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Kobo E-book Reader Trumps in the Price War

The iPad craze didn’t truly succeed in crushing Kindle’s lead in the eBook reader market. Of course it goes to say that we are talking about Kindle II and not the ridiculously ambitious Kindle DX (priced at $500). Foran avid eBook reader, the most important thing to factor in is the screen’s versatility in different lighting settings and the battery’s longevity. But probably what becomes the deciding factor is the price tag that comes with a feature-packed eBook reader. With no pretensions, Kobo eBook reader joins in the price war and just might have aced it.

Specifications

  • Size:- 120mm x 184mm x 10mm thick.
  • Weight: -221 grams
  • Memory capacity:- 1 GB of internal memory, expandable with the built-in SD card slot
  • Connectivity:- Bluetooth
  • Sync: – Comes with a USB for syncing

Design

Kobo’s very basic design almost is a statement in itself. The front plate is made if white plastic with a matte finish. Surprisingly the back cover offers more personality and texture with its canvas-like rubbery finish, offering a tighter grip and a more comfortable feel to the Kobo.

The front has a 6 inch LCD screen utilizing E-ink technology which can display up to 8 grey colors. E-ink technology offers a highly adaptable display of fonts that is friendly to the eyes. It also makes it possible to save as much as battery power—making it possible for eBook readers to last up to weeks between charges.

The highly intuitive five-way D-pad controls sit at the bottom left. At the left side of the screen, four buttons are aligned on top of each other: Home, Menu, Display and Back.

Features

Kobo reader offers Bluetooth compatibility for syncing with other Bluetooth devices. It doesn’t offer Wi-Fi connectivity though. Uploading books to the eBook reader would have to be through a PC sync. The system can search for new books if an SD card is inserted in its slot.

Out of the box Kobo eBook reader comes with free 100 eBooks preloaded. Surely a great deal for those who haven’t heard of Project Guttenberg. Although a few new titles thrown-in might get a few smiles.

The Kobo reader has been very upfront with the simplicity it offers. From the get go, Kobo reader left no surprises or mysteries that may whet a users appetite. Simply put, its features only deal with the rigors of reading an eBook, syncing with the laptop or other Bluetooth devices and the killer battery life (which allegedly can last up to two weeks). Even the package shows Kobo’s confidence of its battery life. The Kobo eBook reader does not ship with a wall charger, just the average USB data cable. This probably would surely irk some in the future for sure.

But what makes it blip in the eBook reader radar is its reasonable price. Selling for not more than $150, the Kobo is every gadget fellow’s practical solution while he’s waiting for the good stuff to make its way in its market. Every six months brilliant minds and designers churn out at least one innovative product that puts it predecessors to the valley of death. While others may opt to grab at the chance to upgrade, others would choose wait a few months until the device becomes stable.

Verdict

With no Wi-Fi and no other features to awe users, the Kobo reader might very well be buried into obscurity. That is, if the price is not included in the equation. The Kobo ebook reader is cheap and yet effective enough for its promised eBook reading experience. Most serious eBook readers, especially those who know where to get their free ebooks fromwill not miss the WiFi absence. It all depends to one’s creativity to maximize the already reasonable deal that the Kobo eBook reader offers.

How To Format Your eBook for Kindle Sales

Do you have a passion for writing? Do you treasure your articles? Well, if you do then why keep them as a bundle of paper? You are welcome to publish your treasure be it a story, biography, journal or a novel for the Kindle eBook Reader. Your written data is electronically stored in the Kindle eBook Reader and is digitized in the form of eBooks or electronic books which can be read by different types of readers. The users usually download several books and stack them under desired titles in Kindle. Are you getting bored of carrying heavy books in your bag? Well, there is nothing to worry as you can organize and save your books in your Kindle which acts as a library. Kindle is easy to manage and carry as it is slim and weightless.

Format your eBook using Microsoft Word

Amazon’s Digital Text Platform shortly DPT offers you a wide range of audience for your eBook. When you place your eBook in Amazon for sale, the readers may buy and download it to their Kindle Reader. You just need to format it before you place it for sale in Amazon DTP. You can format it using Microsoft word and save it for web in HTML format. Open Microsoft Word and go to the “File” menu. Click “Open” and choose the location of your document and open the document. Scan for any spelling or grammatical errors and correct them accordingly. After scanning, save the document to its original name and get ready for the next step. Now, again go to the “File” menu, as the document is still open at the behind and click “Save as”. Give a new name to the document and choose location of saving as Desktop, as it is more convenient to locate your files instead of searching your entire hard disk.

Now under “Save as type” tab click the drop down menu and select “Web Page” format. Then click the “Save” button to exit from the dialog box. Now your file is ready for uploading.

