Kobo Glo eReader, Black

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Kobo Glo eReader, Black is rated 3.3243 out of 5 by 74.
Read Clearly Day or Night. Exclusive ComfortLight technology offers even, natural lighting that is fully adjustable to get the right light for you with Kobo Glo. The 6” E Ink screen has no-glass and no-glare — even in direct sunlight. The responsive touchscreen makes it easy to navigate by touching and tapping your way through books, and now featuring a 25% faster CPU* for faster page turns, book loading and more. With Wifi ® built in browse over 2.6 million eBooks including new releases, bestsellers, newspapers, and magazines, plus 1 million free titles. Take your library with you: Holds up to 1,000 books on 2 GB of built-in memory. Read Freely with Kobo Glo.* Faster CPU than Kobo Touch, Nook Simple Touch & Kindle Touch

Shipping weight: 2 lbs.

Colour: Black

Dimensions: 7.6 x 6 x 1 (IN)

UPC: 681495000142

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love all my kobo's I have owned 4 different kobo's and loved them all..i have the original kobo (may it rest in peace ) kobo vox...love it but found it a bit heavy (sold it to a friend)...bought the kobo glo...love it..it's my main reader and I have the kobo mini..it lives in my purse so i always have a book or 2 hundred on me!!! Now i want the kobo h2o..I need K.A. (kobo anonymous)
Date published: 2014-11-12
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Should have listened to people who said theirs broke and Kobo was no help Absolutely adored my Kobo Glo (silver) until it simply wouldn't charge one day. I had left it for a month uncharged while I went on vacation (forgot to bring it), and when I came back it simply wouldn't charge or turn on. I used multiple outlets, multiple chargers, and still nothing. I tried a basic reset. Factory reset is not possible because it requires that the ereader turn on. The device also would not connect to my computer. I emailed customer service and was answered by an extremely incompetent representative. She first asked me to do a basic reset, clearly not reading in my original email that I had already attempted this multiple times. She then asked me to do a factory reset, clearly not reading that my screen wouldn't even turn on and that this was the main problem, making factory reset impossible. I then replied asking if she would please actually read my ticket, and she said she had and that's why she suggested the factory reset (???). Eventually she said they wouldn't do anything for me because it was past the 1 year warranty (by 2 months), despite the fact that this was clearly not due to any fault of mine. Modern lithium-ion batteries are perfectly capable of charging after being left uncharged for a month. My device had always been in a case, had never been dropped (except on a couch or bed), and had never been exposed to water or extreme temperatures. The screen is in perfect condition, only it says "Please charge your eReader." Kobo customer service was frustrating, unhelpful, and overall terrible. I will be returning the Kobo Mini that I bought my sister 2 months ago to the store, and I will be buying us both Amazon Kindle Paperwhites. Amazon has fantastic customer service, guaranteeing that I will never have to deal with the ignorance and clear lack of caring that I got from Kobo. Never again. Buyer beware, don't ignore the many reviews about breaking and horrible customer service like I did.
Date published: 2014-10-27
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Glo is fading fast I bought my Glo in spring of 2014. Since then, I've had to reset it back to factory settings at least twice. It has frozen many times since then to the point that I carry a paper clip on the cover that I have for it. It really freezes when the temperature is over 20 degrees Celsius or if the sun hits it for any length of time. I never had this problem with my Kobo Touch and my sister has the Aura and never had this problem
Date published: 2014-09-29
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Half baked When you're reading the kobo is pretty decent. Text is easy to read. I prefer the smallest size font and find it easy on the eyes. That's about all that's good about the device though. The page refreshes are slow but I can live with that. Sometimes when I come back to my reading it opens up the book ten or twenty pages back from where I was like it failed to record what I'd read. I hate having to skim through a dozen pages trying to remember where I left off. Whoever wrote the software for the device doesn't seem to have any sort of understanding of exception handling. The kobo will frequently just freeze for stupid reasons and can only be brought back with a hard reset. If I plug it in to my computer to charge and don't decide if I want to "Connect" or "Cancel" within a few minutes the device turns into a brick that won't respond to anything. Why do I have to choose? I'm plugging it in to charge, not update my library. Is that an edge case the developers really didn't expect to encounter? I prefer my older original Kobo even though it didn't have a back light. It was way more reliable.
Date published: 2014-09-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Love the Glo Black!!! I got the Kobo Glo, because I finished work at 11:30pm, so I read to fill the time it is hard to do at night but this thing is a definite improvement, on my touch now that I don't have to turn the light on in my room to read at night, and now that I got Bell Fibe TV and internet my Wi-Fi it works perfectly and it connects. Don't have to go to Harvey's or McDonald's or Tim Horton's
Date published: 2014-09-15
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Kobo Glo I bought this sometime in the spring and having a lot of problems with it freezing. It mostly does this when I am reading outside. Why is this? I have rebooted it as was suggested but this did not help.
Date published: 2014-09-09
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Loved my Kobo until it broke DO NOT PURCHASE THIS - if it stops working, customer service will say "too bad for you". I loved my Kobo and read from it almost every day, and yes I ALWAYS had it in a case and was careful when using it and transporting it. It froze about every week or so, which was definitely annoying but I was able to unfreeze it using a paperclip in the bottom. However in the middle of unfreezing one day it froze again and there was nothing I could do. Customer service told me that it was my fault and I damaged it - um, not true. I told them this and after a week was finally able to speak to a supervisor. He informed me that they break on their own from light pressure (like um, a finger turning the page????) and it was not my fault -- but that they had written it into their warranty to not help people that this happens too - like what is the point of a warranty then? Terrible experience. I am so disappointed because I really loved my Kobo...I even convinced my family to buy their own devices which I feel terrible for now.
Date published: 2014-09-05
Rated 2 out of 5 by from The Kobo is OK, but I preferred my Sony e-reader I had a Sony reader before this, and I preferred the buttons on it for page turning (it's hard to hold the book one handed and swipe without it either requiring more than one attempt, or worse, turning BACK a page). Also, I hate that the only sleep options are nothing (looks dead), or cover art (which I don't necessarily like or want public). My Sony let me load some family photos that would shuffle as sleep screens, and I loved that. Finally, I wish my glo had a lower illumination setting. Even at the absolute lowest glo level I find it way to bright for late night reading.
Date published: 2014-08-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Kobo's are the best e-ereaders! I love reading on my kobo glo, very easy to load books on it and the lighting is nice and even. I also have the Aura HD, kobo mini and Arc 7 and I love them all, they all work great and I haven't had any issues with them. Being Canadian, kindles are pointless here, I firmly believe the kobos are the best readers around!
Date published: 2014-07-23
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Broken Screen Bought this for my wife, she had it nearly a year and loved it, until she put it in her bag, the bag's contents pressed against the screen and cracked it. The screen is thin but not strong like small tablets. The ability to read the screen in direct sun light is great but this screen design can be expensive over time. So this time I bought her an Asus tablet for the same price and downloaded kobo. So now she can read her books, check her mail, watch a movie, search the net or play scrabble. If you read a lot outdoors then tablets are harder to read, either buy the book or take your chances. My kids have the ASUS tablets and these things are strong.....
Date published: 2014-06-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Updated Review on the Kobo Glo I purchased my Kobo Glo Blue just over a year ago. I still believe it is the best purchase of an ereader that I ever made. I still love it. It is great to take travelling etc... I would recommend buying one.
Date published: 2014-04-17
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Great potential but could use some improvements I received a Kobo Glo e-reader as a gift. I had resisted the idea of using an e-reader for a long time because I like having a book collection. Having used it for 3 weeks now, I love my e-reader! However, I feel it could use some improvements: a colour screen, a variable setting for the brightness of the screen, and better response time. I know that some of these features are available in tablets and I also just received a tablet as a gift but the e-reader is smaller, much lighter and therefore easier to carry with you every day. I also know that there are more advanced versions of the Kobo but it would be useful to make these features available in all of their models so that we can make the best use of them. It would be great for travel because I have ruined a few books due to the humidity in warm climates. The battery life is stellar, I haven't had to charge it yet (apart from the initial charge). I don't like the way that the screen blacks out for an instant when you press the screen to "turn the page" of the book. The response time of the touch screen needs improvement. I find I have to tap the screen a few times to open a book or a link on my home page. The browser is a great addition, and so is the suggestion to add "pocket.com" because I am always e-mailing links to myself to read later. I like the statistics that it records (i.e. how many books you've read, the percentage of the book that you've read, etc.). 
Date published: 2013-12-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Super convenient This little guy is great. I think people are almost expecting Kobo to be of poor quality, but in my experience, they're fantastic. I had an old kobo wifi and recently upgraded to the glo. (The old one still works after 3 years, but it's moved to a life of reading to my students at school).  The glow feature on this one is crazy bright, if you're reading in the dark you won't likely need it above 10%. Battery life is great, excellent readability and quick wake up and page turns. Can't think how it could be better. 
Date published: 2013-11-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love my Glo My first Glo was a gift for Xmas last year.  Never has a problem with it until 2 weeks ago.  I t dies. Got in touch with Kobo and after 2 weeks voila I have an new Glo.  Kept my receipt as you have a year warranty.  Customer service was more than helpful replied in less than the 2 day limit.  No hassles. no problems.  My Glo is my 4th Kobo and they all work beautifully.
Date published: 2013-11-21
Rated 2 out of 5 by from very disapointed Got this ereader as a gift and fell in love with it. Had it for 4 months. One night it displayed a notice for new downloads and I checked ask later and continued my reading. The next day go to turn it on and everything was erased on it. I tried rebooting, nothing. Starting and shutting down...etc. I'm so disappointed . I had just started a new book.
Date published: 2013-11-17
Rated out of 5 by from how many books would that hold and is there gift certicates to buy especially for that
Date published: 2013-09-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great e-reader - Love it!! This is my second Kobo. I first had the Kobo Touch, but got tired of clipping the light that I bought to it so I can read at night and didn't like that I got bright spots on the screen where the light was aiming. So I decided to purchase the Kobo Glo as a birthday present to myself in December 2011 and I still absolutely love it till this day. I have had no problems with it so far. Battery life is good, I like the size of it and I like that I can turn on the Kobo Glo light in bed and read comfortably. I take my Kobo Glo with me everywhere in my bag. The SleepCover is also great with it too.
