The Kobo eReader is an e-reader produced by Toronto-based Kobo Inc. The company's name is an anagram of "book". The original version was released in May 2010 and was marketed as a minimalist alternative to the more expensive e-book readers available at the time. Like most e-readers, the Kobo uses an electronic ink screen (but for the Arc 10HD tablet, released between 2011 and 2013, based on LCD technology instead).
|Operating system||Kobo firmware|
|Power||Internal li-ion rechargeable battery|
E Ink devicesEdit
|Component||Display||Input||Storage||CPU||Connectivity||Features / Notes||Dimensions||Weight||Introductory price||Released||Battery & RAM|
|Model||Type||Size||Resolution||ppi||Internal||Expanded||Make and model||USB +||(US$)|
|Kobo eReader||E-Ink||6"||800x600||170||D-Pad||1 GB (1,000 books)||4 GB SD||Bluetooth||$199||May 2010|
|Kobo WiFi||E-Ink||6"||800x600||170||D-Pad||1 GB (1,000 books)||32 GB SD||Freescale i.MX335||Wi-Fi||184 × 120 × 10 mm (7.2 × 4.7 × 0.4 in)||221 g (7.80 oz)||$199||October 2010|
|Kobo Touch||E-Ink Pearl||6"||800x600||170||Touch||2 GB (1,500 books)||32 GB microSD||800MHz Freescale i.MX507||Wi-Fi||First touchscreen.||165 × 114 × 10 mm (6.5 × 4.5 × 0.4 in)||200 g (7.05 oz)||$129||May 2011|
|Kobo Glo||E-Ink Pearl||6"||1024x768||213||Touch||2 GB (1,500 books)||32 GB microSD||1GHz Freescale i.MX507||Wi-Fi||First illuminated display.||157 x 114 x 10 mm (6.2 x 4.5 x 0.4 in)||185 g (6.5 oz)||$129||September 2012|
|Kobo Mini||E-Ink Pearl||5"||800x600||200||Touch||2 GB (1,500 books)||32 GB microSD||800MHZ Freescale i.MX507||Wi-Fi||133 x 102 x 10 mm (5.2 x 4 x 0.4 in)||134 g (4.73 oz)||$79||September 2012|
|Kobo Aura HD||E-Ink Pearl||6.8"||1440x1080||265||Touch||4 GB (3,000 books)||32 GB microSD||1GHz Freescale i.MX507||Wi-Fi||175.7 x 128.3 x 11.7 mm (6.91 x 5.05 x 0.46 in)||240 g (8.5 oz)||$169||April 2013|
|Kobo Aura||E-Ink Pearl||6"||1024x768||213||Touch||4 GB (3,000 books)||32 GB microSD||1GHz Freescale i.MX507||Wi-Fi||150 x 114 x 8.1 mm (5.9 x 5.6 x 0.3 in)||174 g (6.1 oz)||$149||August 2013|
|Kobo Aura H₂0||E-Ink Carta||6.8"||1440x1080||265||Touch||4 GB (3,000 books)||32 GB microSD||1GHz||Wi-Fi||Waterproofed||179 x 129 x 9.7 mm||233 g (8.22 oz)||$179||October 2014|
|Kobo Glo HD||E-Ink Carta||6"||1448x1072||300||Touch||4 GB (3,000 books)||No||1GHz||Wi-Fi||157 x 114 x 10 mm (6.2 x 4.5 x 0.4 in)||180 g (6.3 oz)||$129||May 2015|
|Kobo Touch 2.0||E-Ink Pearl||6"||800x600||167||Touch||4 GB (3,000 books)||No||Freescale SoloLite iMx6 1Ghz||Wi-Fi||157 x 115 x 9.2 mm||185g||$61||September 2015|
|Kobo Aura Edition 2||E-Ink Carta||6"||1024x768||212||Touch||4 GB (3,000 books)||No||Freescale SoloLite iMx6 1Ghz||Wi-Fi||154.5 x 109 x 8.5 mm||180g||$119||September 2016|
|Kobo Aura One ||E-Ink Carta||7.8"||1872x1404||300||Touch||8 GB (6,000 books)||No||Freescale SoloLite i.MX 6 1Ghz||Wi-Fi||Waterproofed,
|195.1 x 138.5 x 6.9 mm||252 g||$230||September 2016||512 RAM|
|Kobo Aura H₂O Edition 2||E-Ink Carta||6.8"||1440x1080||265||Touch||8 GB (6,000 books)||No||Freescale SoloLite iMx6 1Ghz||Wi-Fi||Waterproofed,
|172 x 129 x 8.9 mm||210g||$180||May 2017|
|Kobo Clara HD||E-Ink Carta||6"||1448x1072||300||Touch||8 GB (6,000 books)||No||Freescale SoloLite 1Ghz||Wi-Fi||ComfortLight PRO||159.6 x 110 x 8.35 mm||166g||$130||June 2018||1500 mAh|
|Kobo Forma ||E-Ink Carta||8"||1920x1440||300||Touch/buttons||8 GB (6,000 books)||No||Freescale SoloLite i.MX 6 1Ghz||Wi-Fi||Waterproofed, ComfortLight PRO||160 x 177.7 x 8.5 mm||197g||$279.99||October 2018 Pre-order||1200 mAh / 512 RAM|
