Important to know!! On Gizmodo (link below) Kyle Wagner writes about the light spot that he has created on his Nook GlowLight ereader by scratching the screen.
As you can see in his photo of the scene of the crime, by dropping a TV remote onto his Nook from (he says) about 6 inches, he has created a small dent in the light spreading sheet on top of the actual e-Ink screen. And this dent catches the light from the LEDs arranged along the top of his ereader screen, and produces a truly irritating light spot, which he says, and I would agree with him here, completely spoils his reading experience with this ereader.
The way the ereader’s reading light is installed on the Nook is by placing a transparent sheet on top of the actual e-Ink screen, and the light from the LEDs is spread down over the entire screen through this sheet. A very standard way of spreading light from a single source over a surface.
However, it is now obvious that this sheet is highly susceptible to being damaged, which has to be one of the daftest things ever. To use such a sensitive and fragile material on a device that by its very nature is going to be banged about, dropped into bags, exposed to the risk of small children hitting it with toys and all the other risks that are the daily life of any ereader is the height of stupidity in my view.
I understand that in order to function, this light spreading sheet has to be mounted on top of the e-Ink screen, but surely they must have noticed this fragility during the development of the technology one would have thought.
One of the many selling points of this particular otherwise excellent ereader is not only the built in light, but also the fact that they have managed to make it noticeably lighter than the standard Nook ereader. But it seems to me that have achieved this last at the cost of producing a sensibly and usable device.
To have brought to market a gadget that can be rendered more or less unsuitable to purpose by any small accidental contact with any sharp objects seems stupid to me. At the least they should have placed some sort of tougher layer or film on top of the light spreading screen.
As Kyle points out, he can still use his Nook, but not with the light, which makes the extra cost of the thing pretty pointless.
I don’t know if placing some sort of screen protecting film on top of the existing screen would help prevent this sort of damage, but at the least I would try that if I was the proud owner of a Nook GlowLight ereader. And if that didn’t work, I would be knocking on Barnes and Noble’s door demanding my money back very fast indeed!
Link to the Gizmodo post: http://gizmodo.com/5907053/you-really-dont-want-to-drop-the-new-nook-simple-touch
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