[twitter]When you read reviews of Kobo‘s eReaders, many focus on how light they are and can store dozens of books in one little package. They’ll tell you how easy it is to read in the sun, and the dark. They’ll focus on how the battery lasts a month, how the e-ink is crisp and how the experience is just like reading a book.
There’s one segment that reviewers rarely discuss about reading with a Kobo Glo HD: wind. Wind is the enemy of reading outside. Wind will blow your pages around, constantly forcing you to adjust how you hold your book so you can pin back the pages.
Even if you find that comfortable spot, wind will adjust and wind will find a little corner and blow at your page. As we enter summer reading season, taking a book to read at the beach, lake, or cabin is asking for a fight with wind.
And wind feels bad, but just can’t help himself. Remember this viral video?
When we visited Jasper for the long weekend, my wife took out her new Kobo Glo HD and dug into The Girl On The Train while I took the boys for a canoe trip around Lake Beauvert.
It was a beautiful brisk spring day. The wind gusted and made my paddle quite the effort. “Port!” I’d yell, and Zacharie would paddle on his left. “Starboard!” I’d change and he’d swivel to his right. We zig zagged across Lake Beauvert, negotiating with the wind at every stroke.
My wife had a fight with the wind too. As she reclined in an Adirondack chair, her long hair blew around her face. She instinctively touched a corner of her Kobo Glo HD as if to hold down a page.
But she didn’t need to.
The pages weren’t flipping. So immersed in a genuine book reading experience was she, that the wind had her reacting as if she was reading a ‘real’ book.
The Kobo Glo HD had no pages to flip in the wind. The crisp words were there, in place, waiting to be read, should the wind ever stop messing with her hair. Yes, reading outside is always a fight with wind.
My wife lifted up the hood on her light spring jacket, and tucked back in to the story. The fight with the wind was won, and she once again drifted off into the story, looking up every now and again to giggle at my struggle with wind on the lake.
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It really is like reading paper. Compared to the reading experience Jen and I had by the pool in Mexico trying to find the glareless shade to read our iPads and iPhones, there’s no contest. The Kobo Glo HD is an absolute pleasure to read.
That said, you can link your Kobo Glo HD to other devices with the Kobo app. You can pick up on your phone where you left off on your Kobo, so if you leave it at home, or need to travel even lighter, it’s easy to get around.
I’m not a book reader, but Kobo Glo HD supports the Pocket app, which is my go to for archiving long form articles I want to read. I am constantly emailing links to my Pocket app for offline archiving. Kobo Glo HD comes pre loaded with Pocket support, just sign in and it will store your articles for reading offline. That’s perfect for plane rides and off the grid camping.
The Kobo store also has magazines and offers suggestions of things you might like to read based on previous purchases.
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