All Kobo e-readers share a unique pagination system giving users the option to count and reference pages separately within each chapter as opposed to the book as a whole, although the latter is user selectable as an alternative. All Kobo readers require connection to the Internet during the initial setup phase and will not work until it has connected to Kobo's servers. Kobo e-readers support viewing Epub, Adobe PDF, plain text, HTML, and unprotected Mobipocket (mobi, prc) e-books. It also supports many other formats unofficially such as ZIM.
The Kobo Forma is the latest Kobo e-reader that was released in November 2018. It has an 8-inch, 300ppi E-Ink display that can be held by right- and left-handed people, and it can be flipped horizontally as well. It has the physical page up and down buttons to flip pages.
Kobo's website gives the following technical specifications:
- Features: Waterproof IPX8 - up to 60 mins in 2 meters of water
- Screen: 8.0" 300 PPI E Ink Carta display, 1440 × 1920 resolution
- Weight: 197 g
- Size: 160 x 177.7 x 8.5 (thickness at gripping area) & 4.2 (thickness at the thinner side)
- Storage: 8 GB - 32 GB
- Front-light: ComfortLight PRO – Adjustable color temperature
- Customizability with 11 different fonts and over 50 font styles with a font weight and sharpness setting
- Supported formats: 14 file formats supported natively (EPUB, EPUB3, PDF, MOBI, JPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP, TIFF, TXT, HTML, RTF, CBZ, CBR)
- Connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Micro USB
- Battery Life: 1200 mAh, weeks of battery life
Kobo Clara HDEdit
The Clara HD was released on June 5, 2018. It has a 6 inch screen.
Kobo Aura OneEdit
The Kobo Aura One was released on 6 September 2016 and it is the first e-reader with a 7.8-inch E Ink Carta HD waterproof touchscreen display with a 300 ppi screen. The Aura One weighs 252 grams and measures 195 by 138.5 by 6. 9 mm. It has Wi-Fi, 8 GB internal storage, and 512 MB RAM. The Aura One is lit by nine white LEDs and eight RGB LEDs around the frame. The additional RGB LEDs allow the device to have a night reading mode that limits the blue light that comes from white LEDs. It was the first Kobo eReader with built-in OverDrive support.
Kobo Aura Edition 2Edit
The Kobo Aura Edition 2 was released with the Kobo Aura One in September 2016 as "a refreshed version of a beloved classic". It has a 6-inch E Ink Carta display with a resolution of 1024×768 at 212 ppi. The exterior styling is similar to the Kobo Aura One. Unlike the original Kobo Aura, there is no MicroSD slot. The specifications are otherwise similar to the original Kobo Aura.
Kobo Aura H₂O Edition 2Edit
The Kobo Aura H₂O Edition 2 was released in May 2017. It has a 6.8-inch E Ink HD Carta waterproof IPX8 display at 265 ppi. Its LED light, called the "ComfortLight PRO", can automatically reduce blue-light exposure during the night to lower the screen's effect on sleep.
Kobo Inc. announced its first e-reader on 24 March 2010, at the CTIA show. It was officially released on 1 May 2010. It had expandable memory, holding an additional 4 GB via an SD slot and limited wireless connectivity via Bluetooth to select Blackberry wireless devices. It was available in black or white and came preloaded with 100 public domain books. It was manufactured by Netronix Inc., a Taiwan based company with factories in Taiwan and China.
