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Barnes & Noble unveil first waterproof Nook

Kicking back in the park with an e-reader is great. Until, of course, the heavens open, forcing you to abandon your reading session posthaste.

Barnes & Noble hopes to combat this frustrating status quo with the very first waterproof (and dustproof, for good measure) Nook.

The new Nook GlowLight Plus is IP67 certified, which means it can survive in freshwater for up to 30 minutes at a depth of 1 metre.

Do note, however, that you’ll need to make sure the USB port is completely dry before you use it.

“We’re excited to introduce the best ever Nook e-reader to readers across the country, particularly those who have requested a great purpose-built reading device that is both durable and portable,” says Fred Argir, Chief Digital Officer at Barnes & Noble.

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Argir adds that the first waterproof and dustproof Nook is “ready to take anywhere”.

The new Nook uses an e-ink display with a 300dpi screen resolution and “enhanced” contrast.

It’s available bot buy at stores across the US right now, retailing at $129.99.

Will you buy B&N’s new water-snubbing Nook? Let us know in the comments.

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