Barnes and Noble is the largest bookstore chain in the United States and the company has been in complete and complete turmoil for the past seven years. The company had a revolving door of five different CEOs, until it was sold to Elliot, a hedge fund. They also own Waterstones, which are the UK’s largest booksellers. Since James Daunt became CEO of both companies, things have started to shift. New CEOs have been appointed at the highest levels, to help chart a new direction. The first stage was the closing of poorly performing stores, mostly in malls, and the reconfiguration of existing stores. The Nook division features a new Director and Vice President and it appears that they have been working on a secret project called Nook Glowlight 4. This new e-reader is coming out in the first week of December and has recently passed FCC certification.
What’s interesting about the FCC app is that it was released by Nook Digital and not Netronix who released it in the past. The documents were signed by Carlo Bucinesta, who is the chief operating officer of the entire NUCK division. He was appointed in 2019 and has 25 years of experience managing IT departments in various companies. The application is FCC blocked, so all images and technical specifications will be released at a later date.
The model number for the Barns and Noble Nook Glowlight 4 is BNRV1100. Screen size is currently unknown, but Glowlight series’ red hardware has traditionally been six inches. What we do know is that it will have 32GB of internal storage, and this one uses KINGSTON EMMC32G TX29GA8A. In the retail packaging, there will be the Asus EXA1205UA, which is a USB-C to USB-A cable. So the new Nook will finally have USB-C. It will be powered by Eve Energy PR-284983N, a lithium-ion battery. Depending on the model number, it will save 1400mA, so it should be good use 3-4 weeks, before you need to recharge. There is also Bluetooth 5.1, WIFI 802.11b and 802.11g/n.
Why did Barnes and Noble wait so long for a new Nook when both Amazon and Kobo released new models in late October and early November. This is directly attributed to EPD and the shortage of precious metals in China. I know all of these companies were dealing with one factory to manufacture the hardware and source all the components. This year, basically everyone had to get their own ingredients, which led to significant delays. Smaller brands like Remarkable, Fujitsu, Supernote, and Boyue have been selling everything for months, including accessories. B&N remains a major player, so it can afford to pay higher fees to secure more EPD panels, since E INK charges more per panel. So it is very likely that they are available in abundance, sold in 600 stores and online.
Currently, Barnes and Noble have signs in a number of their bookstores, advertising the new Nook, but all store employees, currently, do not know anything about it. We won’t have to wait long for the full specs to be released. Keep your browsers unlocked for Good e-Reader for more Nook news.
Michael Kozlowski has been writing for audiobooks and e-readers for the past twelve years. His articles have been selected by major local news sources and news sites such as CBC, CNET, Engadget, Huffington Post and New York Times. He lives in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.