Hands on Review of the Kobo Glo eReader
Oct
01

Hands on Review of the Kobo Glo eReader

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The eagerly anticipated Kobo Glo e-reader has just hit the market and gives you the unique ability to read in the dark. This super high resolution display gives you a way better ebook reading experience than most other devices on the market. The main difference between this model and most tablets on the market is that it uses  a front lite display and not the traditional backlight. This makes longer reading sessions easier on the eyes and allows control over the luminosity.

Hardware

The Kobo Glo employs a new type of e-Ink Pearl XGA technology to give you a superior resolution. The exact pixel count is 1024 x 758 and pictures look simply amazing when viewing complex PDF documents. Underneath the hood is a 1 GHZ Freescale processor, which amps things up from the 800 MHZ processor found in the Kobo Touch. Menu navigation and accessing settings is fairly quick, but the touchscreen does suffer some some delays the longer you use it.

Kobo has done away with the home button that has been a trademark of the company since the first Kobo Reader was released a few years ago. Instead, Kobo opted to go the software route. The main downside of this is that depending on what you are doing with the e-reader, the home button often changes from being at the top left hand corner to the bottom. Once  you get used to the home button shifting positions based on the content you are viewing, it shouldn’t be an issue.

There are 2 GB of internal memory, which is 1 GB more than the Kobo Touch. You can expand it up to 32 GB via the Micro SD card. When you load ebooks and other documents on the SD, the device immediately recognizes it and puts the books into your main library.

This new e-reader from Kobo gives you full WIFI internet access once you connect to  your home computer or a hotspot. You can purchase or download for free millions of ebooks from the expansive ecosystem that the company has developed. Now that Kobo has gotten into self-publishing with Writing Life, there is more of a selection from up and coming indie authors. Not only can you buy content, but you can also surf the internet with the built in browser.

On average, you are not sacrificing too much battery life to employ the new “glo” feature. You will still garner around 1-2 months of reading time. It is also more lightweight than previous editions of Kobo readers. It is a bit slimmer and shorter in height, which makes it immediately a little more pocket friendly.

So how does the Glo function work? On the top of the device next to the power button is a small button you press to initiate the glowing feature. Once the light comes on, a small little scroll bar appears on the bottom, that allows  you to slide around to find the optimal settings. The Glo feature as a whole works fairly well, but has a soft blue tinge to it, similar to the Nook Simple Touch with Glowlight. When we saw the Amazon Kindle Paperwhite at the Amazon launch event last month, we were blown away by the solid white glow. It will be very interesting to compare both models against the Glo in the coming weeks.

In the end, you do notice the extra 200 MHZ processor that the Glo has over the original Kobo Touch. Pictures and cover art in ebooks look amazing. The hardware does suffer a little bit the longer you use it, and we found ourselves in many circumstances where it becomes unresponsive. The home button is something we sorely miss and this device would get a higher rating if it employed manual page-turn buttons.

Software

The main Kobo homescreen should make people who have experience with the Kobo Touch feel right at home. Not much has changed at the very core of the reader other than some of the menu options. The main options are Library, Get eBook, and Reading Life.

Many e-reader’s libraries mainly just bring you to your bookshelf where all of your titles are located.  When you hit the Library option on the Kobo Glo, you have options to check out ebooks, newspapers, previews, and shelves. Obviously, your books category is where ALL of the ebooks and content you load onto your unit are stored. You can sort it out by the cover art or check out more of a grid view. With the grid view, I noticed more titles appear and it’s easier to ID the books you are reading.

The newspaper and magazine category actually doesn’t let you take out subscriptions or buy content right on the device. Instead, you are prompted to use your PC to visit the main Kobo website and take out a subscription there. Each newspaper normally comes with a 14 day free trial, but you need correct billing information and a valid credit card to try it. Once you buy an issue and sync your device, the newspaper will be automatically delivered to  your e-reader.

One of the main benefits of this device is creating your own collections. Many avid readers might have hundreds of books and that can quickly become overwhelming. It is quite easy to make and title your own collections of ebooks and then add further content into it when you want.

One of the new aspects of this device is the inclusion of free ebooks on the main store category.  You can instantly view millions of free books and then have them delivered right to the Glo. The overall store experience is more text heavy than visual. We found that to find a Fantasy genre, it took around 4 different clicks in  order to refine our search enough to browse a list of content. One of the drawbacks that should be fixed over time is the weird positioning of the download icons and the word FREE. Often they overlapped each other and you had to enter a book description and then hit BACK in order to refresh the screen to correct this issue. Once you Kobo e-reader is registered, you can easily buy books in one click.

