Thanks Margaret. I've been following the e-book thread and not heard that. Can you say why the many returns of the kobo.
My views might be skewed by the fact that I have an iPad so others probably have different experience.
Things I didn't like: the Kobo didn't "feel" substantial. I have old handheld games (solitaire etc) that have a much more solid feel to them. This thing was flimsy.
It was slow. Menus took a long time to open. The screen was not easy to read. I loaded one book on it and immediately lost it among the pre-loaded books. There didn't appear to be a search function so I don't know what you'd do if you loaded the 1500 books on it that it claims to hold - that would be a looooooooot of scrolling
I haven't read of any disgruntled users on this forum, but I belong to another list that recently had a long discussion about ebooks and readers and one gal there works for Borders in the US. She said that most of the Kobos they sold were returned the same day.
I'm a long time Mac user and expect things I buy to have a decent feel to them when I've paid a price. I would expect a $149 Kobo to have a better screen and perform better than a 10 year old solitaire game that I bought for less than $20. Now if the Kobo was only $20 or even $50 I would think it was a heck of a bargain and learn to put up with it's deficiencies.
Also, being tied to the Kobo book store might leave you wishing you had another reader. I started out buying from Kobo but quickly found that the Kindle store is much more user friendly and of course has a better selection - and you can read their books on many platforms and many devices - which means you can share books with family.
Thanks for the update Rob. The Kobo I had experience with was an early version which accounts for the problems. I'm glad they have improved in later versions. I'll likely try one again in the new year.
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My two cents worth: Kobo experience is inferior to that of the Sony, in my opinion. Battery life for both is less than published and it can have some problems with the sync.
Sony has an excellent reader and the upscale allows you to touch screen annotate, but it is clumsy. Battery life, as I said is less than published. Very easy on the eyes.
Haven't tried the Kindle, but the keyboard would allow for better annotations, as I believe the program handles that aspect of the reader.
Really, if you can see the type, based on my experience, I think the Touch can outperfrom any of the above and it is cheaper when you consider what you get..... I know it's not a reader per se, but I can certainly do the job.
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