a good way. I tested the device with library downloads, and had no problem loading EPUB books onto the device. This is much improved from the previous model. Overall, very highly recommended!
violet32 11 months ago
I love my new Nook Glolight 3! It is so easy to grip, the new lighting is great and I am loving the night time mode. The buttons on the side for page turning are the best new feature- so great when you're lying in bed reading.
Caroldaz 11 months ago
Love the new Glowlight 3! So easy to transfer ebooks from the cloud library to the Nook, takes just seconds! Easy to navigate, love the new backlighting!
Anonymous 10 months ago
At first I was sad tolearn this device wasn't waterprrof like the Glowlight Plus, but once I got a chance to use it, I think the tradeoff is worth it. The Glowlight 3 is the best Nook in every other way: the best screen, the best lighting (night mode is a revelation), a far better touchscreen, the return of the buttons, way more comfortable to hold, and more storage. What more could you ask for? This is the best e-ink read in this price range, no doubt.
cwlady 10 months ago
I’m loving this new Nook. I’ve been using a Nook for many years when my latest one was having issues. I thought I would have to go to EBay to purchase an older version as I don’t like the tablet type because it made my eyes so tired. I thought I would check Barnes and Noble and lo and behold I saw this and preordered it. I love it! The only thing I saw that could be improved on is its slippery to my old dry hands. It would be nice to have a case or skin available when ordering. I’m hoping there will be something in the future.
Anonymous 10 months ago
This is faster and more responsive than the previous Glowlight plus. Contrast is better. overall reading is a better experience.
camcam75 10 months ago
LOVE LOVE LOVE the new nook 3! I was so excited when BN brought back the design of the former simple touch because I love the buttons for turning pages. The nite glowlight is awesome. I love to read before bed so this light is great for not interfering with sleep. The BEST part for me is that you can adjust if you want the top or bottom buttons to turn the page forward/back, depending how you hold your nook. Like other reviewers, I agree that there needs to be covers for this new nook. Hurry up BN!!
Anonymous 10 months ago
I LOVE my new Nook GlowLight 3. Only problem is there isn't a case for it and I'm concerned about damage. Can I use a GlowLight Plus case?
Bettikins 10 months ago
LOVE this new Nook! I've had every Nook and tablet since day one, so it's no surprise I would buy this one. I really like the 2015 Glowlight Plus, but appreciate that this one has the bluelight filter. Since using tablets and phones so much I've noticed a more difficult time falling asleep, so this is super. Also, the new buttons that allow you to flip quickly through chapters and pages is awesome! Thanks Barnes and Noble...I hope you come out with some covers and sleeves for this baby.
Anonymous 10 months ago
I love this ereader!!!!! I'm so glad they changed it back to more of a look like the simple touch. It's comfortable to hold and so easy to read!!!! If you buy one you won't be sorry!!!
PeteC 10 months ago
Best Nook e-reader (versus tablet) yet! I started out with the Nook Simple Touch that was great, but clipping on an accessory light for reading at night left a bit to be desired. After it finally died, I bought the Glow Light Plus (which my wife was happy to get!), which is very good, though the elimination of page buttons and slick metal back in order to achieve water proofing was not my favorite trade off. Yes, water proof is nice, but never was an issue for me anyway, I prefer the soft touch surface, page buttons and physical Nook button on the Glow Light 3. The additional storage space is good to have, and I really like the return to the Simple Touch design overall. The glow light illumination is great and I really like the night mode lighting, very easy on the eyes in lower light levels. Handling is better than ever: The only quibble that I have so far is that B&N only offers a book cover for the GL3. I much prefer a sleeve, as when reading I much prefer to use this without a cover.
ma61 9 months ago
Shelves do not work! Each time I connect my new nook to the computer to transfer files directly, after disconnecting it, my shelves no longer remember the books I had added to them. Only the books on the cloud are left on the shelves, but anything that I did not buy directly from B&N (books got from Gutenberg, Google or directly from a goodreads author in exchange for a review) I need to reassign again, in each single shelf. I spent hours yesterday organizing my 400+ books in shelves, and now they are all gone and I need to reassign them again. I did a short test, adding just a handful of books to a shelf, then connected to the computer and transferred another book, and again all books I had just assigned to the shelf were gone. This never happened in my Simple Touch. I could buy a new book and add it, and previous shelves remained as they were. Please, Barnes and Noble, fix this fast!
