Saturday, April 30, 2011

Product Review: Kobo eReader

Product: Kobo Wireless eReader
Approximate Retail Price: $99 USD at Borders, $139 USD (without bundle packs) from Kobo
Supported Formats: PDF, DRM Protected PDF, EPUB

Let me just say that I am one of those people who loves any device which makes life easier for me.  And that is one of the reasons I love me some eReaders.  I have an original Nook (not color) eReader and adore it for many reasons.  But when I saw the Kobo and it's teeny price tag, I was intrigued, to say the least.  So about a year ago, I wrote to Kobo PR and requested a review device.  Unfortunately, at that time, Kobo was being sold in Canada only.  :(  But with it's launch in the US since, I was fortunate enough to get my hands on a device to review.


  • EXTREMELY lightweight and portable!  Infact, I have a teeny purse and it fit right in.  However, the screen is still large enough (6") to comfortably read books.  To give you an idea of screen size, it is comparable to reading a standard sized paperback book.  It is the LIGHTEST of all of the eReaders (compared with Nook, Kindle, and Sony)!
  • Very comfortable "quilted" back cover.  The back cover, though of the same material as the front cover, is quilted and does lend to a comfortable grip.  It also comes in 3 colors: Metallic Silver, Pearlized Lilac, and Onyx.
  • Very easy on your eyes.  The reason I have not gone to a "color" eReader is because I want something easy for my eyes.  And Kobo utilizes E-Ink technology to make reading from it comfortable and without glare.  Kobo gives you the choice of 4 sizes of font and 2 styles of font.  So the user can really customize a comfortable reading experience.
  • Library friendly!  As with the Nook, the Kobo is library friendly -which is a big consideration for me when buying an eReader.  Sure, I purchase eBooks, but I also like to take advantage of borrowing eBooks from my library.  And because Kobo supports PDF, DRM Protected PDF, and EPUB, you can rest assured that using your library's digital services will be a breeze.  Keep in mind that Kindle does not support EPUB format.  What's great about this is that I borrow tons of digital knitting and crochet books and can literally take the patterns with me when I go to knitting group.
  • Great for knitters and crocheters!  I copy documents (PDF patterns) from my computer and paste them right into my Kobo.  This makes my patterns easy to take with me anywhere!  And really anyone who needs to carry PDF files will love this feature!
  • Intuitive and easy to use.  Although I don't find my Nook to be difficult to use, I did find that the Kobo has a slight advantage in that area.  It is so easy to navigate and very intuitive to use.  The navigation pad along with the labeled user buttons make finding your books and documents a snap. 
  • Expandable memory via SD Memory card, up to 32GB 
  • Multi-device capable.  Has software available for your PC or Mac; app available for your smartphone; and an app available for iPad.
  • Comes loaded with 100 FREE complete eBooks.
  • Has WiFi and USB connectivity.
  • Unlike my Nook, Kobo does not support MP3s.  So if I wanted to play an MP3 audiobook on it, I'm outta luck.  Since I typically listen to audiobooks as well as read, I like the ability to keep all of my e-media together.
  • Not 3G capable.  You'll need to be in a wireless hotspot to download to this device.  While this really isn't a big deal for me because I download while at home, I know some people prefer a 3G connection.
  • Does not come with extras.  Nook allows me to surf the net & play games.  I actually do not use it for that at all, but some people might.
  • Not a touchscreen device.  Like Kindle and the original Nook, this is a manual digital eReader.
All in all, I LOVE this eReader.  It has very fast page turns.  It's extremely easy to use and intuitive.  And most of all, it's a comfortable reading experience!  I have to say that this eReader (based on what my needs are) edged out my Nook as my favorite eReader.  With Kobo's uber afforable price tag and it's ability to take on the big three eReaders without issue, it's my number one choice for an eReader.  I think this would make a magnificent Mother's Day gift or perhaps a wonderful birthday gift for the reader in your life!

Disclosure: Kobo sent KnitPurlGurl a Kobo Wireless eReader FREE for review.  KnitPurlGurl was not compensated for this blog post.  All opinions in the above post are those of the blog author's and do not necessarily reflect those of Kobo.



  1. Thanks for the review. I just broke down and ordered a Kindle, but I still would like to see the others. I do hope I like this Kindle though LOL

  2. I do love my Kindle, but miss being able to read library books. Though I have invested a lot in buying Kindle books and not likely to change now, this might be a good second at some point for some of the reasons you mentioned. Thanks for the great review!!

  3. I am still on the fence about e-readers. I have been back and forth and back and forth - but I'm getting there. I'm glad I read your review, I did see the Kobu in Borders that other day, but didn't know anyone who had one. What luck I have to find it here on your lovely blog :-)

    New follower from Mom Bloggers. Just started a product review blog the other day -

  4. great Post, following you now!
    Angela & Angelica


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