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National Book Store was kind enough to lend me the Kobo Glo eReader and for its intended purpose, I really think it's a solid device that's going to bring back your love for reading--if not make you love it even more.

The Kobo Glo is a product of Kobo, a global leader in eReading and its partnership with NBS is the first of its kind, giving owners of the device access to Kobo's eBookstore that has 4 million titles across 68 languages including international and local bestsellers.

"Digital reading is only just emerging in the Philippines," said Todd Humphrey, EVP of Business Development, Kobo. "With Kobo and National Book Store, consumers can--for the first time ever--access a world of international content and look forward to their local authors and publishers making their work available in digital formats. We are committed to delivering a world-class eReading experience to the Filipino market, and look forward to working with National Book Store as we help people read more, any time, any place, and on any device."

Kobo's world class eBookstore, which can be found at, features 4 million titles from around the world including international and local Filipino bestsellers. The ever-expanding title list continues to grow as Kobo continuously forges new partnerships with publishers and authors around the world.

Additionaly, Kobo's self-publishing platform, Kobo Writing Life, allows independent authors to easily self-publish their work, have full control over pricing, and make their work available to an international audience.

"National Book Store takes pride in being the first to bring Kobo's world class digital reading experience to the Philippines," adds Xandra Ramos-Padilla, Purchasing Director, National Book Store. "These cutting edge eReaders will certainly provide a new way for Filipino students and book lovers to enjoy books, magazines, and newspapers."

So what are my initial impressions on the Kobo Glo? With dimensions of 113.9mm x 157.4mm and 10mm thick, it feels good in one hand. When I started reading using the device, I found that my eyes didn't need much adjusting to the screen the same way when I first started reading with my iPad.

There are lots of books to choose from that you can download for free and there are some that you can purchase. The Kobo Glo also has E Ink, customizable fonts, and a high-res XGA screen and has an SRP of P6,599.

There are also two other Kobo eReaders available at NBS: the thin and light Kobo Touch (SRP P4,599) and the Kobo Arc (SRP P9,149), which runs on Google's open Adroid 4.0 platform. The Arc uses WiFi Direct to stream multimedia content to your TV using a compatible A/V adaptor. You also get to enjoy Android customization features such as resizable widgets and face unlock.

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