Kobo Wi Fi eReader Black

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Kobo Wi Fi eReader Black is rated 3.5979 out of 5 by 97.
The Kobo Wireless eReader lets you shop and add books on the go, stores up to 1,000 eBooks and weighs as little as a paperback.  An E Ink screen reads just like print on paper with no glare, even in sunlight.  And adjustable font sizes makes reading easy on the eyes.

Shipping weight: 2 lbs.

Colour: Onyx

Dimensions: 120mm x 184mm; 10mm thick, 221g

Warranty: 1-year Factory Defect Warranty

UPC: 817866000538

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from I love it! I have mine for over 2 and a half years and I love it. As long as you take basic care of it like not dropping it (although I've dropped it before!), it won't break!
Date published: 2014-03-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love it Bought a Kobo Wi Fi e-reader love it so much. Have had it for a couple of years,...works fantastic... Easy to use, . After much use still works and looks new. Don't know why anyone has any type of problem . I would never buy any other brand of e-reader. If you are looking for an e-reader Kobo is the one you want.
Date published: 2013-11-19
Rated 1 out of 5 by from KOBO ONLY CARES ABOUT THEMSELVES I bought a Kobo at the end of last year. It broke, I tried to get it replaced by them, but they would not do it. I sucked it up, bought another one...and also bought a new case ($40) since my old case ($20) did not provide enough protection. Yesterday, I was reading the Kobo and when I pulled it out today (out of the case) it was broken again! I do not understand how this could happen TWICE!! and I do not understand how Kobo thinks I am still in the wrong?! Obviously there is something wrong with the product that they do not want to fix. PLEASE DO NOT BUY FROM THERE...THERE ARE PROBABLY A LOT OF OTHER COMPANIES OUT THERE THAT WILL PROVIDE YOU EXCELLENT CUSTOMER SERVICE. BUT KOBO IS CRETAINLY NOT ONE OF THEM. I would give them no stars but there is no option for for that.
Date published: 2012-04-02
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Pure Junk Yesterday, the screen on this eReader cracked (it was in my gym bag, so I guess it's my fault really), but I'm happy about it, because I can finally get a decent one (will try the one from Sony). First of all, forget about reading anything but novels on this thing. Navigating the book is a nightmare: slow and no way to jump to a specific page number, you have to flip one by one and hope the chapters are small. Any footnotes in the book are basically unreadable, as what I'm guessing are the "links" to footnotes do not work, and flipping back and forth is not worth it. There is no way to scroll left/right on eBooks, and I had a few tables with data in books being cut off. The opposite problem is present when reading PDFs, flipping pages is a nightmare as you have to basically scroll to the edge of a PDF and that function works incredibly slow. Wifi with protection is also practically impossible to use, as you enter the key with just one button. It took me 20 minutes to enter my wi-fi key, the eReader didn't connect and didn't even save the key. I tried again, in case I mistyped something, but it still didn't connect, so I gave up on that - 40 minutes of my life I'll never get back. The advertised dictionary for me worked only on the preloaded classics (option was not available from menu on anything else), and even then many words were not in it, and sometimes I couldn't even select the word I wanted to look up. If that's not enough, the power/sleep function works randomly: if you press the power button to put the device to sleep it shuts down, and the next time you want to read you have to wait forever for the device to boot up. Other times it goes to sleep when you want to power off. (I've read the manual about this, and it's definitely the device that is buggy) Another thing that always ticked me off is that it doesn't always remember the book you're reading (seems to happen when you have two or more books in "Reading Now"); basically every time you power off, you have to the go find and open the book again, combined with the sleep mode bug (above), this makes it more than minor annoyance. The overall interface is poorly designed and awkward to use. Also, as others pointed out, Kobo's customer service is non-existent. I sent them a message about the "add to my wishlist" button on their website that disappeared; found it myself (they renamed it to "Preview") and forgot about the whole thing. TWO MONTHS LATER they responded to me with a generic "try updating your browser" response. In summation, this device looks like it was designed on a minimal budget in a rush to push to the market. There are many better devices in the same price range from companies who provide better customer service... Just try someone else. I'll be buying the eReader from Sony today.
Date published: 2012-02-15
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Terrible Customer Service I bought the Original Kobo when it came out. Loved it until there was a software update...took it in to Chapters so they could do it (as per Kobo CS) and it broke when they turned it on. I had it sent away (after about 8 months of owning it) and they sent me a new one. I was told that there would be a new 1-year warranty on the "new" one. Lo and behold, a few weeks ago, I had the black and white striped screen and called re: a replacement only to be told that the "new" one they sent me was actually a refurbished one and that it only carried a 60 day warranty. I can send it in (and pay shipping to and from), pay $60+ per hour to have it fixed. No thanks, I will be buying an e-reader and all of my new books from Kindle. Terrible Customer Service. Did not stand behind their product and LIED to me about my warranty and my "new" (or should I say refurbished) e-reader. Buyer beware!