Date published: 2013-07-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Love it!!!! I purchased the kobo glo with my mothers day gift cards(I even got the sleep cover free). The first one I purchased did not work. I called kobo and they suggested I take it back to the store and try another. I did and I love it. Its great being able to adjust the light!
Date published: 2013-06-04
Rated out of 5 by from The WORST Customer Service Imaginable!!!!! I cannot understand why Chapters/Indigo continues to distribute a product that is not supported neither by Chapters/Indigo nor by Kobo. It's a disgrace. My "Life Well Experienced" mother has now twice been forced to seek support from Chapters/Indigo and Kobo "Customer ("WE DON'T") Care" Centers due to Kobo's that have frozen for no discernible reason. On both occasions, we have pleaded for support and any kind of consideration. Chapters/Indigo tells us to go to Kobo and Kobo tells us to “send us a picture of your receipt for the device, along with a picture of the front and back of your of your eReader”…. And why this process? As Kobo reps Lauren and Racquel said, “it’s easier for us”….. Do they care about a senior citizen who isn’t as technically inclined as a 14 year old? This is a disgrace on both Chapters/Indigo and Kobo……….. STAY AWAY from both!!!!!!!
Date published: 2013-05-16
Rated out of 5 by from DO NOT BUY THIS PRODUCT! I received one as a gift for Christmas and a few months later the screen suddenly freezes, no big deal at first since I just had to reset it. Then it happened again and this time nothing worked to fix it. So I call Kobo about the problem. They ask me to take a picture of the screen. A couple of days later they tell me its my fault because of the way the lines look and they won't replace it! They also had the audacity to suggest buying a refurbished model from Bestbuy. No thanks! Back to regular books for me, they don't freeze or break for no particular reason.
Date published: 2013-05-07
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Absoultely unreliable! Purchased it two months ago, was happy with it because I could use it in places where no light was available. Today, all of a sudden it froze, screen unsensitive, reset button did nothing. I am extremely disappointed, until now I was a Kobo-fan, no more.
Date published: 2013-05-03
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Hugely Disappointed Still I have invested 129. (Kobo Glo) + 40. (sleep cover) + 50. (books) = $219. in my husband's Kobo Glo and it lasted only 3 months. BOTTOM LINE: the sleep cover did not protect the fragile "inner screen" from cracking as a result of moderate pressure (it was never dropped). I would caution all Kobo Glo owners and prospective owners to never carry their sleep-covered Kobo Glo in a purse or bag since even moderate pressure could crack the extremely fragile "inner screen". This is a "bedside table only" e-reader. Note also that after 10 days from purchase date, Indigo/Chapters will not stand behind this product.
Date published: 2013-04-05
Rated out of 5 by from Hi I am looking at purchasing a Kobo Glo ... I like to read at all times of day so I think the light will be good for this ... What I am wondering is, would I be able to read outside in the sunshine?? Will this model be able to alow me to read in the bright sun light? .. Thanks
Date published: 2013-04-05
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Hugely Disappointed The Kobo Glo I gave my husband for Christmas is broken after only 3 months. It has been housed in the Kobo Glo protective case sold by Chapters and has never been dropped or handled roughly. I had no idea it would prove to be so much more fragile than my Kindle Paperwhite. The on-line Kobo Customer Care Team says that the "inner screen" is broken and therefore the warranty is void. They will not repair or replace the item. The Customer Care representative at the Chapters store where I purchased it says that now that Chapters has sold the Kobo company, we can't expect Chapters to replace it. I am disappointed. I expected Chapters to stand behind what they sell.
Date published: 2013-03-27
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Great when it works After several years with the original Kobo, I got the Glo for Xmas and I loved it. 2 weeks ago it stopped syncing and wouldn't do a factory reset. Calling Kobo customer service was useless. I had already done everything they told me to do, including reinstalling the Kobo desktop software and Adobe Digital Editions. Apparently I was "escalated" to tier 2, and 2 days later got an email instructing me to do all the steps I had already done! Useless. The rep I had spoken to hadn't recorded all the relevant info (I could see the original email he had of our conversation). I called Kobo again and said I wanted a replacement as I had had enough. The rep took my info. and said my issue was again "escalated'. That was over a week ago and I've heard nothing since. I sent yet another email yesterday and I'm hoping to hear back but I don't have much hope considering the many bad reviews I've read online. Beware that the company doesn't stand behind its products and good luck getting anything done about an issue, whether it's under warranty or not. What happened to the days when you could walk into a Chapter's/Indigo store and the product would be replaced? I am so dissatisfied with Kobo and wouldn't buy another device from them again. The service was so much better when Kobo was a small Canadian company. I had to give 2 stars because I enjoyed the original Kobo and the Glo was good while it lasted.
Date published: 2013-03-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love My Kobo Glo I received my Kobo Glo for Christmas and I love it! I wanted to make the jump into an ereader but was waiting for one with a built in light, so the Glo is perfect for me. Using the sync function with my wireless has been quick and easy. The intensity of the light can be customize and is perfect for reading in bed. No strain or stress on my eyes at all. I am extremely happy with the Glo.
Date published: 2013-02-28
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Download Nightmares This eReader would be great if downloading books after purchase wasn't such a nightmare. Oh, and the Kobo desktop loves to crash. Taking your money to purchase your books is never a problem but getting the book into your library then eventually (which can take forever) into your eReader is when the "fun" really begins. I've only had the eReader for two weeks now, and due to the downloading headaches I regret purchasing it. It's unfortunate because once the books decide to download in your library and finally download unto the eReader it's a great product and I actually don't miss hard books. But customer service at Kobo was great and did address one of my download problems rather quickly.
Date published: 2013-02-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome Reader I bought this for myself as a birthday present in November, at first I wasn't sure about switching from paper to electronic as well as which eReader to buy. I did a lot of research and the Glo had the best reviews for it's price range. I have to say after having it for 3 months I can't live without it, I am reading a lot more now because of the wonderful glo light for reading in bed as well as it's size, it is easy to take everywhere. I would highly recommend this product!
Date published: 2013-02-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best thing I ever bought I bought myself a Kobo Glo for X-Mas and I love it. My husband loves it too since I don't have to have a light to read at night in our bed. After viewing some negative reviews, I wasn't too sure to purchase it but after using it for almost 2 months, I would recommand it to anybody who wants to switch from paper to electronic. Can't live without it anymore.
Date published: 2013-02-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing device and Amazing service from Chapters Victoria The Kobo Glow is all that it claims and more. I have loaded 50 books and purchased some of my favourites and it is great to have them at my fingertips. I did have my first Kobo Glo freeze up and it was not possible to reset it in any way. Chapters Victoria, without any hassle, replaced it immediately - now that is customer service!
Date published: 2013-02-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Simply Terrific! This is my first e-reader. My wife has had a Sony PRS-650 for two years, and it too is terrific. However, since this has a built-in light, it is the one I went with. I have not been disappointed. From the moment I took it out of the box and connected it to my Mac, I have had zero issues. It connects flawlessly, and charges quickly. It is a breeze to use, and page turns are very, very fast. The light works flawlessly, and is bright enough on even the lowest setting. I cannot recommend this product enough. I am an officer in the RCN, and take this with me to sea. I bought the leather sleep cover to go with it, and am very happy with the combination of products.
Date published: 2013-02-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great E-Reader! I received the Kobo Glo for Christmas and I am very happy with this product. I was unsure how I would feel about it because I like books so much and I had tried the Kobo app on a tablet and it hurt my eyes. I was pleasantly surprised! I find it easy to use with no more eye fatigue than a regular book. I have the sleep - cover which is great because I can just close it and not worry about battery loss. I do just fold it back though so I find it doesn't help with the "feel" of it. I thought I would miss holding a book in my hand but I find it very comfortable, and I can read without worrying about turning the page and adjusting the book again. I love the built in light - it is worth the extra money. Some people have complained that the Kobo Glo does not come with a charger, only the USB cable to connect to a computer. I can also charge it on my Android phone charger - it is the same connection. I love the dictionary funtion and that it is available when not connected to Wi Fi. While I will probably still buy my favourites in hard copy, I am a converted bookie!
Date published: 2013-01-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow So much for the negative reviews that I have been reading about the Kobo Glo eReader. It is one of the easiest technical products I have ever owned. I had it up and running internet connection and all within 15 minutes of working on it. I know that I will enjoy having this little eReader for years to come. It was well worth buying and I would not hesitate buying one again. Love being able to post to Facebook. I also can now download library books. My book reading can now go to a whole new level. Cheers!!
Date published: 2013-01-19
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Screen broke after a month I got this for a present for my birthday last month. I started ready this morning when the screen froze. As I tried tapping to turn the page dark lines began appearing all down the right side of the screen. I tried both a soft reset and using a paperclip to do a hard reset and nothing happend. It was fully charged over night so that isn't the problem, and now the computer doesn't even recognize the device. I am not please at all. Will try to return it later this today. Hopefully the new one will work better.
Date published: 2013-01-14
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Good For Reading But Not For The Features I bought the Kobo Glo so I could put some books and textbooks on it for school. If you are only reading the book it works great. However, since I am using this for school I was interested in the annotations and highlighting features that came with the Glo. When you make a bookmark and name it by adding a note, every time you go to that bookmark the note goes away. The way around this is to highlight the words that you would like the bookmark to be named. Highlighting is a nightmare. When you hold your finger down on a word it becomes highlighted but when you try to highlight a sentence the two "nodes" that come up and you drag to highlight a word (similar to android and iPhone devices) will never capture the last letter of the sentence. The hands of a surgeon could not get this eReader to select all of the words he wanted. Not to mention that the Glo has the processor and memory of a toaster so every time you try to select a word it takes 10 seconds for the "node" to actually move. In short, the Kobo Glo is great for reading but do not get it for the features.
