Kobo Glo eReader - Black (N613-KBO-B)
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- Read comfortably, day or night
- Experience the ultimate readability
- Shop one of the world's biggest eBookstores
- Sleek and stylish
- Reading is a social affair
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Read comfortably, day or night
Kobo Glo's revolutionary ComfortLight illuminates the screen with a soft, adjustable glow so you can read any eBook any time of day under the perfect light — no lamp required.
Experience the ultimate readability
Because Kobo Glo’s advanced high-res XGA Pearl E Ink screen doesn’t use a glass overlay for its front light technology, there’s never any glare, even in the brightest sunlight. And, with TypeGenius, you can create your own ideal reading experience by choosing from a selection of adjustable fonts — including a new, exclusive Kobo font designed by typography experts.
Shop one of the world’s biggest eBookstores
With built-in Wi Fi, you get easy access to nearly 3 million eBooks right from your Kobo Glo. Choose from bestsellers, indie gems, or free classics. There’s an eBook for every reader! Can’t decide? Let Kobo Picks suggest just the right thing based on your preferences and feedback.
Sleek and stylish
Lighter and more compact than most paperbacks, Kobo Glo easily goes where you go. Plus, with a soft back in one of four fashion-forward colours and Kobo’s signature quilt pattern, Kobo Glo feels comfortable in your hand and looks great, too.
Reading is a social affair
At Kobo, we’re excited about social reading. Link your Kobo account to your Facebook Timeline to share your favourite passages and discover what your friends are reading, right from your Kobo Glo.
The Read Freely Guarantee
Your eBooks are yours to do with as you please, so you’re never locked in to one device (unlike some other leading eReaders). That means you can read any open-format eBook on your new Kobo Glo. Plus, with free top-rated Kobo apps, you can read across devices you already own, including other open eReaders.
AC adapter included: Yes
Battery life (max): 55 h
Built-in microphone: No
Cables included: Yes
Colour of product: Black
Compatible memory cards: microSD (TransFlash)
Depth: 1 cm
Diagonal: 15.2 cm (6")
Display resolution: 1024 x 758 pixels
Document formats supported: CBZ, ePub, HTML, PDF, RTF
Gray scale levels: 16
Height: 15.7 cm
Image formats supported: GIF, JPG, PNG, TIF
Interface type: USB 2.0
Internal storage capacity: 2 GB
Processor frequency: 1000 MHz
Quick start guide: Yes
Technology: E Ink Pearl
Touch screen: Yes
USB connector type: Micro-USB B
Weight: 185 g
Wi-Fi standards: 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n
Width: 11.4 cm
Top customer reviews
I have found the Kobo Glo quite intuitive to use aswell, the software was easily installed and well prompted thoughout with a great introduction bit too showing you how to use it, configuring the reader too was very easy, just a case of choosing my location and setting the wifi. Lack of buttons hasn't been a problem either, the screen is very sensitive and things like the hidden home key are just where you would expect them to be (top left corner), it has the functions I expect such as the ability to change the font size but also the ability to change the font itself, coupled with the built in dictionary and it really is a perfect package, but there is more, highlight a passage to find easier at a later date and track your reading stats (proved to DH just how much I read), the internal memory holds approx 1000 books which is more than enough but then there is a memory slot to expand this, perfect for long hols or times when you are away for a PC (but then really, if you have a wifi connection that wouldn't be an issue).
The best part though is the Glo, anyone who reads in bed will know, trying to get comfy while still being able to see with the light from a lamp is a task in itself, especially if your partner is sleeping but the Glo solves that, the brightness can be adjusted to suit (at it's brightest it will easily light a room) so for me, an insomniac I am no longer either disturbing my hubby with a lamp and constant wriggling or residing on the couch downstairs.
All in all I'm very happy
I started to consider the alternatives. The Nook just looked horrible, wasn't sure about the Sony devices but the Kobo Glo caught my eye. Went into WHSmith and a nice lady demonstrated all the features of the Glo. I knew it could not read my Amazon .mobi files but using Calibre (with a handy plugin) I knew I would be able to get around this. I took the plunge and bought a Kobo.
I have had it now for a month and am very impressed with it. The weight, size and build is nice. At times I have found the power slider switch to be a little unresponsive but overall not a problem. The light is very even across the screen and is perfect for night time reading. You can also turn it off completely either through a menu option or with a small button on the top of the device. I like the fact that there are so many ways to customize your reading experience. There are many more options regarding the text settings than there was on my Kindle 4. I have around 20 size settings, I can sharpen the text and install my own preferred fonts if required. The homepage on the device is nice, showing you the covers of the last 5 books read. The library has the option of viewing the details (metadata) of the book before committing to read it which is nice if you have a lot of files on there.
I have not yet used the shop but would probably get my books from elsewhere depending on price and side load them which is easy enough to do, especially if managed through Calibre which I cannot recommend enough!
The touch response is good but not great, it does require a little patience at times when navigating, but I have a lot of files on mine so it's probably understandable. When simply reading a book, the page turns are fast and I have experienced no problems.
The battery life is not as enduring as my old Kindle...a full charge has given me around 10-12 days, but that is with about 2-3 hours of reading time per day and I have been faffing with the settings a lot (because I can) and loading books on it since I got it! Once I've got more used to it and have stopped playing about it with it, it may well settle down for me to get a good 2-3 weeks out of it.
All in all I am happy with the Kobo and would recommend it to anyone not happy with the Kindle Paperwhite. Although of course, if you like Kindle for the Amazon buying experience you will possibly be disappointed. However, if you want a device that is not tied down to one store and is capable of holding more than around 1.4GB worth of files, then the Kobo is for you.
Many customisation options
Expandable storage (up to 32GB)
Supports a huge amount of formats
Not tied to one store
Works well with Calibre
Light can be turned off and when on gives a nice even glow
Screensaver shows cover of current book
'Reading Life' gives stats of your reading habits (not a deal breaker but nice to have)
Geared a fair bit towards Facebook, Twitter interaction (no interest to me but some peeps may enjoy this)
Battery life not as good as my Kindle Keyboard (I've not had experience with any later Kindle models so no way of comparing with these)
Navigation is sometimes a little slow and you need to wait for it to catch up with itself
Will not read Kindle .mobi files (but that can be got around - Calibre FTW!)
You'd have to give up the Kindle store!
Power slider can be a tad unresponsve
I have heard that the Kobo customer service isn't great (no first hand experience of this - yet!)
Installed dictionary is US version, which is a bit annoying and I'm not sure this can be changed
I've never had any problems whatsoever with my kobo. The screen is very responsive. The light is very even all over the screen. I currently have 300 books on it. Some I've sideloaded. Some from kobo, and others from the hive. I love the way you can customise kobo products. Plus you can even borrow library books. I've read reviews saying that kindle is a lot more open than kobo. How?? I really get upset when a reviewer posts negative comments after having one bad experience or after owing their kobo for a week.
Kobo are getting better each week. Their online store wasn't the best when I first bought my kobo but it has improved so much in such a short while.
The whole point of an ereader is that you actually forget you are holding a gadget and not a book. With my kobo this is true. I've read over 100 books since I've owned mine. I would go as far as to say its my best purchase ever.
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Not much expensive but a great product, i never change it with other e-book reader!
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