An Early Look at the New Kobo Glo HD (video)

Kobo took a low-key approach with the launch of its newest ereader earlier this week. The Kobo Glo HD might be amazing and priced to disrupt Amazon, but hardly anyone has put their hands on the 6 inch ereader.

I've been watching Youtube for the past couple days, and so far I've found just the one video. It's not long, but it is better than nothing. The video was shot at the breakfast launch event on Tuesday, and it takes the Glo HD through its paces.

So tell me, have you seen any other videos?

To be honest, I'm having trouble finding any photos of the device, much less videos. There's so little first hand reporting that it is almost as if Kobo didn't want anyone to see their new Kindle killer.

Given that the Kobo Glo HD has a screen resolution comparable to the Kindle Voyage but is priced the same as the Kindle Paperwhite, I find that very puzzling - also frustrating. If you see a report from someone who actually put their hands on the Glo HD, let me know. I want to read it.

The Kobo Glo HD is scheduled to ship in the US and Canada on 1 May. It will go up for pre-order next week on Kobo.com, and can be pre-ordered on the Chapter.Indigo.ca website.

Nate Hoffelder

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Nate Hoffelder is the founder and editor of The Digital Reader: He's here to chew bubble gum and fix broken websites, and he is all out of bubble gum. He has been blogging about indie authors since 2010 while learning new tech skills at the drop of a hat. He fixes author sites, and shares what he learns on The Digital Reader's blog. In his spare time, he fosters dogs for A Forever Home, a local rescue group.

10 Comments

  1. Name (required)9 April, 2015

    Strange …
    when I go to kobo.com I can’t see Kobo Glo HD. I can’t even see Kobo Aura H2O, only Kobo Aura HD that has been discontinued.
    when I click on “compare devices” I see only one device – “Kobo Glo HD”.

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    1. Nate Hoffelder9 April, 2015

      Weird. I can see all of them.

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      1. Name (required)10 April, 2015

        Try going through proxy from other country.

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  2. drtghtr9 April, 2015

    So one guy claims they are already able to ship it as an early release: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qECgSuwmXaY

    Costs $199 on their shop site though: http://www.shopereaders.com/Kobo-Glo-HD-p/kobo-glo-hd.htm

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    1. Nate Hoffelder9 April, 2015

      Yeah, that listing is bogus. Did you note that he said they’d get their shipment “really soon”?

      They don’t have the hardware which they claim to sell, and it’s not the first time. They’ve previously claimed to have an early lead on the Sony PRS-T2 before it was released.

      Just to prove my point, I ordered a Glo HD. (I do believe I’ll post a review of the ordering experience.)

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      1. drtghtr9 April, 2015

        I noticed what they said. When I wrote the comment, their page said 3 to 5 days shipping time. They have now changed the page to say 2 to 3 weeks. If you are lucky, they may actually have been able to obtain one early device that they’ve sold you. However, I cannot tell and believe you when you say you have info that they used to make false claims in the past. Just make sure then to cancel your order in time, if they can’t deliver.

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        1. drtghtr10 April, 2015

          The YouTube videos they’ve posted now confirms the suspicion. Since they mention in their unboxing video, that Kobo sent them the reader as a review sample, I wonder, whether their resale of the unit is legal. You’d probably need to know their agreement with Kobo on this.

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  3. Gabrielle Campbell9 April, 2015

    It connects to Pocket? Huh.. does Kindle Voyage do that?

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    1. Nate Hoffelder9 April, 2015

      The Kindle platform has a similar connection with instapaper. There are also a number of free send-to-kindle tools.

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