The pricing strategy of the original Kobo, at USD$149, was to rival the Amazon Kindle, which was USD$110 more expensive. However, in June 2010, just after the Kobo was released, Amazon dropped the price of the Kindle to USD$189. Its pricing strategy in Australia was similarly aggressive where it was available for A$199, again A$100 less than the Kindle. Borders Australia said that they hoped to sell high volumes of the Kobo to drive up sales at their e-content store.
The original Kobo received a mediocre review from CNET, which said that, while the Kobo was compact, lightweight and affordable, the lack of Wi-Fi or 3G made it outdated, especially when there were similarly priced eReaders available with those features.
In December 2010, the original Kobo's feature set was updated with a firmware update to more closely match the Wifi model.
A new model with Wi-Fi capability was released on 15 October 2010. It included an improved processor, screen, and new colour choices (porcelain/metallic silver, porcelain/pearlized lilac, and onyx). The SD expansion had been improved to claim a capacity for up to 10,000 books with a 32GB SD card. Other improvements included a longer battery life and a built-in dictionary.
As with the original model, the Wi-Fi model came pre-loaded with 100 public domain books.
The Kobo Touch was released in June 2011. It introduced an infrared 6-inch touchscreen interface. Other improvements compared to the Kobo Wi-Fi included an E Ink Pearl screen, a faster processor capable of smooth PDF panning, 802.11n capability, and reduced size and weight.
The Kobo Glo is an e-reader released on 6 September 2012. It is a front-lit, touch-based E Ink reader. The Kobo Glo supports most ebook standards, including EPUB. It has a 6-inch touchscreen, 1024×758 resolution, 213 ppi, 6.53 oz, 2 GB of storage, and supports microSD.
The Kobo Mini is smaller, 5-inch, and lighter than standard ebook readers and was released on 6 September 2012. It has 2GB internal storage and Wi-Fi. The 5" E Ink Vizplex screen has a resolution of 800x600 with 200 ppi.
The Kobo Aura is the baseline e-reader with a 6-inch E Ink ClarityScreen display with 1024×768 resolution, 16-level grey scale and a built-in LED front-light. It has 4 GB of storage, weighs 173g (6.1 oz), has 2 months of battery life, a Freescale i.MX507 1 GHz processor, and a microSD expansion slot. It was released in September 2013.
Kobo Aura HDEdit
The Aura HD was a limited-edition device, released on 25 April 2013, with a 6.8-inch E Ink display, with a high resolution of 1440×1080 with 265 ppi. It is 8.47 oz and a microSD expansion slot. Other improvements compared to the Kobo Touch include a built-in "ComfortLight" LED light, a faster processor (1 GHz), twice the onboard storage (4 GB) and a claimed twice the battery life (estimated at 2 months).
Kobo Aura H₂OEdit
The Aura H₂O, released on 1 October 2014, is the first commercial waterproof e-reader and has an upgraded version of the Aura HD's 6.8-inch E Ink Carta display with a resolution of 1440×1080 with 265 ppi. While its screen is improved over the Aura HD, it contains the same processor, on-board storage, and software as the Aura HD, and has dust/waterproofing – certified to be immersed for up to 30 minutes in up to 1 meter of water with its port cover closed.
Kobo Glo HDEdit
The Kobo Glo HD, released on 1 May 2015, is an e-reader with an E Ink Carta screen and is the successor to 2012's Glo; it has a 6-inch screen in a resolution of 1448×1072, or 300 ppi, matching the resolution of the Kindle Voyage. Internally the device stores its operating system and content on a MicroSD card, and this allows storage upgrade for users who open their device; this will invalidate any warranty.
Kobo Touch 2.0Edit
The Kobo Touch 2.0 was released on 8 September 2015, as an entry level e-reader with an E Ink Pearl 6-inch display with a resolution of 800×600 and 167 ppi. The exterior is similar in appearance to the Kobo Glo HD and it has a 1 GHz Freescale i.MX6 Solo Lite Processor and 4 GB of internal storage.
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As of spring 2012, Kobo had 50% of the market share in France.
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