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Criteria Comments Rating
  • Display / readability Not the equal of Amazon's latest Paperwhite display. However, the addition of the GlowLight is most welcome. good
  • Battery life Seems fine. Days of use for me are similar to what I was getting with the original NOOK when it was new. good
  • Store and selection of titles Not the equal of Amazon. so-so
  • Ease of use I actually prefer the feel and controls to those of Amazon's latest ereaders. great!
  • Document support B&N owns eReader.com. Unlike my first gen NOOK, this NOOK won't read .PDB files. B&N will migrate your library now if you opt in, but some titles are excluded. poor
  • Storage capacity 32GB of expansion storage is plenty for an ereader. One wishes that expansion wasn't necessary in the first place . . . good
  • Durability No comments
  • Design and form factor Feels great in the hand. The UI is still on the quirky side. good
  • Portability (size / weight) Dimensions are fine, but it feels noticeably heavier than my Amazon ereader. good
Detailed review
This has been one of my worst upgrade experiences ever. The bulk of my ebook library (now over a decade old) is in .pdb. While I've seen claims that I can download ePub files from eReader.com, I haven't been able to do so; and there has been no help from either eReader.com or BN.com. I could have purchased one of Amazon's new lighted ereaders, but wanted to support the relatively open ePub file format, and went with the NOOK. Too bad B&N/eReader.com won't support me . . . and remember . . . B&N owns eReader.com!

UPDATE: B&N is offering to migrate the libraries of eReader.com and fictionwise users. However, there are exclusions for magazines (perhaps "just" limited to subscriptions) and some books (due to loss of distribution rights). I will update as I learn or experience more.

If you only buy from B&N.com, then I'm sure this is a more than satisfactory ereader. However, be warned. B&N support sucks.
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