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    Kobo e Reader Demo



    TORONTO - (Business Wire) Kobo, a global eReading service, today announced that the Kobo eReader is available for pre-order in the U.S. at Borders online at MediaView - Borders - Books, Music and Movies, and will ship in time for Father’s Day.
    The new Kobo eReader offered through Borders is a stylized, easy-to-use, affordable eInk device that comes pre-loaded with the Borders eBook app. Consumers can easily access over a million eBooks, including today’s bestsellers, through USB or wirelessly through Bluetooth. The Kobo eReader also comes pre-loaded with 100 classic books and can store up to 1000 eBooks. Its soft, quilted back allows for an enjoyable book-like reading experience.

    “The Kobo eReader is the eReader for everyone and is now available in the U.S. – launching at Borders,” said Michael Serbinis, CEO of Kobo. “At $149.99 the Kobo eReader is roughly $100 less than the other eReading devices out there, so it provides a great way to start eReading without breaking the bank. We couldn’t be happier about partnering with a brand like Borders which shares our commitment to technological innovation, high quality, and customer value.”

    Kobo has developed a strong global following for their eReading service, which includes free apps for the iPhone, iPad, BlackBerry, Palm Pre and Android. Through the “Powered By” program, Kobo also offers applications to partners allowing them to offer eReading on their own devices. eReader application is in sync with a user’s Kobo account and any Kobo-enabled device for continuous reading.

    For information specific to the new Kobo eReader, visit Kobo™ eReader – eReading: anytime. anyplace..

    via Kobo™ eReader Coming to the U.S. in June | Earth Times News
    Last edited by akitayo; 05/07/2010 at 12:36 PM.
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    I actually just bought the Ectaco Jetbook Lite.. .. .. ..

    Benefits for the Jetbook Lite
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    - available today
    - only $120
    - runs on 4x AA batteries... for 24 hours of solid reading, which ends up being about a week long (similar to e-ink devices)
    - runs on Linux
    - another benefit is that it doesn't use e-ink at all!! It uses a reflective, non-backlit LCD that has a contrast ratio better than the 8:1 found on e-ink devices... it's much quicker than e-ink devices... and it doesn't have the black flash during that long pause between "flipping" pages, either.
    - 3 different ways to hit trigger page up/down functionality
    - comfortable to hold, esp. with the AA battery pack in the back
    - it's an eReader that focuses on being an eReader!!
    -- 6 or so font sizes
    -- 2 font types
    -- dictionary functionality
    -- translator functionality (no surprise, as Ectaco is an "electronic translator" company)
    -- supports ALL e-book formats, even supports B&N DRM out of the box. I'd still prefer to strip the DRM myself, but hey. The choice is there for everything but Kindle DRM (especially Topaz files, I hear)... but you can even remove Kindle DRM with Calibre.
    -- the Jetbook even has support for PDF files & even PDF zoom, which some more well known devices still haven't gotten yet.
    -- brings up that the Jetbook also has folders... another thing that the Kindle and Nook still don't have
    -- The 10 buttons on the right should make navigation ridiculously quick for such a device... while people are still waiting on an e-ink screen to refresh from pressing their arrow keys every 3 seconds just to select something in the center of the screen.

    Disadvantages
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    - not a whole lot, besides having to strip DRM (but it's better for you in the long run )
    - realize that the screen's not backlit, but people say that you can still read it anywhere you can read a book
    - no wireless, but that's a good thing... because this eReader will hit $50 far quicker than any other eReader with e-ink screen, and that includes the Kobo.
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    No apps for the Palm Pre ???

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