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Old 05-14-2019, 02:13 AM   #1
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Something like the Kobo mini

I sold my kobo mini two years ago and regret it. There are some available on eBay from time to time, but I was wondering what other eReaders are as small as the mini. 6Ē seems to be the industry standard, but are there eReaders even smaller than the 5Ē mini I havenít heard of?

On a side note, I notice that the Clara is actually thinner than the mini. Can anybody offer a size comparison between the two?


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On a side note, I notice that the Clara is actually thinner than the mini. Can anybody offer a size comparison between the two?
Mini: 133 x 102 x 10 mm, 134 g.

Clara HD: 159.6 x 110 x 8.35 mm, 166 g.

So yes, the Clara is actually thinnner than the Mini (and not all that much larger).
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Mini: 133 x 102 x 10 mm, 134 g.

Clara HD: 159.6 x 110 x 8.35 mm, 166 g.

So yes, the Clara is actually thinnner than the Mini (and not all that much larger).
The 6" Aura was also a pretty small reader, with dimensions of 150 x 114 x 8.1 mm

The Aura and Clara are pretty comparable in size. Not sure how they stack up against a Mini in real life.
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The 6" Aura was also a pretty small reader, with dimensions of 150 x 114 x 8.1 mm

The Aura and Clara are pretty comparable in size. Not sure how they stack up against a Mini in real life.
Bigger.... I've checked
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Well, I did a small comparision some time, and the smallest one is... PocketBook Touch HD 3: http://cyfranek.booklikes.com/post/1...nem-szesc-cali (in Polish).
Kobo Clara HD is on the 3rd place.
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Darn! I just sold my Mini about 3 weeks ago! Having said that, as much as I LOVED it all those years, after I had been using newer devices I went back to it and found it almost impossible to get along with - it was far more laggy, and even the small screen (which is why I loved it) was annoying me. I have switched to a Kindle as my main reader and find that the screen size is a really fair trade-off - it doesn't FEEL much larger and still fits in my purse (with a form-fitting case) but it is SO much faster and easier to read on.

I think the Clara is a similar size to the Kindle basic? Might be worth checking out a Clara or picking up a secondhand one. Good luck in your search!
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Well, I did a small comparision some time, and the smallest one is... PocketBook Touch HD 3: http://cyfranek.booklikes.com/post/1...nem-szesc-cali (in Polish).
Kobo Clara HD is on the 3rd place.
Thanks for that review. The PocketBook Touch HD 3 does seem to be a nice piece of kit. Itís beautiful, but at $159, a touch too pricey for me at this time, especially for what I had in mind.


I was surprised that the Tolino Shiny 3 rated better than the Clara HD since they are virtually the same device.

I was hoping to find a small, compact ereader to carry with me when I go longboarding. I have an iPhone in my pocket with the Kobo app and others installed, but I need to preserve the battery for emergencies when Iím out on the board. I suppose I could pick up on old Kobo Touch for $25 off of eBay, but it lacks an illuminated screen.

It seems that the Clara HD is the closest Iím going to get to the mini with a Kobo device. Iím surprised that the 5Ē screen or smaller hasnít been utilized in the market. Not even a cheap Chinese knockoff of the mini is out there.

Thanks for everybodyís feedback so far.
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I found this comparison list of 5” ereaders. It seems that the market has spoken and 6” is the entry level standard, though the field used to be ripe with 5” models. https://www.the-ebook-reader.com/ere...omparison.html
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Used to be you could pick up an old 6" Kobo Aura for $50 on eBay. That's a nice compact reader with an illuminated screen. Slightly shorter, though wider than a Clara.

The Clara is nicer, but if you're looking for cheap, the Aura is great device. I've been using mine for five years and it still works.
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Thinner is irrelevant. I wish laptop & phone makers realised this too and made product with more battery capacity and more robust cases.

The PRS350 is a very nice size. It could be twice as fat and it wouldn't matter. I have one and it seems like it is designed for a clip on cover.

Designs that need clunky flip cases are inherently putting appearance ahead of function and yet you end up with something fatter and uglier than if it had a built in cover.

There are too few sizes of eink based ereaders. The dominance of one online retailer and one screen maker can't be helping. The idea too that readers have to be promoting one book retailer is also toxic (Kobo, Nook, Kindle) and may leave us with only the Kindle.
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Used to be you could pick up an old 6" Kobo Aura for $50 on eBay. That's a nice compact reader with an illuminated screen. Slightly shorter, though wider than a Clara.



The Clara is nicer, but if you're looking for cheap, the Aura is great device. I've been using mine for five years and it still works.


Thanks for the suggestion. I found one on eBay for much less than that because itís scratched. Made an offer.

I skated out too far tonight and was late coming back. The sun set, I hit a raised sidewalk crack, and I flipped end over end onto my backóright onto my KA1. Itís fine, but that stunt helped me realize I prize cheap more than small since the differences in weights and sizes are so negligible. Spills happen, but Iíd rather I lose a cheap & old Kobo or Kindle than my cherished KA1.


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Thanks for the suggestion. I found one on eBay for much less than that because itís scratched. Made an offer.

I skated out too far tonight and was late coming back. The sun set, I hit a raised sidewalk crack, and I flipped end over end onto my backóright onto my KA1. Itís fine, but that stunt helped me realize I prize cheap more than small since the differences in weights and sizes are so negligible. Spills happen, but Iíd rather I lose a cheap & old Kobo or Kindle than my cherished KA1.


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I checked eBay. I think that's the Aura 2 (the one with a blue button on the back). It's got a newer screen than my original Aura. Not sure if it is as small. But it's a decent reader.
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I was hoping to find a small, compact ereader to carry with me when I go longboarding. I have an iPhone in my pocket with the Kobo app and others installed, but I need to preserve the battery for emergencies when Iím out on the board. I suppose I could pick up on old Kobo Touch for $25 off of eBay, but it lacks an illuminated screen.
Would it not be cheaper to just buy a powerbank with a capacity of 5000-10000mah that you could use to charge your phone?

If you got one with a solar charger, or bought a separate solar charger you could recharge your powerbank when you are not actually surfing.
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Would it not be cheaper to just buy a powerbank with a capacity of 5000-10000mah that you could use to charge your phone?



If you got one with a solar charger, or bought a separate solar charger you could recharge your powerbank when you are not actually surfing.


If buying a brand new ereader was the option, then buying a power bank would be much cheaper. However, getting a used ereader is much cheaper than getting a power bank. Regardless, I have a power bank, so your suggestion has a lot of merit. I wonder why I hadnít thought of it. Theyíre a little heavy, but if the used Kobo Aura that arrives doesnít work out (because itís not backlit) then I may give your idea a try. That power bank wonít add too much weight to my backpack.

Solar chargers, however, are excellent ideas with poor implementation. If I am camping, and I have access to the sunlight all day long, then charging by sun will work, but theyíre so slow that they are impractical for on the go charging. What solar charger do you use that doesnít take hours on end?


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I checked eBay. I think that's the Aura 2 (the one with a blue button on the back). It's got a newer screen than my original Aura. Not sure if it is as small. But it's a decent reader.


This one? https://rover.ebay.com/rover/0/0/0?m...2F401767044178

Well, the price was right. As I said before, after that tumble Iím suddenly prioritizing cheap & disposable over a smaller form factor. Iím sure itíll be fine, assuming it works. If this is a Kobo Aura Edition 2 with a backlight, I got a better deal than I realized.


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