Uploading your eBook

You have your book in HTML version now. Go to the Amazon DTP website and log in to your account with your user name and password. At the Amazon panel choose “My shelf” and then choose the “Add New item” option. Feed in the title of your eBook and give a concise narration on your book. Try to give keywords that are very close to the contents of your eBook, which will fetch you more readers to the site. Now, move on to the “Upload and Preview Book” part locate your HTML file document, which is in your desktop. You can use the preview button to check for mistakes that escaped while checking. Last but not the least, enter the cost price of your eBook and click “Done”.

You might find this procedure and its result to be demanding with Amazon DTP at the beginning. As you find lot of Kindle eBook readers scattered all over the world, you get an opportunity of showcasing your creativity in writing and this in turn will establish your readership.

Acer Launches LumiRead eReader, Revo Living-Room Family

As the old saying goes – “Reading makes a man perfect”. In this digital world of ours people find different devices to help them read. Among them, the latest is the eBook reader. Small in size, they are easily portable and the battery life is expressed in days instead of the usual hours! Kindle by Amazon, Nook by Barnes & Noble and Sony’s EBook Reader have already hit the market. These are all dedicated devices for reading eBooks.  There is another set of eBook readers which are just applications that could run on tablet PCs and iPhones to read eBooks

Their little monitors will not harm your eyes. You do not need to take any other precautions except for the fact that you need to take your eyes off them for some time, just to give them a little rest. As such, digital reading devices such as the eBook readers are going to be runaway success stories in the near future.

Some time back there was a school of thought who believed that dedicated eBook readers will not be able to compete with eBook reader applications as nobody will spend a pots of money to buy a dedicated eBook reader, while he could do that on an iPhone or a tablet PC! Early this year there were talks that Acer had plans to release their eBook reader but they recently shelved it. Despite all that, Acer launched its eBook reader just a few days ago!

When you look at what Acer’s eBook reader called the LumiRead has on offer, there is little doubt about its success. It has two gigabytes of memory which could be expanded with a MicroSD card, with which you have the possibility to store content of 1500 books (of average size). It is only a few millimeters in thickness and has a 6 inch display which is employing the new technology – e-Ink display, to give non glare high contrast paper like appearance to text. Weighing only a few grams, it will easily fit in your pocket.

Among its features, LumiRead has 3G connectivity to browse the Internet and looking for material to read. Its QWERTY keyboard makes it even better for Internet surfing. It also has an auto format feature to display the content in the best format for reading. Browsing through the content you have in your library is very simple with the Lumiread.

If you are a reader, the best option for you when you are on the move is an eBook reader. It eliminates the hassle of having to think which book you are going to take with you. No matter where you are, these eBooks will give you the opportunity to read, in daylight or in the darkness. You may be on a mountain peak or on a sea beach but still you can enjoy reading your favorite eBook without any issues. Out of all eBooks, Acer LumiRead comes with the edge over others, which can be attributed to its innovative features. It is definitely going to be a success in the years to come.

Kobo by Borders – Taking the EBOOK Market by Storm

There are many ebook reader brands which have hit the markets and Kobo is one of the latest launches developed by Borders . It is simple and is designed to do just one thing – read Books!

Low Price Tag

Kobo, the device made by a Canadian company, is priced at $149 which is $100 lower than Amazon’s Kindle and Barnes & Noble’s Nook (both priced at $259) and $50 lower than Sony’s Reader pocket edition (priced at $199). Kobo’s attractively low price tag makes it the cheapest e-reader backed by a big brand.

Comparison with Other Brands

Both Kindle and Nook are3G wireless, however in order to hit the low price tag, Kobo skips the Wi-Fi connectivity. To download the e-books, Kobo needs to be connected through a computer. Kobo e-reader has a device-neutral platform and can be connected to a smart phone, desktop or a tablet through USB or Bluetooth. Unlike Kindle, Kobo eReader shows the number of pages left in a Chapter.

Kobo’s Features

The all new Border’s Kobo has the following features:

Free Preloaded eBooks – When you buy a Kobo, you don’t have to wait to download ebooks. It comes with preloaded 100 Free classic ebooks so you can enjoy using your Kobo as soon as you buy it!
Compact size – 120mm x 184mm x 10mm are its dimensions and weighs 221 grams. Its compact size makes it easy to carry when you are on the move. It is lighter than Nook and Kindle as they weigh 317 grams and 289.2 grams respectively.
Expandable Memory – Kobo comes with an initial memory of 1 GB and can store up to 1000 eBooks. Up to 4 GB of SD memory card can be added and increase the storage to 4000 eBooks!
Sleep Mode – One of the interesting features which a lot of ebook lovers will lenjoy is its sleep mode. It brings up the cover of the book when it is in the sleep mode, giving you a feeling of reading an actual book than a device.
Battery Life – A battery life of up to 2 weeks or 8000 page-turns
Adjustable Font size – Kobo gives you an option to adjust the font to five different sizes and two different font styles.
Supports Graphics – This eReader supports visuals of some popular comics and graphics of the novels.
Just like reading a traditional book – E Ink technology enables it to look just like print on paper