Date published: 2013-01-13
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Really Disappointing I was so hoping I would like this reader. I bought it because you can read without having to have one of those little flash lights like I have with my Sony Ereader. I was tired of it being too dark. So in this case the glo is wonderful, but that's the only good part about it. It is not user friendly at all. It takes millions of swipes to just get to your options menu and by the time it responds you end up on a totally different chapter and to get back to where you were, you have to swipe one page at a time or a chapter at a time, really really annoying. On the sony you just press the home button and that's it, you go directly to your book list. Getting the option to change fonts as well is rather difficult. I could not set up my wi fi manually, my router is an old one and it does not accept a simple password, I need to manually enter all information, and with the kobo I can not, there is no option to do so. I also can not import all my books from my Sony Ereader, there's no option for that either. I've just been totally frustrated with the whole thing and can not return it because it has been taken out of the box so I am stuck with it but I doubt I'll actually use it. Waste of money.
Date published: 2013-01-12
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Quality control needs improvement I want to love this reader but it's lost a couple of stars for me. I bought it yesterday after a fair bit of research, and using it last night with the glo light on noticed a number of "bright spots" - specks where the light seems to shine much more brightly than elsewhere, like the opposite of a dead pixel. Seems likely they're where specks have been missed in the matte screen coating. They're less visible without the light on. They're tiny, and I'd almost be willing to ignore them, but a couple are right in the line of vision and once you notice them, you can't stop seeing them. Really irritating. For the price, I don't want to feel annoyed every time I use my Kobo, so I'm going to have to exchange it. Other reviewers have also mentioned this problem - seems to be a quality control issue, as most units are presumably okay. Another negative is noticeable ghosting with page turns, though this is less obvious when the pages have a lot of text (i.e. it's most visible if there's lots of white space). Main other complaint is the lack of italic font in the books I've looked at so far. I've only downloaded free books at this stage, so maybe it's fine in the ones you actually pay for. But instead of italics, an underscore is used either side of the word. E.g. "he _didn't_ do it". It's pretty distracting and ugly. On the plus side, the Kobo Glo is easy to read on, nice and lightweight, the glo light is good, and the colour (pink) is actually great - a really deep, almost red. So I'll switch it for a new one, and see how that goes.
Date published: 2013-01-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Kobo eBook Prices I also extensively reviewed eReaders and found the Glo to be best and rated it with 5 stars, however, this review is on the price that the Kobo company charges for their eBooks which if I could I would rate at one star. I had about 10 books I was keen on trying as a first time eBook reader, however, using the Kobo company's website only one book was substantially below the hardcopy price. My other selections were near the hardcopy price and a few were more than the hardcopy price! Needless to say, this is not what I had expected from eBooks and returned the Glo. I'll be staying with hardcopy books.
Date published: 2013-01-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Glo is the way to Go! I researched ereaders extensively before purchasing the Kobo glo with sleepcover. As a die hard reader, I had an extreme prejudice against anything that wasn't a 'real' book. But, I have a 7 year old daughter who is reading novels now, and anything that encourages enthusiasm for learning is worth a try! Setup was easy. The kobo was charged and I was able to download books from the Kobo website as well as Epub and PDF titles from my local library within minutes. Using the kobo was simple, there is even a little demo that walks you through the different features including the dictionary and the glo light. The light is fabulous. I was very leery of reading on a screen like a computer and having eyestrain. Not a problem. The e-ink print is just like a book, and the glo screen is adjustable, it makes reading in low light or the dark enjoyable! I love the ability to track my reading progress, and it's helpful for my daughter, too. She can't keep her hands off my Kobo! The battery life is great, I have read for over 9 hours and there is at least 60% battery life left. I love the opportunity to preview books before purchasing them on the Kobo website. One thing that hasn't been discussed is that the Glo has a few little extras: a chess game, a sketch pad that allows you to make notes or sketch and save the pictures in your library; a sudoku game, and a web browser. These are all very basic, but great surprises nonetheless. My only issue is with the material of the quilted back: it is soft and easy to hold, but it smears and gets fingerprints that are not easy to wipe off. I definitely think that the Glo is the way to go!
Date published: 2013-01-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Best eReader I Have Seen Yet!!!! My wife has 3 eReaders (Kobo VOX, Kindle keyboard, and Sony PRS600). I have been waiting for a long time for an eReader that I feel is adequate. I have purchased this one and it is absolutely the cat's meow (lol). Works great, easy to use and understand, and is able to open any ebook I have regardless of where I purchased it. I won't replace it until it no longer turns on. Keep up the great work KOBO.
Date published: 2012-12-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Excellent ereader I have had a Kobo Glo for just over a month now and am very happy with it. I bought it because my wife was complaining that my clip-on booklight that I used with my Sony ereader was keeping her awake. There is no problem with the Glo's lighted screen. Domestic harmony has been restored. My only complaint with the Glo, so far, is that it is virtually useless for reading books in PDF format. To make the PDF page readable, you have to enlarge it. That's fine, except that the enlargement works only for that page and you cannot move to the next page while the one you are on is enlarged. This means that you have to enlarge the page to read it, then revert to the original size in order to continue to the next page, which you then have to enlarge, and so on. Both my Sony Pocket and my old Aluratek ereaders handle PDFs better than this. If there is some trick that I am missing, I would be grateful if someone would post it.
Date published: 2012-12-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Love it! At first I was a bit nervous to buy the new ereader because of some problems people seemed to be having. However, after I bought I was very happy with it. It's noticeably faster than the kobo Touch, nice and light, the on/off switch isn't as loose and the silver back is beautiful. So far there haven't been any glitches. I do miss the more defined quilt pattern on the back and the home button at the front but I can easily move on from that. The light is so soft and very nice on the eyes. I' m impressed!
Date published: 2012-12-23
Rated 1 out of 5 by from huge issues My sister purchased the Kobo Glo for my father for Christmas. I have been trying to load epub books onto it so it is good to go for him Christmas Day. I spent one whole evening trying to 'drag and drop' per Kobo website instructions. This did not work and customer care only gave me websites to try. I spoke with an independent woman at a retail outlet that sells them and she suggested getting the micro SD card and the Glo with automatically pick up the books and load them. I did this but it did not work. The Glo is not showing books at all. Calibre is not working either. I again contacted Kobo customer care and they told me that it is that particular reader and to return it to the store. I called my local Indigo and they advised me they were too busy right now to look at it and POSSIBLY someone could on Christmas Eve. The problem is that my sister has the receipt and she is out of town for the holidays. Does anyone know how to get past this issue of transferring books? Google is normally my best friend but I am not having any luck with issues. I am getting very frustrated with the whole situation.
Date published: 2012-12-22
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Trying to decide.. I own the original Kobo and later upgraded to the Kobo Touch (which I absolutely love). I almost died when I heard about the Kobo Glo! EXACTLY what I wanted! So I went to the local Chapters to play around with it and and saw, to my dismay, that the light for it was blue. When I asked the clerk about it, she was under the impression they were all like that. So I need to ask all you Glo'ers, is the ComfortLite really blue or was there just a freak Kobo on display? All the pictures point to it being white.
Date published: 2012-12-20
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Help still not working After having problems with our first Kobo glo and trying to return it after three weeks (they wouldn't at the store) we got a replacement and it too is acting up. Freezes constantly sometiimes a much as 20 tiimes in one day. took it on holidays and couldn't use it cause it froze so much, we have to carry the Kobo with a pin to reset it all the time. We have been working with technical support, they don't have any answers for us. I am very techie but can't seem to fix this. All I want is to return this product. mathew I hope you read this and contact me at my email vickie_bernie@hotmail.com The manager at the Pinetree location in Coquitlam did msg me a while ago saying she apologized for the service we received and offerred a gift card but we never heard back from her nor did we receive the gift card. All I want is my money back, I am willing to ignore the $50 I have spent on books because I can't read them on the Kobo anyways. Help! Vickie
Date published: 2012-12-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Converted Recently converted from a Kindle 3 to a Kobo Glo and am so happy I did! Bought one for my wife as well to replace her Kindle. Haven't put it down since buying it! Was going to take a trip south to get the Paperwhite Kindle or wait until it was available in Canada but checked out the Glo at my local Chapters store and was impressed. Using Calibre to convert my Mobi files to Epub though not a big deal. Love how Calibre can be configured to automatically build 'shelves' on the Kobo and help keep things organized. The Glo functionality is fantastic and the light (primary reason for my purchase) is great. Not blotchy, not streaky, and no rainbows. Even light across the page. The light is very bright on high and when I read in the dark I have it on the lowest setting. Flexible enough I think for everyone in every situation. Still getting use to the touch functionality as the Kindle 3 had side buttons for page turns. Navigating menus and the interface is sooo much better and easier with the touch however. Love it; won't be giving any more $$ to Amazon for e-readers or books!!
Date published: 2012-12-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I'm in LOVE They get an A for this one! I absolutely love it! I've had a couple of Kobo readers before this one (lilac wifi, black touch) and i've never had any problems with any of them. When I bought this one I gave the other ones to some family and they both love them, The glo light works awesome, it goes SO bright. I actually keep it on one of the lowest settings which is perfect for a dark room. Its very easy on the eyes and has lots of text options to customize your reading experience. I've had no technical difficulties with any of my kobo readers and when I accidentally deleted my kobo account(not sure how I managed that) but Kobo fixed it for me nice and quick and I didn't lose any of the books I bought. Oh and the battery life is AWESOME! I bought it about 2 months ago, been reading constantly, and I;ve only had to charger it once. Some things I would like to see added on the next update would be a little app for making notes (it currently has chess, sudoku, sketch pad, and a web browser). It would be nice to have somewhere to write the reading order of the books in a series because the kobo glo sleep cover does not have that handy little pocket. Another thing that can get a little irritating is when it dies in the middle of your sentence UGH. I wish it would give you a little notice thingy when your reader is getting low so that your could at least finish your paragraph or chapter. Its not that big of a deal because you can still read it while charging but if it dies while your not at home, its frustrating. But it does charge really fast and those are only minor problems with everything else you get. If your looking for an ereader for Christmas, get the Kobo Glo! Kobo touch is a great option too for people who don't read in the dark.
Date published: 2012-12-11
Rated out of 5 by from I'm getting a Kobo Glo for myself, no matter what. I do have a concern though. When I was playing with the device in store, the ComfortLight was blue. Is this how it is with the product? Every picture I've seen has it as being white and no one's mentioned this color in a post.