Reading Life and Facebook Timeline are two big facets of Kobo’s strategy to make reading social.  You can save books, wishlist titles, and many other things directly to your Facebook account while monitoring your progress in any given title you are reading at the time. If you are into rewards and achievements, you can collect over 40 different merit badges that have different criteria to earn.

One of the hidden blessings of the software on the Kobo Glo is the ability to surf the internet on a WIFI connection. Pages actually load fairly quickly, even on the most extensive of graphic heavy pages. There aren’t a ton of customization options to tailor the web experience, but you have a scrolling bar on the bottom for your zoom.

In the last few years Kobo has really branched out from their humble Canadian roots and expanded into a ton of international markets. There is optimization for 11 different languages and 12 different dictionaries. You can configure the entire device to give you different languages based on your regional location. The ebook store will also conform to your needs depending on your geographical region.

In the end, most of the menus are accessed via the main settings button. You can refine your searches and even play a few games like Chess. The device is fairly organized and well put together. This is one of the few e-readers in the world made by a company that both develops the hardware and has an extensive ecosystem for content.

Reading Experience

Reading on any Kobo App or e-Reader is often a very solid reading experience that few e-readers can match. Your most recent four ebooks you have purchased or loaded on the unit are displayed on the main homescreen. You can tap the Reading Life option to check out deep statistics on your reading habits. Not only does this inspire you to try to beat your highscore, but also to challenge friends via Facebook.

This device reads a wide array of formats including, EPUB, PDF, CBR,  and many text based formats. It does have EPUB 3 support to render the complex Japanese characters and Manga. The one drawback is chiefly attributed to the suspended support of the MOBI format, which is a very Kindle friendly format.

If you are a fan of augmenting your core reading preferences you won’t be disappointed with the Kobo Glo. You have the option to choose between 13 different pre-loaded formats and support for advanced users to load in their own fonts! There are slider bars that give you thousands of different combinations of font size, line spacing, and margins options.  If you change any of the settings they automatically update the text, giving you a quick way to see if you like how it looks.

One of the new updates found in the Glo that has permeated via firmware updates to the Kobo Touch was TYPEGENIUS. You can adjust the weight, font size, and sharpness to really give you control over how light or dark you want the text to look. There are two preview windows at the bottom of the menu to show you the before and after. In conjunction with the Glo feature, this ensures your text will always look crisp.

If you are a fan of dictionary support in e-readers, this one gives you the ability to employ it on books you load onto it yourself. What this means is that if you load in your EPUB books via Adobe Digital Editions or downloaded from the internet you can make notes and look up words in any of the number of supported dictionaries.

I like the fact there is no distinction in any of the core features between books you purchase from Kobo or ones you load in yourself. Calibre is a popular online tool many book lovers use to organize their personal collections and to quickly save books to the reader in a proper directory structure. This is one of my favorite open source programs and provides ways for you to physically change all the metadata on any ebook. You can change the cover art, author’s name, or book rating. This ensures that when the books are all organized on your e-reader, the author’s name and cover art will always be visible.

Right now there is no way to export any notes you may take while reading books. The head of Kobo’s e-Reader department told us in an exclusive interview that they were working on this feature to be dispensed in a future firmware update.

There is strong PDF support in the Kobo Glo, which I found surprising. There are many different levels of being able to zoom in on specific area. The fast 1 GHZ processor ensures that even large files open up fairly quickly and turn the pages really fast. This is probably the most evident element of the faster processor. You don’t really notice it while reading books or accessing menus.

While you zoom in on specific parts of the PDF document, the zoom settings are retained as you turn pages. There is a way to take advantage of the touchscreen to scroll around the document using your finger. On the top left-hand corner you see a small portrait view of the document as you are scrolling around. This helps give you a bit of an orientation as you browse. Once you find the best spot that looks good, sadly you can’t retain this as you can turn a page. In fact, it prevents you from turning pages at all.

Newspapers and magazines are two things that Kobo sells in most of its core markets. Unfortunately, you cannot take out subscriptions on your reader and instead are directed to the main Kobo website. Once you purchase them on your main computer, they are synced to your Glo for you to read. New issues are pushed out to you, but you have setup your automatically syncing options to make sure you are always on the lookout for new content. If you don’t want to do that, you can pull down the main menu to do a manual one.

