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Incredibly even
brightness

Incredibly even

Kobo Glo's revolutionary ComfortLight illuminates the screen with a soft, adjustable glow so you can read any eBook any time of day under the perfect light. In fact, Kobo Glo is proven to be the most even 6" front-lit eReader* — no lamp required.

ComfortLight is the right light

Whether you're a bedtime reader tucked in under cozy covers while your partner sleeps, or sneaking a late-night read in your most comfortable chair, Kobo Glo illuminates the story you're reading, not the room, so you (and only you) can enjoy an incredible reading experience even in the middle of the night.

Incredibly even

Kobo Glo's revolutionary ComfortLight illuminates the screen with a soft, adjustable glow so you can read any eBook any time of day under the perfect light. In fact, Kobo Glo is proven to be the most even 6" front-lit eReader* — no lamp required.

ComfortLight is the right light

Whether you're a bedtime reader tucked in under cozy covers while your partner sleeps, or sneaking a late-night read in your most comfortable chair, Kobo Glo illuminates the story you're reading, not the room, so you (and only you) can enjoy an incredible reading experience even in the middle of the night.

ComfortLight illuminates the page, not your face

ComfortLight illuminates the page, not your face

Read whenever you like, even in the middle of the night. Kobo Glo's revolutionary no-glare ComfortLight technology directs light at the page, not your eyes for a completely comfortable reading experience. Plus, ComfortLight is fully adjustable so you can create your own perfect light. Say goodnight to eyestrain!

Get closer to your eBooks

Because Kobo Glo uses infrared touch technology, it doesn't need extra layers of material like Kindle Paperwhite does. This means that there's less material between you and your eBooks for the clearest display.

1) LED lights illuminate the screen with a soft glow, which the durable, anti-reflective front-light guide spreads across the display more evenly than other leading eReaders.*

2) The high-res Pearl E Ink screen has a high contrast ratio for ultra sharp text.

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Experience the ultimate readability

Enjoy a more comfortable reading experience thanks to Kobo Glo's 6" high-res XGA Pearl E Ink touchscreen. The ultra-thin, durable screen displays each word at its finest thanks to E Ink and a 212 pixels-per-inch resolution. That means that tiny particles of ink are mixed in with every pixel so text pops off the page for the most paper-like 6" E Ink display.* Add to that a high-contrast ratio and you can see why Kobo Glo has an incredibly clear and crisp reading experience. It's just like print on paper, only better.

Experience the ultimate readability

Play with your fonts

TypeGenius lets you choose from 10 font styles and 24 font sizes, with adjustable weight and sharpness settings. Plus, you can set your own margins. It's easy to create your own ideal reading experience!

You can even select a font designed exclusively for Kobo by typography experts. It leaves more ink on the screen so words appear sharper and crisper than ever before.

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A personal reading experience

A personal reading experience

Make each eBook your own with in-text annotations, dictionary look-ups, bookmarks, and notes. Reading something with a lot of pictures? Zoom in up to 200%, pan around images, or change page orientation all with your fingertips. It's how Kobo Glo lets you get really into your eBooks.

Curate your collection

Sort your eBooks alphabetically, by title, or by author name just as you would a physical bookshelf (sorry, colour coordinating isn't available on the Kobo Glo). Plus, it's super easy to keep track of your favourites with large cover images, multiple views, and custom lists. Now you just have to fill your library with eBooks!

A truly responsive touchscreen

Browse your library, look up words, and switch between screens quickly, easily, and intuitively with Kobo Glo's highly responsive touchscreen. This level of responsiveness is powered by an incredibly fast processor, designed to keep up with every Kobo reader, so no matter your reading pace, each page turns smoothly at the tap or swipe of your finger. Kobo Glo actually beats the already incredible Kobo Touch with a 20% faster processing speed. Plus, Kobo Glo is so lightweight you'll almost forget you're holding a device. Can't say that about a hardcover.