Date published: 2012-12-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Software update turned this into a complete product When I initially purchased this, the page turns were slow, and the menus were laggy. Once I installed the updated firmware, everything sped up appreciably. The software for managing your library on your computer is easy to use. Most of the book suggestions it gives are pretty bad, though.
Date published: 2012-12-03
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Frustrated Haven't even had my Kobo Glo 2 months, and the hard drive has malfunctioned. Only 1/4 of the screen turns on, and isn't recognized by a computer when you plug it in. Can't even return the device to Chapters. Have to wait for Kobo Customer Service to get back to me by email to get me a RMA number, and who knows how long it will take to get a new one. This is my first ereader, and I'm not impressed.
Date published: 2012-11-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good work kobo! I've been reading lots of complaints about the lagging of the touch on the kobo glo. However, some people don't have this problem. Kobo does come out with gradual updates that'll probably help with this 'defect'. Other than that my only complaint would be that the nice quilt pattern on the back is disappearing and the home button is gone... But it's a great reader
Date published: 2012-11-26
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Disappointed I purchased this Kobo glo three weeks ago, but two days ago the kobo it started freezing, we reset it, kept freezing, but it kept freezing. Did a total reset to factory settings and it didn't improve. Can't read for more than two minutes without it crashing. Took it back to Chapters yesterday only to be told you can only return it within 14 days of purchase. It has been 3 weeks since we purchased. No return policy on receipt. Very frustrating experience at the store, everyone said there was nothting they could do had to contact Kobo directly and get them to resend one. Bought as a gift for husband's birthday and he just loaded books and now it doesn't work. Wish I just could get my money back. I am worried the new one will be the same.
Date published: 2012-11-18
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Buying Kobo Glow In Question? I have the 1st edition Kobo. (First one that came out.) I do love my Kobo that I have but should I keep it or upgrade. Trying to decide if I should jump in and buy the Kobo Glow. Have been reading that people are not happy with it and have returned it. Has anyone got any sugestions for me? WHAT DO I DO?
Date published: 2012-11-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The picky peron's review!! This is my first ereader. I’m actually surprised I got it, I didn't really see the point at first. I realized though that my library "fees" for late returns would likely have more than paid for this device so far, so I mainly bought it to read things from the library (which don’t have “late” fees). I did a fair bit of research. Having a light on a reader was a MUST, as I'd like to be able to read in bed without having to get up and turn the light off once sleepy and cozy. Also very useful for long car/bus rides at night. I'm fairly glad that my wanting one coincided perfectly with the release of a number of readers with glow lights, and I think I just started wanting one about the week it was released. Lucky me… I hate waiting. I have the HP touchpad tablet, but I found it horrible to read on, mainly because it's quite heavy, the battery needs to be charged every day, and there’s no way it’s fitting in the better half of my purses. It’s a brick to lug around. So only good for nighttime in bed. If there’s still battery juice in it. What drew me to an ereader finally were portability, and curiosity about the lessened eye strain with eink tech, and especially the crazy long battery life. I wasn’t interested at all in the kindle, as I don’t appreciate being “locked down”. It’s my electronic.. I paid for it.. don’t try to tell me what I can or can’t do with it!!! On the off chance I can’t find what I want book wise for the Kobo, then it won’t hurt me to read an analogue book once in a while, it’ll likely be refreshing in fact. Small price to pay for freedom!! So far.. I compared online reviews of the nook and the kobo. (Any colour screen/tablet like options were out, as the battery would simply not last as long before needing a recharge, the glare and eye strain come back, the size, weight and price all go up). The Nook gets super respect for being the first to market with a light, however, being a year earlier, the research and design has improved since then… aka bottom light vs top light, and the “brightness” of the two are noticeably different. The other big selling point for me was the screen resolution. I definitely notice it, it’s crisper. Also, HUGE points on the external storage micro SD card. Hear that Apple?? Ahem control freaks?? The card sticks out very slightly, 2mm or so, but if you keep your kobo in any kind of case you’ll never notice it. Otherwise.. be careful? Some nice extras they don’t really mention anywhere else online: It does have wifi, and some sort of built in web browser, though I havn’t played with that yet so can’t comment. I’ve heard it’s not great, but definitely nice to have. Having wifi gives you 3 options for getting text to your device: Cord/computer, Micro SD Card, or wifi. So let’s say you’re in an airport.. or on a train. You’ve just finished your last novel, earlier than anticipated.. and .. what are you going to do for the next 4 hours besides go nuts wondering what happens next? If you were me.. you’d use your smart phone/data plan to buy/download the sequel to the phone, and then set up your phone’s wifi tethering hotspot, connect your wifi kindle.. and keep on reading!! Common.. you gotta love technology! The future is definitely here peeps!! I haven’t tried it yet, but with the built in browser and wifi, there must be a way to directly download from the net… a pain to set up perhaps, but you only need to do it once. Another nice little bonus: in the extras under settings, and there’s a note pad tucked in alongside the web browser, you can write/draw/save. I haven’t tried it with a stylus yet, but I’m sure it’ll be great for note taking, getting phone numbers.. whatever. Very happy they included that! They even snuck some Sudoko and a chess game on there! Pros: • Mico USB cord (common, not proprietary) • Long battery life • External micro mem. Card • Sketch/note pad • Glo Light at the bottom, so no light distraction • Feels good. • Adjustable text, incl. Port in your own fonts If you like • Good compact size. Very large hands should try a demo before ordering/buying. • Numerous file types supported, can load from your PC, or from the memory card. I use a program called “Caliber. Look it up. • Last point.. the name is cute. Touch screen (it’s a tad slow) Chess/Sudoku/Sketchpad/Browser extras Cons: • I’m not sure what I’m doing wrong, but it seems to be freezing up on me if left untouched for more than 30 mins. Then I have to do a hard reset, not crazy about it. • Seemingly long boot time. (K.. now I’m getting whiney..). • Can’t move books from mem card to internal memory. • Initial startup ran 5+ times.. wondering if I have a semi-dudd. • The stylish back cover is covered in smear marks as soon as you hold it. No apparent way to remove them (black model) The power button seems a little flimsy. I’m worried about how long it will last… I wish there was a sleep button Overall? Love it. Pros far outweigh the cons.
Date published: 2012-11-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Kobo fan since the beginning and this didn't disappoint! I have owned the original Kobo, the Kobo touch and now the Glo. I love it! It is a bit smaller and lighter and really easy to use. The Glo feature is excellent for at night or on planes. (used it for both). I bought the hot pink 'sleep cover' for this and couldn't be happier. I preload my books and magazines and I'm ready to travel for work. If you're wondering if you or someone would like this, they should. It is just a great little product!
Date published: 2012-11-12
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Rest In Peace I purchased this nice reader 28 days ago. Suddenly (fully charged) it started scrolling through pages without any reason, and after that screen froze. Hard reset did not help, connecting to the computer either. There is no sign that computer see Kobo. Light works, but screen is totally dead, and shows last book cover with some white horizontal stripes, as well as some black in the right bottom corner. Simply disappointing. Returning to the Chapters store today
Date published: 2012-11-03
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Will Wait for the Next Update! I purchased a Kobo Glo almost a month ago, after having thoroughly researched the differences between it, the Kobo Touch, the Kindle, the upcoming Kindle Paperwhite (not yet released in Canada, but set for post Xmas holidays) the latest Sony, and Nook. I carefully read the reviews, and watched comparison demonstrations, notably by the Good E Reader beforehand, and ordered the newly out edition in the month of October, 2012. Pros: The backlight screen works remarkably well, and doesn’t need constant charging. The print is easy to read. It is light and responds to your touch reasonably well and quickly. The downloads and syncing from my laptop went quickly. The eBook offerings from Kobo are excellent for popular literature. I did take it to an evening of entertainment where I was stuck waiting for an hour before the performance because otherwise I wouldn’t have had a decent seat. I was in semi darkness, and the Kobo worked magnificently. The refund experience from Coles was excellent. Cons: The installation process that begins when the ereader first charges and connects to your laptop can end up putting the User Guide in a strange location. Consequently I had an ereader with a lot of sales information but no directions on how to use it. I had to call customer service to obtain a user guide, after an initial search on the Kobo site did not provide one. They quickly corrected that and I now see they provide a user manual to download. So, if you cannot immediately see a user guide on your computer, hunt around or perform a search. In order to connect the Kobo Glo Wi-Fi to your device you will need to call your internet provider for a passcode. My initial forays into downloading a PDF from Google and syncing, then reading it, on the Kobo went without a hitch. The PDF, however, is NOT easy to use on this piece of equipment. It is better than using my laptop, because it remembers the document page that you were last on. My computer does not. All the same, it is not as easy to use as the epub version, and if you have a choice, go with epub, as it is easier to manipulate documents. There are a lot more options for dealing with the reading experience with epub that simply are not available with the PDF on this equipment. The Kobo Glo PDF is ultra-sensitive and a little tricky, and you are constantly sliding your finger over the screen to get a full page, or indeed to correct the font/page sizing, but again, it is an improvement, though slight, over my laptop. My husband owns a Kobo Touch that I have used, so I am familiar with the use of Kobo epub. The Kobo eBook sales people are quick to advertise their wares – so if you elect to accept their email notices you will get a lot of them. Moreover, they try to become acquainted with your reading tastes, which, while admirable and excellent, their initial surveying offerings are appalling – they fall into the romance and erotica categories that are in-your-face. I would much rather have preferred a simple question and answer, or a full comment block so that I could tell them, because that initial foray was a serious turn off. I am a bit of a nerd, so that stuff is off the wall. DRM, otherwise known as Digital Rights Management is a serious problem that somebody needs to address. I happen to have an interest in an obscure Canadian historical document that Kobo generously offers as a free epub eBook. So I tried to download it, which ended up giving me a message: “Oops, your DRM license has expired. Call customer service to have it renewed.” Hey - it was the first ebook I had tried to download, so how could my license have expired?! Well, one and a half hours later the “first tier” techie help could not open this thing up, even after a complete factory restore. Hey folks – since when do I need your permission to read a book!!!! And, um… I bought an ereader in order to, um, read a book. Which means I ought to be able to download (i.e., sync) it to my ereader without having to talk to a techie for an hour and a half. I was then told that a “tier two” (read more qualified techie) would call me in 48 hours. Right….um, by now hard copy definitely has it over the Kobo. I returned this and will wait for a later version.
