When comparing Nook GlowLight vs Kobo Glo HD, 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 Glo HD is ranked 11th.
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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 High resolution screen
The Kobo Glo HD uses the same resolution as the Kindle Voyage at 1448 x 1072 resolution 300 ppi. This allows for sharp looking text that is easy to read.
Pro Supports a wide range of formats
Kobo is known for being an .epub reader and with that comes a more open platform than Amazons offering due to the openness of .epub in general. eBooks can be purchased from a wide range of store due to the openness of the reader and do not even have to consist of only .epub files since it also supports a wide range of other formats such as .mobi, .cbz/.cbr, .html and .pdf.
Pro 4GB of onboard memory and an expandable SD slot
While 4GB of internal memory is now pretty much standard, it still is quite a lot of room to store small eBook files. What is great about the Touch 2.0 though is that even with this ample on board storage users can expand their memory with a SD card.
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 No external SD slot
You can't add external memory to the reader, nor can you replace the built-in MicroSD card without voiding the warranty.
Con Screen not as bright as Kindle Voyage and has no auto dim settings
The Kobo Glo HD, when compared to the Kindle Voyage does not have as brght of a screen nor does it have an auto dimmer that detects ambient light. Though it is priced quite lower than the Voyage so it does make sense as to why some features are not comparable.