"Well, there is only one piece of advice I can give you," said the wisest of wise men. "The secret of happiness is to see all the marvels of the world and never to forget the drops of oil on the spoon."

('The Alchemist' Paulo Coelho)

Sunday, September 29, 2013

The Kobo Touch

Recently, I bought a second hand Kobo Touch and when I mentioned it in my previous post, Flighty asked me to let him know how I got on with it, so here goes.

I bought it for Dad to try and chose a second hand one as, if he doesn't take to it, it was not a large expense.
It has 2GB of memory, but this can be extended with a memory card of up to 32GB, although as books use so little memory, I would think 2GB is enough for most readers.
There is a Kobo store, which works like Amazon with Kindle, and once you have registered a credit card, you can buy and download books via wifi. However, there are many free ebooks to be accessed if you don't want to spend money and my main reason for buying this is that, if you are a member of your local library, you should be able to set up an account which allows you to download ebooks instead of borrowing physical ones. My only experience is with the Welsh library system, which allows me to borrow up to six books for three weeks. At the end of the three weeks, your choices mysteriously disappear (not sure how that works) but there is the advantage that you don't have to remember to take them back before the due date or risk paying fines! Unfortunately, the Kindle format is not supported by Wales ebooks nor, I imagine, in other areas of the country.
I already have a Kindle with keyboard, which I like very much, not least because it has things to press to turn the pages, whereas the Kobo has a touch screen and occasionally, the touch is unresponsive but so far, this hasn't happened often. The touch screen can be set up for right or left handed use, too.
The e-ink pearl display seems easy on the eyes and I have been using it for lengthy periods, with no eye strain and in that respect, it is equal to my Kindle. The other advantage with e-readers generally, of course, is that the print size can be enlarged which is helpful for the sight impaired or even if you generally use glasses for reading.
If you are choosing books other than through the Kobo store, they can be downloaded to your computer and then 'side-loaded' as I think the term is, via a USB lead, which is quite straightforward.
The size and weight are good for holding and I like the quilt-effect back which, although it perhaps doesn't look all that great, feels comfortable in the hand.
Keith has commented that, since I got it, I have hardly had it out of my hands - a bit of an exaggeration but he is convinced that Dad is never going to see it.
I have to admit, he could be right!


Flighty said...

Thanks very much for this post, and the mention.
If I do get an ereader then it'll probably be a Kobo Glo. Flighty xx

Jennyta said...

The Kobo Glo does look very nice, Flighty.

ZACL said...

Hi Jennyta,

I've had awful trouble commenting on this post. The Captcha didn''t read my electronic touch keyboard on the ipad. I gave up in the end. I sent a message to the Captcha site, I'm not holding my breath.

Like you, I have a Kindle with a keyboard. I rarely use its email facilities, they're a bit turgid. I read the kindle at home and on short journeys. I find that having the Kindle App on the ipad, I now only require one device on, say, holidays, for example. I was quite taken with finding that the book I had been reading on the Kindle, opened at the right point on the ipad. I have yet to find out if the courtesy works in reverse! It had not when I picked up on a large read on the Kindle, but, then, I had not got the wifi switched on. It might make the difference.

The new kid on the block is Tescos Hudl. It's cute, seems easy to handle and does the basics and a bit more besides. I think it's Android.

Kobo come in two sizes. I have seen three models and one is about half of an A5 size. The other two models have differences, but I cannot tell you what they are; my guess is that one is a newer technology. They seem quite nice for reading. I am sure dad will enjoy the one you have for him, once he gets to see and handle it! :)

Yorkshire Pudding said...

This blogpost was sponsored by Kobo.
(The cheque is in the post Ms Aspin - Yours sincerely, Bernard Kobo - CEO Kobo Industries)

Jennyta said...

Thanks for that, ZACL. I do use my ipad sometimes for reading but it's a bit unwieldy compared with a dedicated e-reader.

Jennyta said...

A very large cheque, I hope, YP, and NOT a rubber one either!

ZACL said...

I agree with your comment; for that reason,I do not think that the ipad is a heavy contender in the e-reader stakes. The ipad mini might be, though, it is lighter and therefore, much more wieldy.


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