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Old 01-14-2024, 03:55 PM   #1
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Question Alternative to Nook Glowlight Plus 4

I wanted to support an American company that isn't Amazon by buying the Nook Glowlight 4 Plus, but it's pretty clear that Barnes & Noble no longer really cares about the Nook. No dark mode available in the reader, no Windows program any longer so books can no longer be backed up, and a firmware update a couple of months ago has made sideloading on the device very difficult.

So, I'm now looking for an alternative with the following qualities:
  • Not an Amazon Kindle
  • Seven to eight inches
  • Has dark mode as an option
  • Can easily sideload ebooks
  • Preferably has a flush screen, but this one isn't a deal breaker

Any suggestions?
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Old 01-14-2024, 04:08 PM   #2
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The Kobo Libra 2 is 7" with an indented screen. The Kobo Sage is 8" with a flush screen. Both meet your other criteria, and both work well with Calibre if you like to manage your sideloaded books that way.
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Old 01-14-2024, 04:23 PM   #3
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The Kobo Libra 2 is 7" with an indented screen. The Kobo Sage is 8" with a flush screen. Both meet your other criteria, and both work well with Calibre if you like to manage your sideloaded books that way.
I would forget the Sage. The battery is lousy. The Libra 2 is the one I went with.
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Old 01-14-2024, 05:31 PM   #4
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I would forget the Sage. The battery is lousy. The Libra 2 is the one I went with.
The Sage isn't that bad. I have a Libra 2 and a Sage and only read on the Sage. However if the 7″ screen is enough then the Libra 2 is good.
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Old 01-15-2024, 10:48 AM   #5
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Old 01-29-2024, 05:20 PM   #6
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Oh, I get it. Good on you for looking to support American companies!
For an alternative, I'd suggest checking out onyxbooxusa.com. It ticks most of your boxes: it's not a Kindle, has a 7-inch screen, offers a dark mode, and sideloading ebooks is straightforward. Plus, it boasts a flush screen design, which is a nice touch. The Onyx Boox series is known for its versatility and Android-based system, which means you can use a variety of reading apps and formats. Hope this helps!
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Oh no! There are the Russian models that do not receive any updates.
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Old 01-31-2024, 05:40 AM   #8
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Oh no! There are the Russian models that do not receive any updates.
Mine seems to be Chinese. IDK where you got that info about it being Russian TBH. Been using this model for around 3 months now. Seems fine, and fits my needs.
There were some issues with updates, but I've contacted customer support and the issue was solved in no time.
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IDK where you got that info about it being Russian TBH.
They carry the Russian product range
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