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Kindle Touch v Kobo Touch
The Amazon Kindle Touch has just arrived in the UK. But a rival ebook reader, from Kobo, has been available here for months. There are plenty of similarities between the two. Both use e-ink displays: the black-and-white screens which unlike a computer screen are easy to read in bright sunlight. The displays are largely the same, measuring six inches and with a resolution of 600 x 800 pixels. Both have just one button on the front - for everything else you just poke at the screen with your finger. Both have batteries which, thanks to the thrifty way e-ink draws power, last for up to a month. But beyond that... it's all up for grabs.
I have had both kindle and Kobo.
I bought The kindle first and got frustrated with it big time. So sold that and bought the kobo Touch.
NEVER LOOKED BACK...!!FANTASTic!!!!! I am not stuck with just the amazonsite to get books from. I can now get them from any site that sells ebooks WHsmith, waterstones, kobo itself and may more.
More reading space with the SD card.
There is also a reward scheme on how many hours you read and when you read its a bit querky but fun all the same.
I take mine every where hospital, opticians Doctors, train rides etc so compact and battery life is 2 months..
But every one has their good and bad points about each reader so go to pc world or any other shop and play with them to see what suits you best.
My only complaint about ownning a kindle is not with the device itself; I love it and have bought three others as presents for family members. It is with the publishers who sometimes charge more for a download than a paperback book! I do not understand why this should be and therefore must assume it is because they can. They are the only ones who determine the price and I feel this should be abolished and ebooks should be priced in the same way as normal books.
I bought a Kindle after trying to read the 'Land of painted caves' in bed. The damn book is so heavy it almost broke my wrist and although I love books these readers have a place in my life now.
I have found that you can get a free app for your computer for both the Kindle and the Kobo. These let you read books, download them and get the feel of what readers are about.
I also use Calibre to convert my books from one format to another. Many books can be downloaded from the American Congress library for free, but they come in a variety of formats. Using Calibre you can change them to whatever format you need, epub (Kobo, Sony, Ipad) or mobi, which is the Kindle format.
My advice to anyone thiking of getting one of these is to ask someone who has one to let you borrow it for an hour or so. You'll soon know if you like technology for a book. (My kindle hasn't stopped me from buying books, just broadened my reading list).
I STILL LOVE ME PAPER BACK BOOKS,
THEY DON,T FAIL , THEY DON,T NEED A COMPUTER CHIP, THEY DON,T NEED CHARGING, THEY DON,T NEED A NEW BATTERY, THEY DON,T NEED SOFTWARE, THEY DON,T NEED A GLASS SCREEN.
NOPE, I LOVE ME BOOKS. TOTALLY FAIL SAFE AND TOTALLY RELIABLE.
The Kobo wins by miles for me Firstly its much cheaper than kindle. Mine has a soft padded back which you can get in different colours, its very lightweight, i can buy books from anyone unlike the kindle which is restricted to amazon only. I lend books from my local library for free which you cant do on kindle and i buy very cheap books or have one of their million or so free books. The Kobo also has free suduko on it and a drawing facility i am so in love with it. My battery lasts up to a month before i have to recharge it so for holidays i just go to library load it up and pop it in my pocket.
Forget these, wait for the Kindle FIre. Far more versatile and useful than either of these. Of course Amazon is making us wait a long time, until the kindle sales dwindle enough to warrant introducing the new Kindle Fire. Kindle Fire is a colour touch version with more facilities. So, indeed if you really want to just read then get a kindle. I prefer the grey Kindle as I am not a fan of black. thank goodness more colour is coming into all electronics. Homes where staring to look like gothic morgues due to the lack of colour. Bring it on. so more colour please kindle!!!!
Kobo is my choice. I didn't even compare as I had the very best of service from my local W H Smith staff. I watched as a young sales assistant gave a very good presentation to an elderly lady. His patience and knowledge impressed me so much he had me hooked. When I made known my interest he gave me a full demonstration of the Kobo and informed me they would be onlly too happy to give advice in the future. Now that is service!
I have downloaded several books that interest me for my forthcomingg holiday. I love the leather case, the powerful reading lamp and will make use of the USB plug for recharging. All three came as a bundle at a very competitive price. The Kobo is very attractive and I am delighted with it. I cannot compare as I haven't even tried the Kindle but the personal service made the Kobo a winner for me.
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