Touch to turn

SimpleTurn makes it easy to flip pages and jump between chapters. Just use your finger. A simple tap or swipe lets you devour your eBooks as quickly as you want. Plus, with a 1 GHz processor, Kobo Glo is 20% faster than the already incredible Kobo Touch and other leading eReaders. Tap right to advance, left to return, or switch to your preferred set up. That's right! You can customize your page turns as easily as you choose your own font or light level. Kobo Glo adjusts to you, not the other way around.

A truly responsive touchscreen
Built-in Dictionary

Built-in Dictionary

Ever come across a word you don't know? Of course you have! It's only natural. Well, you'll be glad to know that Kobo Glo comes fully loaded with the Merriam-Webster Collegiate® Dictionary. And you'll never lose your place when you do look up a word because it all happens right on the page with a tap of your finger.

Instant translator

Whether you're learning a new language or reading in your second, third, or fourth language, you can always look up instant translations of any words you stumble on. Expand your vocabulary as you read. The built-in translator is fluent in English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, and Portuguese, with more language to come.

The perfect travel companion

Imagine carrying 1,000 books with you wherever you go. Pretty terrifying, but not with Kobo Glo. At just 185 grams (6.5 ounces), Kobo Glo is lighter than most paperbacks, and 27 grams (0.5 grams) lighter than Kindle Paperwhite, so you can take up to 1,000 eBooks with you anywhere you go, no problem. Not enough? You can add up to 32 GB with a Micro SD card. That's enough for up to 30,000 eBooks. And since Kobo Glo is small enough to fit in your jacket pocket, at 114 x 157 x 10 mm (4.5 x 6.2 x 0.39 in), it's the front-lit eReader that goes where you go.

A portable library

There's nothing worse than finishing a great read without something to go on to next. Luckily, with Kobo Glo you'll never have that problem! With 2 GB of internal memory and the option to expand up to 32 GB with a Micro SD card, Kobo Glo can store up to 30,000 of your favourite eBooks and documents, so you can keep reading as long as you want.

Read as long as you like

Never worry about your battery dying mid-chapter; a single charge on the Kobo Glo lasts up to a month for continuous reading on the go.**

The perfect travel companion

Superior durability

Take Kobo Glo everywhere you go without worrying about scratches or damage, because Kobo Glo has the most durable 6" E Ink eReader screen. When keys were dropped on the screen from heights of 1, 2, and 3 feet, Kobo Glo was the only eReader to maintain readability with virtually no damage.*

Superior durability
Personalize your Kobo Glo

Dress up your Kobo Glo

Even our protective accessories are high tech. The Kobo SleepCover in canvas or leather isn't only stylish, it's functional, too. Opening the cover automatically awakens your Kobo Glo and closing it puts your device to sleep on a plush, protective interior.

Fashion meets function

Never sacrifice your personal style with Kobo Glo. Choose from four fabulous colours so you'll always be on trend.

Comfort in the palm of your hand

Kobo Glo's soft back in Kobo's signature quilt pattern is so comfortable in your hand, you'll forget you're holding a device!

Millions of eBooks are just a tap away

Searching for your next read? Step right up! Kobo has one of the world's biggest eBookstores, so you're bound to love our selection of bestsellers, not-so-guilty pleasures, and the best indie reads. Or search for specific titles to stay up to date with the latest book buzz. Even better: over 1 million eBooks are absolutely free!

See what's in the shop

Shop anywhere

Kobo Glo comes fully equipped with built-in Wi Fi so you can shop on the go. Whether you're at home, at your local coffee shop, or even in a bricks-and-mortar store (we won't tell), you can connect to any hotspot and access over 4 million eBooks. That way you can start a new eBook whenever you want. Never stop reading!

Millions of eBooks

Be sure to check out our collection of kids' and young adults' titles.

