Kobo eReader Touch Edition Now Shipping In U.S. And Canada

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Facts are facts: it's hard to rival the Kindle. Amazon's e-reader is a monolith, and even the Nook family from Barnes & Noble is having a tough time competing. But that doesn't mean that no competition exists. Kobo has just announced that their eReader Touch Edition is now available across the U.S. and Cada, and for a reasonable rate, too. It's $129.99 USD and $139.99 CDN, offering a new design, touch support and a choice of colors (black, lilac, blue and silver).

As with some other high-profile reader/tablet out there, there's just a single home button to mess with, and there's also Infrared touch technology, a flicker-free touch screen experience, a 6" E Ink display, one-month of battery life, 2GB of onboard storage, an SD card slot, and support for PDF viewing (as well as ePUB, MOBI, and normal ole documents).

Kobo themselves offer up 1 million free titles, and you can read / borrow eBooks from your local library. Still tough to compete with the cheaper ad-supported Kindle, but it's surely a start.
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rrplay replied on Sun, Jun 19 2011 7:45 AM

The Kobo is a bit smaller and lighter than the Kindle, and has Mem card expansion slot. The quilted back may appeal to some. & and agree a good start to compete with the add-supported Kindle.

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omegadraco replied on Sun, Jun 19 2011 12:51 PM

I would certainly buy this over the ad-supported kindle since the prices are very close and there are no ads.... If they can get their name out there I am sure that they won't have too hard of a time competing. It would be nice to see schools to have devices like this to check out for students.

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pwrntspd replied on Sun, Jun 19 2011 1:59 PM

I think the biggest battle Kobo is going to have is how well Amazon supports the kindle, especially over wifi and 3G connections. But the device looks good, and no one can complain about a million free books.

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