Tech Tuesday for Mom: Kobo ereader Review & Giveaway

I’ve been waiting for an ereader of my very own.  My husband has one and I think it may be his second love (after the family, of course).  I followed the easy set-up guide included, turned on my computer and connected the ereader the moment it arrived to get it charged up.

The initial charge took about 3 hours.  There was a problem, though—the installer was not on my ereader.  I went to www.koboereader.com and called their help line.  Thankfully, they have extended customer service hours (they are open 16 hours a day/7 days a week).  I quickly navigated through their short menu and had customer service on the line within seconds.  She directed me to a website where I could download the app (http://kobobooks.com/desktop).  It, too, downloaded in seconds and I was on my way.  I was a little annoyed that I had to make the call, BUT it was saved by the fact that the entire process (including the 1 minute satisfaction survey I opted to take at the end) was less than 5 minutes.

I was interested to know how the price of books in the Kobo Store compared with their competitors.  I looked up some New York Times Best Sellers and popular books.  I compared the 1st three that caught my eye and they were cent for cent the same price:

 

Like Water for Elephants:  Kobo Store: $4.17  Kindle store: $4.17

The Fifth Witness:  Kobo: $12.99                        Kindle: $12.99

44 Charles Street: A Novel   Kobo: $12.99         Kindle:  $12.99

 

So, the thought that crossed my mind was, why would someone pick up a Kobo, when they can get a similarly priced Kindle?  There are a couple of reasons.  First, I really like the button located in the lower right-hand corner of the Kobo.  The button is placed where I hold my books (and now ereader) anyways.  As opposed to the Kindle, which has the page-turning arrows located on the sides.  Another thing that I love is the sleek design.  It’s unmarred by a keyboard at the bottom of the reader and the quilted back is stylish and comfortable to hold.  The downside to this, however, is you do have to click through the virtual keyboard when you’re making a purchase.  I’ll be reading with the Kobo far more than I’ll be making purchases, so this doesn’t bother me.  The screens are the same size (6″), and the quality of the e-ink is comparable, too.  Another huge difference, which actually will save quite a bit of money, is that the Kobo ereader allows you to borrow books from your local library (something that the Kindle does not).

The Kobo ereader comes in 3 colors

The Kobo ereader features:

  • Color options—Pearlized Lilac, Onyx Black, Metallic Silver
  • Lightweight
  • Quilted Back (stylish and comfortable!)
  • Holds up to 1000 ebooks at a time
  • Connectivity via Wi-Fi and USB
  • Ability to borrow books from your local library
  • Receive and read newspapers and magazines
  • Automatic last page bookmarking across devices
  • Import books from other open standard bookstores
  • Ability to read the ebooks on additional devices
  • Smaller and lighter than comparable devices on the market
  • Memory expansion up to 10,000 eBooks with a 32 GB SD memory card
  • Adjustable font sizes
  • Choice of font styles
  • Targeted Local Content & Currency Bookstore for the US, Canada, UK, Australia and New Zealand
  • Battery Life of 10 days or 10,000 page turns

Now, I have to point out, the competitors can hold up to 3500 books at a time.  However, I’d like you to think for a minute–How many books do you need to carry around with you at a time?  I mean, really, even 1000 seems a bit excessive, so the ability to store more than that isn’t a big draw to me.  But, if this matters to you, there is always the option to expand via a 32 GB SD card, which will allow you super-readers out there to tote up to 10,000 eBooks at a time.  I love that the Kobo ereader came preloaded with 100 classics, too, so I could start reading right away!  And, I love the E ink, it’s easy to read in bright sunlight, which is where I prefer to do most of my reading.

The Kobo ereader sells for $139 and can be purchased here and includes free shipping. It would make a great gift for mom!

GIVEAWAY: Kobo is offering one (1) That’s IT Mommy reader an ereader of their own (Winner picks color, based on availability). Ends 5/26. Open to residents of North America (except where prohibited).

REQUIRED ENTRY – To enter,  let us know: 1) Which color you would like if you are the winner AND 2) Tell us something you learned  by watching their demo.  Leave your comments in the reply box below this post.  You must answer both questions. That’s IT!

Remember if this REQUIRED ENTRY is not followed then no other entries will count.

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*THIS GIVEAWAY WILL RUN THROUGH MIDNIGHT ON MAY 26, 2011 (PST).  WINNER WILL BE CHOSEN USING RANDOM.ORG FROM ALL VALID ENTRIES AND NOTIFIED VIA EMAIL.  WINNER WILL HAVE 48 HOURS TO CONTACT US BEFORE ANOTHER WINNER IS CHOSEN.  GIVEAWAY IS OPEN TO RESIDENTS OF NORTH AMERICA ONLY (18+, EXCEPT WHERE PROHIBITED).

* WE DID NOT RECEIVE MONETARY COMPENSATION FOR THIS REVIEW. THAT’S IT MOMMY RECEIVED THE KOBO EREADER MENTIONED TO FACILITATE THIS REVIEW.
 THIS WILL IN NO WAY SWAY OUR OPINION OF THE PRODUCT OR SERVICE.
 THE REVIEW IS IN OUR OWN WORDS AND IS OUR OPINION. YOUR RESULTS AND OPINIONS MAY DIFFER.

 

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