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Old 04-29-2020, 11:47 AM   #61
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We really need a USB-D spec to replace the faulty USB-C spec. We need a new USB spec that can be made correctly in all cases and policed properly. What we have now is dangerous.
This already exists for USB-C: https://www.usb.org/usb-charger-pd
If the manufacturer chooses to ignore this, then the socket doesn't really matter. USB-A can mess up your device as well.
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This linked webpage doesn't add much, but it confirms that both the FCC and the Taiwan NCC have run tests on the Kobo Nia.

https://translate.google.com/transla...n/&prev=search

The NCC testing results are linked in the news story (above). It looks pretty much like the FCC test format.
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I don't particularly need USB-C on an eReader (though it would be nice), but I find nothing wrong with the way USB-C is made. If there's really something wrong with the faulty ones, just get a cable from one of the more trusted brands, like Samsung or whatever. I myself have no problems with any of my USB-C cables.
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I don't particularly need USB-C on an eReader (though it would be nice), but I find nothing wrong with the way USB-C is made. If there's really something wrong with the faulty ones, just get a cable from one of the more trusted brands, like Samsung or whatever. I myself have no problems with any of my USB-C cables.
Yeah, I've bought several USB-C cables from Amazon without checking that site first. Maybe I just like living on the edge. So far I have had no computer explosions.

I think the stories are over reported by the same person who uses the eight year old Simple Touch to judge the entire Nook line.
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Well, until now we doesn't know too much: the name, the 16GB card and the battery that is the element that suggests that could be a entry level device.

For curiosity: here Kobo sells again the Aura One (at the usual price of € 229,99). Of course are still on the market Clara (€ 109,99 - against € 129,99 of normal price), Forma (€ 239,99 - against € 279,99 of normal price) and Libra (€ 179,99 - normal price).

They sell two large screen device (Amazon is not present here), one 7" screen device (Amazon has Oasis) and one 6" screen device with 300 DPI which is on the same market segment of Kindle Paperwhite. There is nothing in the entry level segment like Kindle.

But of course these are only speculations, we have to wait an official announce.

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So, I'm definitely curious about the Nia. Also, Kobo Canada is out of stock on both of the high-end models: the Forma and the Aura One. Quite possibly supply chain problems due to the pandemic.
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There has been no update to the rumors about the Kobo Nia for a month now. I check everyday to see if there are news. When do you think we might expect an official announcement with specs?
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There has been no update to the rumors about the Kobo Nia for a month now. I check everyday to see if there are news. When do you think we might expect an official announcement with specs?
Im curious too. I’m guessing things have been delayed with the pandemic.
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I've been watching for news on the Nia, so far no luck... but I did run into this at GoodEReader...

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Kobo is not resting on their laurels, although their digital sales are up, they are working on a series of ebook readers that will be released later this year. The company has attained FCC certification on a new device called the Kobo Nia. It was designed to be an entry level e-reader, similar to the Kobo Aura Edition 2 or the Kobo Glo. It will be priced likely under $100 and will feature a six inch screen with 300 PPI and an adjustable front-light and color temperature system.
So now (GoodEReader claims) the Nia will be an "entry level" (under $100) reader that will feature a 300 dpi screen and have a "color temperature system?" – I'm pretty sure the Nia will be an entry level reader that will mirror the Tolino Page 2. No "comfort light" and a 212 dpi screen. (I would love to be wrong on this, a non "on sale" less than $100 "Clara" would be nice, especially when it was on sale for $70 or $60.)

And this is (supposedly) just one of a series of Kobos that will be announced later this year? Where does he come up with that?

https://goodereader.com/blog/kobo-er...g-the-pandemic

I'm glad Kobo is having a good year, but why "embellish" it with dubious claims?
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I've been watching for news on the Nia, so far no luck... but I did run into this at GoodEReader...



So now (GoodEReader claims) the Nia will be an "entry level" (under $100) reader that will feature a 300 dpi screen and have a "color temperature system?" – I'm pretty sure the Nia will be an entry level reader that will mirror the Tolino Page 2. No "comfort light" and a 212 dpi screen. (I would love to be wrong on this, a non "on sale" less than $100 "Clara" would be nice, especially when it was on sale for $70 or $60.)
The new device already exists. It's called the Clara

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It's called butts in seats. They have to do something to keep readers coming in.
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Well, another Tuesday and, so far, no news on the Kobo Nia. I guess it's kind of a "watched pot doesn't boil" sort of thing.
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Well, another Tuesday and, so far, no news on the Kobo Nia. I guess it's kind of a "watched pot doesn't boil" sort of thing.
Kobo usually announces at 9 am eastern (or so I thought), I'd wait another few minutes.

I do not know anything about a launch this week (and I'm not playing coy).
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For example, he says, Kobo was accustomed to its factories in China and Taiwan coming to a halt in production during the annual Chinese new year celebrations in January. That, Black Friday in November, and the week leading up to Christmas, he says, are the key tech-industry “high holidays” that normally can affect production and operations.

But of course, this year, the Chinese new year—which he calls “doubly important” because factories close completely in China and Taiwan—was different. “Because everybody who left for new year to go home and visit their families, Tamblyn says, “didn’t come back. For the first time in living memory, the new year holiday at the end of January was extended by a week.” As Wuhan and other zones would become locked down and factory production halted, companies like Kobo were faced with new difficulties in supply.

“How long would it be before we could make new e-readers?” was the question, Tamblyn says.

By February’s end, the company’s manufacturers were back to about 50 percent of capacity
. But they had to think about what would happen if Canada, where Kobo is situated, also came under lockdown. Tamblyn had made a trip to Milan to visit Italian partners and left only shortly before the shutdown of northern Italy had begun.

More at the source.

Note that Kobo isn't the only customer of their manufacturing partners, quite a few of which are larger and have higher priority. And within Kobo many of their regions are bigger markets and bigger priorities than the US. At 50% capacity a two month shutdown means a 4 month delay to the output pipeline. The Nia was announced in March so if it was due by Mother's day is may not show up until August-Sept.

The new reader will show up, probably in limited quanties, someday. Real Soon. Now.

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Thanks for the link. I liked that they're looking to diversify their manufacturing vendors into other areas. I'm curious how that will play out.

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And what the company had learned in this part of the experience, he says, was that it’s important to diversify vendors beyond one geographical area. It’s not enough to have multiple vendors in the same market, he says. “And the same is true of any children’s book publisher doing all their color printing work in China.”

The fact that one event could stop entire sectors of production?–means diversification of supply chain positioning is ahead.
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