Kobo Aura HD: the best eReader for book fanatics (gallery)

Kobo Aura HD: the best eReader for book fanatics (gallery)

Summary: Heavy readers still find dedicated ebook readers to offer the best electronic experience. The Kobo Aura HD is the best device available today, in terms of high end book hardware.

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  • The Kobo Touch and Kobo Aura HD.

  • Settings display on the Kobo Aura HD.

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  • Other formats

    How difficult is it to import books in other formats into the device?
    pereirafamily
    • It's easy.

      Calibre + a couple of hours to set up and convert (what it took me doing it for the first time).
      Sean Millon
      • Thanks!

        I use the Kindle Paperwhite now, but may switch to this one and give the Paperwhite to my wife. Good to know the conversion was not too difficult. I purchased a Kobo when they first came out (at that time you had to buy it from Canada) and like the company a lot, but most of my books are in the Kindle format.
        pereirafamily
        • No problem.

          Oh, the conversion is indeed easy. The program plus third-party plugins for Amazon were a little fun to set up, at first, but...to the creator's credit, he provides a decent how-to and explanations for why things work the way they do.

          Paperwhite is a nice device. To tell you the truth, I would've stayed with Kindle but the Aura was what my GF got me, so I don't really have the heart to turn it away.

          Since you're coming over from the Kobo (if I read that correctly), you can also convert EPUBs to Amazon's format (mobi and AZW I think). That doesn't always work out the best, so be careful if you try it.
          Sean Millon
        • Prc/mobi to epub

          You can convert it all to epub on the web. I am not sure but I think calibre plugins can do these conversions. DRM should give us more personal rights and not be tied to any hardware set.
          Marcos SSilva
  • Shill much?

    Seriously, just a bunch of pictures?
    happyharry_z
  • poor quality

    It has a very low quality frame. It is so NOT solid, that it makes crack-sound then you press it. It will fall on parts if you put in your backpack.
    baramburum
  • you forgot the main advantage in your review

    it is 6.8" instead of just 6"! It is a HUGE difference.

    That is the reason why I want it.
    If it only had "next page" hardware button....
    The absence of hardware buttons excludes Aura from consideration.
    And that ComfortLigh thing - potentially dangerous because cracks in the light distributing layer will develop sooner or later.

    It has the two worst features of Paperwhite.
    And software limitations - porting Cool Reader for it is still under question.

    For now, Sony PRS-T2 (if rooted) remains probably the best reader in the world.
    If only it were 7" like Aura instead of 6"...
    parkher
  • Excellent for frequent readers

    I really like my paperwhite, and while this is doesn't have quite as nice a hand-feel, its larger screen with higher resolution and slightly more uniform and pleasant lighting is enough of a reason to justify the price IF you're a frequent reader. Using the screen for page turns is fine, I actually prefer that to hardware buttons if done right, and IMO the Aura does it right.

    And I have to disagree with baramburum, I have never heard it make a "crack sound" and it does not "fall on parts" when put in my backpack every day. Mine feels quite sturdy.

    I have yet to see any flaws in the light distribution layer on my paperwhite or Aura. Only time will tell if that stays true or not, but for now even after heavy use, so far so good!
    TwilightSky
  • Returned Aura HD

    I upgraded my Kobo Touch (which I was very happy with) to an Aura HD. Within a couple of weeks I returned it. I found it heavy and slippery which added up to uncomfortable to hold (compared to a Touch). I exchanged it for a Kobo Glo and am a happy camper.
    Brenda Ambrose
  • Almost getting there

    As statistician and frequent updates reader I believe the way and the most important values to be considered on e-book readers market should change. My planing behind using e-readers is:
    1) Substitute paper books and donate it all to phisical libraries, cleaning my house, getting rid of mites and dust, also bring my technical and discionaries libraries wherever I go;
    2) Provide a long lasting, simplified and always available way of reading PDF manuals I have or I download form web. But in oposition to wifi highly desireable feature I consider 3G comunications is superfluous.
    As to PDF file reading the most important performance is: to allow landscaped perfect (resizeable) vision on letter or A4 standards written books and manual page sizes by default. After seeking some time ago I got two contenders: Nook and kobo brands. Both comes tied to Commercial book stores. I think this was not important for my decison. After some deeper comparison as to ebook format compatibilities my option was Kobo. I hope Kobo software developers really do read this and enhance its features turning easier we get this wishlist suggestions and aims. My experience with kobo glo and PDF files has shown we still can get there...
    Marcos SSilva