Flash! Borders adds a wireless Kobo Nov 1st
Borders has been carrying a variety of EBRs (E-Book Readers), but this one is interesting.
One of the things that has held back the Kobo is that it hasn’t been wi-fi. Well, that, and that weird plastic button navigation thingy.
I think this one may pick up some of the market, though. Borders will have it for $139.99. Here’s some advice from a former retailer…drop the ninety-nine cents! First, if something doesn’t end in an even number, it looks cheap…something that is $50 seems much classier than something that is $49.99. But the big thing here is…why be more expensive than the wi-fi only Kindle? You could be the same price, and you could say you, “You can’t get a wi-fi E Ink EBR cheaper.” Pretty sure that’s still true…
One of the big things, of course, is selection…and the Kobo can access the Border e-book store, which is not bad.
Let’s go through some of the features:
The sleep mode picture is the cover of the book you are reading (some people really want that for the Kindle…others don’t)
Comes in three case colors: black, white, and lavender
Has a “quilted back”…some find the Kindle back slippery
Lighter than the Kindle wi-fi only (it says less than 8 ounces: the K is 8.5)
Slightly smaller than the K3 7.2 x 4.7 versus 7.5 x 4.8
1 GB onboard memory, but can handle a 4 GB SD card
Comes with 100 pre-loaded books
Now, while it does have some advantages over the Kindle, I like the Kindle better. One of the key things is the number of books…the Kindle store has over 700,000, Borders has 230,501.
You can pre-order this device here:
Interestingly, the Kobo site has it…without that ninety-nine cents ($139):
This may impact the Kindle some, but I think it may pose an interesting challenge to the NOOK. Some people just want to buy things from bookstores…they feel like they are supporting book people. It also doesn’t have that little LCD screen at the bottom of the NOOK…which some people find distracting, although some like it. It’s also cheaper…
Oh, and here’s a weird thing: it doesn’t read txt, rtf, or docs. That’s just odd, but won’t hurt a lot of people, I guess. I do put txt files on my Kindle…it’s a handy way to carry notes around.
Kindles are in stores, but not bookstores…I think we’ll see a slice (not a big one) going to this reader this holiday season, unless there are some major changes.
I’ll be interested to see when more details come out about this.
This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the I Love My Kindle blog.