Anonymous 7 months ago
They forgot to mention a few things in the description (and also in the manual). First of all, when you connect to your computer's USB in order to side load books and are looking for a "my files" folder, you won't find one. They don't even mention this. What you have to do is open up the "Nook" folder, create a new folder inside of the Nook folder and name it Books and then drag the books you want to side load to the Books folder you created. Second, they've gotten rid of the feature where you can load your own photos for 'screen savers.' The description says that jpg is one of the formats accepted by the Nook but what the !@#$ for, if you can't load your own photos? The sentence about accepting jpgs etc. must have been cut and pasted from a previous model's manual. When you read further on into the manual it tells you that the screen savers that come loaded onto the Nook are the only ones you can use. I don't like the new operating system much, either, compared to the old ones. The night time lighting and the return of the buttons are the only improvements. My old Glowlight got wonky, which is the only reason I bought the GL3. If your old one still works fine . . . keep it.
Anonymous 8 months ago
I AM THRILLED As ridiculous as it may sound, the introduction of the Glowlight 3 was one of the best things to happen in my life all year. And it has been a good year. I traded in my original Simple Touch, which I loved, the day the Simple Touch with Glowlight came out, and fell even more deeply in love. It is still going strong and nothing that has come along until now interested me. My reason for upgrading was two-fold. One, I am concerned that my Simple Touch with Glowlight will one day come to the end of its remarkable life, and two, the Nook Glowlight 3 is virtually the same device only supercharged. Everything terrific about the original has been returned, just brought up to today's code. Sharper, faster, lighter, thinner, yet the same. Wouldn't it be something to be able to peek behind the Barnes & Noble curtain and learn what remarkable machinations went on to bring about such a smart decision. Bravo.
rhayes 9 months ago
This is my third Nook, and I upgraded from the Simple Touch with Glowlight, which I've been using since it was released. One of the next Nooks in production had page numbers raised above the bottom of the screen with several lines above it resulting in less space available for text. Because of that I seriously contemplated switching to another name-brand ereader. But after reading about the Glowlight 3 and watching a few videos I quickly decided to retain the course I set with BN when the first Nook was released. The page number issue has been resolved; it's once again at the bottom of the page. And the non-reading activities on the device now require fewer taps to accomplish tasks such as, for example, checking the remaining battery life, which is now accessible via a single tap versus three on my previous device. But the feature that hooked me on the Glowlight 3 is the Night Mode. We know that blue light from illuminated screens at bed-time can fool our brains into thinking that it's not time to go to sleep. Well, the Nook Glowlight 3 is the first device, as far as I know, that has the capability of eliminating blue light. Once Night Mode is activated the screen becomes orange, which is also easier on one's eyes in a darkened room, and won't bother my wife as much if she turns her light off while I'm still reading. Although the device is a bit larger than my previous Nook it weighs in at only seven ounces, and is a pleasure to use.
The_Old_Spoke 10 months ago
I like the using the Nook Glowlight 3 reader. The reversable page turn buttons are nice to have. And the surface covering feels good and fingerprints clean up pretty easily. And it looks much better (to me anyway) than the previous Glowlight Plus. The store personnel say they don't know when a case or cover will be available. Won't a cover have to do something to avoid pressing the slightly raised page turn and home buttons when the covered reader is in a briefcase or a bag?
Anonymous 9 months ago
I was looking for a Nook with a built in light that had a look and feel like the Simple Touch. Glowlight 3 fits the bill. The day/night feature is great so I do not need a reading light which puts a glare on the page. Thanks for going back to the original style.
Bob128 10 months ago
After testing it out at the store, here are my observations and why I won't purchase this one. Pros: Easy to read Good font/size feature set Easy to hold Like the side buttons back Adjustable frequency lighting Improvements Needed: Restore the waterproofing (I read in the tub and pool) Increase the reading area by elongating the screen at least 1," and keep the width as is. While some nice improvements on the 3, I wonder if they did much consumer testing on this. It appears the product developers listened to some comments but didn't make the bold move to really move forward with the design and features. They just updated the same form factor. I like my GlowLight Plus, and it's served me well for a couple of years. However, what I was waiting for was a different form factor, basically similar to the Kobo Aura H2O 2. Waterproof, longer screen (less frequent page turns). I've been a BN Nook reader since the first edition, which I still have. I was really hoping BN would have released a larger screened version and kept the H2O proofing. If something happens to my current GlowLight Plus, I may jump ship to Kobo. I'd really like to stay with BN (library & customer service), but their hardware choices are lagging behind.
