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Old 08-03-2020, 01:08 PM   #1
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Any e-readers similar to the Kobo Aura One?

I can't buy one that easy since they don't sell them anymore. Any other readers out there that are similar in terms of size, warm light option, etc? I know about the Likebook Mars but was wondering about other similar ones. Bonus if it has a flush screen. Thanks

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Old 08-03-2020, 08:53 PM   #2
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I can't buy one that easy since they don't sell them anymore. Any other readers out there that are similar in terms of size, warm light option, etc? I know about the Likebook Mars but was wondering about other similar ones. Bonus if it has a flush screen. Thanks
The PocketBook InkPad and InkPad Pro are almost the same size and shape. The Nook Glowlight Plus (7.8", new one) is about the same shape, but slightly longer and wider because of its larger bezel. All three have warm light. The InkPad Pro and Nook Glowlight Plus are "waterproof" (or whatever the term is).

In the used market, the Tolino Epos (original model) is a little thicker, a little taller and a little heavier than the Kobo Aura One. It does have warm light, is waterproof and has a flush screen.

Good luck. It seems like this question has been coming up a lot. Some folks must not be enamored with the Forma shape.
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Old 08-04-2020, 08:52 PM   #3
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Is there any reason the Kobo Forma isn't the obvious answer? It is the replacement for the ONE.
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Old 08-05-2020, 12:49 AM   #4
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Is there any reason the Kobo Forma isn't the obvious answer? It is the replacement for the ONE.
I'd guess the form factor.
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I'd guess the form factor.
There seems to be a few Aura One users recently who want to replace their Aura One with something shaped like it – which leaves out the Forma. I haven't seen a Forma "in the flesh" but the LED placement (along the long edge instead of the short edge) seems to have caused some issues with uneven lighting. (At least in some units.)
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There seems to be a few Aura One users recently who want to replace their Aura One with something shaped like it – which leaves out the Forma. I haven't seen a Forma "in the flesh" but the LED placement (along the long edge instead of the short edge) seems to have caused some issues with uneven lighting. (At least in some units.)
There is always unevenness in the lighting, there is hardly any other way.
It only stands out clearly when it appears in the line - not in the page.
With Kobo Forma, Tolino Epos 2, it makes sense to read in landscape format - I read in two columns.
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I can't buy one that easy since they don't sell them anymore. Any other readers out there that are similar in terms of size, warm light option, etc? I know about the Likebook Mars but was wondering about other similar ones. Bonus if it has a flush screen. Thanks
Kobo are apparently selling the Aura ONE in some markets. My assumption is that someone found a carton or two in the warehouse. I know they are listed in UK and Spanish stores. But not in the US, Canada or Australia. You could check your local Kobo store or maybe arrange to get one from the countries that do have them.
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There is always unevenness in the lighting, there is hardly any other way.
I've got a couple readers that have almost no unevenness but, if a reader does have it, it's a lot more noticeable when it's at the end of every line instead of at the top or bottom of your screen. I don't read in landscape mode.
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There seems to be a few Aura One users recently who want to replace their Aura One with something shaped like it – which leaves out the Forma.
I'm aware of those people. But in this thread at least there was no mention. Just someone asking for a replacement for the Aura ONE (is ONE all caps or no?) and being directed to the Pocketbook and Tolino devices with no mention of the Forma, which is the follow-up and has a flush screen.

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I haven't seen a Forma "in the flesh" but the LED placement (along the long edge instead of the short edge) seems to have caused some issues with uneven lighting. (At least in some units.)
Yeah, I've seen that. And it's weird. I wonder what the difference is, LEDs on the side vs. top or bottom?
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The PocketBook InkPad and InkPad Pro are almost the same size and shape. The Nook Glowlight Plus (7.8", new one) is about the same shape, but slightly longer and wider because of its larger bezel. All three have warm light. The InkPad Pro and Nook Glowlight Plus are "waterproof" (or whatever the term is).

In the used market, the Tolino Epos (original model) is a little thicker, a little taller and a little heavier than the Kobo Aura One. It does have warm light, is waterproof and has a flush screen.

Good luck. It seems like this question has been coming up a lot. Some folks must not be enamored with the Forma shape.
The nook is nowhere near the KA1 as the firmware on the nook is atrocious.

The Forma is the KA1 replacement. But if that won't do, go for the Pocketbook Inkpad 3 Pro if you want as similar to the KA1 as you can get.

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Old 08-15-2020, 01:35 PM   #11
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I'm very happy with my H2O edition 2, but I had the Kobo Aura One on my wish list. Kobo changes its line of readers too often! A good way to keep the consumer buying, of course, but I wonder why there isn't more investment in fine-tuning and updating existing models.
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My last reader was the Aura One. I switched to the newer Forma and love it. I like the size and the physical page turn buttons.
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The onyx nova has exactly the dimensions of the aura one and is flush screen.
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My last reader was the Aura One. I switched to the newer Forma and love it. I like the size and the physical page turn buttons.
That's good to know! Thank you! I'll take another look at the Forma.
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I do like the 7.8" display size, as it's comparable to mass-market paperbacks! I have a Likebook Muses, which is a little taller, but narrower than the UK B-format cover size.

The ones I know of:
  1. Likebook Ares Note (successor to the Likebook Muses, in turn the successor to the Likebook Mars)
  2. BOOX Nova2
  3. PocketBook InkPad 3 (a 4th generation may come out soon)
  4. (if you live in the US) Barnes & Noble NOOK GlowLight Plus
  5. (if you live in Taiwan) Readmoo mooInk+
  6. (if you live in South Korea) Ridibooks PAPER PRO
  7. (if you live in China) Dangdang Reader R7

In my opinion, I'd go for the BOOX Nova2, or the Likebook Ares Note.

I replied before realising that you'll probably be getting a Kobo Forma, but I'll leave my reply here.
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