Kobo Touch ereader £29.99 @ WH Smith instore
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Kobo Touch ereader £29.99 @ WH Smith instore

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Found 9th Feb 2014
Wandered into WH Smith today. The Kobo touch was on sale at 29.99. I got the Kobo mini at Xmas for the same price (now on sale at 59.99) and the mini is an excellent device, for the price. The kobo touch is pretty much the same but a 6-7" screen - so bigger. Same quality construction and screen. I think its a 2GB memory device (enough for 1000+ books), and you can add an sdcard for greater storage.

The kobos have great screens - very similar to the Kindles, although this device doesnt have a backlight. Should last upto 1 month on a single charge, and charges via a normal microusb type interface - ie any PC, laptop or charger should be ok.

The kobo store can be viewed on the device or online - and they have a great/huge variety of books (I think they are only second to Amazon).

For this price, its a great toy - you can browse books to your hearts content. Heck, you can even read them.

It has a built in web browser and sudoko and a chess game. The web browser is ok for light weight web browsing but gray-shaded web text can make it hard to read.

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I love my KOBO Touch - it is well supported within the latest version of the popular (and free) CALIBRE ebook library management software, so if you already have a stack of pdfs, epubs and mobis you can chop and change them on the device at will without having to use the KOBO Shop at all.

I bought mine off Ebay for £20, advertised as "faulty" - it was physically fine but had frozen on the installation screen and wouldn't reboot. Fortunately there is a fix for this described on the Mobileread Forum which involves taking the back off (it just unclips), removing the 2GB microSD card (yes it has a normal SD card inside rather than memory soldered to the board!) and reflashing it with the generic card image from the forum. I had to replace the card with a new one - somehow it had gotten corrupted.

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The flashing process is a pretty straightforward job but you really need to edit the generic image with HxD to change the serial number to the correct one before you flash it, which is a bit tricky if you've not use HxD before!

Then a couple of months later my wife's KOBO Glo (the one with the backlight) froze and I had to do exactly the same thing - fortunately I had already backed up her card image on my pc and just reflashed it to get her going again.

In fact I'd strongly recommend anybody getting a KOBO downloads the image backup tool ("USB Image Tool") from the Mobileread forum and makes a backup copy of the card in their reader as soon as they've set it up so they can easily restore it should theirs also eat its own SD card! If you do this then the backup copy will have the correct serial number and you won't have to edit it. It will also contain any books you've already uploaded.





something else to consider is buying a nook glowlight and rooting it. Got mine for £50, rooting took like 10 minutes.

Books can be more expensive than Amazon hence the Kobo Touch is cheaper to buy. Might cost more in the long run than a Kindle or Nook.

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Kallyhoe

something else to consider is buying a nook glowlight and rooting it. Got … something else to consider is buying a nook glowlight and rooting it. Got mine for £50, rooting took like 10 minutes.



What is the advantage of rooting an ebook reader? I can mount my kobo under linux and extract the books or copy books to it. But treating the book reader as a generic android or linux device doesnt seem to offer value. (It might do - it could act as a very low power 24x7 file server, for lightweight internet connectivity for instance).

I installed Dropbox onto it so I can store boxes onto that via my pc or wherever I am and be able to access them easily which Ive found pretty helpful

I enjoy puzzles so i installed a sudoku game similar to what the Kobo provides. You can install apps such as news reader as well. Its easier on the eyes using an ebook reader. I wouldnt dream of trying to use it as a normal tablets, its just not what I bought it for but rooting it, for me, gave me a few helpful features I use all the time that I otherwise wouldnt have been able to for just £50 and 10 minutes work

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Kallyhoe

I installed Dropbox onto it so I can store boxes onto that via my pc or … I installed Dropbox onto it so I can store boxes onto that via my pc or wherever I am and be able to access them easily which Ive found pretty helpfulI enjoy puzzles so i installed a sudoku game similar to what the Kobo provides. You can install apps such as news reader as well. Its easier on the eyes using an ebook reader. I wouldnt dream of trying to use it as a normal tablets, its just not what I bought it for but rooting it, for me, gave me a few helpful features I use all the time that I otherwise wouldnt have been able to for just £50 and 10 minutes work



Which news reader did you install?

thanks

I just have the browser set to the bbc mobile page but im sure there are others that can be installed easily.

