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Old 04-01-2010, 11:09 AM   #16
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You could say the same about Ferrari cars. The fact that many people consider them to be overpriced and a waste of money does not mean that there isn't a market for them at the price that they do sell for.
So you're likening low-grade hardware and software to a sports car. Nice.
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Old 04-01-2010, 11:53 AM   #17
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Repeating what I said in another thread: I think Kobo is not so much trying to offer a super-duper new reading device as to provide a device tied to their ecosystem for those who prefer eInk. Since they already offer free software for many smartphones, Bluetooth connectivity is not a bad way to go, and way cheaper to put in a device than wifi or 3G.

In other words, this is a device for those who will use the Kobo ecosystem, as the Kindle is the device for those using the Amazon ecosystem, and nook for those who use the B&N ecosystem.

I think Kobo plans to make their money selling books, not liseuses.
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Old 04-02-2010, 10:09 AM   #19
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The coming of such a device, in the lowest tier of prices, might be the first spear broken in the direction you're pointing, LDoblo. I don't think the $50 dedicated eReader is too far away.
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Old 04-03-2010, 08:50 AM   #20
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Since they already offer free software for many smartphones, Bluetooth connectivity is not a bad way to go, and way cheaper to put in a device than wifi or 3G.
Bluetooth is ok as far as transferring (free) between a smartphone and the reader. But it's no substitute for the convenience of 3G delivery or wifi. But, as you note, it's a lower cost option and ties their platforms together elegantly.

I'm still fussing over the lack of a dictionary. It's a very very nice feature to have. And I don't get why non-drm mobi is not supported.
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Old 04-05-2010, 10:20 AM   #21
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Bluetooth is ok as far as transferring (free) between a smartphone and the reader. But it's no substitute for the convenience of 3G delivery or wifi. But, as you note, it's a lower cost option and ties their platforms together elegantly.
I wonder if you can sync your bookmarks? That is, read on your Koboreader, sync with your phone, and pick up on your phone where you left off?

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I'm still fussing over the lack of a dictionary. It's a very very nice feature to have. And I don't get why non-drm mobi is not supported.
Forgot to mention this: I would imagine non-drm Mobi is not supported because Kobo doesn't sell mobi, only ePub. I am curious if sideloading books purchased from other retailers is possible.

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Old 04-05-2010, 11:45 AM   #22
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$149 is still about 3x higher than what this class of device should be fetching.
the lowest price 6" device with e-INK on the planet, and still too high for you by a factor of 3. Clearly you are not the target market.

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Old 04-05-2010, 01:34 PM   #23
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I am curious if sideloading books purchased from other retailers is possible.
They've said it's compatible with any Adobe DRM'd book and any non-DRM'd ePub.

$150 is a low price, as low as the tech is right now, anyway. We'll probably someday get a $20 iPad, and that's what it will be worth as the tech gets better and cheaper. Apparently $150 is cost, as well.
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Old 04-05-2010, 06:00 PM   #24
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the lowest price 6" device with e-INK on the planet, and still too high for you by a factor of 3. Clearly you are not the target market.

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Actually it's not the cheapest. Here we have another Netronix EB600 clone with a firmware only capable for PDF's selling for 80 euro:
http://www.zebook.com/librairie/ouvr...nky-par-zebook
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Actually it's not the cheapest. Here we have another Netronix EB600 clone with a firmware only capable for PDF's selling for 80 euro:
http://www.zebook.com/librairie/ouvr...nky-par-zebook
I wonder it they dug those up in a warehouse somewhere. That particular one hasn't been made new for well over a year. However, I stand corrected. You can buy and obsolete one cheaper.

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