Discover a more personal shopping experience

Discover a more personal shopping experience

Kobo Picks makes finding the perfect read a no-brainer. Based on your actual preferences and feedback, Kobo Picks brings you fantastic personalized eBook recommendations and previews you'll love, including things you never knew existed. Need help finding something specific? Then you'll love our intuitive predictive search. It knows just what you're looking for, even before you've finished typing. It's the perfect pint-sized personal shopper that's just a little bit psychic.

A more personal library

Load up library eBooks

We know how important local libraries are to you. That's why we make it easy to borrow library eBooks for your new Kobo eReader. Keep up to date with the latest releases and support your local library at the same time!

A more personal library

The Kobo eBookstore has an enormous selection of great titles. But if you've already got some great open-format ePubs in your collection or just want to read your PDFs, that's okay, too! Plus, you can also enjoy your children's eBooks and comics on your Kobo Glo. Upload them all to complete your library your way.

Your eBooks move with you

Left your Kobo eReader at home? No problem! Read on your smartphone, tablet, or computer with free Kobo eReading apps. When you sync, your entire library comes with you, including all your bookmarks! Pick up right where you left off, wherever you are.

Download free eReading Applications for iPhone, iPad, Android, and desktops.

* As tested by 360° Product Testing. Tested lighted eReaders included the Kobo Glo, Kindle Paperwhite and NOOK Simple Touch™ with GlowLight™. Kobo and related names are trademarks of Kobo, Inc. Kindle Paperwhite is a trademark of Amazon.com, Inc. or its affiliates. All other brands, product names, company names, trademarks, and service marks are the properties of their respective owners.

** Battery life depends on individual usage, so actual results may vary. One month of battery life is based on reading 30 minutes per day, turning 1 page per minute, with ComfortLight turned on OR off.

To be or not to be?

Kobo Glo Technical Specs

Size

114 x 157 x 10 mm (4.5 x 6.2 x 0.4 in)

Weight

185 g (6.5 oz)

Processor

1 GHz

Display

6" XGA Pearl E Ink touchscreen; 1024x768 resolution; 16-level grey scale

Screen

Responsive touchscreen for glare-free, fingerprint-resistant reading

Light

Built-in ComfortLight technology with micro-thin hard coating for durability and even light distribution

Buttons

Power on/off, light on/off

Connectivity

Wi Fi 802.11 b/g/n and Micro USB

Storage

2 GB*
Option to expand up to 32 GB with a Micro SD card

Battery

Over 1 month with Wi Fi turned off**
Up to 70 hours of continuous usage with ComfortLight on***

Colours

Black Night, Pink Sunset, Blue Moon, Silver Star
Each featuring Kobo’s signature soft quilted-patterned back

eBookstore

over 4 million eBooks, newspapers, and magazines
Over 1 million free titles

Kobo Everywhere

Kobo eBooks are stored safely in the cloud – retrieve them at anytime
Bookmarks and settings are seamlessly synced across all your Kobo eReading apps and devices

Social Reading

Includes Reading Life — Track your reading stats and share what you're reading, favourite passages, and Reading Life awards to Facebook and Twitter

Kobo Picks

Brings readers personalized recommendations based on their feedback and preferences

Fonts

8 font styles with 24 font sizes and exclusive weight and sharpness settings

Dictionary

Built-in dictionary

Notes, Quotes

Highlight text, type notes, share to Facebook and Twitter

Advanced Features

Library personalization, predictive search, brightness controls, double-tap PDF zoom in, SimpleTurn™ page turning

Open

Read almost any eBook on your Kobo Glo. Supports ePub and Adobe DRM

File Types

EPUB, PDF, JPEG, GIF, PNG, TIFF, TXT, (X)HTML, RTF, CBZ, CBR

*1 GB available to store content (over 1,000 eBooks).
**Battery life is measured with Wi Fi turned off.
***Actual results are based on individual usage and may vary.

Frequently asked questions

  1. Where can I buy a Kobo Glo?

    Anywhere you can buy a Kobo! You can order a Kobo Glo directly from us at the Kobo Store or from select retailers, both online and in store. Need more info? Head over to the where to buy page for all the info you could possibly desire!