Date published: 2012-02-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Dissapointed First I have rated this product as really liking it - Until yesterday. I have owned my KOBO wi-fi for one year. I take good care of this device and always keep it in a case. I loaded two new books on my computer yesterday and when I got my KOBO out to sync discovered the dreaded black band across the top of my screen. KOBO staes they can repair for $60 plus taxes and shipping but why bother. I will purchase another KOBO so I can read the books I have in my library but when I am caught up I will only download one at a time so that when this device dies I am not stuck buying another one and can purchase a Kindle instead.
Date published: 2012-01-16
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Some issues, Lack of Customer Support I received this ereader for Christmas. When I drag and drop books some do not appear in my list of books, yet I see them when it is connected to the PC. PDF's do not enlarge properly - portions of the page appear offscreen. Battery life is not that great. It has been 1 week and I am still waiting for answers from customer support.
Date published: 2012-01-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from do i want it? ; $ since i was little i loved books. When i found out about the first kobo, i just fell in love! reading is my fave time! it gets very hard to download books sometimes, but u get use to it. i find charging it alot more then normal ones tho. it it a nice big screen and good to press but takes a while to come on the page and have to press the pad alot. but reading is my fav thing to do, thats why i got this. and i hope it helps u. thanks! ; )
Date published: 2012-01-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome! I am just about reading. This e-reader is perfect. It is simple and easy to use. I have had no troubles with it. I was not so sure about giving up my paperbacks. This is an excellent alternative as I go into the modern age. Love it.
Date published: 2012-01-04
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Newspaper e-subscriptions While I love using my Kobo to read books I feel that after a fair amount of frustration I should warn potential Kobo buyers about at least one problem with the Kobo. One of the reasons that I ahve a Kobo is for the ease of reading a newspaper while going to work using the bus. However, this depends on actually getting the download of the subscription before I leave to go to work. In my case I subscribe to the Globe and Mail and most days the download is NOT available before I go to work and, since "old news" is, by definition, not "news", I am basically wasting $18 per month. I know that the Globe and Mail delivers the e-version of their product to Kobo by 5:30 a.m., so I is difficult to understand why Kobo seems unable to have it available for download when I leave to go to work. I have exchanged a lot of emails with Kobo on this and they seem unable or unwilling to address this problem. In fact, they are even often unwilling to respond to my emails on the subject. Therefore, if what you want is a convenient means of reading a newspaper in the morning, I am afraid that this is not going to work for you.
Date published: 2012-01-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love my Kobo! No problem with my Kobo! Bought it over a year ago and it's great! Battery lasts a long time (I always turn it off rather than put it in sleep mode). You can charge it with a phone charger as long as it's the right one! My son-in-law has a blackberry and I use his plug to recharge it (He has a spare one he keeps at my house). The free books are pretty old ones, but I have a read quie a few that I have never read before and quite enjoyed them! Hey, they're free! Can't please everyone, but I'm pleased with mine! - read less
Date published: 2011-12-21
Rated 1 out of 5 by from A GENUINELY POORLY THOUGHT-OUT PRODUCT Kobo is a poor product. It's fine so far as screen readability and weight. But the battery holds very little charge. And what's the only way to charge the battery? Through a port on your computer, which of course means that you cannot use this product when you travel unless you also take your computer. A genuinely idiotic idea. But in view of the short charge life of the battery, you had better take your computer everywhere. The last insultingly poor quality here is the 100 free books it comes with. They are mostly real chestnuts, showing no effort at imagination. And I was taken aback to see a number of typos in the one book I chose to read. How the heck do you get typos from scanned documents? I don't know, but Chapters-Indigo has discovered the secret.
Date published: 2011-12-14
Rated 1 out of 5 by from WORST PURCHASE OF MY LIFE-and it was a GIFT!!!!!! I have never been so dissapointed in an item in my life, the wifi ereader isn't the one I have the problem with it's the regular KOBO that has completely crapped out on me. I went to turn it on today, I have probably 8-10hours of reading time on this Kobo and it looked like a broken etch-a-sketch and now the screen will not fix, it is completely ruined and it is in perfect condition, I did NOTHING to this machine it simply malfunctioned all on it's own. I contacted KOBO customer service who told me my warranty is up so there is nothing theyw will do to make this right, so my $150 machine is just garbage, their reccomendation was for me to buy a refurbished one or read on my desktop, GREAT!!! So they are steering me away from their product all on their own. None the less I am completely unsatisfied and will never spend another cent on KOBO, their products are not reliable and they are not willing to help their ciustomer when their machine doesn't do what it is supposed to do....WASTE OF MONEY!!!!
