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Old 06-27-2010, 08:50 AM   #1
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Why I bought the Kobo

I watched e-readers since the Kindle came out. I was looking for something specific in an e-reader - I wanted to read books.

I didn't want to surf the web.
I didn't want to read a newspaper or magazine.
I didn't want to listen to music or audio books.
I didn't want to look at pictures.
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I didn't want to charge the battery every few hours.

I wanted to read books.

I am not able to get around on my own so I have a lot of downtime between places I have to be, so reading is my pastime.

Until the Kobo came out I was using a laptop. I couldn't see spending the money for connectivity, color screen, audio, etc I already had. With Kobo I can load the epub and PDF files from my computer without a lot of hassle and start reading.
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Old 07-02-2010, 04:21 AM   #2
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One week with the Kobo

Well, it's been a week that I have had the Kobo and it has met my expectations; I can read books without a problem.

Yes, I have to fix some with the KoboBulkFixer.
Yes, I need to use Adobe Digital Editions for a couple of titles.

The Borders/Kobo Desktop is basically a storefront so, not yet a buyer of eBooks because I won't pay physical book prices for digital books, and because there are many books available in the public/personal use domain, this app will not get a lot of use.

Calibre is my app of choice for library management/Kobo injection.

So, no wi-fi, no cell phone, no touchscreen. No annotation/highlighting. No dictionary, notepad, calendar. One physical button to change pages. I can read a book without distraction.

I'm happy.
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Old 07-02-2010, 11:22 PM   #3
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Make sure you get the 1.4 firmware update. The Kobo is a terrific unit for regular reading. It does everything in ePub I need, including library books. It's a treat!
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Old 07-03-2010, 01:10 AM   #5
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Yes, with the new lower price, the Kobo is indeed a fine choice for pure basic reading. I also like how you made it very clear what you wanted to do with the eReader.
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Old 07-04-2010, 01:51 AM   #6
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It suits me very well, and my wife, also. That is, the Kobo suits my wife...of course my wife suits me, too, or we wouldn't still be married.

Anyway, I stopped by B&N to take a second look at the nook, and I quickly reaffirmed my preference for the Kobo. The nook is half-again heavier and not as elegant as the Kobo. I can see why people would want the extra features, but not me. I love that there is so little to get in the way of my reading experience with the Kobo, and it's so easy to read one-handed...no jokes about one-handed reading matter, please!
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Old 07-04-2010, 09:06 AM   #7
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Not as elegant as the Kobo? Seriously?

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Old 07-05-2010, 09:34 AM   #8
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Im cosidering buying a Kobo myself. Anything else you can say about yours and your experience using it ?
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Old 07-05-2010, 09:49 AM   #9
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Im cosidering buying a Kobo myself. Anything else you can say about yours and your experience using it ?
I've pretty much said it. I am very satisfied with it for the reasons I laid out. As with anything you have to see if those reasons match what you are looking for in a reader.

If you have specific questions on anything I did not cover, ask away. I'll be glad to answer. Just remember, I may not give you the answer you want.
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I didn't want to surf the web.
I didn't want to read a newspaper or magazine.
I didn't want to listen to music or audio books.
I didn't want to look at pictures.
I didn't want to watch videos.
I didn't want to charge the battery every few hours.

I wanted to read books.
I like the way you put it.
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Old 07-05-2010, 11:14 AM   #12
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Old 07-05-2010, 11:26 AM   #13
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Make sure you get the 1.4 firmware update. The Kobo is a terrific unit for regular reading. It does everything in ePub I need, including library books. It's a treat!
Thanks for the heads up on the upgrade, but... I don't think so. After reading the threads about it, It is not for me. My thoughts on why.
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Old 07-05-2010, 08:22 PM   #15
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One thing to consider for the Purchase of a Kobo is the page turn is very slow in comparison to the Kindle. You get a black screen and pixalisation each time you turn the page for nearly a second. Most people don't seem to mind though, but it annoys me to the stage where I just cant use it at all. Also takes a fair amount of time to restart if you have put it down for a while to come back on to the page you were at. But the device is still OK, I have two of them and have given them to my younger children and they love it.
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