During our tests we sampled a number of popular Canadian newspapers and took out free 14 day trial. These really did not look like their PDF counterparts with double margins and tons of images. Newspapers had a distinct ebook feel to them, and gave you the same options to augment your reading experience as EPUB gives you. I was honestly a bit disappointed with the newspapers and would stick to a tablet like the Kobo Arc to see it in full color.

Wrap Up

The Glowing functionality found in the Kobo Glo is by lights at the bottom of the bezel. There are four of them that point upwards, creating a solid illuminated screen that gives you the impression that the entire screen is glowing. This is the exact same way that the Nook Simple Touch with Glowlight does it, except the Nook has them on the very top of the bezel and pointing downwards.

During our nighttime reading tests that should be on our official Good e-Reader YOUTUBE Channel, it is plain to see that this device kills third party reading lights. Even the official Kobo lights that are used for the Touch and Wireless models pale in comparison. Putting it side by side with the iPad 3, you can see that it is easier on the eyes. The e-Reader does not throw light in your eyes they way tablets do during long reading sessions. A recent study actually said that if you read for two hours every day on a tablet, it will actually cause Melatonin Suppression.

This e-reader feels like a modern device and has solid hardware. The back of the unit has a different quilted pattern than previous models. The patterns are less pronounced and smaller, and I think it looks a lot better. You can also swap out the case from ones that Kobo sells directly. You can expect aftermarket ones to be available during the next few months.

In the end, this device enjoys higher visibility in the retail sphere than either Amazon or Barnes and Noble. Sony used to have the most widespread appeal, but has been severely diminished in the last two years. This factor has catapulted Kobo into controlling 46% of the entire Canadian e-Reader market and has facilitated Kobo’s expansion into new markets. This device will soon be available in more stores, in more countries, than any other e-reader in the world.

Sales on this unit should be fairly brisk as we march towards the holiday season. Many people will be visiting physical bookstores to buy books or magazines as gifts. This is where Kobo enjoys the highest visibility with most bookstore staff trained specifically in the Kobo and have advanced knowledge on the semantics. This may prompt people to make impulse buys when impressed by the new glowing feature. The price is also right at about 129.99.

Advanced users may dig the fact that there is a ton of control over your reading experience and it allows you to load in your own fonts. The Kobo development team is also fairly active on the MobileRead forums and often directly answers questions and employs many people in testing out beta firmware builds. They also use this fiendishly obsessed e-reader community to farm ideas on future features they might employ in automatic firmware updates.

For your average user, getting new features is quick and updates will install automatically, without any work involved. When we turned ours on for the first time, it installed two updates and two reboots on the launch day device. This will ensure that you will always have access to all of the new features and enhancements.

In the end, I would encourage anyone not heavily invested in Amazon or Barnes and Noble to give this one a try. It has more international support and does not lock you into your region like the competition does. You can seriously buy anything you want in whatever country you want, and still have access to all of your content via the official apps for iOS and Android.

PROS

Glowing Feature is Amazing
Dictionary Support for Sideloaded eBooks
Reading Life Is Unique
Millions of eBooks That Can Be Downloaded for Free or Purchased
PDF Support Is Solid
HD Display Makes Cover Art and Pictures Really Stand Out

Cons

No Home Physical Home Button
Can’t Retain PDF Zooming Page to Page
Can’t Buy Newspapers or Magazines Right on the Glo
Touchscreen Can Be Sluggish at Times
The Paid eBook Store Has Many Bugs on Launch Day

Rating: 9/10

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Categories : Reviews
  • Djoshua5000

    I can’t comment on youtube without signing up for a google plus account.

    I just want to make a correction. I’ve been hearing this error in few reviews  and post about the Kobo Glo. The screen is 1024 by 768 not 758. In fact, l I believe its the same e-ink screen as the new Kindle. 

    http://www.kobo.com/koboglo/techspecs/http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Graphics_display_resolution#XGA_.281024.C3.97768.29
    http://reviews.cnet.com/e-book-readers/kobo-glo/4505-3508_7-35435536.html

  • Djoshua5000

    Apparently my links got combine.

    http://www.kobobooks.com/koboglo/techspecs
    http:/en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Graphics_display_resolution#XGA_.281024.C3.97768.29

  • Djoshua5000
  • Gnuut

    What is your native language? it is plain that it is not English, when we see drivel such as “Statistically tablets all use back light and if you tilt it on an angle in a dark room, it has a radius.”

