kobo sage and libra2 best buy contestNever travel without a Kobo eReader. Slip it in your carryon and you have a whole library of books, without affecting luggage weight limits, and without limiting your reading choices to one or two books during your trip. An eReader is a must have travel item, as essential as a toothbrush or a camera. So read on to learn more and to learn how you can enter for an opportunity to win one of the two newest Kobo eReaders that we recently reviewed on the blog.

An eReader is one of the essentials you need for travelling

Travelling requires planning and making tough choices of what to bring and what not to bring. Even after carefully considering our options, we often find that we packed too much, including many non-essential items, finding that either the luggage is so over stuffed that it won’t close or it does close but is so overweight we risk having to pay a fortune in extra airline fees. Worse, you think you packed everything but arrive at your destination lamenting not having remembered one item. You need an objective list of things that are essential when travelling, like the Travel buying guide we just created on the blog.

It isn’t just a great resource for things to purchase when about to take a trip, it’s also something to guide your packing choices. If it’s not on the list, it may not be a true travel essential. I know what some of you are going to say: my medication isn’t mentioned in that article and it’s essential. Clearly, we couldn’t cover everything for everyone. However, most of the things you might want to take on a trip will be covered in that buying guide. Incidentally, blog articles are editable: if you have a suggestion of something we missed, you can add it in a comment and it might get included in the next round of editing.

Relax, recline, and read

You might have notice that I didn’t actually say why an eReader is essential for travelling. Let’s take a minute to consider a typical trip. You get to the airport and wait for sometimes hours. You try to access Wi-Fi but get no signal: their Wi-Fi is down. You are prepared for this. You get your eReader and scan the selection of books that you downloaded in advance. You feel that the classic Fitzgerald you are half-way into doesn’t suit your mood. You find several others you have been eager to start and pick Rushdie’s “Midnight Children”. When you hear the boarding call, you are surprised to not have even noticed the time fly by. You nudge the person sitting across the aisle with eyes closed and headphones on: she might have missed her plane if you hadn’t been there to awaken her!

A similar scenario could capture the benefits of the eReader while flying across the ocean for many hours. The fact is, an eReader provides the kind of experience you won’t get from other forms of entertainment. You could watch a movie, and might do that for a couple hours, but a book does so much more than a video or film. You aren’t at the director’s mercy for how the story is interpreted, how the characters look, or how the scene feels. Books require you to use your brain with the payoff being you get more out of the experience. There’s a reason why the book is usually much, much better than the film version of the story.

Your whole trip is better thanks to having an eReader along. The two Kobo eReaders we are giving away in this contest are perfect no matter where you go. Read at the beach, the E Ink screen is unaffected by the bright sun; reading is just like on paper. But of course you’ll have thousands of books in a Kobo and it’s waterproof—get it wet and keep reading without a worry. Even at night, under the stars on the patio of your AirBnb, the comfortLight in the eReader means you can read in comfort, without impacting your ability to count shooting stars.

I’ll just add one note about the Kobo Sage and its accompanying Kobo Stylus that we are giving away. You can learn about the similarities and differences between the Sage and the Libra 2 by reading the review on the blog. The biggest difference is that the Sage enables you to take notes right on the screen using the Kobo Stylus. You likely won’t be writing a novel on your travels, but you may find the ability to jot some notes really useful. For example, you could note some of the landmarks you photographed: one of my pet-peeves is looking through my photos after a trip and not being able to remember the names of some places.

How to enter

Entering this contest is easy and you can enter in two different ways.

  1. Read the Travel buying guide on the blog, then in a comment below, tell us one item in that guide that you consider the most essential, and one item not mentioned in that guide that you think is also essential and we should consider adding to improve the buying guide.
  2. For up to two (2) additional entries, create a public post on a social media channel (one entry per channel!) telling your friends and followers that you are entering to win a Kobo eReader from Best Buy; include the hashtag #BBYKOBOContest, so we can find your post, and include a picture of the Kobo prizes like that shown here or above. Then return here and tell us in a comment below, on which channel you posted it and the name of your channel (since many people use pseudonyms) so that we can check and verify your entry. You can use any social media channel (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, LinkedIn, etc) but the post must be public so we can verify it is there. Add one comment below for each social media channel for up to 2 contest entries.