“The Kobo eReader is the eReader for everyone and is now available in the U.S. – launching at Borders,” said Michael Serbinis, CEO of Kobo. “At $149.99 the Kobo eReader is roughly $100 less than the other eReading devices out there, so it provides a great way to start eReading without breaking the bank. We couldn’t be happier about partnering with a brand like Borders which shares our commitment to technological innovation, high quality, and customer value.”

The Kobo is also available for pre-order and ships out in time for Father’s Day in the U.S. Seems like a great gift and easy on the pocket as well!

Kindle 2: Surviving the iPad buzz

Steve Jobs’ announcement of Apple’s newest iBooks store and iPad’s eBook capabilities made a ripple of doubt for Kindle’s survival in the eBook reader industry. Although iPad’s performance in the global market remains to be seen, iPad vs. Kindle debates has barraged the Internet these days.

Things go differently though if we throw in the Kindle DX, with its 9.7 inch screen in the mix. Even the iPad non-3G model priced at almost $500 could beat the almost $480 of an impossibly ambitious eBook reader. So Kindle 2 will remain as the eBook reader that refused to be trampled by a giant.

This debate, however, is for naught since iPad is entirely a new breed of its own. Let’s not forget that Kindle did just that a few years back when it also created and launched the arena for the eBook readers. But this is not a question of who first thought about what. It’s about how these two trend setters have come face to face. Forget the fact that they are Like Manny Aquino and Muhammad Ali about to fight for a weight class that they both don’t qualify for. The public has deemed it and so they must have a face-off.
Price being the first thing that you would at look at, having to shell out almost $500 for a gadget that is not even a full powered computer might be a bit straining for your pockets. You might admit that iPad’s features look impressive for such a portable device. Whereas Kindle’s much humbler designs and features

To be fair, iPad does have multimedia capacity to handle videos, games and a lot of other formats. In this case what counts is that it has support for many data formats that any other eBook reader can access and much more. It has a colored 9.7 inch Multi Touch screen that makes reading an eBook an engaging activity. Turn a page and the only thing that’s missing is that crisp whisper that comes with it a sheet of paper flicking in the air. Whilst in Kindle, buttons do it all for you. Using a LED-lit screen has limited iPad to a maximum of 10 hours continuous reading (or other multimedia pursuits). Like any other apple device, the battery of iPad remains inaccessible to its users. Kindle’s batteries can be replaced by the users themselves. It can stay up to 7 days with its wireless turned on. The LED-lit screen also makes reading on iPad a lot more straining for the eyes than reading with a regular eBook reader. Kindle’s no back-lit screen will need a source of light, much like you will need in reading a real book.

The new iBooks store also opens up the ‘book stand’ to its users. Kindle also has Kindle store where readers could purchase eBooks online. However, don’t expect book sales for less than a dollar through these online stores since these stores are tied by their—ehem—by the publishing industry that wouldn’t sell anything below $10 any of their eBooks. Through your Kindle account you can send other formats like MS Word and RTF to your Kindle wirelessly. However this would cost about .10c per conversion. But converting your files vie the email and your PC is totally free. You can load this up through syncing Kindle with the USB cable.

Kindle has gone global and has partnered with Telecom companies to let readers connect to their store via Whispernet, Amazon’s technology that lets users connect wirelessly without the monthly fees. This makes Kindle and Kindle store much accessible to the bibliophiles that can’t live without their books. This offer is limited to a list of 100 countries worldwide. On the other hand, the almost $730 iPad 3G’s tie up with AT&T has not been received in a good light by the public. It seems AT&T has yet to prove it can provide quality service to the American public. Other countries however will have to wait and see if Apple has tied up with their local Telecom for the service to be available to them.

As much as you would like to drool over iPad and its many new features, for eBook reading you might still go for Kindle. Kindle does dwarf in comparison to iPad. But then again the almost $629 for iPad to go 3G might seem ridiculous for a user not that confident with AT&T. To pick iPad while it is still testing the waters might prove to be risky. A breakthrough, yes, but this portable media station has still to prove its worth over the coming months. Truth be told, there will be no lack of better technology and cheaper solutions in the coming months.

Kindle 2 in all its simplicity and humble aesthetics, has never boasted of anything other than being an eBook reader and it only sells for about $250. It has marvelously proven itself in its genre and needs not run after another contender that’s just grazing the ring boundaries. It has much better things to attend to: like having more formats to support.

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