Kobo Glo vs. Kindle Paperwhite

by James Anderson on September 25, 2012

kindle paperwhiteWhatever happened to all the buzz about e-book readers? It can seem that simple e-reader devices are being left in the dust in this era when a new tablet computer comes out every few months. But two of the latest releases from Kobo and Amazon might change your perspective. The Kobo Glo and Kindle Paperwhite have moved into the spotlight in the ereader category since their founding companies have redesigned them to appeal even more to people who love to read.

(Note: please see the comments below for more useful information. It seems that my research for this peice was less than stellar.)

The Kindle Paperwhite differentiates itself most from earlier models by its screen, which has improved the contrast by 25% and heightened its pixels by more than 60%. This means you should have a screen that is crisp, glare free, and simpler to read.

Some of the other new features are a larger display, better resolution on the screen, and customizable fonts. All the controls reside on the touch screen. It is remarkably lightweight as well. In the end, the Kindle Paperwhite feels like reading a traditional paper book even when it is lit up. Unlike other e-readers in the past, this one will not cause much strain on the eyes.

Time to Read

Another new aspect on the Paperwhite is the “Time to Read” feature. This automatically responds to how fast the user reads a book and shows how much is left to the present chapter and the entire book in general based on your individual pace. The reading time is shown on the bottom of the screen to help the reader have a better experience.

The idea is that sometimes when you are reading a book, you start thinking things like “Should I put down the book, or finish the chapter” or “Is the chapter almost done, or I could finish this in the morning?” With this new feature, it supposedly helps you decide.

I thought this would be a little distracting, quite frankly, as I don’t like to rush through a book or have someone telling me I’m reading to slow. Hopefully there is some way to disable it to not display if you are like me.

Kobo Glo

The Kobo Glo is actually incredibly similar to Kindle’s Paperwhite. The dimensions are almost the same and they both use touchscreen control technology. One of the biggest differences between the two units is the battery life. Kindle claims that its newest Paperwhite’s battery will last up to eight weeks under normal conditions even with the light on.

In Kobo Glo vs. Kindle Paperwhite comparison, the Kobo Glo battery only lasts half as long. One positive feature of the Glo is its “Reading Life”. This lets a user share with friends on social networks like Twitter or Facebook.

Avid readers will be very excited with the new ereader releases. Two of the latest on the market are the Kobo Glo and the Kindle Paperwhite. Both of these devices have vast improvements over the previous models and make things much simpler for users.

The screens are fabulous on both units as well as the intuitiveness of the devices. One big difference is the battery life which is doubled on the Kindle version. In the end, choosing between the two will come down to your need for battery life, as well as personal preference. For those who have allegiance to Amazon and their product line, the Kindle Paperwhite will not disappoint. Likewise, if you are a Kobo fan and you don’t use your reader away from home for extended periods, the Glo will light your fire.

What is Paperwhite?

The new Paperwhite product line from Amazon is aimed at helping you to read even if you are in bad lighting situations. The beauty of this newer display screen is that it lights up the Kindle Paperwhite from top to bottom, and with a unique ambient glow light that gives a soothing feeling. It is not a bright backlight shining directly to your eyes.

On top of the new backlight, Amazon also improved on the display area. It is claimed that the new Kindle Paperwhite features a 25% more screen space, with an added 60% more pixels from its predecessors. If you have already used a Kindle, then just viewing the screen you can already spot a difference right away.

While it works perfectly well on daylight, and a well-lit room, it is on a dark environment where you can truly appreciate the Kindle Paperwhite’s advantages. For example, flying on long airplane trip where the lights are turned off, you will notice a big difference with the Kindle Paperwhite. It feels like you are reading from a white colored piece of paper. This is a big difference from traditional tablet lights that are too bright and have a different feel that may cause strain to the eyes with longer readings.

Kobo Books vs. Kindle Books

There are a number of advantages that Amazon offers that make the Kindle quite attractive, and that is one of the reasons they are outselling the Kobo. Things like the Send a Sample feature in the Kindle online store that actually gives you the first chapter free on Kindle- on Kobo do you see the first pages or comments on other books and the ISBN and copyright page, but no actual sample. Amazon has a much better search engine that allows you to search an author by publication date and other advanced searches. Amazon has pre-sales for digital books, so you can get the book the instant it is released, whereas Kobo does not.

As far as book selection, each device has different books available for some publishers, but there is mostly lots of overlap and the prices can also be pretty similar, depending on what sales and coupon codes you can find. I use the Calibre desktop software to compare prices and also to convert books between formats. Download Calibre for free here. http://calibre-ebook.com/download

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