What you can win 

At the end of this contest, we’ll randomly select two (2) winners: one will get the Kobo Sage and Kobo Stylus that were reviewed on the blog, and the other will get the Kobo Libra2 that was reviewed on the blog.

This contest runs from June 29th to July 12th.

Remember you can enter in two different ways, as discussed above. Increase your chances of winning by telling anyone you love to travel with about the contest so they too have a chance to win.

Win a Kobo eReader Contest Rules and Regulations

Good luck!

Editor in Chief
Martin loves working with the talented editors and writers on the Best Buy Blog as Editor-in-Chief. During his spare time he is either working on his next novel, cooking up a masterpiece in the kitchen, or adding some smart tech to his new home on Mayne Island in British Columbia.


  1. I am very happy to announce the winner(s) of the Kobo eReaders:

    Diane G – Whitehorse, YT
    Clinton F – Richmond, BC

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  2. This contest is now closed. We will draw the winners soon in accordance with the rules. Return to the blog often to read great articles, learn about the latest technology, and to enter more contests. You never know when we’ll be doing another amazing giveaway!

  3. A travel adapter is essential! But something that goes hand in hand that wasn’t mentioned is a powerbar which really stretches the usability of a single power adapter. Vital for making sure all the devices are charged after a long day of exploring!

  4. Most essential for the modern traveller is the power pack. Phone/camera/laptop, long airport waits, need power. Missing: sunscreen, Don’t leave home without it!

  5. the most essential thing is the power bank in the travel buying guide. and I think it is missing a pair of boots.

  6. I think a suitcase is essential when travelling. What I would include is a luggage strap in case the zipper breaks. Also, a unique strap helps you to identify your suit case from others. Bon Voyage and happy reading!

  7. the most essential thing is the power bank in the travel buying guide. and I think it is missing a good portable speaker.

  8. The item in the Travel Buying guide I consider most essential is a good power pack,
    An item not mentioned in the guide that I consider essential is a great pair of sunglasses.

  9. After reading the Travel Buying Guide, I absolutely believe that the tablet is an absolute must when travelling! I can’t count the times that my partner and I have used ours on our trip. It’s great to connect with family while away, to stay connected on social media, take pictures, watch movies, check the news, purchase travel tickets, check requirements to return home (during COVID), etc.

    What wasn’t listed, but I find also important to take, is a Pill Organizer! I take several medicines everyday so a pill organizer is essential to keep on track which days and times I have to take my meds.

  10. a backpack for me is essential and i would want to bring along a water filtering water bottle too

  11. As someone who gets lost easily, a GPS is essential for me. One thing not mentioned that I think should be is local currency. It’s always good to have some cash on you so stop by the exchange before venturing out.

  12. An item in “Travel Buying Guide” that I consider to be essential is a camera. I always take my DSLR camera with me on every trip I take. I love capturing images of my surroundings and the culture of wherever I am, turning these images into memories when looking back.

    One item that is not mentioned in the guide, that I would consider to be essential for travel is a water resistant passport holder or documentation folder. I think it’s important to always have your most important documentation safe when traveling. A water resistant, passport holder ensures that it will stay dry and secure while tucked away in a pouch.

  13. A spare (or 2) power packs would be a great idea to bring.. as well as different charge/power ends as many places do not have the same electrical plugs as we do. Definitely essentials…

  14. I find a powerful power bank an absolute essential for my travels so my phone (which I use for everything -camera, GPS, internet, music) never runs out of juice. Another essential would be a good pair of wireless, noise cancelling headphones to play some good tracks on the commutes!

  15. I would consider the luggage the most essential item for traveling! One thing I might suggest also adding to the guide to improve it would be bringing one of those cash/important document bags that is pickpocket resistant with you so your valuables are protected while you’re out exploring.

  16. A camera to me is so essential for travelling because there are so many beautiful places in the world and I want to be able to capture all of them! Phones can glitch out or get broken but with a camera you can keep and remember the moments. I think what wasn’t mentioned but would be a great add-on is having a fitness tracker with you. When I travel I walk a lot! I am always exploring and I take the most steps on vacation. It would also be amazing to go back and look at exactly where you walked and the pattern.

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