Kobo confused us all when they announced the Aura edition 2 a couple months back. That ereader cost $10 less than the Kobo Glo HD and came with a much lower resolution screen, leaving many wondering why anyone would want to buy it when they could spend $10 more and get an ereader twice as good.
Now I think we know. There’s been no announcement from Kobo, but it looks like they have discontinued the $129 Kobo Glo HD.
The ereader is out of stock on the US version of lesen.net reports that the ereader is also out of stock on Kobo’s site in Germany. WHSmith, Kobo’s UK bookstore partner, is also reporting that the Glo HD is out of stock., and
Don’t look now, but Kobo has apparently discontinued this ereader.
Originally launched last April, the Kobo Glo HD features a 300 ppi Carta E-ink screen with frontlight and IR touchscreen. It was briefly the best mid-range ereader on the market, right up until a few weeks later when Amazon released the new Kindle Paperwhite (it too had a 300 ppi Carta E-ink screen).
I wasn’t too happy with the Glo HD when I reviewed it last May; it felt cheap and slow. But I would still prefer it to its replacement, the $119 Aura edition 2.
That ereader has essentially the same electronics as the Glo HD, but comes in a nicer shell and it has a lower resolution 212 ppi display (1024 x 758 screen resolution).
That lower resolution screen significantly reduces the material cost of the Aura edition 2, making it a more profitable ereader for Kobo while at the same time making it less appealing to this blogger.
If you want a 6″ Kobo ereader, you should get a Glo HD if you get the chance. It is definitely the better 6″ ereader.