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Another eReader Enters the Market

May 12th, 2010 by Debbie's World of Books


Border’s Kobo

So what do you guys think of Borders entering the eReader market?  I own a Kindle 1 and love it.  I heard the Kindle 2 is even better but I haven’t met any Nook owners so I have no clue how it compares.  I wrote up an initial spec comparison here between the Nook and Kindle but would love anyone’s personal insights on either.

So here’s the lowdown on what I’ve seen about the Kobo. 

  • Kobo is over $100 cheaper than the Nook or Kindle at $149.99
  • It’s 8 oz. vs. Kindle-10.2 oz and the Nook-12.1 oz
  • Navigation: Kobo has a 4-way D-pad which is that blue square.  Just my personal taste is I dislike the look.  No clue on how it would feel to use it.  I wish we could see a close up on what those buttons on the left are for.
  • Kobo has 1GB memory to store books, Kindle has 2GB in storage and the Nook has 2GB as well
  • Kobo has wireless but not sure which carrier it uses, the Kindle uses Sprint and the Nook uses AT&T
  • Kobo supports ePUB, PDF, and Adobe DRM, the Nook also supports ePUB, PDF and PDB, the Kindle only supports it’s own format although for a small fee you can transfer Word documents, PDFs and images to your Kindle.
  • Kobo comes preloaded with 100 free books which I assume will be classics but am not sure.
  • The Borders Kobo site has more info

Okay, the biggest head scratcher for me was why “Kobo”?  I honestly haven’t liked the names of any of the three but Kobo is the worst in my opinion.  I looked up the definition of kobo and couldn’t find anything that corresponds to books or reading.  What do you think of the name?

So I’m curious to see how well the Kobo sells especially at the much lower price.  Granted the storage space isn’t as large but really do you need to carry 1500 books around with you?  The most recent market share numbers I could quickly find were from late 2009 before the Nook came on the scene.  At that time the Kindle had 60% of the market, the Sony eReader had 35% of the market and the rest was split among other devices.  The Nook is available at Best Buy stores now and according to this Fast Company article the Nook accounted for 53% of eReader sales in March 2010.  Of course there is also some competition from the Apple iPad as well.  How this will all shake out remains to be seen.

I can’t wait to play around with the Kobo and I really need to make it to Best Buy at some point to try out the Nook.

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2 Responses

  1. Jess

    Its called ‘Kobo’ which is an anagram of the word book.

  2. kay

    Yup, as Jess said, Kobo just stands for “book” in an anagram way. I personally have a Sony ereader, but I know a few friends, Canadians like me (I don’t know if you are?) who are excited by the Kobo reader. They don’t read as much as I do, so for them the price really does make a difference.

    Personnally, I hesitated a while between Kindle and Sony eReader, and I’m curious about the Nook, too. If you try it, I would love to hear your thoughts on it!

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