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I can't find this deal on line yet but read about it onthe register, perhaps it isn't live yet.
http://www.reghardware.com/2011/12/06/asda_cuts_20_pounds_off_kobo_wifi_ebook_reader/I think this will be the cheapest eink ebook reader this side of Christmas

While all Kindles are tied to Amazon, the Kobo can handle DRM-protected e-books purchased from a variety of online suppliers, downloaded over Wi-Fi, and not just Kobo and WHSmith.
6 inch eink display.

Further details of the Kobo Wifi
http://www.kobobooks.com/wifi


Review of the current crop of ereaders:
http://www.reghardware.com/2011/12/05/xmas_gift_guide_ebook_readers/
- tightar5e
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myOpinion2#1
Just found the start date, the deal goes live from Friday 9th.

Edited By: myOpinion2 on Dec 06, 2011 15:22: spelling
myOpinion2#2
Tech specs from Kobo web site

Available Colours Onyx
Device Size 184mm X120mm
Device Depth 10mm
Weight 221g
Diagonal Display Size 6" E Ink
Screen Grey-Scale 16 Levels
Book Storage Over 1,000 eBooks
Memory Expansion Up to 10,000 eBooks with a 32 GB SD Memory Card
Connectivity Wi Fi, USB
Battery Life 10 days or 10,0000 Page Turns
Supported File Formats EPUB, PDF
Pre-Loaded eBooks 100 FREE Classics Included
Fonts 2 Font Styles, 5 Available Sizes
mikbaksuspended#3
And it is Hackable Clicky...
jb5#4
Hmm, been thinking about an ebook reader, and specifically the Kobo, for a while.
Good price, depends how quickly they sell out.

EDIT: Ahh , it was the touch I was looking to purchase. Still lowest price I've come across for this model.

Edited By: jb5 on Dec 06, 2011 14:05: Info from post #9
atc28uk#5
hmm... interesting.. Never considered this but at that price it would make a great prezzie.
coony#6
mikbak
And it is Hackable Clicky...


What extra stuff can you do once it is hacked??
bethstephi 1 Like #7
Looks just like a golf :-D
mikbaksuspended#8
coony
mikbak
And it is Hackable Clicky...


What extra stuff can you do once it is hacked??


Click the clicky...
jonbyrne#9
I looked at one of these in WHSmiths the other day and was not that impressed with the form factor or the user interface and page turn button.

The touch one is much nicer but more expensive, I think the Kindle 4 is worth the extra £22.
tightar5e 2 Likes #10
I have the Kobo Touch, and its an excellent piece of technology.

The screen is a 6'' branded e-ink display so is the same quality as the new kindle, the dimensions are similar to the new cheaper Kindle (without touch). Online Store works well.

Has a mini sd card slot (upto 32GB), to side load books, if you want to. It also great for older readers (my mom loved it when she used it for the weekend, when I dropped by) because its simple - with its infra red touch interface. The touch works perfectly, can't really fault it.

Not sure why it isn't selling better than it is, because everyone I show it and explain the features - sees the screen/display - and say's thats exactly what I want. It really works well with older readers too because its so simple to use, especially if you set it up with a few books for them, to start with.

I'm also a bit sceptical about the reviews as the cheaper Kindle (with its bigger market muscle) always just clinches the editors choice, even though it doesn't have touch.

Not saying its better, but its certainly on equal terms.

Its a shame the WHsmith staff are so clueless as to the technology, as otherwise they'd be a top seller. The staff were such a let down at my store, I sold it better to them, than they did to me. None of the staff had checked online reviews, for example.

I'd be surpised if anyone who bought the Kobo Touch is disappointed with it. Its certainly no lemon.




Edited By: tightar5e on Dec 06, 2011 14:11
myOpinion2#11
This is the touchless verion, does touch add much? When reading a paper book I don't really touch it, do finger marks get left on the screen.
harlzter#12
Does anyone know a kid friendly ebook reader for a 9 year old? he is pretty good at looking after tech and an avid bookworm but we have a kindle each and whilst its an excellent reader I still see it as prone to getting screen damage if not careful.
tightar5e#13
myOpinion2
This is the touchless verion, does touch add much? When reading a paper book I don't really touch it, do finger marks get left on the screen.

Because the screen is infra-red, you don't have to 'actually touch' the screen, layered over the screen is an invisible infrared beam, so you learn to 'touch' the screen, without pressing on it or rubbing your finger on it. If you have very greasy fingers obviously you'll leave a mark, but it can be done without pressure.

You learn to lightly glide your finger over the screen, with very little touch. Bringing your finger upto the screen breaks the beam, so it knows where your finger is - its works really well, even with gestures (page swipes).

Its the same with page turns, you swipe from right to left, or touch lower right corner to turn to the next page.