Date published: 2011-12-05
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good product, Unacceptable Customer service I bought this for travel. I was going on an exchange trip and wanted to lighten my luggage. The reader worked great, at first, then noticed the battery life was declining well below the two-weeks (or equivalent number of pages). I also noticed a line running down the screen, more an annoyance than anything else. I planned on contacting Kobo about this upon my return. Once home, before I had the chance to contact customer service, the KOBO completely died. The screen seemed split in two (Image-wise, not literally cracked). Unfortunately, I also discovered that I lost the receipt. At a Coles employee's suggestion (And, to be clear, my issue is NOT with Indigo/Chapter’s/Coles etc.) I contacted 'customer care' at Kobo. It took two weeks for a reply. The automatic response said 24-48 hrs. I had tweeted and posted on social networking sites too, but it wasn't until I sent a second email complaining about the lack of response that I had a reply. All that did was ask for information like serial number and the receipt (Which I said in my initial email that I didn’t have). I replied with the info and said I didn’t have the receipt so couldn't scan it. Today, one week later, I get a reply saying they couldn’t see a screen shot of the receipt Since I lost the receipt, I accepted that they may not be able to do anything. I am furious over the slow response (I started this process three weeks ago) and the total waste of time in replying they didn’t get an image of the receipt when I said (twice) I didn’t have the receipt. So yeah, when it worked I liked the product. But I am actively looking for another kind of ereader. I am patient and reasonable, but I have high expectations of customer service.
Date published: 2011-11-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love It! I first purchased by Kobo EReader in April 2010. And I loved it. It was perfect for almost a year and then it started to get lines on the screen. I called Kobo Customer Service and the lady was awesome. She told me to bring my Kobo back to Chapters and exchange it for a new Kobo. I did and my Kobo has been awesome ever since!
Date published: 2011-11-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVE IT!!!!! I go one of these for my birthday and i wasn't so sure if it would be good to use, but after reading my first book on it I was in love with it! For me the battery lastes for weeks and I never had a problem with it. I am so glad that I got one it is the best thing ever! It is also awesome how you don't every have to go to the store to buy a new book every week you just log on to you computer and go to the kobo store. This was the best gift ever!
Date published: 2011-11-24
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Be Warned, Worst Customer support (not Chapters) It worked OK but don't count on Kobo support! I bought my wife one at X-mas 2010, she loved it and had no problems. Mine was a gift on Fathers day 2011 it stopped uploading books over 1 month ago and Kobo still hasn't responded (but I'm a tier 2 issue) now there is no phone # for tier 2 nor do they respond to email.
Date published: 2011-11-14
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Defective Product and Defective Customer Service I received this product for Christmas and within a month of owning it I found out my ereader was defective. I sent it back to kobo to have the defect fixed. It was sent back to me and it worked for maybe another 2-3 months at which point the defect occured again and now I am forced to send it in for repairs twice depite owning the product for less than a year. The most shocking part is that the customer is forced to pay for the shipping, meaning I am paying to ship my ereader for the second time to have a defect fixed for the second time since they clearly did not fix it the first time. I have not tried other non-kobo ereaders but I am assuming any other type of ereader has a better support basis and a less defective product.
Date published: 2011-11-07
Rated 3 out of 5 by from BLACK BAR I HOPE THE NEWER VERSION HAS A LONGER LIFE SPAN. I BOUGHT THIS FOR MY DAUGHTER FOR XMAS AFTER ALOT OF RESEARCH ONLY FOR IT TO HAVE THE BLACK BAR SYNDROM. (TURNED THE POWE ON AND THE COVER VANISHED AND WAS REPLACED BY A BLACK BAR ACROSS THE TOP OF THE SCREEN). I READ ABOUT THIS BEFORE BUYING IT BUT WAS REASURED IT WAS CORRECTED IN THE NEW VERISION AT THE TIME, THE WiFi) NOW I HAVE TOO CHASE MY TAIL TRYING TO GET IT REPLACED. SHE LOVED IT WHILE IT LASTED. THE BIGGEST PROBLEM IS AFTER ALL MY RESEARCH ON EREADERS I PROMOTED IT TO FRIENDS AND FAMILY, AT LEAST 5 BOUGHT IT ON MY RECOMODATION, NOW I HAVE TO EAT CROW!!! NOT TO MENTION TO FIGURE OUT WHAT TO REPLACE THE KOBO WITH FOR MY DAUGHTER SUCKING UP THE LOSS OF THE 2 TO 3 HUNDRED SHE BOUGHT IN BOOKS AND ACCES. WOULD JUST LOVE A ONE THAT WORKS.
Date published: 2011-08-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely LOVE my Kobo... I was one of those skeptics that was leery of changing from traditional books to ebooks so I did some research and waited for Chapters to come out with their ereader before making a decision. I am so pleased with my Kobo purchase, I absolutely love it and take it everywhere with me. After doing some research online and talking to users of various other ereaders (Kindle, Sony), I decided the Kobo Wi Fi was best for me and have never looked back at traditional books since. The features that sold me were the fact that the Kobobooks website has the best selection of ebooks compared to other sites and the Wi Fi connectivity is a huge bonus for purchasing new books directly from my Kobo. I had a small issue with my Kobo recently and when I called Customer Service, they were fantastically helpful and resolved my issue immediately, I know I have them as a valuable resource should any issues arise in the future. One of the best things I love about having an ereader as well is not having to haul around a huge, heavy brick of a book around on my daily commutes to and from work.
