eBooks are great — they're so much more convenient than paperback or hardback titles for travellers and commuters alike, especially if you're the kind of reader that devours long tomes on a regular basis. But e-readers generally have small screens and don't offer the same reading experience as a proper book. But Kobo's new Aura One e-reader has two vital statistics that avid readers will know well — it has a screen the size of a classic hardback, housed in a chassis that's smaller than the thinnest airport thriller paperback.
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JB Hi-Fi's NOW eBook service will be closing its store on September 30th, after merging with eReading giant Rakuten Kobo. This isn't the first time Kobo has acquired another eBook service, with the company also having taken over Sony's Reader Store early last year. It's not particularly bad news for existing customers on JB Hi-Fi's service, however, as they will be transferred over to Kobo's service from the start of October.
For long-time book lovers, reading on an electronic device can be disorienting experience. The most obvious choice for those going down the ebook path is a device like the Kindle, completely and utterly dedicated to emulating the traditional experience of reading. I've been seduced by the promise of an ereader many-a-time, but I always find myself reaching for that device never not at my side — my smartphone.
The aftermarket-treated Waterproof Kindle is just about perfect: an already fantastic e-reader with the added bonus of being built like a rock. But all that comes with one hell of a price tag — $US240, specifically. The new, waterproof $US190 Kobo Aura H2O, though, promises to deliver on all those points for a fraction of the cost.
It's been a few years since e-ink Kindles took a big step forward. 2012's Kindle Paperwhite was the last big splash. But now Amazon's got a new, beautiful, premium e-reader for you to read words off of. This is the Kindle Voyage.
We love a waterproofed Kindle, and we put one through hell, but that's an aftermarket mod, not a feature that comes standard. If you want waterproofed reading on the cheap(er), the new Kobo Aura H2O is for you.
Sony was an early and instrumental force in the world of ereading. But facing stiff competition from the likes of Amazon, it's decided to bow out of the world of digital reading for good.
Amazon's Kindle Fire and other ereaders are usually considered nails in the traditional independent bookstore's coffin. Amazon's flipping all that around, with a program that lets bookstores sell Kindle ereaders and make money off the ebooks their owners buy.
When Amazon first trotted out the Kindle Paperwhite, it was the first two-tone ereader in a long time (possibly ever) to have wow factor. And that front-lit screen turned out to be just as beautiful as promised.