Kobo eReader Touch Edition - £67 @ John Lewis
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Kobo eReader Touch Edition - £67 @ John Lewis

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Found 1st May 2012
This appears to be a good price with FREE delivery option and great customer service as it's John Lewis.

Lower cost cases are available from Amazon.
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Nice price.
hot deal
Blimey! I thought £74.99 was good, but this is a cracking price. Good spot OP.
Can you use books from the amazon Kindle store on the Kobo? I'm not totally sure how these work, but been thinking about getting a Kindle for travelling. Any pros/cons of either? Thanks for any advice!
Stuggling a bit with all the different formats - can anyone confirm that I can use this to access the free ebooks available from public libraries? Thanks
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Hi panddda

I'm new to e-readers so have downloaded Calibre free software to mange e book formats etc.

Won't know how well it works until I receive my Kobo Touch but looks good so far.

Kindle have some audio functions but Kobo Touch is an e-reader only. Personally, I do not need low quality adio functions but if you do, kindle may suit you better.
Kobo e-readers are great. I have the Kobo Touch and it's perfect. This is a great price for an e-reader.
Calibre works well with the Kobo too
good price. have some heat
Got one of these and to be honest I'm not that impressed. When you change the page on some books it will whizz through about 5 more pages, on other books the screen will need to be touched a number of times to register any page turn and on others it will work perfectly for about 5 page turns but the 6th will freeze.
There doesn't seem to be any rhyme or reason about why different books have different problems. I did read somewhere that the latest update made the problem worse so if you do get one it's probably best not to update the software.
Shame as it is potentially very good, the screen and interface are great and the ability to read ePub and Mobi is great. I just wish the screen wasn't so flaky.
panddda

Can you use books from the amazon Kindle store on the Kobo? I'm not … Can you use books from the amazon Kindle store on the Kobo? I'm not totally sure how these work, but been thinking about getting a Kindle for travelling. Any pros/cons of either? Thanks for any advice!



I think you might have to strip them of their DRM and/or convert them, but ultimately yes. This reads more formats than the Kindle I believe (Amazon is too greedy).

nick77777

Stuggling a bit with all the different formats - can anyone confirm that … Stuggling a bit with all the different formats - can anyone confirm that I can use this to access the free ebooks available from public libraries? Thanks



Yes.

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panddda

Can you use books from the amazon Kindle store on the Kobo? I'm not … Can you use books from the amazon Kindle store on the Kobo? I'm not totally sure how these work, but been thinking about getting a Kindle for travelling. Any pros/cons of either? Thanks for any advice!



I would also like to know this
nick77777

Stuggling a bit with all the different formats - can anyone confirm that … Stuggling a bit with all the different formats - can anyone confirm that I can use this to access the free ebooks available from public libraries? Thanks



Your local library should have a list of compatible readers and devices on their website. I'm with Newcastle library which uses the Overdrive content system (as do many other libraries as I understand it), and you definately can't put library books onto a kindle but you can a Kobo, Sony etc.

corgi74

Got one of these and to be honest I'm not that impressed. When you … Got one of these and to be honest I'm not that impressed. When you change the page on some books it will whizz through about 5 more pages, on other books the screen will need to be touched a number of times to register any page turn and on others it will work perfectly for about 5 page turns but the 6th will freeze. There doesn't seem to be any rhyme or reason about why different books have different problems. I did read somewhere that the latest update made the problem worse so if you do get one it's probably best not to update the software.Shame as it is potentially very good, the screen and interface are great and the ability to read ePub and Mobi is great. I just wish the screen wasn't so flaky.



Hmm, that doesn't sound good. I suppose it is worth trying to find out if you are in the majority or minority re. this problem.


Edited by: "Tarquin8484" 1st May 2012
Tarquin8484 & detailista -many thanks for your replies. Just ordered.
corgi74

Got one of these and to be honest I'm not that impressed. When you … Got one of these and to be honest I'm not that impressed. When you change the page on some books it will whizz through about 5 more pages, on other books the screen will need to be touched a number of times to register any page turn and on others it will work perfectly for about 5 page turns but the 6th will freeze. There doesn't seem to be any rhyme or reason about why different books have different problems. I did read somewhere that the latest update made the problem worse so if you do get one it's probably best not to update the software.Shame as it is potentially very good, the screen and interface are great and the ability to read ePub and Mobi is great. I just wish the screen wasn't so flaky.



This is pretty much my experience, too, although I haven't noticed any deterioration with the latest firmware.
Thanks for the replies about the compatibility. Still not sure whether to go for it or not - I get a lot of Amazon vouchers which I'd use in the Kindle store, so just not sure if I'd be bothered with hassle if it wasn't just a simple process to get the books onto the device.

