OK, I admit it. I’m standing up and confessing my shame. I held out for paper books for wayyyyyyy too long. (Go ahead and read all about it here if you must.) It got to the point where my books were just hanging out on the nightstand mocking me. The sad truth is I let my beloved pastime slip away because dragging my ass to a bookstore and hunting for a book that spoke to me turned into a hassle. And who needs browsing when you’ve got a list of book recommendations on your phone that’s so long it could put you to sleep just reading it.

So I should’ve been thrilled when my first eReader—the new Kobo Glo HD, stocked with a few picks I’d made myself—arrived on my doorstep. But instead, I was scared.

No more just flipping open a book and reading (squinting), the way I’d done for almost 50 years. Now I’d have to learn how to use this newfangled thing, and while I groove on words, my confidence in my technical abilities is shaky at best. Good thing I got dared to take the Kobo 7-day e-Reading Challenge because what brazen woman in her right mind doesn’t accept a dare?

Lucky for me, this device is not just easy (read: idiot-proof) but it’s brilliant, so brilliant that I’m insisting you give it a try—and we’re even giving one away to a lucky Brazen Woman reader so you can transition to the bright side along with me.

Need some encouragement?

11 REASONS I LOVE READING ON MY NEW KOBO GLO HD

1. IT’S EASIER TO READ

Welcome to the Bright Side: 11 Reasons I Love My New KoboNo more squinting, even without granny glasses. That perk alone is enough to buy a Kobo. You’re in for a comfortable read, especially if you’ve got vision problems like just about every woman I know. The device has the most book-like 6″ HD Carta E Ink touchscreen with fully adjustable ComfortLight and the convenience of adjustable fonts, sizes and margins. Hallelujah.

2. IT’S GOT MEGA STORAGE

Because there’s 4GB of storage, you can literally carry an entire library, composed of up to 3,000 books, in the palm of your hand. Gone are the days of having to decide which books to take on vacation or on your daily commute. You can take them all. Bam.

3. IT’S SO PORTABLE

The Kobo Glo HD is one of the lightest devices on the market. Weighing in at 180g, it’s about the size of a sushi roll. And it’s handy. It’s small enough to carry in a purse or jacket pocket, which means it’ll be your constant companion.

4. YOU CAN READ IN THE DARK OR LIGHT

No more turning on your smart phone flashlight so you can see in the dark. Kobos have a book-like E-Ink screen that reads like print on paper. The built-in ComfortLight feature means you can read just fine in darkness while the anti-glare display makes it easy to read in direct sunlight, too.

5. IT DOESN’T RUN OUT OF JUICE

Welcome to the Bright Side: 11 Reasons I Love My New KoboYou don’t have to worry that when you get to the juicy part, the juice will run out. That’s because with a battery life of up to two months, you can read an entire e-book on a single charge and enjoy the freedom of leaving your charger behind.

6. YOU HAVE INSTANT ACCESS

Finished your book while you’re at the hairdresser? No problem. Just browse and pick another. You get easy and instant access to Kobo’s 24/7 eBookstore, which contains millions of titles, just by logging onto WiFi.

7. THERE ARE BUILT-IN RECOMMENDATIONS

You’re not shopping blind on the Kobo. You can browse the Kobo eBookstore and sample before you buy. And you can take advantage of  Kobo’s personalized recommendations, free previews and reviews. And get this: Kobo makes suggestions for you based on your activity and preferences.

8. YOU CAN READ ON OTHER DEVICES

Welcome to the Bright Side: 11 Reasons I Love My New KoboIf you download The Kobo App, you can read on any device, including your desktop, smartphone and tablet. Stuck in line at the grocery store? Time to get on the stationary bike? Now you can do more than check email on your phone. Like say, finishing that hot steamy chapter you had to put down this morning because it was time for work.

9. YOU NEVER LOSE YOUR PLACE

How many times have you forgotten to dog-ear the page? On the Kobo, your bookmarks are synched across all your devices so if you stop reading, don’t worry. You’ll never find yourself flipping back in frustration or reading the same passages again and again.

10. YOU ARE IN CONTROL

With Reading Life, you have the ability to take notes, highlight text, make bookmarks, and track stats to learn about your own reading habits. Now that’s what I call control.

11. THERE ARE DIFFERENT STYLES

Depending on your needs, you can choose the Kobo eReader that works best. Ranging in price from $89.99 to $199.99, these options are all great so it’s about what’s great for you.

  • Kobo Aura H2O: This premium waterproof eReader allows for worry-free eReading in the bath, on the beach, or by the pool, due to its amazing waterproof, sandproof and dustproof design. So handy.
  • Kobo Glo HD: It’s the clearest, most book-like screen that reads just like a printed page. So easy.
  • Kobo Touch 2.0: A refreshed version of the Kobo Touch with a sleeker design, this device now has more storage memory, and a battery that lasts up to two months. So classic.

We love the Kobo Glo HD so much that we’re sharing the love. Want to win one? (Yes, that’s rhetorical.) Just enter below and cross your fingers. Welcome to the Bright Side!

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About the author

Randi Chapnik Myers

Randi Chapnik Myers is Co-Founder and Content Editor of BrazenWoman.com, the only lifestyle site by women 35+ for women 35+. A journalist, blogger, editor and marketer, she specializes in custom content creation for publications, companies, brands and authors at RCMContent.com. Proud to call herself a social media addict, Randi is never far from a screen—even when she's out hunting for designer bargains.

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