Date published: 2012-11-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Works well, very happy! I liked the touch, but love the glo. Does exactly as advertised and with winter approaching I can do some late night and early morning reading without a flashlight. I have an iPad but really just want to read a book without interruption for web surfing and email, and this device is just right for that. And since I mostly read library books, it does that job well.
Date published: 2012-10-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Almost Awesome This is my first e-reader, and I was super excited to get it. Trying to figure it out at nearly midnight is not a good idea though, lol! I've been using this to read at work today, and I have to say that there is no such thing as "anti-glare" on it. I can still clearly see the lights above my desk being reflected off the screen, and it's super irritating. There is also a long response time when adjusting certain settings, and it's hard to tell if it's frozen or just "thinking" sometimes. Also, when you get "Previews" of books, it only shows the first few pages of the book... and I mean literally, the first few pages with the table of contents, thank you's, other books written, etc. I have yet to find a single book preview that actually lets you preview the first few pages of the actual novel! I realize that this isn't directly related to the hardware itself, but it sure is something worth mentioning. Also, you are given a 90% off coupon code to use, however it's limited to a selection of MAYBE 12 books. What a ripoff. But it is still a super neat e-reader. I love that I can load a tonne of books on it, it's small and light, and the reading light is really neat. :)
Date published: 2012-10-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Must have for travel I bought this from the Home Shopping Chanel. Better deal for it there. Don't feel guilty because I bought the Vox from Chapters. If for just reading, the Glo is better then the Vox. The Vox has REALLY bad glare and the smudges from fingertips detracts from the reading experience. The "Sleeper Case" a must have for travel with this. Makes for easier turn on/off and stash in bag.
Date published: 2012-10-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Easy & convenient I borrowed a Kobo Glo for a couple of days and was so impressed I rushed out to buy my own. Love: Ease of use, the light, speed of page turning, ease of adjusting font type and size (and everything else), and its light weight. Also being able to read lying down with my progressive glasses. The light truly makes it easy to read even in completely unlit rooms. I prefer to use the light even during the day, and adjusting the exact level is always at one's fingertips so it isn't any bother. My eyes are dry and sensitive and the light reduces eyestrain. I had read complaints about the bugginess of software causing pages not to turn on the first try, etc., so I was expecting difficulty. Pages do not always turn on first try, sometimes 2 pages turn together, sometimes the dictionary comes up instead of options bar. But frankly I blame operator error (yes, me). This device is very touch sensitive and until I use it for a couple more weeks I would not expect to master the exact amount of force it requires every single time. Also I sometimes misturn pages on paper books too and I didn't find I was having greater frequency of errors after the first day. Bottom line: new pages come up so much faster than older e readers of every brand (which was always the deal breaker for me buying my own) that this is a true delight to use. The 6 page refresh was inadequate for my page turning frequency (this is determined by reading speed and font size) and I was getting some ghosting by page 5. Dropped down to 4 pages and except for the blank space at the beginning of chapters, I perceived no ghosting. I could try 3 pages and see, but it doesn't bother me that much. But if it did, it would be easy & intuitive to change. Finally, I experienced no locking up or refusal to work whatsoever. Of course, since it was not my reader, I was particularly careful to eject before disconnecting from the computer, and to keep the battery charge strong by powering down and putting it to sleep. Because I borrowed the Glo I am reviewing, I cannot speak to the ease or otherwise of buying ebooks from Indigo. But Overdrive linked up just fine. Downloading the epub software is a drag, but that is no reflection on Kobo, as it is the same for all e readers. And getting my library books instantly was a new pleasure (which I shall shortly take for granted, but today it still feels like magic). Just bear in mind that sometimes epub books will not reformat to your Kobo settings because that was how they were made and that this is not a Kobo softwear problem. I'll repost if my new machine turns out to be less perfect than the borrowed one.
Date published: 2012-10-21
Rated 3 out of 5 by from a little confused I have just purchased a Kobo Glo. With it comes an offer for 90% off my first book. The problem is that there is no way of doing this. Has anyone else had this problem?
Date published: 2012-10-21
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Great until it bug Love the product, but after 2 weeks it's now stuck on sleep mode. Not even a factory reset will work. I'm returning mine tomorrow get my money back and won't touch Kobo product unless they give 3 years warranty.
Date published: 2012-10-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVE IT! I received a Kobo Glo as a gift. I'm used to reading on the iPad. No comparison! I wasn't sure I wanted a "reader" as I love the smell and feel of a new book. Welcome to both worlds! The reader is just so convenient when traveling or going to appointments, I'll save my paper books for home and the beach!
Date published: 2012-10-20
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Have my doubts I previously had a kobo touch and decided to buy the kobo glo. I've had it now for 10 days and I've read 5 books on it and I noticed the following: Kobo glow is smaller then the Kobo Touch. In terms of funtionality, I've notices that the pages sometimes don't refresh; sometimes you have to tap the screen more than once for the pages to move. I've also noticed other issues like the kobo has showed grid lines on the screen. I had to shut it down and retart it in order to get rid of the grid lines. It has also frozen on me twice. I couldn't it shut i down or start it up. The screen just froze and I couldn't even return to the menu screen. it went dead, but the battery was fully charged. The book just froze on the page that it was on and did nothing. I had to do a factory reset twice. It seems to be very glitchy. Hopefully I can exchange it as maybe the one that I have is defective.
Date published: 2012-10-17
Rated out of 5 by from @Jacob Deciding which eReader is the right one for your needs depends on lots of different things. I would highly recommend that you visit one of our stores and speak to us in person. There are lots of factors and you should be comfortable with your choice. And yes, Kobo accepts Chapters/Indigo gift cards as payment for electronic books.
Date published: 2012-10-16
Rated out of 5 by from Been searching for the right eReader for me. Should I purchase a Kobo Glo, Mini, or Touch? Also, can Chapters gift cards be used to buy eBooks as well? Please answer.
Date published: 2012-10-15
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Fabulous eReader; 1 glaring exception I previously had the original Kobo model - before the touch screen, and even before wifi. I love it still. But decided that after the many years of wear and tear and very much use that it was time to upgrade. I thought about getting the standard Touch but decided that the lit screen, while maintaining the eInk technology display, was too good to pass up. No more clip on lights! So I bought the Glo last night. NOTE: My model is the white one with red backing, not the black one, but the red one isn't an option in the product list online here....so black it is.) PRO's: - Same great features as previous models, specifically eInk, Kobo support, knowledgable Chapters/ staff, fantastic price - Lighting is great. You still have the same easy on the eyes screen display, and can adjust the light intensity - I've seen many reviewers unhappy with the lack of Home button. I had no issues touching the middle of the screen to bring up the menu. - I love that the Discover option automatically generates book suggestions (This might have happened with the previous Touch but as mentioned, I was old school!!) - Excellent font and display options - I really enjoy the Shelf feature; you can organize all of your Library titles into categories. Very helpful for those that have multiple books. - Size!! Still the great 6 inch reading screen, but so thin and no room required for other buttons. CON's - I've scoured reviews and have come to the conclusion that the rest of the world is not experiencing this issue, so maybe it's just me - but it's my biggest gripe so I'll include it here just in case someone else experiences it or is curious. I had no trouble setting my Kobo Glo up through the wireless set up. I was able to access the Kobo store for a few mintues no problem. I then completed the desktop set up to sync it to my Kobo application (unsure if that step is related, but I'll include the step to demonstrate timing). Since then, I have been unable to maintain a connection to my wifi network. I'm unable to access the store for titles, unable to use the browser, etc. My modem and router were 10 feet away from where I was standing so I doubt the receiver is bulit THAT poorly. After multiple attempts to enter my network password (which reminds me, having to re-enter it after the first time seemed RIDICULOUS to me), I got so frustrated I didn't want to read anymore. I'm still not able to get it connected. I have confirmed that my internet itself is fine, because my computer/smartphone/ps3/wii/netflix etc. were all operating just fine. Anyway, I could purchase on my laptop and transfer over with USB like normal. And that's how I always did it with my older model so obviously it's not the end of the world... but the point is, with the wifi feature, I'm not supposed to have to do that. - Silly complaint: On my old model, I could set it so that the book cover didn't display until I accessed that book from my Now Reading list (which I don't see on this model, FYI). Now, the Home screen always displays a little collage of a few of the books in my library. I don't really like that. I figured out how to stop the book cover as a screen saver, but the "collage" is still on the home screen. I suppose the nice thing is that if it's a book you're reading, you could just touch it right from there. - This might also be me, but I couldn't figure out how to highlight passages or make notes, like advsertised. Anytime I tried I ended up just turning a page. Overall, I'm still a huge fan. My only real issue is with the wifi issue and I can't even figure out what's causing that. If it wasn't for that, I'd easily give this 5 stars even with the other tiny gripes I noted. I just got SOOO frustrated because I couldn't do this great "new to me" feature that I was looking forward to trying.
Date published: 2012-10-10
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Disappointed I bought Kobo Glo and bought a few books. Everything went fine at first. I got the books, synced the device, read a few pages. The device was extremely slow and I had to repeatedly tap the screen to do anything like turn the page or select an option or select a key for the browser. I switched off the device and when I tried to restart, nothing. Not a single book on the device. The software on the laptop won't even start so I cannot re-sync. And I also find out that a lot of books that I had on my wishlist on Amazon are not even available with Indigo. The book selection is limited. Not impressive.
Date published: 2012-10-10
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Just returned it... The screen was a great improvement over my Kindle Touch but the software is nowhere near as perfect as what Amazon built for the Kindle. 1 out of 2 times, I had to tap twice on the screen to turn the page. The software is too buggy. I'll find a way to order the new Kindle Paperwhite as it is sold out in the States and not available yet in Canada.