It just works, its intuitive, seems natural, I wouldn't want it any other way now, ie. going back to a cursor key control.







Edited By: tightar5e on Dec 06, 2011 14:31: ed
tightar5e#14
harlzter
Does anyone know a kid friendly ebook reader for a 9 year old? he is pretty good at looking after tech and an avid bookworm but we have a kindle each and whilst its an excellent reader I still see it as prone to getting screen damage if not careful.


I think the Kobo Touch would be an excellent present for kids, because the touch technology makes reading fun for them. Its very simple to use, it looks droppable and is very light, but I've read Kindle screen's can easily break and as this uses the same e-ink branded screen - likely to have the same flaw. I'd recommend a good case with a light.

The touch soon loses its wow factor though, in the sense its so simple, you forget its there. i.e if you don't read books - I don't think it helps that much to become an avid reader.

Disclaimer: No I don't work for Kobo, Asda, WHSmith, or any ereader related company.
My last post on hotukdeals.com was for a Lexar 32GB micro sd card from Amazon @ 24.99 reaching 380degrees, yesterday - so given that, you'd think I'd be promoting the kindle.

Basically if its good tech - I'll promote it, if it's crap - I'll say so. The Kobo Touch is good tech, and so is the Kindle.




Edited By: tightar5e on Dec 06, 2011 20:00: Disclaimer added.
jonbyrne#15
The touch version is much more compact whilst having the same screen.

As for touch adding anything I think using touch to turn the page takes away one of my favourite things that ereaders give me, the fact that I do not have to move to turn the page. On my Kindle I rest my finger on the next page and its a slight pressure to turn the page, for any touch device you would have to move your finger to the screen, it does not sound like a big difference but to me it is.
tightar5e 1 Like #16
jonbyrne
The touch version is much more compact whilst having the same screen.

As for touch adding anything I think using touch to turn the page takes away one of my favourite things that ereaders give me, the fact that I do not have to move to turn the page. On my Kindle I rest my finger on the next page and its a slight pressure to turn the page, for any touch device you would have to move your finger to the screen, it does not sound like a big difference but to me it is.


The touch really comes into its own selecting/searching a different book, once you have the book selected and reading it, your probably right about turning the page. I personally don't notice, but get what your saying, I wouldn''t go back to a manual cursor control though. There is no doubting the Kobo Touch is a nice bit of kit, overall. You can use a swipe movement from right to left or a light touch lower right corner (about a inch from the edge, works best) to turn the page. Also the overall size, weight and design of the Kobo Touch, sells it for me - its worth the extra, especially something you're likely to spend hours holding.

Review of the current crop of ereaders:
http://www.reghardware.com/2011/12/05/xmas_gift_guide_ebook_readers/







Edited By: tightar5e on Dec 06, 2011 15:12: ed
therealjohnpeat 1 Like #17
WHilst I can understand people "preferring" the Kindle - the problem with the Kindle is that you're buying into AMAZON AMAZON and only AMAZON!?

Kindle doesn't (yet - ever?) support any of the free epub formats which means if AMAZON don't want to carry a book - you won't be able to read it.

It's **** like this which keeps me reading dead-tree-stylee :)
calmacuk#18
therealjohnpeat
WHilst I can understand people "preferring" the Kindle - the problem with the Kindle is that you're buying into AMAZON AMAZON and only AMAZON!?

Kindle doesn't (yet - ever?) support any of the free epub formats which means if AMAZON don't want to carry a book - you won't be able to read it.

It's **** like this which keeps me reading dead-tree-stylee :)


You can convert other formats so that the Kindle can read them using Calibre:

http://calibre-ebook.com/
harlzter 1 Like #19
therealjohnpeat
WHilst I can understand people "preferring" the Kindle - the problem with the Kindle is that you're buying into AMAZON AMAZON and only AMAZON!?

Kindle doesn't (yet - ever?) support any of the free epub formats which means if AMAZON don't want to carry a book - you won't be able to read it.

It's **** like this which keeps me reading dead-tree-stylee :)


You will find that the free software calibre does an excellent job of converting different formats for the kindle. Thats the original reason we delayed buying a kindle ourselves.

We have been kept going using mostly the free ebooks amazon offers for kindle anyway.
jonbyrne#20
therealjohnpeat
WHilst I can understand people "preferring" the Kindle - the problem with the Kindle is that you're buying into AMAZON AMAZON and only AMAZON!?

Kindle doesn't (yet - ever?) support any of the free epub formats which means if AMAZON don't want to carry a book - you won't be able to read it.

It's **** like this which keeps me reading dead-tree-stylee :)



Not exactly true, DRM free books can be converted (using calibre) and mobipocket books are supported but default, add to that pdf and you can read plenty of book s that Amazon sell. Many indie authors offer mobipocket so no issues there.

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