Not sure if our library does ebooks or not - wasn't aware there was such a thing as 'borrowing' them. Might be worth looking into I suppose, and then decide. How does it work - you have it for a while and then delete it? Or have I totally the wrong end of the stick there?!
I'm so undecided. I have a Sony PRS 505 and want something a bit quicker. They all seem to have their good and bad points, like most things in life.

Good price for this though.
excellent price - this works with Newcastle library so I'm ordering one too - many thanks OP, I've been waiting for a deal like this for ages
does this flicker to black after each page turn?

the sony prs-t10 was rubbish and screen goes black ever turn page..
I bought my son one of these and he loves it. Uses it virtually daily and hasn't had problems with skipping pages. Compares very favourably to the Sony T1 I which is £130. But if you're a bit of a technophobe and like to have excellent customer service the Kindle is probably the better choice (Kobo customer service is reportedly not that great). For £67 its a bargain and there are plenty of cheap cases etc on Ebay.

There are lots of things I like about the Kobo - when I purchased my T1 the Kobo was £109. If I was making the choice today, even at £80 (the usual price now), it would be the Kobo like a shot

Skindigital do a range of cheap but good cases for the Kobo and other ereaders (and get good reviews on mobileread forum). They do a nice flip-over one for the Touch which folds over very neatly - you can also get them on ebay. If you are ordering from Skindigital allow about 5 to 6 weeks for delivery.
http://www.skindigitalstore.com/product_images/b/565/KOT-GEN-BLK-FLIP-L-W-01__29244_zoom.jpg


Edited by: "gari189" 1st May 2012
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gari189

I bought my son one of these and he loves it. Uses it virtually daily … I bought my son one of these and he loves it. Uses it virtually daily and hasn't had problems with skipping pages. Compares very favourably to the Sony T1 which is £130. But if you're a bit of a technophobe and like to have excellent customer service the Kindle is probably the better choice (Kobo customer service is reportedly not that great). For £67 its a bargain and there are plenty of cheap cases etc on Ebay.



When I posted, I thought can't go too far wrong as lowest price (at time I posted) and JL customer service so, a no brainer, as they say.
Looks like they have dropped the non-touch version from their site now.
panddda

Thanks for the replies about the compatibility. Still not sure whether to … Thanks for the replies about the compatibility. Still not sure whether to go for it or not - I get a lot of Amazon vouchers which I'd use in the Kindle store, so just not sure if I'd be bothered with hassle if it wasn't just a simple process to get the books onto the device.Not sure if our library does ebooks or not - wasn't aware there was such a thing as 'borrowing' them. Might be worth looking into I suppose, and then decide. How does it work - you have it for a while and then delete it? Or have I totally the wrong end of the stick there?!



I have the Sony PRS-T1 and get almost all of my books from hte library. I'm in Leeds. Go to your local council website and from there you should be able to access their library site. You will then be able to determine of they have e-books available for download. You will need a library ticket.

After that, log on using your library account select your books (Leeds limits ebooks to 4 at a time), checkout on line and download to your PC or e-reader. In Leeds there is a user variable lending term, max 21 days. After 21 days hte loan expires and the book is automagically returned, and there are no late return fees :-) You can also return books early.

Since I got my e-reader I've read loads more books, and not had a library fine since.

Also, if hte e-reader has wifi then you can access the library account from anywhere you have a connection and download more books when you have read the others.

HTH

KGR
Edited by: "kangaryu" 1st May 2012
wakkaday

does this flicker to black after each page turn?the sony prs-t10 was … does this flicker to black after each page turn?the sony prs-t10 was rubbish and screen goes black ever turn page..



You can set the number of page turns before a full refresh on the kobo. Fantastic device
Edited by: "blueretro" 1st May 2012
great price!
Like others on here, haven't got a clue to opt for this or the Kindle, I suppose the Kindle would hold it's value more if selling on. Buying for a present so maybe the Kindle is the way to go, being the make everyone is more aware of.

I'm talking myself into the Kindle but if buying for myself would probably go for this!!
blueretro

You can set the number of page turns before a full refresh on the kobo. … You can set the number of page turns before a full refresh on the kobo. Fantastic device


And unlike the T1 its incredibly easy to change line spacing etc really comfortable to hold and lets you swipe or tap to turn pages (T1 only lets you swipe), even load your own fonts. The levels of customisation/tinkering you can do with the Kobo far out strips that of the T1 and probably the Kindle. Dictionary on the Kobo is woeful though.