Date published: 2011-08-23
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Got a lemon - AWFUL customer service! I got my kobo ereader as a gift from my husband about six weeks ago. It took about four weeks for me to realize that the battery wasn't holding a charge the way it was supposed to. I contacted Chapters, and they informed me that they have a 14 day return policy, so sorry, you're on your own. In 14 days, I would never have known there was an issue. I find this completely ridiculous - I have bought a LOT of electronics over the years, and have bought lemons before. The stores I've purchased other items from have always bent over backwards to rectify the problem - I've had a number of things replaced for this reason. It's unbelievable that Chapters just said gee, we're sorry about that, and that's it. I LOVE the Kobo, and I know that mine just happens to be a lemon. I'm looking forward to working with the Kobo team to fix the problem.
Date published: 2011-07-07
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Need to Exchange Mine (Button Separating), but UNAVAILABLE? I've loved my WiFi Onyx Kobo for the past 9 months, but the 'next page' button is separating from the unit. I happened to notice that no WiFi Kobo's are available online - does that mean Kobo has stopped making them? Will I be able to get mine exchanged under warranty as many others have because of this problem??? Hope Stan can answer...
Date published: 2011-07-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Accessories I love my original Kobo (non wifi) and I have been waiting a very long time for a good accessory line. I guess that isn't going to happen now that the new Kobo touch has different dimensions than the original Kobo and the Wifi Kobo. I am very disappointed.
Date published: 2011-05-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome! I have quite a long commute in the mornings and Kobo is perfect for that. It's so light and easy to carry with me. It's simplicity makes it feel like I'm reading a real book. I'd reccomend it to anyone who loves reading!
Date published: 2011-05-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The cutest ereader out there I love my Kobo ereader - it's so light and fits inside my purse or backpack. It will be nice to not have to lug around as many books for class this year. The quilted back is a nice detail. I actually don't have the Onyx - I have the violet one.
Date published: 2011-05-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I don't leave home without my Kobo eReader As a long time book lover, I never imagined that I could switch to an eReader, and that it would be so easy! I read my Kobo on my commute to work, and anytime I have a spare second. With my Kobo I can carry full library without adding extra weight to my purse, and I no longer use a transfer to bookmark my last page read, as my Kobo remembers where I left off for me!
Date published: 2011-05-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Conveniently portable Received Kobo and a case as a gift. It's been really great for my daily commute (an hour in the morning and an hour on the way back home). I can't believe how many books I've been able to catch up on! Nice and small and fits in my purse without any bulk.
Date published: 2011-05-16
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Device is ok when it works Syncing has been a constant problem and tech support substandard. I received a 1-800 number for another company to resolve my issue. I received my Kobo as a gift but would not recommend it. Consider a different reader.
Date published: 2011-05-14
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Too fragile Bought a Kobo in May 2010. I loved it and so did my family. Soon both my son and daughter were borrowing it. Somehow the screen went etch-a-sketch (as others have described it here) and I had to replace it. While at Chapters replacing it, I bought one for each of my kids. Within a month both of theirs were broken. I replaced them. Another month, another two broken. My kids are older (late teens and early twenties) and are quiet readers. Don't know how we broke five of them. Make it six, mine is now broken. Last September I replaced my kids ereaders with Kindle. No breakdowns. Guess I'll get a kindle too. Shame as I really liked my Kobo. Hope they fix this flaw in an eventual Kobo 2.
Date published: 2011-05-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from love love love I LOVE this E Reader. Easy to use, and easy to find the manual in case there's something you can't figure out how to do. Fits nicely in my purse. I love taking it in the car, or travelling. If I'm in between books that I'm buying, there's 100 great books to read for free! I love the battery life too. I only have to recharge it once maybe twice a month, and I am ALWAYS reading on it!
Date published: 2011-05-05
Rated 3 out of 5 by from It was great until it died! Well I loved my Kobo e-reader, bought it at Christmas because we live over in Italy and I didn't want to haul books back and forth. Had no problems downloading books, it was fabulous. Yesterday, four hours into a a nine hour flight I put it in the back of the seat pocket to go to the bathroom, came back and picked it up to continue reading and there were lines everywhere on it and it wouldn't work!!!! I've googled and it says its a broken something but it wasn't dropped so I have no idea what the heck happened!!! I'm going to take it to Chapters today to see if they can help. Its a great product........as long as its working!!!!
Date published: 2011-05-02
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Price I am curious as to why the Kobo at Borders is only $99.99?
