When comparing Nook GlowLight vs Kobo Aura, the Slant community recommends Nook GlowLight for most people. In the question“What are the best hardware eBook readers?” Nook GlowLight is ranked 4th while Kobo Aura is ranked 6th.
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Pro Supports .epub format
Pro No ghosting
Nook GlowLight uses an e-ink display. Other readers that use e-ink displays sometimes have problems with ghosting, or showing a slight residual image after the page has been turned.
Pro 2 months of battery life under normal conditions
With WiFi off and 30 minutes of usage per day, the Nook Glowlight's battery is rated to last about eight weeks.
Pro Backlighting allows text to be seen better in dark environments
Holding down the home button will turn on and off backlighting, brightness of which can be adjusted.
Pro Huge selection of titles through the Nook store
The Nook store has over 3 million titles on offer.
Pro 6", 212 ppi screen
GlowLight has a 1024x758px screen, equivalent to Kindle Paperwhite.
Pro Very light
Weighs only 6.2 ounces (175 grams).
Pro Device can read a huge assortment of file types
The Kobo Aura can read a large assortment of file types including kepub, epub, mobi (only non DRM versions), RTF, and cbr.
Pro Capacitive touch screen
The capacitive touch screen allows the screen to sit flush with the device as most infrared touch screen devices have their screens sunken into the device leaving nooks for crumbs, hair and dust. A capacitive touch screen is also more responsive than an infrared screen, as it responds to electric impulse from the human body instead of being responsive to pressure.
Pro Integrated Pocket reading software
The Kobo Aura comes with Pocket integration allowing users to read articles and web pages saved to the Pocket website.
Pro Can use third party eBook stores
By using Adobe Digital Edition software users are able to load DRMed epubs from third party stores that support ADE.
Pro 212 PPI screen
Pro The Kobo Aura is lightweight
Compared to most other eReaders, the Kobo Aura is extremely light.
Pro High storage capacity with SD card slot for additional space
The Kobo Aura has 4GB online storage, but there is also an SD card slot on the device that allows the user to upgrade their storage capacity up to the supported 32GB cards.
Pro Frontlit display
The Kobo Aura has a frontlit display so it can be read in the dark.
Con No headphone jack or speakers for audiobooks
Con Screen has irregular light distribution
Some users have reported a slightly blue tinge and uneven color distribution on the Nook GlowLight's screen.
Con No microSD slot
Con Infrared touchscreen technology
Instead of using capacitive touch like most other similar products, the Nook Glowlight uses Infrared touchscreen technology, which is slightly more inaccurate than the alternative.
Con Doesn't support .mobi format
Con Devices design has light bleed coming from the top of the device
The light bleed on the Kobo Aura is very visible when viewing at a forward leaning angle.
Con More expensive than competitors
The Kobo Aura is priced higher than the Amazon Kindle or Nook Glo devices.