Kobo Glo

The Good 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.

The Bad 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.

The Bottom Line The Kobo Glo is an excellent Kindle alternative, especially for readers seeking EPUB compatibility and international options.

Editors' Rating
  • Design 8.0
  • Features 8.0
  • Performance 8.0
7.9 Overall

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Kobo Glo
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Amazon Kindle Paperwhite (2015)
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Review

A worthy Kindle alternative

Barnes & Noble calls the integrated light in its Nook Simple Touch e-reader a GlowLight. Amazon dubbed its self-illuminated Kindle reader the Paperwhite because it aimed to approximate the look and feel of real paper. Now Kobo has introduced a new e-reader, the Kobo Glo, which also has an integrated light. Kobo calls it the ComfortLight.

The Glo, which lists for $129.99, also features a 1,024x768-pixel-resolution, 6-inch e-ink display (yes, it's a touch screen) that Kobo says makes text and images appear crisper.

Like the Nook and the Kindle Paperwhite, the Kobo Glo uses front-lighting technology and has a thin layer film on its screen that aids in dispersing the light uniformly. Like the Paperwhite's, the Glo's screen is illuminated from the bottom rather than the top of the unit (as the Nook's is), projecting the array of tiny LED lights upward instead of downward.

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Specs / Prices

  • Brand KOBO, Inc.
  • Diagonal Size 6 in
  • Weight 6.52 oz
  • Supported Text Formats CBR, CBZ, EPUB, HTML, PDF, PDF DRM, RTF, TXT
  • Color Category black
  • Technology E Ink
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