Date published: 2011-04-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Every book lover should have one I love my Kobo, and I believe if you like books you'll love the Kobo too. It won't (and shouldn't) replace your paperbacks, but is a great supplement to what is presumably already a decent size library. I have used my Kobo for 3 primary reasons: get new books at cheap prices, readily obtain that hard to get book, and discover new writers. You need this reader.
Date published: 2011-04-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Accessories I have a first generation Kobo and I love it. I don't love the lack of accessories available. I wish there were some decent protective covers available. I just found one with a light at Best Buy but the cover doesn't latch. Been waiting for over a year for accessories to come out. Just using my makeshift cover until i find the right one. Very frustrating.
Date published: 2011-04-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Enjoying it! I just downloaded my first book from the public library! I didn't even need to go to leave my house. What a joy! I love how compact and light it is. I also love that I can buy a book immediately and not have to wait for shipping or travel to the book store. Great for commuting and travel. I have only been reading with it for about a week now and it does take some getting used to. I tend to flip around in books and this is not easily done. I also miss the immediate feedback of holding the book and knowing how much you have left to read and what progress you have made. The Kobe does tells you the % of the book complete and you can look at the chapters to get this info. I have found it fairly easy to use. I wish that the screen was a bit bigger. Even on the smallest font - it seems to have less text per page than a traditional book- so more flipping. The screen change seems strange at first but I have gotten used to it. I have not used the WiFi yet - so cannot comment. Overall, I am very happy with this purchase. I look forward to reading many, many books this year.
Date published: 2011-03-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing I love this ereader. It is quite simply the best on the market!!!
Date published: 2011-03-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Better than I expected Why I bought it: I travel a lot and am tired of lugging books with me. Also, I am very busy and I like the convenience of being able to order e-books at a moment's notice What I like about the Kobo: It's very light and easy to cart around and even shove in a coat pocket. It was almost half the price of the Sony e-reader, the other device I was considering. At $139 it will pay for itself fairly quickly and is pretty good value. I like the fact that font size can be increased. As a result, I can actually read my Kobo more easily than I could read a book when I am at the gym riding the bike or the elliptical. Kobo seems to be a bit more open to other content vendors than the Kindle and Ipad which are more closed eco-systems. I like the idea of being able to read Kobo content on the Kobo or other devices such as a PC or a blackberry. That way I can sneak read a few pages of whatever I am reading even if I don’t have my Kobo with me. What could be better ? The response time could be a bit quicker when loading, but really it’s fine. A backlight feature would be nice but it's not that important -- I don't read books in the dark either.
Date published: 2011-03-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Such a great gadget !!! I bought this for myself when I decided to start reading more. I loved the idea that I didnt have to buy books upon books that would sit on my shelves and collect dust. I did much research on different ereaders and decided that the KOBO was the best for me becuase of its simplicity and ease. All I wanted it for was to read books ... nothing more, and it does just that. The 100 preloaded free classics make the $139 worth it before you even open the box and the fact that its Canadian is even better !!! I will recommend this to everyone and buy it as a gift for friends and family in the future.
Date published: 2011-03-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love it! So many things to say!!! All positive things!!! Mostly I like that I am building a library all in one spot. I have exhausted all space in my bedroom for books so this is a big help!!!! A great selling feature...the charge lasts for a very long time....and if I travel it charges with my old cell phone charger, no laptop required...
Date published: 2011-03-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I really like mine! I got one of these for my birthday and so far it has been great! I've bought a few books with no problems at all. The back light is low but I bought a clip on light and that works well. So far I am really happy with this product.
Date published: 2011-02-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Still like it, but... I bought myself a kobo before Christmas and have since taken it travelling - what a great idea for holidays, you can carry all those books in one little device, it's easy to read outside in the sun or at night as long as you have a light source. Some comments I do have: 1) a kobo is not able to hyperlink footnotes, so you either have to skip reading footnotes as you are reading and wait to read them all at the end of the chapter, or navigate all the way to the footnote at the time you need it, remembering what page and chapter you are on, and navigate back after you read the footnote. 2) I don't like the way it sorts the book on your shelf - by title or author. I wish you could sort by genre so that you could browse what books you have in a certain genre. When you have so many books loaded, it's difficult to remember what it in there. 3) If you just open a book, it automatically goes to the "I'm Reading" list, and the only way to get it back on the regular book shelf is to navigate to the last page of the book. Hoping these things will be fixed in future updates, but for now, these are some of the "pains" I've discovered with the kobo.
Date published: 2011-02-14
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not impressed Personally I was not impressed. I found it too slow, I didn't like how the books were stored ie: you could not browse titles by genre, you had to know the title you were looking for or search page by page through your inventory. Also for some reason expected to be able to read at night but this unit is not lighted at all. Good points are its light in weight, easy to carry with you. Easy to add to the library, price is good, but I am returning this and going with an e pad.
