kobo touch £29.99 whsmiths from monday
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kobo touch £29.99 whsmiths from monday

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Found 19th Dec 2013
Been told that the kobo touch e reader will be £29.99 from monday, saw a leaflet and a poster in store today but was told the deal will be from monday 23 rd but the shop assistant was unsure of the full availability (on line or store only)

update
it seems to be online and in store

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WOW, thanks OP.

I have literally just come back to work from W H Smiths - was going to buy the wife a Kobo Mini for Christmas.... only thing that stopped me was I thought I had forgotten my wallet.... got back to the office and found out I had it all along anyway.

If I had got the mini, could have returned it anyway but saved me the hassle. Cheers.

With the deadlines for 'last orders' now passing, I am wondering if this might be "online only" and it wouldn't be delivered till after Christmas, but I suppose not if they had the fliers in store too?

Typical just bought one last week ...

love2save

Typical just bought one last week ...



If you haven't opened it then just return it and re-buy.

Not opened but wrapped & given as gift. Thanks.

Buy one on Monday and then on Tuesday return it with the old receipt.... a little naughty but.....

Super hot deal! I paid 39.99 a few weeks ago.

So having read a few reviews, I am now undecided between the Mini and the Touch even at the same price.... anyone got any thoughts to split the two?

Are these better than the basic Kindle that were on offer at John Lewis for £49 - I bought my Mrs one of those but having seen one in the shops, I don't like the buttons on the side and lack of touch screen etc. Do these read everything that Kindles do?? Cheers

Kindle is restricted to Amazon books, KOBO isnt and has more free books

morpheus

So having read a few reviews, I am now undecided between the Mini and the … So having read a few reviews, I am now undecided between the Mini and the Touch even at the same price.... anyone got any thoughts to split the two?


Boils down to size really - some might prefer the smaller size of the mini for portability but I prefer the larger size so that you don't have to keep changing page so often.....

wilf1234

Are these better than the basic Kindle that were on offer at John Lewis … Are these better than the basic Kindle that were on offer at John Lewis for £49 - I bought my Mrs one of those but having seen one in the shops, I don't like the buttons on the side and lack of touch screen etc. Do these read everything that Kindles do?? Cheers


They can't read Amazon ebooks but you can convert them or buy your books from Nook or Kobo or Sainsbury or Googleplay etc and you can borrow ebooks from public libraries...........

Excellent, my mum wants one of these.

That's a great price. I've got one already and it's a great device.
I've been looking at e-readers for a while; the Nook seems the most flexible as you can access e-books from different sources (incl. Kobo and Amazon using client software).
Kindle is a 'walled garden' and can't be used to 'borrow books from a public library at the moment.

The biggest disappoint with these devices is you cannot lend, transfer or give your e-books to other people (you couldn't with the kobo last time I looked).

Having said that, I'll still buy some for the kids if I can get them.
Edited by: "eeek!" 20th Dec 2013

Do you mean Monday 23rd? As the next Monday the 22nd is September

..... I wish they'd start sticking e-ink screens on the back of tablets. That would be really useful

I love the kobo had a touch then upgraded to a glo, great little ereader

eeek!

..... I wish they'd start sticking e-ink screens on the back of tablets. … ..... I wish they'd start sticking e-ink screens on the back of tablets. That would be really useful



I've said this before. The cost of screens is at an all time low. I think lots of people would pay the extra for a combined e reader / tablet.

Katf84

Kindle is restricted to Amazon books, KOBO isnt and has more free books



Utter rubbish. Amazon themselves offer a free service (if you use wifi) where you email yourself documents and they convert them into their format and push them to your phone. Or you can connect a Kindle to your PC and copy pdfs (and other formats). I think I bought one book from Amazon, for 20p, to test it, but other that that it's all PDFs.


Steamy Wee

I've said this before. The cost of screens is at an all time low. I … I've said this before. The cost of screens is at an all time low. I think lots of people would pay the extra for a combined e reader / tablet.



You'd scratch the front screen looking at the back though, wouldn't you?


Edited by: "alex16" 20th Dec 2013

I have one of these and its great. At this price its a steal. Heated.

Kindle is best for buying books from the Amazon, which is the best bookstore (selection, prices, reviews etc all add up to make it easily the best, plus more free books). Amazon/Kindle is also the easiest option for buying books and getting them delivered wirelessly to your Kindle - if you don't want to have to use your computer to load books, get a Kindle*. Superior customer support from Amazon too.

Kobo is best for if you don't particularly want to shop at Amazon (prefer to use Waterstones, WH Smith etc, Sainsburysbooks, Google Play etc?) and for borrowing library books. If you want a touch screen, no contest, Kobo Touch obviously!

Neither the basic Kindle that was on offer at £49, nor the Kobo Touch are cutting edge, but they are both just fine, especially if you can get them at these bargain prices. If you didn't manage to nab a Nook ST for £30, grab the Kobo Touch and the only thing you'll miss is the ability to easily hack your ereader (and you can instead just convert your books as mentioned at the end of this post).

The Kobo mini is a nice little reader, but it's only selling point over the others is the fact it is smaller. So if you are looking for a pocket sized reader, then grab it, it's great for £30, otherwise, you'd probably be better just getting any of the other standard sized readers. (Kobo Mini has a 5" screen compared to the 6" screen of all the others).

