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Barnes & Noble announces new NOOK GlowLight Plus e-reader

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Available on May 27th in stores and online on May 29th

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Bookseller Barnes & Noble has announced that it is updating its Nook GlowLight Plus e-reader. It will be available in stores starting on Monday, May 27th, and online starting Wednesday, May 29th, and will retail for $199.99.

The company says that this larger Nook will have a 7.8-inch E Ink display, which should be an appealing upgrade for readers — the regular Nook GlowLight 3 comes with a 6-inch screen. It’s also a little bigger than the company’s 7-inch Nook Tablet (a separate line of Android devices), but smaller than the 10.1-inch Nook Tablet.

The device also comes with more space than the predecessor that the company debuted in 2015: this version has 8GB of storage. Like the regular Nook GlowLight line, it’s waterproof and comes with a back-lit screen for nighttime reading. Given that Amazon pretty much has a lock on the ebook market, it’s a little surprising that the Nook Tablet has held on for so long.

Barnes & Noble says that it’s releasing the new Nook in time for summer, although it feels like it missed the opportunity to release it before the start of a long holiday weekend.