    Also, it would be difficult to be impressed by “This factor has catapulted Kobo into controlling 46% of the entire Canadian e-Reader market,” when the Canadian market is perhaps 1% of the total market.

  • Gnuut

    In fact the Kobo product manager has confirmed that it is only 758 pixels wide, in an effort to increase yield on the e-ink screens. 

  • Gnuut

    BTW, sideloaded fonts cannot take advantage of the type control features of the Kobo – only the supplied fonts are tweaked to allow control over type darkness.

  • DMK

    Thank you for the review. A couple of comments:

    1) The Kobo Touch has 2GB of system memory, with 1GB available for storage of e-books. ( http://www.kobobooks.com/touch_tech). This is the same as the Kobo Glo.

    2) The home page shows your last 5 books, not your last 4 (as shown in one of your pictures above.)

    3) On the Touch, you can scroll “off the page” to the left or right when zoomed in on a PDF to show a bar with an arrow icon. Pressing this allows you to turn the page while staying zoomed. I would be deeply surprised if this functionality no longer exists. Did you try this?

  • Laura

    Thanks very much for showing us this device. Will you being doing a side-by-side with the Paperwhite?

    In the Unboxing video, the first time you encountered “unresponsiveness”, it looks like you were missing the target box altogether, and perhaps trying to tap with your fingernail instead of with your finger. Then, when you were ineffectually swiping and tapping at the Quick Tour, you were supposed to be hitting the Next button at the bottom of the screen. There was no need to hit the X button out of that. Later, you definitely tried to interact with the screen with your fingernail – and as soon as you switched to using your finger, responsiveness was normal. (Actually quite snappy, compared to my Kobo Touch, which is good to see!)

    Lastly, where did you hear that LCD screens can cause melanoma?

  • http://goodereader.com/blog/ Good E-Reader

     Yes we will be doing a review and comparison against the paperwhite when we get it, sometimes living in canada has its drawbacks with stuff from the USA taking weeks to get here through shipping.

    What i meant was melatonin, i just mispronounced it, sorry.

    http://goodereader.com/blog/e-reader/new-study-shows-tablet-use-causes-melatonin-suppression/

  • SmittyBit

    I find your eagerness to point out such startling errors impressive. I would say that every forum or comments section should have someone willing to spend their time ensuring that such depressingly egregious mistakes are kept to an absolute minimum. Sadly, you just don’t see dedication like that nearly enough. Thank you for pointing these dehumanizing mistakes, I will rest soundly now that this writer have been so properly apprised of his worth as a writer.

  • Gnuut

    The author needs an editor, as he is plainly not capable of proof-reading or fact-checking his own work. 

  • PotentialBuyer

    Can anyone say something on the Kobo Glo’s ability to highlight passages / add annonations to texts?
    Considering to buy my first e-reader and this seems to be an important point to me (and just Paperwhite and Kobo seem to be state-of art-ish regarding the e-Ink display, while the Paperwhite lacks in international avaiability and is kind of a closed system).

  • Guest

    THis is the first ebook I’ve used and found it a bit fidderly.  But, you cannot export any that you have made on non Kobo books. So you cannot read the annotations on your pc. I found this a major drawback.

  • Garpinbc

    I prefer the highlighting on the Kindle over the Kobo. I find with the Kobo it’s hard to highlight a word that is right against the edge of the screen. On the Kindle you can highlight across pages whereas on the kobo you need to shrink the font so that a quote fits on the page and then highlight. 

  • Mick Blu

    I have now had my new black Kobo Glo for almost three days. There area few observations I’d like to make when comparing it to my previous Kobo Touch and more recently my Sony PRS-T1. The Glo is quite comfortable in my hands, being sized almost identically to the PRS-T1.

    I don’t find it any quicker to respond, in fact, I would say, apart from page turns which are quite quick, overall it feels more sluggish than the Sony, especially in touch-screen response. The touch keyboard on the Glo has a lot of trouble keeping up with slow typing, while the Sony had no trouble, no matter how fast I typed.

    The Sony had no difficulty paginating, using the sliding page turn gesture, while the Glo will often ignore a screen tap in the designated area, needing a fairly lengthy touch to trigger a page turn.

