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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Reader, 14 April 2012
This review is from: Kobo eReader Touch Edition 15,2cm (6'') 2GB silver (Personal Computers)
The bezel around the top and both sides of the front is only about 0.4 inches wide with the excellent 6 inch Pearl eInk display taking up most of the front. There is a single silver button centered below the display that is used to get you back to the home screen.

There is nothing on the right of the Kobo eReader while a microSD card slot is found on the bottom of the left side. There is a microUSB port on the bottom that you can use to charge and transfer content to the eReader. The on/off slide button is found on the top right side.

There is a very small hole found towards the bottom of the back that you can use to reset the Kobo eReader Touch Edition if you ever have an issue. The back has a great quilted pattern texture to it that adds some style and feel to the device.
Software and user experience

Kobo has been actively working to improve the new eReader Touch Edition so you should first install the free desktop software on your Apple or Windows computer by visiting There was a firmware update available for the eval unit that greatly enhances the device so to make sure you have the optimal experience connect to your computer first before getting too far with your new ebook reader.

The Kobo eReader Touch Edition supports more formats than the new Nook, including EPUB, PDF, jpeg, gif, png, bmp, tiff, txt, html, rtf, mobi, cbz, and cbr. You can load content view the store or via a USB cable and a computer.
Navigating the Kobo eReader Touch Edition

Pressing the silver home button takes you back to the Home screen where you will see options up top for Library, Store, and Reading Life. Tapping the word Library shows a pop-up with options for books, news & magus, previews, and shortlist. Tap on of these to view your loaded content in list or grid views. Tapping the word Store pops up options for store front, categories, free eBooks, top picks, and search. You can then browse around and purchase books to read.

You can also search through your library or the store by tapping the Search option. A keyboard will pop up that you can then tap on to enter text. The keyboard is quite responsive and easy to use on the Kobo eReader.

At the bottom of the Home screen you will find icons for settings, help, and sync. Tapping on settings (gear icon) takes you to the settings page where there are various settings for the following:

Account: Login to your Kobo account and Facebook account. You will also see your Adobe Digital Editions authorization.
Sleep & Power: You can control the sleep and power screen settings.
Date & Time: Set the date and time on this display.
Reading Life: This is where you toggle on or off the Reading Life functionality and notifications.
Device Information: This leads to a page showing you the details of your device with an option to perform a factory reset.
Wireless Connection: You can toggle on airplane mode and edit your wireless networks. There is also a button to launch the Kobo Web Browser, but it is still a bit of a beta feature.
About Kobo Touch: This simply shows some licensing information.
Extras: There is a Kobo Sketch program where you can draw on the display and save as a jpeg file.

You can check out these displays in my image gallery. The help button takes you to the help section with several sections to read if you have any questions. Tapping the sync icon syncs your eReader with your latest Kobo books, bookmarks, and account information.
Controls while reading

There are also some specific controls and options while you are reading ebooks. After opening up a book you simply tap the right or left side to turn a page. You can also swipe from right to left or left to right just like a regular book to turn pages. To access more controls tap the center of the display and once you do status icons for battery and signal appear at the top with other options at the bottom.

These bottom options include a home button and icons for menu, go to, and text options. Menu options include the following:

Table of Contents
Update bookmark
Remove from shortlist
Mark as finished
Advanced settings: These options include selecting when to have the screen refresh. On the Nook this defaults to every 6 pages, but on the Kobo eReader Touch you can choose from 1 to 6 pages. You can also toggle the margin page numbers in Adobe EPUB books.

The go to button lets you slide your finger along a line to jump to a different page or you can jump all the way to the beginning or end.

Tapping the text options button takes you to a page where you can choose from seven different font styles, several different font sizes, line spacing, margins, and justification. There are more options here on the Kobo than there are on the Nook.

You can also tap and hold on text to select it for highlighting or choose to share it with your Facebook friends. Twitter is discussed on the website, but is not yet supported by the available firmware. I imagine it will be coming in an update though.

When the device goes to sleep the book cover appears on the display. The Nook shows a different famous author, but I actually prefer the Kobo since I can quickly see what book I last had open.
Kobo eReader Touch Edition or Nook 2nd Edition?

I honestly thought the new Nook 2nd Edition device was the best dedicated ebook reader, but the more time I spend with the Kobo the more I prefer it over the excellent Nook. The Kobo eReader Touch Edition offers these advantages over the 2nd Edition of the Nook:

Narrower design so it fits better in the hand
More font styles to choose from
More font sizes to choose from
Achievements/badges are earned similar to the way Xbox games has achievements
Easy to access web browser

The 2nd Edition B&N Nook offers these advantages over the Kobo:

Physical buttons for turning pages
Twitter social networking support, in addition to common Facebook support
Barnes & Noble enhanced store support with free WiFi access

Both of these ebook readers are good choices and the real differences come down to physical page turn buttons and width of the devices. These two physical aspects and the more selectable fonts are what keep me using the Kobo eReader Touch Edition.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Cool, 8 Jan. 2015
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This review is from: Kobo eReader Touch Edition 15,2cm (6'') 2GB silver (Personal Computers)
I bought this for my son who is a real bookworm. Needless to say he hasn't put it down. We can download books from any book store online which is far better than limiting yourself with a kindle
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