Date published: 2011-02-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome E-reader I bought this E-reader a while back and must say its awesome. I find it so much more convenient to carry around the one little E-reader then 1 or 2 books. And with the wi-fi i can download/brows new book almost anywhere i want to. 5 stars
Date published: 2011-02-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Everything I was hoping for!!! I got my Kobo for Christmas, as did my sister and my mother. All three of us are VERY happy!!! I am currently reading my fourth book on the reader and I absolutely love it! Its easy to use, books are affordable and easy to download and feels just like reading a book. I actually find I can read for longer on my Kobo because when my eyes are getting tired I can just increase the font size to make it easier. Being a member of a book-club I find it so convenient to be be able to leave the meeting and get the next book immediately, while the other members are scrambling to find time to go get it. I did a lot of research on E-Readers before deciding on the Kobo, and I'm very happy with my decision. Its all about knowing what sorts of features are important to you, as well as the limitations of the technology before purchasing. I am a lover of books, not of gadgets. That's why I chose the Kobo. Its not about having the most toys, its about making reading experience easy and realistic while still providing the convenience that e-readers are intended for.
Date published: 2011-02-04
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Vapor Trail I am not really familiar with e-readers other than my Kobo. And if Kobo is typical of most e-readers, I find this e-book phenomenon very much a case of the emperor’s clothes. Nobody seems to be bothered by the utter lack of graphics – no pictures, photos, drawings, maps, etc. (Perhaps this is only true of Kobo) This huge drawback became apparent when I purchased John Steinbeck’s ‘Travels In Russia’, a collaborative effort with famed photographer Robert Capa. I was to shocked to see my e-purchase half empty – totally bereft of the images for which this publication is noted. This serious shortcoming is not identified by the manufacturers. I feel suckered as the cost of this e-reader vapor as opposed to paper does nothing to compensate for the shortcomings. I read a great deal of non-fiction, travel writing, history, cultural and social affairs where photos, maps, etc are essential to content. I have several other grievances with the Kobo (mostly issues related to awkward flip-through capability), but the lack of graphics is the main problem. To me, the Kobo is good for one thing only – lightening my luggage. And as I travel extensively, the reason I originally decided to go down the vapor trail and jump on the e-reader train. Hopefully there are improvements waiting around the corner.
Date published: 2011-02-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Not too bad! At first I really did not like the screen change when flipping pages. Pictures and illustrations do not translate well to this format. The magical occurrence of footnotes at the end of a chapter was a surprise! I had to search back for their tiny reference asterisk. The dictionary is very handy and some books are hard to put down (yes, the virtual experience is massaging). A very nice gift - one that will travel well.
Date published: 2011-01-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Pretty good.. I wrote a detailed review on my new blog. Feel free to check it out: generationzwriter.wordpress.com.
Date published: 2011-01-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love the reader but having a problem When I first connected my Kobo to my pc everything synched just fine, including my trial newspaper subscription. Since then, my computer doesn't appear to recognize my reader at all. I have tried it in every USB port - but nothing happens. When I check my computer to see if it's listed there, it isn't. Has anyone else had this happen?
Date published: 2011-01-22
Rated 3 out of 5 by from E-Reader is good, Support is not I purchased the original e-reader last May and although I very much enjoy using it, I have had nightmares dealing with the Kobo support team. My e-reader became disfunctional after downloading an update and I had to send it back to Kobo, it was returned to me in the same disfunctional state. After several attempts to remedy the situation with the Kobo Support Team, I had to contact the VP of Marketing and the CEO before I could get any help. I now have the Kobo App on my Ipod touch and have been using that but it became disfunctional a little over a week ago. Again, I had to contact the Kobo Support Team, they have not provided a fix and I have not heard back from them for days. The latest Kobo update that I downloaded mixed up the Tables of Contents for all previously purchased books. The device may be good, but the support is poor and the updates are not properly tested to ensure it has no effect on previously purchased items.
