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Old 06-07-2023, 10:28 AM   #1
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Hi. Looking to get an e-reader for my grandmother so she can enlarge the text to read novels again. Looking at the second hand market. Wondering when Kobo introduced the magnetic sleep/wake case functionality? That would be really handy as she has arthritis and buttons to wake would be a pain.

Does the Glo have it?

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Hi. Looking to get an e-reader for my grandmother so she can enlarge the text to read novels again. Looking at the second hand market. Wondering when Kobo introduced the magnetic sleep/wake case functionality? That would be really handy as she has arthritis and buttons to wake would be a pain.

Does the Glo have it?

Thanks,
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Given that your Grandmother wants to enlarge the text, a screen larger then 6" is better for her. I would go for a Kobo Libra 2 as it is a 7" screen with good contrast. 6" could be too small depending on how large she wants/needs the text.
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My 2013 Kobo Aura had automagic sleep/wake, so anything fairly recent should have it as well.
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Given that your Grandmother wants to enlarge the text, a screen larger then 6" is better for her. I would go for a Kobo Libra 2 as it is a 7" screen with good contrast. 6" could be too small depending on how large she wants/needs the text.
Agree, but this pushes up the price quite a bit. It's very likely to be mislaid quickly!
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Agree, but this pushes up the price quite a bit. It's very likely to be mislaid quickly!
But why get her something that's not appropriate? A Kobo with a 6" screen may not be appropriate.
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But why get her something that's not appropriate? A Kobo with a 6" screen may not be appropriate.
I gave my 76 year old mom a 6" Nook Glowlight 3 and she loves it. Just because YOU prefer larger screens doesn't mean the others are worthless.
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My dad was happy with his 6″ Kindle when he was 90.

I prefer an 8″. Choice is good and also bigger screens cost more.
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I gave my 76 year old mom a 6" Nook Glowlight 3 and she loves it. Just because YOU prefer larger screens doesn't mean the others are worthless.
A 6" Reader is OK. But it's when you need to up the font size. It depends on how large you need to go. That's why going for a 7" screen can be better.
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A 6" Reader is OK. But it's when you need to up the font size. It depends on how large you need to go. That's why going for a 7" screen can be better.
Once my mom adjusted to reading books one letter at a time, it was easy sailing
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But why get her something that's not appropriate? A Kobo with a 6" screen may not be appropriate.
We’ve tried my 6” kobo nia with enlarged font and that worked great. Quite happy with standard 6”.
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Got a couple of requirements identified, so I’ve asked https://www.mobileread.com/forums/sh...d.php?t=354418
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I assume from the other thread, you are in the UK, so no Walmart branded Kobo's.
Remember Sleep covers are extra money.
I DO recommend a sleep cover. It has saved my Libra 2 when I fell asleep and the reader slid off and hit the floor.

OH!
+++ a bunch for models with BUTTONS.
Touch is less forgiving with vision issues or tremors.
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+++ a bunch for models with BUTTONS.
Touch is less forgiving with vision issues or tremors.
This is interesting - hands/fingers aren't great at her age. I worry about the smaller buttons on the ereaders that do have them.
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This is interesting - hands/fingers aren't great at her age. I worry about the smaller buttons on the ereaders that do have them.
The buttons on the Libra 2 are not too small and are very easy to press.

The Kobo you are thinking of don't have buttons.
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This is interesting - hands/fingers aren't great at her age. I worry about the smaller buttons on the ereaders that do have them.
The Nook Glowlight 3 I gave my mom does have page turn buttons, which I figured she'd appreciate. After having it a few weeks, I asked her if she tends to turn pages with buttons or touching the screen. She says it's about 50/50. So, like a larger screen, page turn buttons are nice, but are not the be-all/end-all consideration.

What I will say is an eink reader gave reading back to my mom. For the last few years she hasn't read at all. Since I gave her the Nook, she has been reading like it's going out of style.
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