Kobo Launches eReader Touch Edition For $130

Kobo Launches eReader Touch Edition For $130

Amazon and Barnes & Noble may be the current e-reader kings, but that doesn't mean that there's no room for rivals. Kobo has been giving them a (small) run for their money for years now, and today they've launched the Kobo eReader Touch Edition. This new device touts a new "Real Touch" experience, a new design, built-in Wi-Fi, and it's also the company's first international eReader, available in six languages.


Starting today, the new Kobo eReader Touch Edition will be available for pre-order at leading retailers across North America including Indigo (www.indigo.ca), Best Buy (www.bestbuy.ca), Walmart (www.walmart.ca) and Borders (www.borders.com) for an MSRP of $129.99 USD and $139 CAD. It'll start shipping in June, and will include a $10 gift card for good measure. It'll also be available in a variety of colors, and will hit with a whole new line of accessories.


More good news for the taking? The first-gen Kobo Wi-Fi has now fallen to just $100 in the U.S. As for the new guy, it'll be powered by Freescale's i.MX508 processor, and it'll have enough storage for up to 30,000 books. So, has Kobo won you over, or are you still siding with Kindle / NOOK?
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I like my Kobo Wi-Fi, less keys to worry about then the Kindle, and shipped within Canada (my location) which meant much cheaper at the time. Why would I need a full keyboard on an e-reader anyway? But I do find it slow. Can't find the processor it's using, but navigation requires patience. This new touch model obviously has a new processor to make it worthwhile, but how well does it navigate? The price point is definitively awesome, might buy it and give the other one to family.

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I'll be watching to see how this competes with the Kindle and Nook. Somewhere, I heard that B&N is expected to launch a new reader soon, so we'll see what happens with that too.

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Its the New Nook in a different case.

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