NOOK GlowLight 3

NOOK GlowLight 3

by Barnes & Noble
  • 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
  • Members save 10% off all NOOK tablets, eReaders, and accessories


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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 & Content

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 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 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 2.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 174 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year 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.
Chodrak More than 1 year 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!
bbellsMN More than 1 year 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.
Bob128 More than 1 year 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.
violet32 More than 1 year 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.
Landmom More than 1 year ago
I have been using Nook readers since the first edition. I bought a Glowlight 3 two months ago and the operating system is ridiculous. It will work fine for several days and then, in the middle of a book that I bought from B&N, I get an error message - "Unable to download. Unable to connect to the Nook service. Please try again later." The subject book is already downloaded to my device. I'm on page 80 and this evening I get the error message. There is no support. I got into a chat website that wanted to charge me. I won't do that when the Nook is under warranty. I'm guessing that the thing will work in the morning. That is what has happened to me about three times now. There is no apparent reason. Nothing I can see that I am doing differently. I will be taking this one back to the store.
dustymiao1 More than 1 year ago
I'm puzzled why so many people seem to like this version of the Nook. I hate EVERYTHING about it and wish I hadn't damaged my older Nook forcing me to buy a new Nook. I hate the finish which shows fingerprint smudges all over it no matter how often I wash my hands. I hate the clunky programming which is slow to respond to commands, slow to change pages, slow to open books, slow to do anything, and has an annoying lag time before it responds to either the touchscreen or buttons. I will be reading a book when it suddenly returns to the library page and freezes for several seconds. I have to wait for the books to eventually appear before I can click on my book again and continue reading. The transition between between screens (or book pages) is sluggish and clunky, not the smooth rapid transition of the previous edition. It randomly flickers back and forth between screens or simply ignores commands. Second-rate crap like this Nook make me concerned how long B&N is going to remain in business and what will happen to the e-books we bought from them.
cwlady More than 1 year 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.
Bettikins More than 1 year 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.
Connie Barnes More than 1 year ago
I'm not happy with the version 3 at all so far, plus I can get absolutely no help from customer service. They will not listen to what I'm trying to tell them! Anyway I got the nook glowlight 3 a few days ago. First my computer wouldn't recognize it at all, I got that fixed now my 300 books that I've loaded onto it keep disappearing and its telling me they are corrupted. Bull. Every time I eject my nook I lose my books. I've restarted it many times, it won't let me do a hard reset but I have reformatted. Oh and one more problem, when I plug it in about 1/2 the time it tells me I only have 500megs total and I'm supposed to have 8 gigs? I live over 100 miles away and all customer service tells me is to take it into the store and they'll help me there!! Amazingly dumb people you have working for you Barnes and Noble!!
4156281 More than 1 year ago
I have been the owner of a BELOVED nook first edition for several years. I was sad to get the email stating that it would no longer be supported. I purchased this item at a discount and sadly realized too late that the return window is only 15 days - so I'm stuck with it! I won't bother listing the things that are "different" (ie: shelving system, battery life, etc.) because while I see them as cons right now, I'm still just adjusting to the new set-up. I haven't used it to borrow books from my library yet, so I can't speak as to how that process goes. Overall though, I feel this item is completely sub-par to the nook 1st edition and I'm disappointed that B&N would go back in quality of items - especially several years later (technology SHOULD improve as the years go on). Pros: *Lighter/smaller then the 1st edition *Page turn buttons line up better when my reading style (next page is on top instead of the bottom like my 1st edition). *E-paper/ink display - my eyes NEED this after staring at computer screens all day. This is why I chose to go with this option instead of the tablet. Cons: *No 3G access - meaning that I MUST have wifi access in order to download or purchase books. While wifi is commonplace now, it is still a problem to ensure that I have access in order to read (like when I'm riding in a car). *Can't change font size of books. *No web access. While the 1st edition web access wasn't fantastic, it was a nice option to have on hand. *Slow/laggy system. The nook actually froze on me the second day using it. And there is a noticeable lag between my touch and the selected action. I haven't even downloaded most of my books to the actual device yet, so it's not a storage/memory issue. *Lots of errors when attempting to download/purchase books - which could be a wifi issue - but I'm doubting this.