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[quote=Fildo Stronst]I love my KOBO Touch - it is well supported within the latest version of the popular (and free) CALIBRE ebook library management software, so if you already have a stack of pdfs, epubs and mobis you can chop and change them on the device at will without having to use the KOBO Shop at all.

I bought mine off Ebay for £20, advertised as "faulty" - it was physically fine but had frozen on the installation screen and wouldn't reboot. Fortunately there is a fix for this described on the Mobileread Forum which involves taking the back off (it just unclips), removing the 2GB microSD card (yes it has a normal SD card inside rather than memory soldered to the board!) and reflashing it with the generic card image from the forum. I had to replace the card with a new one - somehow it had gotten corrupted.

Mobileread Forums

The flashing process is a pretty straightforward job but you really need to edit the generic image with HxD to change the serial number to the correct one before you flash it, which is a bit tricky if you've not use HxD

Great info thanks! im after one for my birthday! a subtle share on wifes fb should do it

CrispEditor

What is the advantage of rooting an ebook reader? I can mount my kobo … What is the advantage of rooting an ebook reader? I can mount my kobo under linux and extract the books or copy books to it. But treating the book reader as a generic android or linux device doesnt seem to offer value. (It might do - it could act as a very low power 24x7 file server, for lightweight internet connectivity for instance).



You're right - in part. Treating an eReading as a generic Android device is a hiding to nothing. But if one sticks to reading-centric apps, then there are plenty of uses for a rooted device; for example, Aardict to have a full offline copy of Wikipedia and other wikis, and installing the Kindle, Kobo, Nook and Google Play Books apps to have access to all major ebookstores on one device.

Another feature that might be potentially useful for some is including a font that makes reading easier for people with dyslexia, e.g. opendyslexic.org/
Edited by: "cowbutt" 11th Feb 2014

This isn't nationwide unfortunately as the Whsmiths in Winchester price is still 59.99 the touch is still 29.99 however

I got myself one today after a week long decision making. I was going to see if its any good then get my mother one potentially if she likes it. Haven't put any books onto it yet but seems fantastic for the price so far

Picked a black one up today in the Sheringham branch @ £29.99. They still had more black models in stock but no colour options.

Had no idea this could run Android 2.3.4 - so Kindle app, B&N app, etc can be loaded. Makes this a very good buy!

Got my order cancelled as no stock ...so why did their website state in stock when I ordered? Mind you, after loking at WH Smith reviews, it seems typical of the company!!!

I ordered a lilac Kobo online exactly a week ago (it was to be a gift) and started a thread on HUKD as soon as they were showing as being back in stock. Well, perhaps predictably, I received a cancellation email from WHSmith this morning with a Paypal refund...I'm not impressed.

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Mghf

I ordered a lilac Kobo online exactly a week ago (it was to be a gift) … I ordered a lilac Kobo online exactly a week ago (it was to be a gift) and started a thread on HUKD as soon as they were showing as being back in stock. Well, perhaps predictably, I received a cancellation email from WHSmith this morning with a Paypal refund...I'm not impressed.



Strange. They had stacks of boxes on every shelve at my local one. I suspect they are playing pricing games to attract customers. It worked in my case - I bought something I dont need. Given the price flip of the mini vs the touch, suggests they can keep doing this across the range.

For anyone interested there are still some of these left in the Middlesbrough store in the Cleveland Centre. Only rang on the off chance to be told they had some left. Looked to be quite a few too when the guy opened the cupboard to get mine. I got the last Lilac one for my good lady wife but there were lots of Black ones left, No Silver or Blue.

These had gone back up to £59 instore on Saturday
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