Kobo Check-in #1

The Kobo eReader comes in porcelain or black.

Current Kobo reading: Thus far I’ve been using the Kobo to read classics (because they are free and of interest to me at the moment) or to read some philosphical works for an upcoming writing project. Right now I’m reading Jane Austen’s Persuasion, The Golden Sayings of Epictetus, and The Meditations of Marcus Aurelius.

Positive points to date: Thus far I’ve found the actual reading on the Kobo to be quite easy. By this I mean that since there is no backlight for the screen the experience is more like reading a book and less like reading a computer screen, therefore being easier on the eyes. It uses E-Ink technology to achieve this. Unlike some other eReaders, the Kobo design is supposedly more streamlined to focus on elements most important to readers. Instead of having wireless access or an available keypad, it uses simple navigation controls via a directional pad on the right and four additional buttons (“Home”, “Menu”, “Display”, and “Back”) placed on the left side. The device is very easy to use and one can figure out all the basics without having to consult a manual.

Negative points to date: When I started using the Kobo I was worried about the time it takes to change to the next page. Being a child of the computer age, I expected the page to change instantly, but instead there is a wait of about a second or so. This doesn’t sound like much, but as a reader engrossed in a book, it’s annoying to have to wait any amount of time in order to move along with a passage. I knew about this before buying the eReader (I’d tried it in the store), but wanted to see how it would play out in real reading situations. At first this was a big concern for me, but as I continued to read I learned to push the forward button a moment before reaching the very end of the page, much as when reading a print book I position a finger between the next leaves to turn the page faster without interruption.

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