Bottom line is, at these kinds of prices, pick whichever one takes your fancy, you're likely to be happy with it once you've chosen!

* As much as the getting your books send directly to your Kindle is a nice option, the best thing you can do when you buy any ereader is download Calibre (calibre-ebook.com) to manage your ebook library, download the relevant DRM removal tools (google 'Apprentice Alf'), and then you can buy your ebooks from anywhere you want and easily convert them to read on whichever ereader you happen to own.


Edited by: "mac_d" 20th Dec 2013

I'm sure I saw a phone with an e-ink rear the other day?

EDIT: ibtimes.co.uk/yot…375
Edited by: "tek-monkey" 20th Dec 2013

alex16

Utter rubbish. Amazon themselves offer a free service (if you use wifi) … Utter rubbish. Amazon themselves offer a free service (if you use wifi) where you email yourself documents and they convert them into their format and push them to your phone. Or you can connect a Kindle to your PC and copy pdfs (and other formats). I think I bought one book from Amazon, for 20p, to test it, but other that that it's all PDFs.



I wouldn't go as far as saying utter rubbish. Your 'man in the street average user' will generally be using it to purchase popular fiction/non fiction etc, and the easiest way to purchase these type of books with little hassle is through Amazon (for the kindle).

The kindle will view PDF's as mentioned, although I am not keen on this as it limits some of the ereaders features. The other main format the kindle will read is .mobi files. The kobo will generally reads .epub files. If bought from an online store these books are generally DRM protected and you cannot switch easily from device to device. If you purchase a book with is not DRM protected then you can use a free simple tool online called 'Calibre' which can convert these books from epub to mobi and visa versa to be used on either device. Calibre can also convert others but those are the two main types of files the average kindle/kobo user will lay their hands on.

mac_d

Kindle is best for buying books from the Amazon, which is the best … Kindle is best for buying books from the Amazon, which is the best bookstore (selection, prices, reviews etc all add up to make it easily the best, plus more free books). Amazon/Kindle is also the easiest option for buying books and getting them delivered wirelessly to your Kindle - if you don't want to have to use your computer to load books, get a Kindle*. Superior customer support from Amazon too.Kobo is best for if you don't particularly want to shop at Amazon (prefer to use Waterstones, WH Smith etc, Sainsburysbooks, Google Play etc?) and for borrowing library books. If you want a touch screen, no contest, Kobo Touch obviously!Neither the basic Kindle that was on offer at £49, nor the Kobo Touch are cutting edge, but they are both just fine, especially if you can get them at these bargain prices. If you didn't manage to nab a Nook ST for £30, grab the Kobo Touch and the only thing you'll miss is the ability to easily hack your ereader (and you can instead just convert your books as mentioned at the end of this post).The Kobo mini is a nice little reader, but it's only selling point over the others is the fact it is smaller. So if you are looking for a pocket sized reader, then grab it, it's great for £30, otherwise, you'd probably be better just getting any of the other standard sized readers. (Kobo Mini has a 5" screen compared to the 6" screen of all the others).Bottom line is, at these kinds of prices, pick whichever one takes your fancy, you're likely to be happy with it once you've chosen!* As much as the getting your books send directly to your Kindle is a nice option, the best thing you can do when you buy any ereader is download Calibre (calibre-ebook.com) to manage your ebook library, download the relevant DRM removal tools (google 'Apprentice Alf'), and then you can buy your ebooks from anywhere you want and easily convert them to read on whichever ereader you happen to own.


Thats a very balanced post and pretty much sums things up nicely.

Isn't the 22nd Sunday, not Monday?

I take it this has no back light?

Banned

morpheus

If you haven't opened it then just return it and re-buy.




Or buy and return with the old receipt :P

I love my Kobo touch, had it for almost 2 years when they 1st came out ans tjis one has faster processor so will be even better, def hot hot hot for anyone who doesn't have ereader already

I bought the kobo mini as a gift fro whsmith online it is unopened and cost £29.99, if i brought it up to my local store would they swap it for this?

alex16

You'd scratch the front screen looking at the back though, wouldn't you?



Personally no, I wouldn't. That said, there are clumsy people out there, so, I would expect the said item to have a two way flip cover. So when you're looking at one screen the other is covered.

can anyone confirm if I can still buy ebooks from Amazon as well as other sites if I get the kobo touch and also is this price for a 5" or 6"? Thanks

planet2sky

can anyone confirm if I can still buy ebooks from Amazon as well as other … can anyone confirm if I can still buy ebooks from Amazon as well as other sites if I get the kobo touch and also is this price for a 5" or 6"? Thanks



The previous posts cover this question, but for the most part amazon sell books for the kindle format, not the kobo format.

So tomorrow's the big day. can someone confirm on here when they've been in please.

morpheus

So tomorrow's the big day. can someone confirm on here when they've been … So tomorrow's the big day. can someone confirm on here when they've been in please.



Will do mate, going to try in the morning!

Cheers mate, just checked website and still showing at £40 with the silver one OoS too.

Still £39.99 as of this morning, will check store again later but cold for now.

Confirmed. Just picked up 2 in Nailsea for £29.99 each. Choice of black or silver, 8 left in stock

Got one in Preston :-D thanks OP!

confirmed in maidstone, kent. They have silver with pink back and black in stock £29.99
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