  2. How much does a Kobo Glo cost?

    The suggested retail price is $129.99 in Canada and the US. Of course, due to market fluctuations, exchange rates, and country-specific taxes, prices may differ in other parts of the world. Your local retailer will have details on the price you can expect to pay, so check with them or visit the where to buy page for further information.

  3. Can I upgrade my Kobo Original, Kobo Wi Fi, or Kobo Touch to the Kobo Glo?

    Unfortunately, the breakthrough ComfortLight technology is highly integrated into the Kobo Glo hardware. This integration makes it impossible to upgrade the older versions of Kobo eReaders. All is not lost, though. If you would like to adapt your existing Kobo eReader, there are many light accessories out there, many of which are available at the very retailers that sell Kobo eReaders. Or, of course, you could give your old Kobo eReader to a pal and treat yourself to the Kobo Glo!

  4. Why should I buy a Kobo Glo?

    Well, that's easy! Kobo Glo is the first Kobo eReader designed for both day and night reading. It comes fully equipped with an integrated ComfortLight so you can read easily, no matter what external lighting situation you face. The XGA high-resolution screen brings you closer than ever to the story, as you customize type to the size and style you like best, and quickly tap your way through a tale. Plus, with easy access to the Kobo eBookstore, you can find your next great read in a snap! And if you're having trouble deciding, Kobo Picks has your back. Kobo Picks is just waiting to recommend something based on your particular preferences and feedback. Read how you like, when you like, and what you like. Easy!

  5. Where can I find Kobo Glo tech specs, like battery life, storage capacity, weight, size, supported file formats, etc.?

    For a complete list of tech specs, visit the Kobo Glo Tech Specs page.

  6. Where can I get Kobo Glo technical support and help?

    A great place to start is the Kobo Support portal. If you're looking for support on Kobo Glo in particular, visit the Kobo Glo Support page that includes information on Getting Started, Troubleshooting, and Video Tutorials. Finally, the Kobo Glo User Guide, Warranty and Safety information can be found on the Kobo Support Guides page.

  7. Which languages does Kobo Glo support?

    Kobo Glo is a truly international eReader. At first launch, the Kobo Glo will be available in English, French, German, Spanish, Dutch, Japanese, Italian, and Portuguese. We're going to be launching more language support shortly, so stay tuned!

  8. What about daytime reading?

    Luckily, Kobo Glo is perfect for reading both day and night! You control ComfortLight: turn it on and off with a simple tap, and adjust the intensity to suit your reading conditions. Because there's no glass overlay on the screen, you never suffer from glare, no matter how bright the sun is shining.

  9. Does a front light cause eyestrain like a backlit screen does?

    Quite simply, Kobo Glo's advanced breakthrough ComfortLight technology cleverly diffuses light across the page, rather than illuminate it from behind. Screens that use backlighting often cause eyestrain, mostly because they require glass screens that reflect light and suffer from glare. The print-on-paper feel of the Kobo Glo's E Ink no-glare screen, under the illumination of a front light, has none of these downfalls so you have the best reading experience, no matter what time of day.

  10. I find reading on screens super annoying, so why would I like the Kobo Glo? What makes it better?

    Forget everything you ever thought about reading on a screen. The Kobo Glo experience has a print-on-paper feel that is as glare-free as any paper book you've ever read, but has the advantage of crisp, sharp fonts that you can adjust to suit your reading needs. Plus, no print book comes with a built-in ComfortLight, which makes lamps obsolete and reading clear, no matter what time of day. It's the reading experience you already know and love, just with the added advantages of quick taps to turn pages and the ability to read continually, without putting it down.

  11. What's Kobo Glo's battery life like?

    The Kobo Glo battery lasts one month with light on or off. This is based on approximately 30 minutes of reading per day and one page turn per minute. Of course, battery life depends on your individual usage.

