Kobo eReader Touch Edition could push e-reader prices low, low, low
Kobo's new eReader Touch Edition – the smallest, lightest, and cheapest touchscreen e-reader yet – is getting rave reviews.
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Early reviews suggest the Canadian e-book retailer is vying for the No. 3 spot in e-readers, behind Amazon’s Kindle and Barnes & Noble’s Nook.
The paperback-sized eReader Touch (Kobo says it’s designed to fit in a jeans pocket) has a clean, simple design – mostly screen with only one physical button. It uses e-ink, like a Kindle; can be read in bright light; and best of all, works like a touchscreen so readers can turn a page with the swipe of a finger.
The eReader Touch has 32 GB of storage, a micro-USB port for charging, and a battery life of up to one month, according to Kobo. It offers wireless access, but no 3G.
And at just 7.05 ounces (0.44 pounds), Kobo’s new e-reader is 0.33 ounces lighter than the second-generation Nook and 1.45 ounces lighter than the third-generation Kindle, “a noticeable difference,” writes PC World.
So far, reviewers have (mostly) raved.
“The Kobo e-Reader Touch Edition is an excellent and easy to use device,” writes Publishers Weekly. It lauded the e-reader's “clean, simple design,” e-ink screen, and extended battery life, but said Kobo’s page loading speed and clarity of graphics leave room for improvement.
“While Kobo claims the device is more powerful than its older version, it can still feel a bit underpowered and at times there’s a bit of lag bringing up titles – especially graphic heavy works like comics – and while navigating online at the Kobo e-book store.... [W]hile the device’s ability to display photos and graphic work like comics, isn’t bad, it’s still an e-ink device and graphics could be better.”