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Kobo’s new eReader a good buy.

When I first picked up the Kobo eReader Touch Edition I was struck by the weight..it feels like a feather in my hand. With a six inch screen, it is the perfect size and weight for reading on the go.

But when it comes to the specs it is clear this eReader is no featherweight

6-inch Pearl e-ink screen (same screen as e-ink screens on Kindle and Nook)
Wi-Fi wireless connectivity (802.11 b/g/n)
2GB of onboard storage
MicroSD card expansion slot (add up to 32GB card)
Battery charge lasts up to two weeks (more with wireless switched off)
Supports EPUB, PDF, Adobe DRM (e-book library lending)
Dimensions: 6.5 inches by 4.5 inches by 0.39 inch
Weight: 7.05 ounces (200g)
Available in black (with black back) and white (with lilac, blue, or white back)
Multiple languages available (English, French, Spanish, German, Italian, and Dutch)

The Kobo Touch is easy to hold, is comfortable in the hand and it doesn’t feel like it might slip thanks to the quitled finish on the back. You couldn’t get a  much simpler device a screen, a power switch, a home button..and a micro USB port for charging and syncing with your computer.

Out of the box setup of my eReader required me to download the Kobo application to my computer to set up my library..all the books I have read with annotations and bookmarks were synchronized to my new Kobo eReader. This is, for all intents and purposes the last time I will have to use the computer application..I can buy books from the Kobo store with the reader over WiFi and anything I do on the Kobo Touch eReader is reflected on my other Kobo apps..on my iPad 2 for example. I can..and do..switch back and forth between the Kobo Touch and my iPad 2 and it is great to know I won’t lose my place in the process.

The Ink display is the industry standard and it is easy to read. You can adjust the size of the font and how to display the type. As well, there are 7 easy to read font faces to choose from. Reading is natural..touch the right side of the page to advance, the left to go back and page changes are quick with no flash between pages.

The Home page provides buttons for setting, Help and refresh plus links to my Library, the Kobo Store and Kobo’s Reading Life program a kind of incentive program to keep track of your reading and share with friends..it’s an acquired taste. There is also a Beta web browser that is a bit slow but it does work for some basic web browsing..something handy to have. When the Kobo Touch is sleeping or off it displays the cover of the book you are currently reading which I thought a nice touch.

Now what does this little reader not do..well, there is no 3G..and no extra monthly bill..it won’t read your books to you and it won’t play MP3s. I don’t know about you but I never need those features..All I want is a light no-nonsense eReader that lets me read my favourite books anywhere. The Kobo Touch certainly does that and a bit more. I consider it a really good buy.

Plus! the Kobo touch has a direct link to the Kobo eBook store which I think is the finest eBook store on the Internet..more book titles than I could ever read..the latest best sellers at better than competitive prices. All the listed titles are available in Canada and there are loads of free books available. See my recent review

The Kobo eReader Touch Edition is available for $139 at Chapters, Indigo and Coles book stores as well as Best Buy and Future Shop in Canada. In the US it is $129.99 at Borders Book Stores and Best Buy. Oh yes, it is available in White, Black, Silver, Lilac, and Blue

 

Bob Benedetti

Former RCAF Fighter Pilot Bob worked for CTV Montreal as a Reporter, Producer and Executive producer for 35 years retiring in 2004. Bob started reporting on personal technology in 1995 at CTV and continues today at Home Technology Montreal

7 Comments
  • Ed

    I bought one at Borders today.

    It completely died within and hour and a half.

    It never synced properly. It never worked properly.

    Borders doesn’t accept returns because they’re going out of business.

    DO NOT BUY ANY KOBO PRODUCTS

    July 24, 2011 at 2:09 pm Reply
    • Bob Benedetti

      I’m sorry you had problems..If you paid Borders full price and/or your sales receipt is not marked sale final or similar..If the store is still open, I believe they have a legal obligationto replace your eReader bankruptcy or not. Otherwise try http://help.kobobooks.com/ and submit a help request. I am sure they will help you get a replacement.

      July 24, 2011 at 2:24 pm Reply
  • Fancy Maryse

    Hi!
    Just got the Kobo on Friday evening for my birthday! I enjoy the Kobo, as you described it, light, easy to read and to handle, and on top of it, a dictionnary. it also syncs with any devices that you might be using, iphone,ipad, to read your book, so you always are on the right page!
    It is a good buy!

    August 8, 2011 at 4:58 pm Reply
  • Donna Carmela

    Hi,
    I just got the Kobo Touch and it looks really cool and everything….. I just have one problem…. How come it’s not reading my sd card? I followed EVERY instruction but nothing!!! Please HELP
    THNKS

    August 17, 2011 at 12:24 am Reply
    • Bob Benedetti

      Did you format it as FAT32, did you copy a PDF or PUB book or document to it? Is it a Micro SDHC card..what size..what brand? I tried the PDF instruction manual for my camera and it worked. Turn on the Kobo Touch, insert the card and the screen should say processing content or just flash briefly then you should find the content listed in your library. If all esle fails take it back to the store. Let me know how it goes.

      August 17, 2011 at 1:02 pm Reply
      • Donna Carmela

        Well, I figured it out what was wrong but then my reader started going wonky on me so i got a replacement… thanks

        August 19, 2011 at 1:35 pm Reply

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