Date published: 2012-10-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Nice but Doesn't Meet Expectations I own a Nook Color & initially bought it because the screen lit up (2 yrs ago). However I found it too heavy after a while & the battery only lasts about 6 hours so not ideal on long trips. I was planning to purchase a Nook with Glowlight when I found out Kobo was coming out with the Glo. On paper the Glo seems superior to the Nook with Glowlight so I opted for the Glo. I picked up my Kobo Glo yesterday & for the most part I am happy with it. I love the size & how light it is! The reading light is a great feature & I'm a fan of the various font styles/sizes. I also like how it gives info on items like the % of battery life remaining, if you're connected to Wifi, etc. My biggest complaint is the lag time when turning pages....it's almost like there is a brief flash. Not that big of a deal because it only lasts a few seconds but my NC doesn't do this & that is what I'm used to so I find it to be a bit of an irritant. The other thing is that the screen is a bit touchy, but this is likely something to do with the user! When I was reading a book, the 'Home' icon disappeared from the top of the screen & I'm still trying to figure out exactly how to make it reappear. I find not having a physical Home button is a drawback. Perhaps once I figure out how to get the Home icon back without pages turning & losing my place I won't mind as much. The only other 'issue' I have is that it doesn't come with a wall charger & you have to plug it into your computer to charge it. My NC came with a convertible charger that can be used in a wall socket as well on the computer & I think that would be ideal to have with the Glo. I don't always travel with my computer so it would be nice to have a wall charger included to address situations like those. I purchased a cover designed for the Kobo Touch & it fits nicely on the Glo. I'd like a sleepcover once they come out but not sure if I can justify spending almost half the cost of the eReader just for its cover. I had to download the user manual (mine didn't come with one - not sure if this is the norm) but overall it is relatively easy to use & I am liking it so far. Happy Reading!
Date published: 2012-10-06
Rated out of 5 by from Not one crash here. Upgrading from an old Kobo Wifi model. I haven't owned a touch but I have set them up for friends and family members. But then I also NEVER disconnect it from the computer without ejecting. I am also patient enough to allow it a few seconds to do it's update after adding a book without hitting buttons. These two things seem to make a big difference in my experience. I find the GLO is a nice compact unit. Physically quite smaller. The back is still ruberized and has a cross hatch pattern but isn't as nicely quilted as my old Kobo was. Physically it seems like a better constructed unit with higher quality plastics. There are two physical buttons on the top. One that is ironically hard to see in the dark for the light beside the slider switch for the power. Both are recessed to avoid accidental hits and seem well made. I am sure after a day or two I will have the light button position memorized by touch. The screen is certainly higher resolution though for the average page of text you wont notice it. It is quite nice though for pictures and diagrams. The option of choosing your refresh is quite nice. The refresh can be set between 1-6 pages. Obviously with a 6 page refresh you will get astonomical battery life but personally I love the clean look of a refreshed page with 0 ghosting. At a refresh of 6 with this screen one can see some ghosting but nothing that would stop you from enjoying it. Just a personal preference. The light is such a huge improvement that I don't know where to start. I find myself using it constantly. It significantly reduces eye strain and makes you realize just how less than ideal the lighting conditions are in some of the places you read. It is easily adjustable and magically even. You will see a couple of waves (like water marks) at times at the bottom when the light is on in certain conditions but it seems like a pretty trivial thing. It is certainly far more even than any clip light I have ever used and quite an upgrade. It is remarkable how they have managed to make it so even. With the light turned up the eink screen certainly looks more white than grey. The light is adjustable quit easily. The processor and general performance seems much improved. The eink lag is barely noticeable unless you are trying to type in a long password. It passed my stress test (updating the data base after having 500 books sideloaded onto it) with flying colours. Doing this on my old wifi was the kind of cruel thing that could leave you looking for a pin. Even the touch seemed to sit in the corner and cry for a few minutes. The GLO is definately much snappier and didn't crash. Software: The extras included include Sukuko, Chess, sketch pad and a browser. I find the menu a bit less intuitive than I would prefer. It takes multiple selections to get to things. The software keyboard certainly isn't optimized that well. Basic functionality like the period key require a second screen and for instance the browser doesn't have any web specific keys. But we do get blessed with a rather large key for french accents and some curiously placed arrow keys. The faster hardware and new high res screen does make it possible to browse the web without too much difficulty as long as you don't mind black and white. You wont be watching youtube videos obviously but you could check your email or the news headlines if you found yourself stranded with just your Kobo and a wifi connection. I don't think anyone will choose to use their Kobo for the web given any other choice. I have to admit I don't bother with Kobo's software since I find Calibre (totally free software) does a much better job including the sideloading of books you didn't specifically purchase from Kobo. They don't have a driver for the GLO yet since it was just released but no doubt it will be out soon. For now you just have to pick "save to disk" and select specific format epub and choose your device as the drive. I am hopeful that Kobo will eventually sit down with the folks at Calibre and assist them with the nuances of how to read the Kobo database so that we can enjoy the full functionality of Calibre. The Kobo app is great for synching among various devices with the books in your Kobo library but for someone with a mix of devices and files it doesn't do everything as easily as Calibre.
Date published: 2012-10-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from My first ereader ever! I recently bought the kobo glo. The main attraction for me was the ability to read in the dark. I am in love with my kobo. I do wish the PDFs were a bit easier to navigate. Other than that, no problems at all. I will recommend this to all my friends. Now I just can't wait to get the sleep covers for my kobo.
Date published: 2012-10-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love Love Love! I was advised to get the black model because they usually tend to have less glitches then sometimes the coloured models. After seeing the black in person it was love at first sight! I had a small problem when doing the initial start up I thought it froze, I turned the light on and off and it worked again. So if people are getting stuck this may be a solution to the problem. Once it updated I had a small issue with wi fi connectivity. It was fixed by a restart of the device. I previously owned the first generation kobo and I have to say the ability to change fonts, sizes and even line spacing a bonus! I also find the text more crisp and reads more like an actual book. I was worried about the lighting feature appearing like a backlight does and further straining my eyes after a long read, but that hasn't been a problem. I find the range of the light great, but find anything over the 3rd lowest brightness a bit too much for my eyes. But to each their own. I have no light glitches or pixel problems with my device. Since I'm use to the button for my old kobo swiping to turn pages has been a bit of a new experience but I like it because it gives me a closer experience to an actual book! Great job Kobo, now hopefully I avoid any of the problems I have seen previously noted. I must add that I was impressed with the release price (I thought it would of been the same cost as when the touch was released) but I'm not complaining. A good solution for the sleep cover problem for the time being is to get an envelope type case that was designed for the touch mine was only $10 :)
Date published: 2012-10-05
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Quality Issues. Times Exchanged: 5 There are serious quality issues with these units. Not surprising since it's made by Kobo -- an organization that has never taken quality very seriously. Don't take my word for it; Google is your friend. I had to exchange mine five times. Incidentally, my buddy went through an identical ordeal -- he had to exchange his five times. o My first one locked up at the "Quick Start" screen. o My second one locked up every time Wi-Fi was turned on. o My third one had dead pixels galore. o My fourth one had stuck pixels whenever the light went on. o My fifth one -- knock on wood -- seems to be good. If you can get your hands on a working unit, you're PROBABLY good to go. I say "probably" because Kobo is notorious for breakdowns. I have never had any of these types of issues with my other Sony TRS eReaders. In general, Sony build quality is *FAR* superior SOME PROS: o Reasonably snappy OS o Without light: Screen is very nice. o With light: It's good although slightly more contrast would've been better (darker text) o Feels good in the hands o Excellent font and visualization support o Simplicity of interface SOME CONS: o Slow for links to glossary, TOC, etc. o Cannot zoom pictures in books (diagrams, etc.) o No desktop annotations for sideloaded books o No landscape mode o Still crashes on ePubs (purchased) that work great on my other readers. o Quality!
Date published: 2012-10-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The light is amazingly even I rarely read in a dark room, but under a lamp with the reader's light turned on at a low setting, the contrast of the screen is greatly improved and looks almost white. I am very impressed with the feel of the bezel and the customizable fonts, margins and justification. I have used the Kindle Keyboard, Sony PRS-T1 and Nook Simple Touch Reader and this is by far the best one yet for reading ebooks.
Date published: 2012-10-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Really Pleased! I picked my new glo up form the post office yesterday and am really please with it! It has all the great features of the touch that I loved, not to mention the glo factor, which I didn't read with last night, but put on to see how ti was. Its much faster turning on and turning pages, which I tested side by side with my touch. With a smoothly running operationg system and not to mention that all of my shelves, and annotations/highlights were transfered when I synced the reader with my computer, I'm really glad I chose to upgrade. Now as long as I don't have any problems that make me call kobo customer care *shudders* this will be great!! I'll probably update this later once I"ve used it more and had some experience with the glo function!
Date published: 2012-10-04
Rated out of 5 by from I picked my new glo up form the post office yesterday and am really please with it! It has all the great features of the touch that I loved, not to mention the glo factor, which I didn't read with last night, but put on to see how ti was. Its much faster turning on and turning pages, which I tested side by side with my touch. With a smoothly running operationg system and not to mention that all of my shelves, and annotations/highlights were transfered when I synced the reader with my computer, I'm really glad I chose to upgrade. Now as long as I don't have any problems that make me call kobo customer care *shudders* this will be great!! I'll probably update this later once I"ve used it more and had some experience with the glo function!