    The overall usability of the Glo (taking into account menu design and functionality) is, in my mind, not as good as the Sony, and when it comes to PDF files, the Glo SUCKS! The Sony reflows the PDF to make it fit the screen, while the Glo forces you to pan and scan, viewing a small subset of a page at a time. Eeeew!

    The Kobo’s ability to highlight, mark and annotate documents is definitely inferior to the Sony. To mark a word or passage, the Glo has to first enter a menu and then try and mark the section on screen. The Sony simply requires you rest your finger on the word and a menu pops up! Choose highlight, mark or note and away you go!

    Finally, the front-light. All I can say is, I love it, despite the colour which is not quite white, but more of a faint greenish yellow! Turn it down quite low (about 10-15% of full brightness) and you have a very legible page in total darkness with very slight unevenness of illumination from top to bottom of the page. No hotspots. Compare that to the three LED light in the Sony’s official case, or, as I prefer it, my Petzl hiking lamp, and you are fighting reflections and hotspots all night, not to mention looking like a doofus if you are using the Petzl.

    The material Kobo selected for their case is comfortable (sort of a rubbery finish), non-slip, but gosh it’s a magnet for finger-marks. I am constantly wanting to wipe the darn thing clean. It looks like I just finished eating a greasy sandwich while holding the Glo (which I didn’t!. Yuck!) I’m also worried that the finish will ‘rub off’ with repeated cleaning, and then what will the thing look like?

    I absolutely wish Sony had a front light and that I wouldn’t have to change readers. I wish Kobo would revise their firmware and learn from others how to do things in an ergonomic way.

    I would dearly love the opportunity to evaluate a Kindle Paper White to compare the areas in the Glo that bother me with the Kindle. I suspect the Kindle software is more stable and mature, given how many generations of Kindles have already been out there. Unfortunately, as a Canadian, the only way I can lay my hands on a Kindle Paper White would be to have it drop-shipped to a buddy in the US who in turn would ship it to me… I may yet have to do that. I doubt I’d have trouble selling the Kindle if I chose not to keep it.

    If anyone out there has had the opportunity to directly compare the Kindle and the Glo, I’d love to hear from them!

  • Russell2165

    Thank you for the comparison. I have the Sony PRS-T2, but I was planning on swapping it for the Glo. I really like the Sony. I love the physical buttons, the menus, the stylus, the official cases (I have the one with the built-in light). As far as I see, the only real advantage that the Glo has is the light. However that does seem like a pretty big advantage, since the one thing you want to do really comfortably on a reader is read.

  • Russell2165

    I have a question: can you use the note-taking/highlighting/dictionary features on non kobo books, like books borrowed from the library?

  • DMK

     I own a Touch, which shares most firmware features with the Glo. The answer is yes. You absolutely can. Unfortunately, you can’t, to my knowledge, export the notes, etc. So if you do this with a library book, when you return the book bye-bye to all your notes and other annotations.

  • Russell2165

    Ouch! Thanks for the reply though.

  • Poppy Palais

    Bought it as a replacement for my touch and the light is very good, along with the high res screen. But the battery life isn’t even remotely near their claim. 12 hours or so at best. Still occasionally locks up, just like the touch. Starts up faster though, and the touch response is a little better.

  • Russell2165

    I was going to get the Glo for it’s front light, but after reading about Kobo’s software shortcomings and potential crashes and customer service, I am going to stick with my Sony PRS-T2. From what I’ve read the Glo has only the front light feature going for it. But the Sony has several hard-to-ignore features over the Kobo:
    – physical buttons for page turns (in case touches are not registered),
    – other physical buttons – home, back and menu (I don’t understand why these are removed on most touch screen devices)
    – the ability to annotate ALL books and documents and save the notes and marked passages even after the book has been deleted
    – the abilty to scribble notes, circle, underline, etc on any page
    – Evernote sync
    – A simple straight forward interface (no menus within menus)
    – The optional case is very neat and classy (okay this is a really small factor, but it adds to the appeal)

  • Daniel

    Can the Kobo Glo be used in Landscape Mode? I need it to read comics. 
    And can you hide all the instrument bars for reading comics in full screen? 
    Thx! Please answer me it is very urgent because it’s going to come my birthday and I need to decide wich e reader to buy! :P
    Thx again! :)

  • Turnberry1

    Can you download (“borrow”) books from libraries to the Kobo Glo?