Date published: 2011-01-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very good, but could be great! I got my Kobo e-reader three days ago so I can't comment on its durability or battery life but this is my experience so far. 1.)It's pretty. You can laugh but when I was shopping around for an e-reader I wanted a functional and nice looking one. This is both. The design is sleek with rounded corners and a minimalist look that I find pleasant. The design does not distract from the book you are reading which I find to be very important. I love the soft back, it's very nice to hold. 2.)Navigation: Linear using the multi-directional button- good if all you want is a straight read-through, bad if you want to jump ahead or go back and forth. (I would not use it to read textbooks or for a literature class in school.) 3.)E-Ink/Screen: I love the E-Ink screen, it looks like paper and it barely reflects any glare at all. It's easy on the eyes and I can see myself reading it for hours, inside and outside. 4.)1 GB internal memory: more than sufficient to store a personal library when each book takes about half a megabyte of space. 5.)Epub reader: Works very well- it's got a nice, smooth, fast transition between pages and the adjustable font sizes don't glitch or mess up the formatting of the book. Opens all books at the page you left off with so you can also switch between the books you are reading without losing your place. 6.)The menu section allows you to choose which chapters to go to, so you can jump back and forth if the book is formatted properly. Books that have been reformatted or created from PDF's can be difficult to navigate as they do not always have a good table of contents. 7.)PDF reader: Firmware needs to be updated so there is an option to “split” the pages into about three page turns- the magnification option is basically unusable it is so clunky and the full page option causes eyestrain the print is so small. Basically it needs to use the same 'magnification' option the epubs have. 8.)I would really like a “go to page” option written into the firmware. This is my biggest complaint about the Kobo, and I think the fix would be rather easy with the directional button- you could put in the page number you want like combination lock- ex. Go to page: 000124. and just move through each number (0-9) the same way you would a combination lock or when setting an alarm clock. A little clunky but much better than the nothing they have now. 9.)It takes a long time to process new books if there are a lot of books on you reader: this is not a deal breaker for me but if you are going to add a bunch of new books, or wish to hold a lot of books on the device I would suggest only updating/adding to your library when you won't mind setting it aside for an hour or two before picking it up again. 10.)This ereader is not about the (distracting) bells and whistles that come with a lot of electronics, but if you want your experience to mimic the reading of a paper book as closely as possible then it is the right e-reader for you.
Date published: 2011-01-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic I can't grasp some of the negative reviews - I find the Kobo very easy to use and very intuitive! It is very basic (compared to the iPad) but you don't need those frills to really enjoy a book. I agree with some of the other reviews, the button would be better in the middle (I'm left handed) and a back light would be nice (but not crucial). I am very pleased with the size, it fits well in my purse and the Roots sleeve is very practical protection.
Date published: 2011-01-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great! I bought my Kobo in store in mid December and have had no problems at all. My only problem is finding enough time to read all my new books! I really like that it is capable of reading library books. This was a very easy transition from traditional books.
Date published: 2011-01-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Love it but... I love my Kobo reader, being able to carry 100's of books is amazing and conveinent. My only concerns are that it does not hold the charge more then a week even if i have it turned off. Also the position of the button makes it awkward to hold and change pages. I would have liked to see the button on the side in the middle of the reader.
Date published: 2011-01-06
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Very disappointed I purchased my Kobo at Wal-Mart. It worked for a week and when I re-charged the battery, my purchased ebooks disappeared from it and it will no longer sync with my computer. What to do now? I called and followed instructions...still the same.
Date published: 2011-01-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Canadian was the way to go! I have been researching e-readers for months (7 to be exact); and my decision came down to the Kindle or the Kobo. It was the "Canadian" part that won out! Kindle would have been a great choice if I lived south of the border and didn't mind being locked into Amazon. I have an extensive Kobo library that I have been reading on my ipod touch that I wanted to have on my e-reader (and not have to spend hours figuring out how to get it on the Kindle). The fact that Kindle doesn't recognize epub was another deciding factor. The Kobo is easy to use, screen is crystal clear and pages turn quickly. Loading books is easy and borrowing from the library a snap! Kobo books has a massive bookstore and the prices rival Amazon. Kobo often sends out coupons (YEAH) that give discounts off the book price. Good thing - prices are in CDN currency! The Kobo also lets me buy a book from other e-book stores (which is a nice feature). The only thing that would make my Kobo perfect is book sharing/loaning between friends! Thank you Kobo! Canada needed its OWN e-reader! UPDATE: Kobo vs. Kindle Due to many people frowning over my decision to own a Kobo I decided to do some real testing. I ordered the Kindle and put the Kobo and Kindle to a real face to face test! Firstly COST - no difference. The Kobo is $149 plus tax was $166.88 (in MB). The Kindle $139 plus shipping, tax and duty was $168.66 (expedited shipping) Firstly they are almost the same size. The kindle is slightly thinner but longer (due to the keyboard). Both are comfortable to hold (and I marathon read). The Kobo takes longer to start up; but page turning wise they were the same. The ink on the kindle screen seems slightly darker...but this wouldn't be a deciding factor for me. Both offer different fonts and text size. The Kobo's large directional button is very easy to use. The Kindle has a 5-way button but is very tiny and my fingers kept hitting the center part instead. On Kindle's behalf the page turn buttons are on BOTH sides (great if you are left handed). Although reading for hours...the button were almost too small and I kept accidentally hitting the "back" one. A HUGE plus for Kobo...Book Covers....Kindle just runs a list (no cover at all). I really like the covers. I know this is very cosmetic but having a virtual "bookshelf" is important to me. The Kindle does allow for "Collections" to made to sort your e-books. This was fun and easy to do and then the main page didn't look as cluttered. Books could be part of more than one collection...that was cool. Book wise I made a long list and checked both Kobo Books and Amazon. Amazon prices were slightly lower on some, drastically lower on others BUT some books are not available in Canada at all. This would be frustrating if you really wanted a book and then couldn't get it. The other HUGE difference - right now having to be "locked" into Amazon wouldn't be that bad the dollar is close to par....but what if that changes?? Then you could be paying more not less to read! Kobo does offer coupons....not great like they used be but at least they started offering them again. My Kobo came loaded with 100 books (which at first didn't mean that much) I knew they were "Free" to find on line anyway. I started searching Amazon and was AMAZED to find out that most classics were not FREE to Canada. I could buy Great Expectation for .95 or try and find it elsewhere....but that is a hassle and not one I was expecting! Honestly I tried and it was more hassle then just spending the .95 WiFi - both the Kobo and Kindle have WiFi capability. The Kindle was slightly more efficient with the WiFi. The Kindle also has an experimental browser...not that great. It works but if I really need to check email that is what my blackberry or computer is for. The browser worked better than I thought, but was slow and a tad awkward to navigate. ePub......the Kindle doesn't support this format. Therefore no borrowing from the library or having the ability to buy e-books from Kobo or other sites. Overall I am very happy that I tried the Kindle; now I feel I can argue my decision better. Yes the Kindle has a few more bells and whistles for a dedicated e-reader but the Kobo had a few special features that the Kindle didn't. My advice do your own research and find and e-reader that suits your purpose. I am very happy with my decision to own a Kobo!