Date published: 2012-10-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Kobo Glo is simply fabulous I am thoroughly impressed with the Kobo Glo e-reader. I had pre-ordered it from Chapters and I received in the mail yesterday. Set-up was a snap and the same for downloading books from Kobo via wi-fi. There is a huge selection of free books (classics) and current books from the Kobo store or Chapters/Indigo. Kobos accepts a wide variety of e-book formats and you will be able to download from various sources and vendors including your public library if they offer e-books. Ease of use: Anyone with a Kobo Touch will feel right at home. If you have epub files on your computer you just use Windows Explorer drag-and-drop to the top directory of your Kobo Glo after you plug it into a USB port. Navigating the screen is a simple affair. The Glo's lighted screen can be activated by a simple button and brightness can be easily adjusted using the intuitive icons and settings. Connecting the Kobo Glo to wi-fi was quick and the Kobo immediately performed a system update after the connection was established (this took 5-10 minutes) and then reset itself. Nice - over-the-air updates! Look & feel: The Glo feels very smooth and pleasant in the hand and it feels more expensive than it is without the heft of a metal case. Performance: The front-lit screen (XGA Pearl screen; 1024x758 resolution) is great. Fonts are smooth and there are no discernible pixels. Speed is greatly improved over the Kobo Touch with the faster CPU and your are not left guessing if you have to press something again. Pages turn quickly and after six pages the screen will refresh itself quickly to clean-up barely visible e-ink artifacts that are left over from previous page views. Kobo seems to have figured out precisely the right amount of finger pressure on the screen required to turn pages and very accurate selection of text, icons and menu commands. Large books like "War and Peace" load quickly (3 seconds) and navigating via chapter numbers is quick, as well. I am comparing this performance directly to iBooks on an iPod Touch 2G that takes 20 seconds. Screen and Light: Screen text is smooth and can be adjusted for fonts and size to suit all preferences. It really is amazing to have this type of clarity using just ambient light. Using the Glo light is equally impressive. The light is distributed evenly across the screen and brightness can be adjusted from very low to very high (really bright). Compatibility: I haven't tested all types, but Kobo's specs indicate that the Glo will display the following file types: - Books: EPUB, PDF and MOBI - Documents: PDF - Images: JPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP and TIFF - Text: TXT, HTML and RTF - Comic Books: CBZ and CBR The Kobo Glo is recognized as an external drive when plugged into a PC. No special drivers/software were required Battery life: It will take some time to verify this, but I had the Kobo Glo wifi connected with the screen light on and the battery level did not discernibly drain. I could see taking the Glo on long trips without having to recharge. Battery life looks promising, but it will take over 4 days of continuous use to confirm performance. Provisos: The Kobo Glo is not a smart phone - please don't expect the same experience or use-case from your e-reader. Smart phones and tablets are faster and smoother. Where the Kobo Glo wins is the non-glare e-ink screen and the larger screen size and superb readability in comparison to a smart phone. E-ink is much more battery friendly, as well. Conclusion: The Kobo Glo is a great upgrade if you read in low light conditions and do not want to fuss with attached/external light sources. The Glo has great compatibility and does not restrict where you get your reading material. It's solid and light to hold and has en excellent screen. Highly recommended. You won't be disappointed.
Date published: 2012-10-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVE my Kobo Glo Kobo hit the nail right on the head with this one...Whatever was missing from the Kobo Touch, is all inclusive in the Kobo Glo. WAY better processor - no lag issues. The "Glo" feature of the device is obviously the best part and despite the shorter battery life (than its competitors). I keep my light on almost the lowest setting and its perfect for night time reading - soft on the eyes and it maintains that paper-back feel. Books can be purchased at the touch of a button - you can read through your computer, phone app - how much easier can it get? The device start up was simple - download Kobo Desktop - for those of you like myself who already had it, your entire library synchs automatically to your Glo device as soon as you plug it in and launch the desktop. The Kobo Glo has a built in tutorial which will walk you through the features and how to control them. It honestly cannot get simpler. GloSleep Cover - YES STILL WAITING for it- these definitely should have been released with the device, but its not the end of the world! Just another toy to look forward to receiving in the mail :)
Date published: 2012-10-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Love the unit - but where are the covers?! I bought my Kobo in-store at Best Buy on Saturday and have had several days of reading/playing. I have not had any issues loading content (most of which was side-loaded epubs from other sources) and find the menus simple and easy to read. For the most part, this seems to be the same as the Kobo Touch, which I do not own but have played with extensively while visiting a friend. With, of course, the added benefit of the Glo light. Earlier this summer, I purchased the Barnes & Noble Nook as I desperately wanted a built-in lighting solution that was not a clip-on or side light like the ones Sony had in their cases a few years ago. The Kobo Glo, however, gives a MUCH more even distribution of light than the Nook. The Nook has some very obvious lights at the top of the screen that you can see under the edge. It's actually very distracting at times. The Kobo Glo, however, has no visible light source (is it on all sides?) and the distribution is remarkably even. My only complaint - and this isn't actually anything to do with the reader itself - is the absence of accessories in-store and online. I would like a cover for my new Kobo, but there are none to be found. The Glo is *slightly* thicker than the Touch, making for a very tight fit. I am using an older Sony sleeve cover for now, but wish the release of covers had come at the same time. Otherwise, love the Kobo Glo and very much look forward to using it more!
Date published: 2012-10-03
Rated out of 5 by from Hi everybody. Just some follow up on your questions... @ kimberley I have sent emails to my Kobo contacts to get accurate colour info. The images we show were provided by Kobo, and I apologize for any confusion. I'll update with another comment as soon as I get an answer, although you may be able to just see one in a store before then. @Nicholas You should be receiving confirmation emails with shipping dates included. Just call customer service if you need an update.
Date published: 2012-10-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A chess game too? Awesome ereader! I just received my Glo yesterday. I am a big ereader. I've owned kindles and played with Sony readers and others, but in the end, nothing beats the Kobo Touch, except for this new Kobo Glo. Wired magazine was right to name the Kobo Touch the #1 ereader in the world last year IMO, and the Glo should be in top contention for 2012/2013. The Glo Light is perfect; it evenly distributes the light across the page. They did such a good job, it is difficult to tell where the light source originates. My wife is happier too (Thank you Kobo team!), since the Glo light does not flash in her eyes at night when I read in bed, like a typical book light would. It doesn't light up the entire room either - just the page I'm reading. I have long wanted a decent chess game on my Kobo Touch and was thrilled to see it built into the OS of the Glo. My well worn Kobo jacket cover (elastic bands style) works just as well for the Glo as it did my Touch. The only noticeable difference between the two is that the Glo is about 1cm shorter, and has no physical home button. Screen size is the same. Not that there was ever a problem with the speed or processing power of the Touch, but the Glo is noticeably a bit snappier, faster. Keep up the good work!
Date published: 2012-10-03
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Wow, Garbage!! I returned this and purchased a sony prs t2 instead. although the sony doesnt have all the features of the kobo, what it does do is provide a clear crisp readable screen with no glitches. I went through 2 GLO's in one day. Both times the screen above the light was faulty and allowed specs of bright light through. I found out that this is now a common issue!
Date published: 2012-10-03
Rated out of 5 by from So I saw a koboglo today in chapters (after being told mine was at the post office and it not being there) very nice looking and glow is great!! But I think i'm going to miss my home key!
Date published: 2012-10-03
Rated out of 5 by from Hi so i preordered the Kobo Glo about a week ago. Since it says that it is now out, i was just wondering when i should expect to receive it. Thanks!
Date published: 2012-10-02
Rated out of 5 by from Hi there, I have a question about the pink Kobo Glo. Is the colour accurate from the photo here on your site? On the Kobo Books site, there are some photos that make the pink look like a "hot pink" but the photo you have here on the Indigo makes it look red. Do you know which one is more accurate? Thanks!
Date published: 2012-10-02
Rated out of 5 by from Hi All! Our stock of Kobo Glo units bound for stores left the warehouse a few days ago. Everyone should be in stock by October 5th, at the latest. It just depends on shipping times. Some stores have their stock already.
Date published: 2012-10-02
Rated out of 5 by from I just picked mine up from Best Buy, got the 2 year replacement on it too.
Date published: 2012-10-02
Rated out of 5 by from I'm getting wildly different answers phoning Chapters stores through Winnipeg; everything from we might have them for sale tomorrow to "sometime this month." This is definitely a very confusing product launch. I guess online is the best way to get it? I'd much rather give business to my local brick and mortar store, though.
Date published: 2012-10-01
Rated out of 5 by from @ Dick Knox Apologies for the confusion - your email confirmation was inaccurate. I checked the tracking on your order with Canada Post, and they are scheduled for pickup from our warehouse today, meaning they should be delivering to you no later than Friday (October 5). Since your order was placed on a weekend, your first business day after the order was placed will be tomorrow, October 2. We always commit to 1 business day to pack your order, and the 2-4 days are in addition to that time frame. Thanks for letting us know, enjoy your new Kobo!
Date published: 2012-10-01
Rated out of 5 by from Hi All, Preorders have begun shipping! That includes accessories as well as the Glo itself!
Date published: 2012-10-01
Rated out of 5 by from Hey there, I am a little angry at what I perceive as a bait and switch here. I had previously ordered my Kobo Glo from Best Buy and they said they were expecting their shipments in on Oct 5 and should arrive by Oct 8th. I checked here just now and noticed that you guys advertised as having the Glo " In Stock" and during the check out procedure you stated that shipping would take 2-4 business days. So I canceled my order with Best Buy and ordered from you guys but when I finalized the order you informed me that I would receive my Kobo Glo on Oct 8th. That is NOT 2-4 business days and is no better than Best Buy. Kind of false advertising if you ask me. I don't think you do have them in stock at all and are just waiting like everyone else.
Date published: 2012-09-30
Rated out of 5 by from Hey there, I am a little angry at what I perceive as a bait and switch here. I had previously ordered my Kobo Glo from Best Buy and they said they were expecting their shipments in on Oct 5 and should arrive by Oct 8th. I checked here just now and noticed that you guys advertised as having the Glo " In Stock" and during the check out procedure you stated that shipping would take 2-4 business days. So I canceled my order with Best Buy and ordered from you guys but when I finalized the order you informed me that I would receive my Kobo Glo on Oct 8th. That is NOT 2-4 business days and is no better than Best Buy. Kind of false advertising if you ask me. I don't think you do have them in stock at all and are just waiting like everyone else.
Date published: 2012-09-30
Rated out of 5 by from Do you know when the sleepcovers will be shipping?
Date published: 2012-09-29
Rated out of 5 by from Hello, I wondered when the pre-orders will be shipping?
Date published: 2012-09-28
Rated out of 5 by from Hi Tracy, You should be able to place your pre-order, we've got lots already in the system. Contact customer service if you have any trouble, we'll get you a unit if you want one!
Date published: 2012-09-28
Rated out of 5 by from How come on the website it states we can pre-order the kobo glo...But really you can't :S
Date published: 2012-09-28
Rated out of 5 by from Kobo support confirmed for me that the Glo will be supported by Adobe Digital Editions. I had to ask after I found out that ADE did not support the Vox.
