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Kobo ebook reader £67 at Asda this Christmas
Kobo ebook reader £67 at Asda this Christmas

Kobo ebook reader £67 at Asda this Christmas

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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.
reghardware.com/201…r/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
kobobooks.com/wifi


Review of the current crop of ereaders:
reghardware.com/201…rs/
- tightar5e

54 Comments

Original Poster

Just found the start date, the deal goes live from Friday 9th.
Edited by: "myOpinion2" 6th Dec 2011

Original Poster

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

And it is Hackable Clicky...

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" 6th Dec 2011

hmm... interesting.. Never considered this but at that price it would make a great prezzie.

mikbak

And it is Hackable Clicky...



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

Looks just like a golf :-D

coony

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



Click the clicky...

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.

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" 6th Dec 2011

Original Poster

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.

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.

myOpinion2

This is the touchless verion, does touch add much? When reading a paper … 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" 6th Dec 2011

harlzter

Does anyone know a kid friendly ebook reader for a 9 year old? he is … 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" 6th Dec 2011

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.

jonbyrne

The touch version is much more compact whilst having the same screen.As … 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:
reghardware.com/201…rs/






Edited by: "tightar5e" 6th Dec 2011

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

therealjohnpeat

WHilst I can understand people "preferring" the Kindle - the problem with … 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:

calibre-ebook.com/

therealjohnpeat

WHilst I can understand people "preferring" the Kindle - the problem with … 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.

therealjohnpeat

WHilst I can understand people "preferring" the Kindle - the problem with … 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.

Nice

thanks.. just this second searched for kobo as was looking for one for the mother for christmas..

nothing came up on search then seen this on main page..

great timing..

can i search for books on my pc whilst i wait?

mother no longer has internet so will need to order the books for her myself so be nice to get a decent list ready..

(she has a library across the road i understand she can borrow books from there on it also ??)

Personally I love the feel and smell of a proper book.

tightar5e

I think the Kobo Touch would be an excellent present for kids.



tight5rse - do you own shares in Kobo?

It will sell well in Asda at this price.
Hot.

therealjohnpeat

WHilst I can understand people "preferring" the Kindle - the problem with … 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


Never had a problem converting e-pubs to mobi in calibre. Only takes a second too.

I think this is brilliant. You can borrow ebooks from your local library and download to a Koko Reader as it can read .pdf, .doc and a lot of other file types. With the Kindle, you're stuck with the Amazon file format.

Hot hot!

bethstephi

Looks just like a golf :-D




Its good news that people are becoming more aware that there are choices of ereaders - ie not just a Kindle. If you're buying an ereader look at all the choices and choose the one that suits you best whether its a Kobo, Kindle or Sony at least you made an informed choice.

Thing I like about the Kobo is the reader stats/awards you get for reading - good way to encourage children to read.
http://www.kobobooks.com/readinglife#section:earnAwards

No people.

Go for the Kindle.

You can buy ebooks from wherever you want and then using free software called Calibre, you can convert it to kindle format and you're good to go. I had to resort to it when I accidently brought digital formats of a few books. But it's worked a treat. So now I really can shop around for the best deal on ebooks and read them on the best e-reader.

Leave this and go kindle please.
Edited by: "sammyz1" 6th Dec 2011

sammyz1

No people. Go for the Kindle. You can buy ebooks from wherever you want … No people. Go for the Kindle. You can buy ebooks from wherever you want and then using free software called Calibre, you can convert it to kindle format and you're good to go. I had to resort to it when I accidently brought digital formats of a few books. But it's worked a treat. So now I really can shop around for the best deal on ebooks and read them on the best e-reader. Leave this and go kindle please.



Why?

I wonder how many they will get per store?

This will be roughly the same price in Smiths too! And the touch screen will be dropping to £99.99 on Thursday

sammyz1

No people. Go for the Kindle. You can buy ebooks from wherever you want … No people. Go for the Kindle. You can buy ebooks from wherever you want and then using free software called Calibre, you can convert it to kindle format and you're good to go. I had to resort to it when I accidently brought digital formats of a few books. But it's worked a treat. So now I really can shop around for the best deal on ebooks and read them on the best e-reader. Leave this and go kindle please.



If you've ever used any other ereader you wont go back to a kindle

The Kindle 4 isn't significantly better than this Kobo Wi-Fi, they're both pretty comparable. Ignore all the opinions about one being so much better than the other, they're not.

If you can go into WH Smith or Asda for a look at one and play about with it in demo mode, do so, then pop into Tesco or Currys and have a look at the Kindle. The differences between them are pretty minimal and more down to personal preference than anything else.

The Kindle's tie-in with Amazon isn't an issue unless you specifically don't want to buy books from Amazon. But if you expect to buy most of your books from places like WH Smith, Waterstone's etc and very few from Amazon - then you'd probably be better not buying a Kindle. It's also far easier to borrow library ebooks with a Kobo.

