Kobo eReaders


Canadian corporation Kobo inc. was recently bought by Japanese company Rakuten. Kobo eBooks brands are included in the four most popular devices for reading in America and Canada, along with the Amazon Kindle, Nook Simple Touch and Sony. All devices lineup Kobo have slim ergonomic body and touch screen. To operate the unit are only a power button and the device power button backlight (in models with LED backlit screen). All other operations are performed with the reader with a touch screen.

All e-book readers Kobo have a very large resource of the battery. In the specifications on the manufacturer's website says that the Wi-Fi off and lighting a single charge should last an average of one month of reading (for models Kobo mini, Kobo touch, Kobo glo) and two months of reading model Kobo aura.

All Kobo readers have wi-fi module.

For Russian-speaking users Kobo book has quite a few disadvantages: the basic format for reading books is EPUB, support FB2, DJVU - no. Also there is no the Russian interface and foreign-Russian dictionaries in the original firmware. Books must be pumped a bunch of the root folder, subfolders aren’t supported (only collection).


Ридеры Kobo: Kobo mini, Kobo touch, Kobo Glo, Kobo aura.
Kobo mini Kobo touch Kobo glo Kobo aura


Kobo mini model is a budget version of the reader with a five-inch screen. The book fits easily into a pocket, but for the small size has to pay no slot for a memory card. Device screen E-ink Pearl is 600 x 800 pixels. Internal memory - 2 Gb, of which the user can 1 Gb. The software takes rest place.

Kobo touch has the same resolution and screen type as Kobo mini. Diagonal - 6 inches. In this model it is already possible to install micro SD-card. The internal memory is also only 2 Gb, but only 1 Gb can be used.

Kobo glo is like the Kobo touch on characteristics. Unlike in the case design, available adjustable LED backlight, its resolution – 758x1024 pixels and scope of internal memory - 2 Gb all available to the user - 1,32 Gb. In the reader has applications for working with social networks Facebook and Twitter.

В Kobo aura internal memory and battery life is doubled. Other parameters are like the Kobo glo.

General characteristics for all e-book readers:


Some disadvantages of the software of these models can be eliminated by installing additional software to read text COOLREADER, how to do it is written here: Coolreader in Kobo.



Selection of resources in the internet reader Kobo (created in Russian dictionaries, file of word wraps, firmware, instructions, discussions), found in the "Links."


The table of parametres.

Display and flash card Formats of files Fonts and bookshelf Complete set and functions

Model Kobo mini Kobo touch Kobo glo Kobo aura
Diagonal 5"        
Diagonal 6"        
E-Ink Vizplex (600x800)        
E-Ink Pearl (600x800)        
E-Ink Pearl HD (758x1024)        
E-Ink FLEX (758x1024)        
Touchscreen        
Display with LED backlight        
Slot for a SD-card        
Slot for a microSD-card        



Model Kobo mini Kobo touch Kobo glo Kobo aura
TXT        
FB2        
EPUB        
MOBI (PRC)        
PDF        
DJVU        
HTML        
Viewing of images JPG/PNG        



Model Kobo mini Kobo touch Kobo glo Kobo aura
Support of loading of TTF-fonts        
Anti-aliasing fonts        
Carryings over to the text in Russian        
Footnotes below on page        
Support of folders on a SD-card        
Display of names of files of e-books        
Display of names of books and authors        
Display of covers of books        
Presence of the file-manager        



Model Kobo mini Kobo touch Kobo glo Kobo aura
Bookcover in the equipment        
Pouch in the equipment        
The power supply in the equipment        
USB-cable in the equipment        
Applications (the calculator, a calendar, games, etc.)        
Uploading of additional dictionaries        
Alternative (not factory) updates        
Wi-Fi module        
User manual                
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