  • Teddykjb

    My Kobo Glo has a “grey” screen ! the screen is not so white that the one in the video ! 

  • primart

    Gnuut, your comments seem to indicate a personality more interested in form and not content. I read these reviews in order to make an educated purchasing decision, become better informed. Yes, I could become involved in the presentation but that would detract from my goals. There are tradeoffs, you seem to have made yours, let us make ours and pls excuse my grammar as English is my 2nd language.

  • Annet

    Yesterday I bought this kobo glo and thanks to watching your movie, it helped me a lot to get started and make full use of it.
    Thank you!!

  • Annet

    Yes you can! And it’s very easy. Just go to your library site and download the program(s) that they advise and there you go.

  • Annet

    Can I change the screen that i see when my kobo glo is turned off?

  • http://www.facebook.com/mailchrisbailey Chris Bailey

    I sent back my kindle paperwhite for this because the paperwhite has multicolored blotches( all 4 of them did as a matter of fact).

    The Kobo looks way more uniform.  Can’t wait to read on it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/cmitchell707 Celine Mitchell

    My kobo glo has turned white, and i cant see or do anything with it, iv’e tried turning it off, and on but it wont even let me turn it off, what should i do??

  • Voracious Reader

    You forgot to add to the cons that there is no search function for books, and filing is a nightmare.

    I have nearly 1000 ebooks – try scrolling through that in some meaningful way when trying to find a book. There is a shelving system, but there don’t appear to be ‘sub’ shelves, which would help when trying to find books. Every other electronic device I have used, including my old ereader, has some kind of filing system that is friendly to people with large volumes of items to file. I don’t know what other ereaders like Kindle or Nook are like, they probably suck too, but I am very disappointed. I’m going back to my two year old LCD cheap crappy no-name brand ereader – it hurts my eyes, but at least I can find things on it.

  • http://disabledfeminists.com lauredhel

    “no search function”? Click the button with the magnifying glass icon and the “SEARCH” label.

  • wendy

    I like it. I have the touch the vox the wi fi and the glo I had the sony and gave it to a friend KOBO I find is excellent

  • Ian

    I bought my Kobo Glo back in December, but I’ve had nothing but problems ever since. Firstly it has been very difficult to download books after purchasing. Some books I’ve paid for but just never get to see. On my library there are books I’ve not purchased & can read, whilst other books I have purchased never show up in my library. The e reader is also difficult to use & control. Touching the screen often gives no response or brings up a lot stuff you don’t want, so changing pages can be problematic. Sometimes when I turn it on, it opens at a different chapter to what I was reading, or even a different book. The only good thing I like is he back light. The E reader is really just fancy toy but I guess I’ m stuck with now.

  • Ali Haidar Tarafdar

    I read your post – I have to say, Kobo’s are much easier to use than Ipad’s when it comes to reading books in my opinion. At least that’s what I think.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DGsJ-mLT3p8

  • Annette

    On my Kobo glo I have ‘reading life’ instead of ‘find books’ Does this mean it is not a ‘Glo’??

  • dixie

    i cannot seem to delete a read book from my kobo glo everything i have read about it my kobo does not have the function to delete them anyone know how this is don

  • VytautasK

    In the review: “While you zoom in on specific parts of the PDF document, the zoom settings are retained as you turn pages.”

    In the conclusion: “Cons: Can’t Retain PDF Zooming Page to Page”

    ?????

  • Karl

    I bought a Kobo Glo a few days ago but it was impossible to set it up as it requires the Internet to do so. It is not a simple switch on and use it reader. I had to download the required software and install in on my PC. That worked fine. But then the Kobo software would not connect to the Internet on my PC and after trying all options I contacted the Kobo helpdesk. No response posting a question on their site or via email. In the end I phoned them. There is no way to make it work and they suggested I buy something else:
    ‘We are really to sorry to hear about your ordeal and do hope that the next device you get works a lot better for you. Happy Reading.’
    Nice reader but useless without completely open Internet access. I will never buy another Kobo product again.

  • Susana

    If you don’t need a front light keep the Sony by all means!!! The Kobo is plagued with bugs, but it’s the only epub device with front light and sd card. I wish Sony would release a nice front lighted reader, but no luck this year…

  • dusoft

    Kobo Glo supports .mobi format flawlessly, you should have tested it before saying it did not support it… http://www.ambience.sk/kobo-glo-mobi-support/