Summary: The Kobo Glo offers a good reading experience with an extraordinarily bright backlight and a large selection of content. However, the Amazon Kindle Paperwhite offers less expensive books, more social options and the ability to lend your e-books to friends and family; plus it costs $10 less and fits more text on the screen. With a price tag of $129, the Kobo Glo backlight and gamified reading experience help this e-reader stand out, but it doesn't unseat the champ.
Pros: Brighter and more even backlight than Kindle or Nook, Large e-book selection, Unique Reading Life Stats
Cons: E-books more expensive than competition, Can't share book passages or lend books, Very small periodical selection
Excerpt: If you’ve happened to venture into an independent bookstore in the past few years, you may have noticed an e-reader for sale that isn’t produced by an online retailer or a giant bookstore chain. Those e-readers are made by Kobo, a Canadian company that prides itself on being the unofficial e-reader of independent bookstores. And like those very bookstores, the new Kobo Glo is a delightful surprise waiting to be discovered.
Excerpt: The number of e-book readers with built-in backlighting used to be zero. No longer. There are now over half a dozen e-book readers with backlit screens, and one of them is the Kobo Glo . It comes with a rather sizable 6-inch e-ink Pearl touchscreen display and lasts up to 55 hours of continuous usage with the light on. In terms of speed, the Glo has no issues.
Excerpt: No eReader maker worth its salt can fail to have a device in its portfolio which lights up for night reading. We’ve already looked at the Nook Simple Touch GlowLight , and the Kindle Paperwhite and now we come to Kobo’s simply named Glo. See eReader reviews .
Summary: The Kobo Glo is an excellent Kindle alternative, especially for readers seeking EPUB compatibility and international options.
Pros: The Kobo Glo is a lightweight, Wi-Fi-enabled e-reader that has an impressive front-lit, high-res e-ink display with a touch-screen interface. It also features an expansion slot for additional memory, supports EPUB files, and is compatible with any e-book store that uses the Adobe DRM format.
Cons: Kobo's selection of e-books lags behind Amazon's and Barnes & Noble's. Loading library loaners and third-party e-book purchases requires tethering to a PC.
Excerpt: When we first saw a prototype of the 6-inch, touch-screen Kobo Glo and its built-in ComfortLight a few months back, we asked a simple question to its makers: why didn't anyone think of this idea before? As it turns out, they did – you only have to check the subsequent Kindle Paperwhit e and the Nook SimpleTouch with GlowLight for proof of that. Have the big boys beaten Kobo to it?
Pros: Smooth and streak-free lighting, general reading experience, file format freedom
Cons: Syncing files too manual, online shop can be slow