Reader Rocket Review Our evaluation of Aura HD vs Simple Touch GlowLight


How do the screens stack up?

Resolution, pixel density and Screen size


How good is the supporting ecosystem?

e-bookstore size, average NYT best sellers price, NYT's top selling titles and 4 more


How responsive and how long does the e-reader last?

Battery life


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Kobo Aura HD 

Reader Rocket recommends the Kobo Aura HD  based on its display.

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Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Kobo Aura HD

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Kobo Aura HD

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Much higher resolution screen 1440 x 1080 vs 800 x 600 Around 3.2x higher resolution screen
Much more storage capacity 4 GB vs 1.26 GB Around 3.2x more storage capacity
Can browse the web Yes vs No About half of E-Readers have a web browser
Bigger screen 6.8" vs 6" Around 15% bigger screen
Significantly faster processor 1,000 MHz vs 800 MHz 25% faster processor; a faster processor improves responsiveness
Supports the Mobi e-book format Yes vs No About half of E-Readers support the Mobi e-book format
Front view of Barnes & Noble NOOK Simple Touch GlowLight

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Has reader-to-reader lending Yes (NOOK Book Store) vs No (Kobo Books) Somewhat common; e-books can be loaned to a friend for a 14 day period; each e-book can only be loaned once
Lighter weight 198 g vs 240 g Around 20% lighter weight

Specifications Full list of technical specs


Aura HD  vs
NOOK Simple Touch GlowLight 
Screen resolution 1440 x 1080 800 x 600
Screen size 6.8" 6"
Pixel density 264 ppi 166 ppi
Built-in light ComfortLight GlowLight
Screen type E-Ink E-Ink
Touchscreen Infrared Infrared
Flashes screen black during page turns Yes Yes


Sync across multiple devices Yes Yes
Note taking Yes Yes
Web browser Yes No


Uses an open platform Yes Yes
Bookstore Kobo Books NOOK Book Store
EBookstore size 3.2 M book 3.27 M book
Free content free content 1.89 M books 1.84 M books
Customer loyalty program No No
Average NYT best sellers price $9.95 $9.64
Number of NYT top-selling titles offered+ 38 38
Reader-to-reader lending No Yes
Cloud storage Yes Yes
Reading apps iOS, Android, BlackBerry, PC and Mac iOS, Android, PC and Mac
Additional electronic offerings newspapers, magazines and comics/graphic novels newspapers, magazines, comics/graphic novels, textbooks, and audio-books
Has retail store locations No Yes


Aura HD  vs
NOOK Simple Touch GlowLight 
Input/Output port micro-USB micro-USB
Cellular data None None
Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n 802.11b/g/n
Bluetooth connectivity No No

technical specs

RAM 1,024 MB 256 MB
Processor 1,000 MHz 800 MHz
Document support
Image support


Internal storage 4 GB 1.26 GB
Expansion slot microSD (up to 32GB) microSD (up to 32GB)
Memory 4 GB 2 GB

form factor

Size 128 x 175 x 11.7 mm 127 x 165 x 12 mm
Weight 240 g 198 g
Interface touchscreen touchscreen
Headphone jack No No
Kobo Aura HD
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