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Old 07-13-2014, 04:22 AM   #16
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Techwise, like this I believe. But there is no drastic difference between them apart from ePub and font management.
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Old 07-13-2014, 04:28 AM   #17
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Why do you consider them to be unusable? My PW2 is certainly usable in a pitch-black room: darkness is, after all, the situation in which you need the light.
Depends on the individual. I find that eInk front lights give me a headache, especially if I use them in total darkness. The light on my Aura HD stays off almost 100% of the time when I use it (which isn't often anymore).
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A few things that may or may not be important to you:

- Font management. Out of the box, you can load your own fonts onto a Kobo. Some people find the Kindle fonts hideous. But not all people.

- Library books: no Kindle borrowing in Australian public libraries, as far as I know; whereas you can borrow epubs that you put through Adobe Digital Editions for your Kobo.

- Not a huge difference between store ranges, except for Amazon-exclusive books (I don't know if they're a dealbreaker interest for you). Kindle is generally a slightly cheaper list price, but the Kobobooks discount thread means that the savvy shopper usually can get cheaper books at Kobo.

- Collection management is far better on the Kobo, with the use of Calibre.

- Once you do have Calibre set up to manage your books and your collections, it really is trivial to install DRM-cleansing (which we can't detail here), which means that shopping anywhere is easy, and a later change in device won't make your purchases useless.

- Just to check that you know this, because it's not quite clear from your post: you factory reset at home with button presses, you don't need to take it anywhere.

- Both are decent devices and odds are you'll be happy with either purchase, if no dealbreakers (like the library thing) surprise you afterwards.
Good analysis! Just one nitpick though:

The Kindle has collections management that is just as good as Kobo, if you use the Kindle Collections plugin, together with Collections Manager kindlet for touch models. You do have to spend more time on it - instead of calibre just updating a db, the Kindle Keyboard must be restarted to register changes, and touch models need to be manually imported through the kindlet. But on the other hand, the Kindle supports nested collections! (broken in the later PW firmwares, but you can downgrade.)
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Old 07-13-2014, 06:11 AM   #19
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I'm not clear on whether the OP is deciding between a Glo and a Paperwhite 1, or a Glo and a Paperwhite 2. The Paperwhite 2 is priced much higher than a Glo in Australia, so I'm guessing maybe Paperwhite 1?

If stretching to Paperwhite 2 prices, the light of either Aura goes well and truly low enough to read in blackness.
I wasn't aware that there was more than one model -- I was referring to the model on amazon.com.au.
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I wasn't aware that there was more than one model -- I was referring to the model on amazon.com.au.
There's the Aura, and the Aura HD.
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There's the Aura, and the Aura HD.
Sorry, I'm actually talking about the Amazon Kindle Paperwhite in my above comment. I'm trying to decide between the Kindle Paperwhite and the Kobo Glo.
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Sorry, I'm actually talking about the Amazon Kindle Paperwhite in my above comment. I'm trying to decide between the Kindle Paperwhite and the Kobo Glo.
What people here call the PW2 is the current Paperwhite - the 2013 model - compared to the original 2012 Paperwhite, which we call the PW1.
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I think you should buy the Kobo Glo. I highly recommend it. I prefer it over the Kindle Paperwhite.
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What people here call the PW2 is the current Paperwhite - the 2013 model - compared to the original 2012 Paperwhite, which we call the PW1.
And to complicate things further, t seems that Aussie sellers are calling the PW2 the "Next Gen". I think. It's hard to tell. The Target page also claims it has a "built-in backlight", so I guess all bets are off.
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And to complicate things further, t seems that Aussie sellers are calling the PW2 the "Next Gen". I think. It's hard to tell. The Target page also claims it has a "built-in backlight", so I guess all bets are off.
Amazon themselves never use version numbers. The PW2 is called, on Amazon UK, the "All-New Kindle Paperwhite" .
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Amazon themselves never use version numbers. The PW2 is called, on Amazon UK, the "All-New Kindle Paperwhite" .
In that case, it would appear that I'm attempting to decide between the PW2 and the Kobo Glo... But they display as having very similar prices on my computer.
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In that case, it would appear that I'm attempting to decide between the PW2 and the Kobo Glo... But they display as having very similar prices on my computer.
Yes, it basically boils down to whether you prefer Amazon or Kobo's ecosystems. Personally I prefer Amazon: they have (IMHO) a better bookstore, and much better customer service. Both are good readers.
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In that case, it would appear that I'm attempting to decide between the PW2 and the Kobo Glo... But they display as having very similar prices on my computer.
Where are you looking? Dick Smith is the major Kindle dealer in Aus, and they've got the Paperwhite listed at $179 ($249 for 3G, but I'm guessing you're not going there). Officeworks has the Kobo Glo at $129 and Aura HD at $199, and the six inch Aura is ... hmmm, mostly unavailable? About to be updated, perhaps? But it was in the $160s.
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Why are you not considering the six inch Kobo Aura?

The competition is between the Glo vs. KPW1, and Aura vs. KPW2, as far as I know.
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Why are you not considering the six inch Kobo Aura?

The competition is between the Glo vs. KPW1, and Aura vs. KPW2, as far as I know.
I didn't know that it existed until I began receiving replies about it in this thread. I didn't even know that there were two Kindle Paperwhites.
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