The biggest plus for the Kindle is the level of customer support you will get from Amazon. This is where it blows everything else out of the water.

For kids, something cheap is probably best. So this Kobo seems like it might be worth a punt. The touch-screen might be more engaging for some, but it's a lot more costly. The Kobo Touch, the Sony PRS-T1 and the as-yet-unreleased Kindle Touch aren't comparable with this Kobo Wi-Fi (or the Kindle 4), they are more expensive for a reason.

I kmow a manager of a large W H Smith store & she is under the impression that KOBO is unique the W H Smiths & shouldnt be sold any where else?

I'm looking at ebook readers for a gift. I've never handled one. I went to Tesco and they had the Kindle, but it wasn't working and they refused to get the other ebook readers out of the case they were locked into, saying they didn't have a demo model. They then directed me to the Ipad, which was also not working, all the wires were broken and so it couldn't be recharged. I'm reluctant to pay a chunk of cash for something I can't try out - who'd buy a mobile phone without trying out its features first? Yet they expect me to part with my money on something that looks like an uninspiring photoframe? Sorry, rant over! Poor customer service drives me insane...

Its nice to see something other than a kindle on here, I'll keep doing my research but any comments on various ebook readers are welcome.

mac_d

The Kindle 4 isn't significantly better than this Kobo Wi-Fi, they're … The Kindle 4 isn't significantly better than this Kobo Wi-Fi, they're both pretty comparable. Ignore all the opinions about one being so much better than the other, they're not.If you can go into WH Smith or Asda for a look at one and play about with it in demo mode, do so, then pop into Tesco or Currys and have a look at the Kindle. The differences between them are pretty minimal and more down to personal preference than anything else.The Kindle's tie-in with Amazon isn't an issue unless you specifically don't want to buy books from Amazon. But if you expect to buy most of your books from places like WH Smith, Waterstone's etc and very few from Amazon - then you'd probably be better not buying a Kindle. It's also far easier to borrow library ebooks with a Kobo.The biggest plus for the Kindle is the level of customer support you will get from Amazon. This is where it blows everything else out of the water.For kids, something cheap is probably best. So this Kobo seems like it might be worth a punt. The touch-screen might be more engaging for some, but it's a lot more costly. The Kobo Touch, the Sony PRS-T1 and the as-yet-unreleased Kindle Touch aren't comparable with this Kobo Wi-Fi (or the Kindle 4), they are more expensive for a reason.



I just think £40 isn't that much extra nowadays for something your going to hold in your hand for hours, even a quick trip to the shops for a small restock of food, a bit of Petrol and a coffee/cake out - costs me £40.
The extra weight and size of this compared to the ligher,smaller, newer Kobo Touch, means I'd pay the extra.

I think you're right to base choice on where you'll purchase most books, and if you prefer being able to just slot in a sdcard with books or prefer to link up the device. Both are easy enough to put your own books on, both are really geared up for you to browse and purchase via their respect stores.

There is certainly nothing wrong with the Kobo touch, as a product (haven't used the Kobo wifi so can't comment), but if it has the same latest screen of the Kobo touch - its well worth it at £67.

I think the Kobo Touch would be more engaging for kids (I'd have loved one looking back), but as said the touch interface is just there, and works well - you soon forget its there, the novelty factor wears off - and you just use it.

I think as an ereader for your kids, it isn't going to turn them into book worms unless they were going to be already, but you never know. Kobo could really do the soft soap,pull at the heart strings and push this as a tool to educate your kids, but it will only happen, if its meant to happen. If they don't read normal books, I can't see this improving things much. But certainly worth a try.

If you don't have an ereader, and want to give one a try - £67 on this isn't bad, but I would probably buy the Kindle 4 if I wanted a cheap manual ereader, but very happy with my Kobo Touch.

Amazon Kindles are easy to return if its not for you, that would be my main reason, not that its better, but saying that Asda has a great return policy too. But as devices both makes are good, and work well.

The Amazon Kindle certainly isn't superior, the Kobo is as good, because it uses the same branded e-ink technology. Remember that a lot of reviews you see on sites, are paid for by adverts - they need to keep their clients happy, Kobos advertising budget is a lot less than Amazons.

Having the Kobo Touch in your hand, It does make you realise its not a level playing field out there based on the quality of the product alone, they have to beat Amazon's marketing power too, as there is really nothing to fault with the Kobo Touch.



Edited by: "tightar5e" 6th Dec 2011

coony

If you've ever used any other ereader you wont go back to a kindle



Such twaddle!

I use a Sony PRS-350 ereader and my iPad for reading. My wife has a Kindle and it's by far the most usable ereader.

Might be interested in the Kobo Touch for £99 if that's true. Missus wants one but wants a touch screen and didnt like the look of the current Kindles and she also wants to use the library facilities. Personally I was leaning towards the Sony but if the price is right on the Kobo I may go down that route.
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