If you are going to be buying books (as opposed to borrowing ebooks), Amazon tend to be cheaper than Kobo but Kobo frequently do 25% off codes for selected publishers.

Further information about the Kobo and full technical specs can be found on the Kobo website
kobobooks.com/touch
You can also download apps for your tablet, smartphone and pc.
Edited by: "gari189" 1st May 2012
My wife is Brazillian so I like the fact that the Kindle offers a choice of languages including Brazillian portuguese. It also has a feature where it gives the definition of any word and can speak the word so she can hear how it should sound if it is a new word to her. Does the Kobo do any of this?
A choice of 4 colours as well, as if I needed more options!!
Kobo is so much better than the Kindle 4.
Ethan

My wife is Brazillian so I like the fact that the Kindle offers a choice … My wife is Brazillian so I like the fact that the Kindle offers a choice of languages including Brazillian portuguese. It also has a feature where it gives the definition of any word and can speak the word so she can hear how it should sound if it is a new word to her. Does the Kobo do any of this?


There is no audio on the Kobo Touch - if you want a touchscreen and audio then the cheapest option is the Kindle Touch which is £100 (using a Tesco code)
Edited by: "gari189" 1st May 2012
Been considering this for a while, but at this price, I've decided to go for it. Nice find, thank you!
gari189

I bought my son one of these and he loves it. Uses it virtually daily … I bought my son one of these and he loves it. Uses it virtually daily and hasn't had problems with skipping pages. Compares very favourably to the Sony T1 I which is £130. But if you're a bit of a technophobe and like to have excellent customer service the Kindle is probably the better choice (Kobo customer service is reportedly not that great). For £67 its a bargain and there are plenty of cheap cases etc on Ebay.There are lots of things I like about the Kobo - when I purchased my T1 the Kobo was £109. If I was making the choice today, even at £80 (the usual price now), it would be the Kobo like a shot Skindigital do a range of cheap but good cases for the Kobo and other ereaders (and get good reviews on mobileread forum). They do a nice flip-over one for the Touch which folds over very neatly - you can also get them on ebay. If you are ordering from Skindigital allow about 5 to 6 weeks for delivery.


Very nice case. I have it in red.
Thanks, picked one up and the cover too.
I Have Kobo on my blackberry playbook, looks fantastic! But obviously the weight of the playbook can make it a bit cumber-sum.. but function wise it's vivid and very responsive.

I have a iriver cover story which i use for most of ereading need and love it! Particularly love not being tied to one company which is why the kindle doesn't appeal to me.

+ free books from your local library using epub files
corgi74

Got one of these and to be honest I'm not that impressed. When you … Got one of these and to be honest I'm not that impressed. When you change the page on some books it will whizz through about 5 more pages, on other books the screen will need to be touched a number of times to register any page turn and on others it will work perfectly for about 5 page turns but the 6th will freeze. There doesn't seem to be any rhyme or reason about why different books have different problems. I did read somewhere that the latest update made the problem worse so if you do get one it's probably best not to update the software.Shame as it is potentially very good, the screen and interface are great and the ability to read ePub and Mobi is great. I just wish the screen wasn't so flaky.



Not seen that issue on ours, the wife has been using it almost constantly for 2 weeks and not complained once (at least about the e-Reader, she's a wife, I expect complaints!)
A £40 drop in 4 months oO Bargaintastic !
I don't think you can borrow library books directly via the Kobo using WiFi as you can with the Sony PRS-T1, you need to load them into Adobe Digital Editions on your computer first. Library ebooks will have an expiry date on them (7 or 14 days I think), and you can no longer read them once expired.

ALL e-readers have a black flash on page turns (though as already stated, you can usually change it from a full refresh every page turn to do it on every 6 pages). Some people don't really have any problems with page turns, unfortunately others do. The Kobo appears to be the most problematic, but some people with Kindle's complain of this too.

The big plus for the Kindle over this (especially if you buy it from Amazon) is the level of customer support they give you. But the Kobo is a heck of a lot cheaper! If I didn't already own a Kindle, I'd possibly buy one of these.

It's worth going into a WH Smith store and having a play about with the display model (Tesco for the Kindle Touch if you want to compare the two).
Edited by: "mac_d" 1st May 2012
Anyone know if they have them on display in store to test?

When I was looking to get an e-book reader for my GF, I tried out a Kobo (non-touch) in WHSmith and it was so unresponsive it was unusable. Didn't get chance to try another unit in case that one was faulty, so bought her a Kindle to be safe.
Edited by: "andersh" 1st May 2012
So the Kobo has no audio, what about languages and word definitions?
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