Kobo Glo eReaderCredit: David Andrew Wiebe

When I first learned about eReaders, I must admit that I didn't really see the point. After all, tablets are far more powerful, and you can do a lot more with them besides. You can even install Kobo and Kindle apps on your mobile devices. As it turns out, the fact that your options are limited on an eReader is one of its main advantages. More on that later.

I had also wondered why anyone - especially office or desk workers - would want to go home and turn on yet another electronic device to unwind from their long day staring at computer monitors. As it turns out, unless you're using the backlight, the eReader is relatively easy on the eyes, and it isn't all that different from reading a physical book.

For this and other reasons, I have really come to enjoy using my eReader on a daily basis. Here is a more comprehensive analysis of the reasons I enjoy using the Kobo Glo.


This is probably the main benefit of owning an eReader. If you're trying to read a book or an e-book on a desktop computer, a laptop, a tablet or a phone, there are always a myriad of distractions to be tempted by. eReaders have been developed in such a way that facilitates - what else? - reading.

A book that has been properly formatted for an eReader will only display a few paragraphs of text at a time instead of a full page. This probably doesn't sound like a big deal, but it really does make the activity more streamlined and enjoyable. Moreover, you can stop at any time without losing your spot, instead of feeling obligated to read to the end of a chapter or the next heading. No bookmarks needed!


The fact that you can carry your eReader and use it anywhere is a huge benefit, particularly for people who are on the road all the time. In particular, traveling entrepreneurs and businesspeople will find it to be an invaluable tool.

For those who like to pack light, carrying an eReader with you means that you won't have to pack physical books with you. It also means that your time on a bus or a plane can be spent more productively.


The Kobo Glo tracks stats on your reading habits, and also lets you know what percentage of any particular book you've read. While you are reading, it will also display what page you are on in the chapter you are reading, and how many pages you have to go.

Though the amount of text that is displayed on a single page tends to be less than what you would typically find on a page of a hardcopy book, as a reader you feel like you're getting a lot of reading done, which is oddly motivating.

Instant Access

You can purchase and download books right from your eReader, and all you need is a Wi-Fi connection. You can generally find a lot of books on the cheap too.

What this means is that if you finish a book on your travels, you aren't stuck with just the library on your eReader. All you need to do is find a Wi-Fi connection, access the store, and download additional books.

Long Charge

Kobo Glo eReaderCredit: David Andrew WiebeThe battery supports a full month of charge when the Wi-Fi is turned off[1]. Obviously, battery life can vary a lot depending on a variety of factors like usage, but I have had my Kobo Glo for nearly three months and I have only charged it three times so far. Their claim appears to be essentially true. Again, this is great for travelers who might forget their USB cables and charging adapters at home.


Though I often use the Glo without the backlight (also known as the ComfortLight), it is a nice feature to have. If a book is not formatted to display correctly on an eReader, the text may appear small. For a situation like that, using the backlight can help with readability quite a bit. It's also nice for long bus and plane rides when you don't have much control over when they turn the interior lights on or off.

Kobo claims 70 hours of continuous usage while the light is turned on[1]. In other words, whether or not you use the light, the charge will still last a long time.

A Home for E-Books

E-books have finally found a suitable home with eReaders. I really enjoy e-books, and I have read several of them on my desktop and laptop computers, but admittedly it has always felt a little awkward. Moreover,  I have accumulated quite a few e-books that I haven't even read yet, because they are just sitting on my hard drive.

Of course, not all e-books have been formatted to display well on an eReader, but even then, it's better than trying to sit at your computer to read. With an eReader, you can read at your couch or your bed, if you prefer.

Admittedly, adding e-books to the Glo from your hard drive is a little more complicated than it should be, and that is one thing I hope they improve upon. Once you have done it a couple of times, it gets a lot easier, but I would have thought that drag-and-drop would be the extent of it. However, you have to install Adobe Digital Editions (which I knew nothing about) to add and remove e-books from your eReader.