  12. How many eBooks can the Kobo Glo hold?

    Out of the box, Kobo Glo comes with the storage capacity for up to 1,000 eBooks. Not enough for you? No problem! You can easily expand its memory with a 32 GB Micro SD card, giving you storage for up to 30,000 eBooks. If you run out of space, simply delete the eBooks off your SD card. Don't worry, though! Thanks to Kobo Everywhere, your eBooks are stored safely in the cloud, so you can add them back later if you want!

  13. How do I buy eBooks? How much do they cost?

    Like any bricks-and-mortar bookstore, browsing and buying eBooks is simple. The Kobo eBookstore gives you access to over 4 million eBooks globally, including new releases, bestsellers, newspapers, and magazines! All eBooks are organized into easy to browse categories and are competitively priced with paper books. Once you've found the eBook you want, click buy and, after the payment has been processed, the eBook will be downloaded to your library where it can be accessed from your Kobo Glo and any of our free Kobo eReading apps!

  14. Can I use my existing Kobo account with my new Kobo Glo?

    Absolutely! If you are already a Kobo user, simply use your account to sign into your new device, access your library, buy new eBooks, and earn awards on Reading Life.

  15. Where can I get the Kobo desktop app?

    Downloading is easy. Visit kobosetup.com to get the free Kobo Desktop software. The Kobo desktop app comes in super handy for setting up your new Kobo Glo, shopping the Kobo eBookstore, reading on your computer, and managing your growing eBook library.

  16. When will Kobo Pulse come to Kobo Glo? Is it going to be available on Kobo Touch?

    Unfortunately, we're not currently planning to support Kobo Pulse on either the Kobo Glo or Kobo Touch. But don't worry, you can enjoy great social features on your Kobo Glo, like earning and sharing your Reading Life awards and stats, and sharing your favourite passages to your Facebook Timeline and Twitter. Learn More

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Kobo Reading Life

Read. Discover. Collect. Share.

Kobo Reading Life is an enriched reading experience designed to enhance your passion for reading and help you get more out of your books. Unique to Kobo, there’s no better way to read, discover your next great title, collect and organize your books and articles, and share what you’re reading with others.

Read your way

Personalize your reading experience with TypeGenius. Choose from 11 adjustable font styles, 24 font sizes, plus exclusive text weight and sharpness settings to create a reading experience that’s uniquely yours.

Advanced reading features give you more out of your reading experience. Explore in-text annotations to get more of the story, expand your vocabulary with the built-in dictionary, create bookmarks, and add notes. Plus, zoom in on images and text to see every detail. You can even read PDFs.

Organize your eBooks by author, title, or alphabetically — just like your very own personal bookshelf!

Your reading dashboard

Easily access an overview of all of your key reading related activities in one dynamic view from your Kobo Homepage. Check out your recent reading activity, and news articles you’ve been reading lately, get personalized recommendations for new reading, and receive special offers from Kobo.

Get more of what you love

Kobo Picks analyzes your reading activity and feedback and sends you recommendations based on your personal interests.

Get more from the story with Collections. Dive deeper with carefully curated content experiences that revolve around a theme such as an author, genre, or subject matter.

Featured Collections provide you with recommended content experiences from leading literary voices. You’ll discover amazing new titles and enrich your literary life. All Featured Collections have been lovingly assembled and reviewed by Kobo to deliver a unique experience that pushes your passion further. And if there’s something that really fires your passion, build your own Collections around it.

Read it later with Pocket

The Internet is a big place. If you find something that interests you but don’t have time to read it, save it to read later. You can even read it offline on your eReader, for an optimized reading experience.

Your stats and awards

Discover interesting facts and stats about your reading habits and track your progress. Get spontaneous awards just for reading.

Share what you're reading

The only thing better than reading something amazing, is sharing it with others. Post what you’re reading, your favourite passages, and reviews to Facebook® Timeline.