Date published: 2012-09-28
Rated out of 5 by from @Tommy Brown - I have passed along your feedback regarding the user ratings feature to our online team for their review. I agree, this feature is being used in a way which is not helpful for customer research. I also wanted to comment on the Nook Glow, as there is a major difference between that product and the Kobo Glo. The Kobo Glo does not use the same light layer as the Nook. The Kobo Glo Comfortlight is a harder more durable layer that resists scratching and damage from general use better than the Nook. As for the technology, it is not the same screen but the same principles behind the deployment. Light is shone through the lighting film and reflected down to the screen for illumination. Our deployment produces a much brighter and more even lighting method than B&N. Also, our LEDs are positioned at the bottom of the screen so you do not have a direct line of sight of to the LEDs with normal viewing angles as the B&N model with their LEDs mounted in the top of the unit.
Date published: 2012-09-26
Rated out of 5 by from I find it odd that this product, which has not been released and is not available for in-store demo already has a ranking of 3/5 stars by 48 users. I would suggest to the Chapters/Indigo web team that they disable this feature until the product is actually available for review. This is greatly misleading to those who may be in the research phase of their purchase process. And to those who are ranking a product purely based on description, please don't. You're doing everyone a disservice. On a side note, I have the Barnes & Noble Nook Glow, which employs a similar perimeter lighting method and it is quite impressive. There are enough other drawbacks on the Nook Glow that I am passing it along to a family member and pre-ordering my Kobo Glo, and AFTER using for a period of time, I will rate it!
Date published: 2012-09-26
Rated out of 5 by from Several people have asked (and been answered in the inline threads) but just to reiterate, Kobo ereaders are capable of reading a wide variety of ePub files and most PDF files as well. For more information please refer to this article at Kobo: http://bit.ly/P­­I8pAT
Date published: 2012-09-26
Rated out of 5 by from Some replies to the concerns below: Launch dates in stores: October 5 is our in-store launch date. Barring any shipping issues, we expect to have units in store by that date, both for demonstration and for sale. Dimensions: @Tommy Brown you are completely correct. The thickness listed on our product details page is incorrect, and I've submitted the change to our production team. 10MM, or .394 inches is the correct thickness of Kobo Glo. In answer to @Garry Douglas, currently the Kobo Glo & Mini are manufactured in Taiwan. This could change, as manufacturing is cost driven and companies to switch suppliers from time to time, but that is how it stands at launch. Keep your questions coming, I'll keep getting answers!
Date published: 2012-09-26
Rated out of 5 by from I find it quite interesting that someone claims that an instore display model of the Glo was worn out since it hasn't even been released yet. All the stores I have been to only have the Touch on display so I suspect that was the worn out one they saw. I have gone ahead and preordered. The woman at the store said they think it will be in the warehouse by the end of the week so I should likely have it by the end of next week (though the official shipping date is Oct 14). My 2 year old wifi Kobo is still working fine but it's time for an upgrade. The only issue I had with my previous Kobo was a slight tear in the plastic around the Dpad from 2 years of turning pages. It will be passed on and loved by a family member. The new Glo appears to use the same screen as the much hyped Kindle Paperwhite. XGA eink Pearl. Plus a much faster processor than the old models. It looks like they are all also using similar front lighting technology. Eink is far superior for reading than LCD's or any other backlit technology. I have an iPad and a smart phone but nothing replaces my Kobo for good old fashioned reading. Kobo gives you access to over 100,000 free classic .epubs either through their own store or Project Gutenberg using Calibre. Plus most libraries allow you to borrow books electronically now with your Kobo. All the free books have made the purchase well worth it for me.
Date published: 2012-09-26
Rated out of 5 by from can you play games like solitaire of Kobo Glow?
Date published: 2012-09-26
Rated out of 5 by from I'm really intrigued by the new Kobo Glo and am really leaning towards getting one, but I don't want to buy it sight unseen. Is there any actual timeline to when I could walk into a Chapters/Indigo and poke around on one and walk out of the store with my own if I like it? "Early October" is such a vague statement in the tech world.
Date published: 2012-09-25
Rated out of 5 by from I would imagine that if the demo of the Kobo Glo was already worn out at the store it's because people have been pounding on it all day....of course it's not working anymore...I love my Vox but have preordered the Glo and am tempted to do the same for the Arc once it's available
Date published: 2012-09-24
Rated out of 5 by from Does pdfs work on any of the kobo products
Date published: 2012-09-24
Rated out of 5 by from Can the Glo read files I have from Sony Reader? Other Epubs?
Date published: 2012-09-23
Rated out of 5 by from Where is the Glo made? Assembled?
Date published: 2012-09-23
Rated out of 5 by from I had both Kobo Touch and Kindle Touch, I read on my iphone, so syncing bookmark between 2 devices are important to me. I found the Kindle Touch's sync is not as reliable as Kindle Touch, have you addressed the problem with syncing bookmarks between devices? thanks
Date published: 2012-09-22
Rated out of 5 by from Wondering what the actual size of the Kobo glo is. The Details tab of this site says 7.6 x 6 x 1 (IN), which seems a bit crazy. Can't imagine a 1 Inch thick ereader. Will the Kobo Touch Roots cover I already have fit the Kobo glo?
Date published: 2012-09-21
Rated out of 5 by from I went to check this out in my local store, and their display model was no longer working! This did not make me very confident about the durability of the new reader. I am only buying a new e-reader since my old kobo died within 2 years, I love e-reading but for $129 I would like to buy something that will last a few years. My faith in kobo is declining...
Date published: 2012-09-21
Rated out of 5 by from For those of you that have a white Kobo do you find that it gets pretty dirty?
Date published: 2012-09-20
Rated out of 5 by from Hi all, Matthew from Indigo here. I just wanted to address some of the conerns below. @Nicole - we are still expecting a launch date in early October. @Tom - Glo comes with a USB cord. You will have no problems if you are using a compatible overseas USB charger, either directly into the wall or a compatible charger for your computer that you then use to charge the Kobo. @M1NUS_1 - 1. At this time there are no bonuses for pre-order. 2&3. it does not matter how the books arrive on your kobo, whether side-loaded or through the kobo website. See this link for more information: http://bit.ly/PI8pAT Keep your questions coming! I've used both new devices and they are great!
Date published: 2012-09-19
Rated out of 5 by from I would like to pre-order but a couple of quick questions: 1. Are there any pre-order bonuses for the Kobo Glo 2. Do bookmarks work with sideloaded books 3. Does the dictionary work with sideloaded books. Thank-you!
Date published: 2012-09-18
Rated out of 5 by from Is the Kobo Glo compatible with universal current when traveling overseas?
Date published: 2012-09-17
Rated out of 5 by from When is the KoBo Glo being released??
Date published: 2012-09-16
Rated out of 5 by from Hi everyone--answering a few questions below: - The Glo comes with a USB cable for charging through your computer. We separately sell A/C adapters/chargers - The sleepcovers cost a bit more I suppose due to the mechanism for turning it on and off, which is a magnet that interacts with a sensor on the device - No promotions at this point for the Glo
Date published: 2012-09-14
Rated out of 5 by from Do we get a $15 credit for a book like we currently get with the Touch? If so, I'm in.
Date published: 2012-09-13
Rated out of 5 by from Why are the sleepcovers so pricey? I am so tempted with the Glo but the covers are holding me back. Pricing is very similar even better than amazon on most items even with the tax. Colors I prefer if the the whole ereader was the color and not just the back. Oh well.
Date published: 2012-09-12
Rated out of 5 by from Hi I am wondering if this comes with a charger? Cannot see where it says anyhting about it only how much life the battery has...
Date published: 2012-09-12
Rated out of 5 by from I have pretty much made my decision to get one but I'm afraid I'll pre-order it and then a week later it will be less expensive :( This happens to me a LOT
Date published: 2012-09-12
Rated out of 5 by from I would like to buy one of these I've been looking at Kobo's for a couple of years now and almost bought a Vox. But between the issues it has and the fact that it is not available in store the Glo looks like a much better option.
Date published: 2012-09-11
Rated out of 5 by from Christine--yes, you control whether the light is on or off. Checkout the video below the product image on the left of this screen.
Date published: 2012-09-11
Rated out of 5 by from can you turn off the light when you are in daylight and want to save battery power?
Date published: 2012-09-11
Rated out of 5 by from Sheena - as long as you exchange it within the returns window (2 weeks for in-store purchase, 30 days from ship date for online purchase), and it's in like-new condition, you should be able to exchange for a different colour. LittleMousling - hard to say exactly, but a pre-order shipped to your house will probably beat store inventory by a day or so.
Date published: 2012-09-10
Rated out of 5 by from Interested in ordering the KoboGlo in pink..If when it arrives I am not happy with the color choice can it be exchanged?
Date published: 2012-09-09
Rated out of 5 by from Are pre-orders likely to arrive before store stock? My preference would be to walk down to my local Chapters to pick one up, but not if there's going to be a big delay compared to pre-ordering.
Date published: 2012-09-09
Rated out of 5 by from Rebecca--best we can say at this point is early October. We don't have an exact date from Kobo yet, but we'll ship pre-orders and inventory to stores as soon as they're delivered to our warehouse.
Date published: 2012-09-09
Rated out of 5 by from when is it actually goig to be availible?
Date published: 2012-09-08
Rated out of 5 by from Hi, Stan from Indigo here. The light source actually is from the sides and there is a top layer on the screen which diffuses the light very evenly across the entire screen.
Date published: 2012-09-07
Rated out of 5 by from I would wait till I can check it out in person before pre-ordering..
Date published: 2012-09-07
Rated out of 5 by from So is the light actually built in behind the screen or is it one of those subtle ones thats in the edge(s) and just angled downwards? Hard to tell from the video
Date published: 2012-09-07
Rated out of 5 by from I just got a Kobo Touch for Mother's Day.... Grrr! If I had known this was coming out, I wouldn't have hinted for it, I would have waited!!!!
Date published: 2012-09-07
Rated out of 5 by from Been waiting for something like the Kobo Glo for a long time! Sign me up!
Date published: 2012-09-06

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Kobo Glo eReader, Black

by Kobo

Shipping weight: 2 lbs.

Colour: Black

Dimensions: 7.6 x 6 x 1 (IN)

UPC: 681495000142

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