Kobo Glo HD - £89.99, inc. shipping! @ Kobobooks
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Kobo Glo HD - £89.99, inc. shipping! @ Kobobooks

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Found 25th Apr 2016
EDIT: I expired this deal because it was supposed to end yesterday. However, the Kobo site is still showing it as active for whatever reason!

Kobo have just dropped the price of the Glo HD, probably to match Amazon's Kindle range price drop. The Kobo is great if you also want a backlight (well, front light) but don't want to be tied down to Amazon's store or format range. The Kobo is compatible with all major formats, including the industry standard (.epub).

I've been shopping around, and this is normally the cheapest it goes.

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This looks a interesting alternative to the kindle. though for me a big issue would be how well it deals with Amazon Kindle books as virtually all my ebooks are Kindle. Can you get a dedicated Kindle app like on an Android tablet or do you have to somehow sideload kindle books?
ST3123

This looks a interesting alternative to the kindle. though for me a big … This looks a interesting alternative to the kindle. though for me a big issue would be how well it deals with Amazon Kindle books as virtually all my ebooks are Kindle. Can you get a dedicated Kindle app like on an Android tablet or do you have to somehow sideload kindle books?



​ If you're heavily invested in Kindle formats, then you're probably best carrying on with Kindles, especially since they reduced their prices heavily for a short period.

That said, there are things you can do. I believe there is custom firmware you can install on Kobos - that may or may not read Amazon's .azw format. But I'm unsure; probably not, since it's DRM protected.

However, stripping files of DRM is very easy using Calibre and De-DRM. I already use this to convert books from the Kindle store, and you can process in batches. I would think loading the books onto the Kobo would be very easy at that point (my Kobo is in the post, so can't confirm!).

All said, if you like Kindle, and like Amazon's store, the Paperwhite is probably your best bet - they upgraded it to have the same PPI as the Kobo (300 pixels), and it has most of the same features and a familiar UI.

Myself, I hate being tied down to propriety formats and stores, or facing ads on a device I am meant to own. So Kobo is the perfect fit
janguv1

​ If you're heavily invested in Kindle formats, then you're probably best … ​ If you're heavily invested in Kindle formats, then you're probably best carrying on with Kindles, especially since they reduced their prices heavily for a short period. That said, there are things you can do. I believe there is custom firmware you can install on Kobos - that may or may not read Amazon's .azw format. But I'm unsure; probably not, since it's DRM protected. However, stripping files of DRM is very easy using Calibre and De-DRM. I already use this to convert books from the Kindle store, and you can process in batches. I would think loading the books onto the Kobo would be very easy at that point (my Kobo is in the post, so can't confirm!).All said, if you like Kindle, and like Amazon's store, the Paperwhite is probably your best bet - they upgraded it to have the same PPI as the Kobo (300 pixels), and it has most of the same features and a familiar UI. Myself, I hate being tied down to propriety formats and stores, or facing ads on a device I am meant to own. So Kobo is the perfect fit



The irony is I actually currently read my kindle books on a Kobo tablet (Arc10HD), yet they can't have a Kindle app on their actual e-reader!

The Arc10HD isn't actually bad for an e-reader as unlike most tablets the brightness does go down pretty low so isn't too bad in low light, though I would still ideally have an e-ink e-reader as I imagine the reduced light would be better for bedtime reading but as I can get the brightness on the Arc10HD pretty low, I wouldn't pay a lot for an e-reader. If I saw one really cheap (~£60) I'd probably take the plunge but I doubt Amazon would ever let a paperwhite go for that money so it would probably have to be a lucky bid on eBay....
Edited by: "ST3123" 25th Apr 2016
ST3123

The irony is I actually currently read my kindle books on a Kobo tablet … The irony is I actually currently read my kindle books on a Kobo tablet (Arc10HD), yet they can't have a Kindle app on their actual e-reader! The Arc10HD isn't actually bad for an e-reader as unlike most tablets the brightness does go down pretty low so isn't too bad in low light, though I would still ideally have an e-ink e-reader as I imagine the reduced light would be better for bedtime reading but as I can get the brightness on the Arc10HD pretty low, I wouldn't pay a lot for an e-reader. If I saw one really cheap (~£60) I'd probably take the plunge but I doubt Amazon would ever let a paperwhite go for that money so it would probably have to be a lucky bid on eBay....



​Well, as I say, I don't know if you can get the .azw files working as is on a Kobo. Even if they wanted to put a Kindle app on their device, Amazon may well prohibit it, and it would depend on the OS too. It's not a failing on Kobo's part at any rate.

I would say that, given screen brightness issues, it's worth either getting a Paperwhite at (I think) 87 quid right now - which is pretty cheap! - or go for this deal. Conversion is very simple, as is loading books.

Failing that, you can always go the old-fashioned route - use a clip-on light and an ereader without a backlight. Amazon's Kindle is on sale for under £50 at present. You might be able to find a Kobo Glo (not HD) somewhere for cheap, as well.
I have the Nook Glo and only read books which I buy from the Amazon Kindle store.

As per the poster though, I use Calibre and remove the DRM

Would love to justify the Kobo which looks superb, but I spend too much time "pratting" about on my phone (on sites such as this ) and can't justify another toy to read books!
Boringgit

I have the Nook Glo and only read books which I buy from the Amazon … I have the Nook Glo and only read books which I buy from the Amazon Kindle store.As per the poster though, I use Calibre and remove the DRMWould love to justify the Kobo which looks superb, but I spend too much time "pratting" about on my phone (on sites such as this ) and can't justify another toy to read books!



​Haha I know exactly what you mean! I've been eyeing up backlit e-ink screens for a while now, but I have a very solid Sony P650, with functional custom firmware. It shows no signs of ageing. But now I've lent it to my partner while she works abroad. Massive excuse to find a deal on the Kobo!
So these can borrow ebooks from a library, unlike Kindles?
quixoticduck

So these can borrow ebooks from a library, unlike Kindles?



​ I haven't looked into it before, so just did some research. Seems it's perfectly possible: kobo.com/hel…ary

As long as the library uses the OverDrive system, which it seems most in fact do.

So yes, you can

Alternatively, though, I would probably just strip the file of the DRM and then you can convert or transfer it anywhere/anyhow you want. And then, if you didn't want to feel like a pirate, you could delete it when you're done
My understanding is that when you are "lent" a library book, they watermark it in some way that even if you remove the DRM it is still easy to tie back to you.

I don't know how and it's entirely possible that it is just a rumour they are happy to allow, but I kind of hope it is true and that people don't take the 'pee', because with libraries all over the country shutting down, this could be another nail in their coffin.

Here endeth my sermon
Thanks for the heads up! Been wanting to replace my broken old first generation Kindle for a while now. This looks great.
Boringgit

My understanding is that when you are "lent" a library book, they … My understanding is that when you are "lent" a library book, they watermark it in some way that even if you remove the DRM it is still easy to tie back to you.I don't know how and it's entirely possible that it is just a rumour they are happy to allow, but I kind of hope it is true and that people don't take the 'pee', because with libraries all over the country shutting down, this could be another nail in their coffin.Here endeth my sermon



​That's a fair enough point. I think, ideally, if people remove DRM from library books, it shouldn't be to share more widely. And if you're not doing that, then you're risk free. All the same, I condone this practice when you've actually bought the book. As for libraries shutting down - I fear it becomes inevitable as soon as digital media becomes easy, and capitalism gets its hooks into the physical equivalents (which it has). If people really valued physical books but found them too expensive to buy and keep, I think we'd still have many libraries.
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