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is faster and more responsive than the previous Glowlight plus. Contrast is better. overall reading is a better experience.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My first Nook was the original Color Tablet purchased years ago. I ordered this one only because I thought more recent technology would be an improvement. Sadly I was wrong. The old Nook Color runs rings around this one. Changing screens is slow and jerky. Organizing shelves is virtually impossible as it seems to change back each time I close and reopen. Switching to a setting ( like lighting or to check the battery) is painful at best and major frustrating. I much prefer nighttime reading by being able to change the text to white with a black background, instead of the nighttime glow light feature. Really sorry I wasted money on this one !
elisabec More than 1 year ago
I purchased a Nook Glowlight Plus 3 a few months ago to finally upgrade from my original Nook SimpleTouch which was slowly developing some slowness issues. I had hoped for a much better ereader device, but the "newer/better" model has been a disappointment. While it mostly works, mine at least seems to have several problems. Battery life seems less. It seems to freeze at least once a month and it takes me several minutes to get it to reboot. It loses cover graphics constantly and they will only reappear if I reconnect to wifi. I'm greatly annoyed by not having the entire book blurb show up under the "view details" option. Sideloading books is a pain since it appears ADE does not work with the Glowlight; and if I remember, sideloaded books cannot be shelved. This "upgrade" is a huge step backward for B&N.
rhayes More than 1 year 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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am returning this device after 2 days. I could not download books from the library. Customer service could not help me and I am just frustrated. I will admit that the design of the nook is amazing. I just wished it was functional.
Anonymous More than 1 year 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?
camcam75 More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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!!!
Caroldaz More than 1 year 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!
mindySV More than 1 year ago
B&N discontinued support for my 1st ed. Nook and offered 50% off GL3. Took it because sometimes I like e-ink reading vs. tablet or phone. It’s adequate, but lags far behind the competition. Pros – Good size and feel for one-handed reading, actual page turn buttons, and nice soft illumination. Sideloading library books via Adobe works fine (but I can't believe there haven't been any advances in this area compares with my 1st ed. Nook from 9 years ago. This should be easier by now...) Cons - Unwanted “recommendations” cluttering home screen, e-ink screen slow to respond/ flashes often, many steps for simple settings changes or even starting up (why must I hit n button, THEN slide to unlock?). Plus it’s frozen a few times already requiring a reboot. Overall, 2.5 stars at best.
PeteC More than 1 year 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.
Anonymous More than 1 year 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.
Anonymous 7 months ago
This thing is a POS. I've had it for 14 months and it regularly refuses to read library books loaded thru Adobe Digital Editions. The books will load, I can see them in the file explorer, but then I disconnect from the laptop, the Nook doesn't show the books as all or tells me they're not registered to my ADE account (I checked. I only have one account, It's the same one I use at the library with Overdrive and with ADE on my laptop. Files regularly end up corrupted when I load them onto the Nook. I'm thinking about switching to that other e-reader brand. The screen is nice & the glowlight is handy for reading in bed at night BUT THAT DOESN'T MATTER IF IT WON'T RECOGNIZE OR OPEN YOUR BOOKS.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I purchased my Nook Glowlight 3 in November, 2017 and I love it. I use my Glowlight 3 primarily to download EPUB books from my public library. I did experience problems opening books with Adobe Digital Editions, but I was able to resolve the issue switching from Adobe Digital Editions 4.5.7 to ADE 3.0. Note that 4.5.7 must be uninstalled in order to install 3.0. The steps below seem like a lot, but only take a few minutes. Protocol for resolving “Error opening book. Loan token update failed” [Nook Glowlight 3 using Overdrive (New York Public Library) and Adobe Digital Editions 4.5.7 and MacBook Air (Sierra 10.12.6)] 1. De-authorize ADE 4.5.7 on Mac 2. Uninstall ADE 4.5.7 by moving ADE files from Applications to TRASH 3. Empty TRASH 4. Download Adobe Digital Editions 3.0 from Adobe website and install 5. (any remaining Overdrive EPUB library books will still be in ADE, “remove” (not return) them from the ADE library} 6. Close ADE 7. Connect Nook to computer 8. In Finder under Devices, Nook, delete Digital Editions folder 9. Eject Nook 10. Re-download desired ePUBs from public library (Overdrive) 11. Transfer downloaded books to ADE as usual; for transfer to be completed, ADE will request user ID and password to re-authorize computer 12. Connect Nook to computer 13. In ADE, transfer ePUBs to “Nook” 14. When completed, eject Nook Happy reading!