Anonymous 10 months ago
So I just bought The Glowlight 3 and I love it. I had the original and then moved onto the Samsung 7inch Nook, but I wanted the Glowlight because it is just for reading, no emails or apps. The only thing that is a little disappointing is that there are no cases, covers or skins yet. I wish Barnes and Nobles had made cases at the same time as the Glowlight. I think that another person said it right, that B&N should give everyone who bought a Glowlight a coupon for a free case, cover or skin. Other than no cases, I like reading my Glowlight and like that it can change from blue light to orange according to the time. I read for long periods of time and now notice that my eyes don't hurt when read on the Glowlight. Keep up the good work and get some cases, covers and skins. Please.
Anonymous 11 months ago
Anonymous 9 months ago
I love the new Glowlight 3! The screen is easy to see, fast for only spending $120 for the tablet and love the great back light and warm glow function. Overall good product.
DrPepperGirl 9 months ago
This is my very first e-reader and I really like it. I normally read physical books but have lately switched to using tablets to read library checkouts. The problem with using tablets (I have a Nook 7" which I adore) is that reading right into the source of light strains my eyes considerately. Nook Glowlight 3 is light in weight, with the new features of the night mode it helps me to read comfortably at night in bed. The side load storage , though, is not enough to house all my non-BN-purchases but it is sufficient enough for the time being. Since I mainly organize my ebooks on computer, I could always back up the Nook folder and save the contents on my computer if I have notes, highlights etc. for future references. Transferring files between computer to the Nook is very easy. All in all, this is an impressive little gadget. Those who love to read pdf might find Growlight3 disappointing but it does not bother me as I could always read pdf on laptop/tablets. For $99 that I spent during the Black Friday sales, I think my money is really well spent.
bbellsMN 6 months ago
Yes. It is a good reader. I like it a lot and it is worth buying. But it isn't an upgrade and I would be happier with my old, but broken, Simple Touch glowlight. Here is why: 1) When I got the Glow 3 it could only hold less than 1gb of downloaded books. Not enough room to add the reference books I need. Yes, manually updating it with the beta firmware, 48xxx, changed that to over 4gb, but it was a pita and most people won't be able to figure out how to do that. 2) I need to turn on a light to be able to turn on the glowlight. The Simple Touch just needed taps to turn on the light. The Glow3 needs a middle tap, then checking a box, impossible to do without a light. 3) Not waterproof. 4) No SD card. 5) Relatively high price.
Anonymous 7 months ago
I really like this new GlowLlight 3. It is light, has the touch page turn and the buttons like my simple touch with GlowLight (which still works great). I bought for the new night time color option which helps with the night time reading. The only thing I miss from my old simple touch is the concave or recessed back, which helped to grip it better. The 0.95G of side load space is fine for me, I don't keep even close to a 100 books on it at a time. But if you need more space. Barnes and Noble is working on/testing a new firmware update to remove the partitions. You can read about this and get the beta version here:
msmoonlite 7 months ago
Way to go Barnes and Noble!! I've been a devout Nook owner since 2010, which is when the first one came out. There were other readers on the market but I really liked the Nook. I ended up getting every single Nook as they came out (except for the Glowlight Plus) then BN announced that they were going to stop making Nooks and I was heartbroken. I tried another ereader but there was nothing like my Nook (not to mention the fact that it died after awhile but all of my Nooks, even the seven year old one, still work perfectly). I started using my older NST again and remembered how much I loved it. I happened to be reading something completely unrelated and someone mentioned BN was back in the Nook game. I was THISCLOSE to ordering it on release day but there were no cases. So I checked every day and sure enough a few weeks after release cases were released too. I couldn't hit instant purchase fast enough!! And it was totally worth it. The technology has definitely improved over the years; I love the user interface. It is light weight and conveniently sized to toss into a pocketbook. Night mode is one of those things I didn't know I needed until I got it. I think it makes for a really great ereader. I'm so happy with my purchase. Thanks BN for getting back in the ereader game.