Date published: 2011-01-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome! I was worried about all the negative comments as well but, I've had no problems and love how easy it is to read on. Just wish it had a backlight but that would be my only complaint. I'm reading more now than I have before.
Date published: 2011-01-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I Love My Kobo!!! I read a lot of scary reviews before I got my Kobo and I was a little worried that I may have trouble with it. But I haven't had any problems at all. I LOVE it! Everything has been so easy and I can't wait to start borrowing library books. I had to put up a review, because of all the bad things I was hearing. I am so glad my husband got me my Kobo!
Date published: 2011-01-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Kobo Fantastic Deal I got my Kobo for Christmas and absolutely love it. Had thought about a Kindle but lousy delivery to Canada and shortage of Kindles changed my mind. I think this rivals KIndle and doesn't just limit you to buying from Amazon. You can also download library books. I found it easy to connect and download books if you follow the startup guide. Expect many great years of e-reading. I also love the 100 classical titles you get with the Kobo. Have read many of them but will re-read.
Date published: 2010-12-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love this e-reader! I wanted an e-reader but didn't want to deal with getting a product from the U.S. The Kobo was a GREAT choice - I have had no issues what so ever getting started, loading and buying books and find the prices very good. I got two free books that I would have bought anyway and the 35% of your first book deal is also an added bonus. Being able to down load library book was the icing on the cake! It is easy to use, easy to read in bed with a book light and most of all incredibly portable. I couldn't be happier and have barely put it down. If you want a compact, easy to use e-reader I highly recommend the Kobo!
Date published: 2010-12-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great eReader Having done a lot research for a new eReader I decided to go with the Kobo. It was really down between the Kindle and Kobo. The Kobo support ePub which will allow you to use your local library to download eBooks for free for 21 days. This is a great resource that really makes it more economical. Having used the Kobo now here are my impressions: - Very nice to hold. Light and easy to use. I am left handed and find the directional pad on the right works alright. - The page turns are quick - does not interrupt reading. - Very easy to use. Pulled it out of the box, turned it on and I was reading in seconds There seem to be some negative reviews on this site but so far I think the Kobo is great. I would not hesitate to buy this product. I was really just looking for a basic eReader that is easy to use and works well - and I got that.
Date published: 2010-12-30
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Happy at first, but... As far as the machine goes, it's handy, as I'm an expat Canadian living abroad. I bought my Kobo when the Kindle was more expensive (2 weeks before the price change.) I liked the 100 free books - all classics. I like that I can put my PDFs on, so I use that for travelling (etickets and itineraries). The Kobo is nice and simple with fewer bells and whistles to complicate it. What I don't like: 1. Using the Kobo program and web site. - If you don't have a credit card, you can't use the Kobo, even if you are given a gift card for Christmas. That's not cool. 2.I don't like the Kobo computer interface program. It's sloppy - I'll see if they've created a better one since my last download. When it was a $100 cheaper than the competition, Kobo was great with the free books. At the same price as the big competition, there are gaps, especially when purchasing new books. Things are always improving, hopefully small Canadian business can keep up with the big US companies.
Date published: 2010-12-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent I bought my Kobo on Boxing Day...and at first I was a little confused on which directory to transfer books, I had already downloaded, on to my Kobo. Once I had that figured out I was reading in minutes. My only issue with it is when you install the Kobo application, it installs the Borders application and not the Kobo application....please be aware when shopping online, using your Kobo, that it links to the Borders website....use your computer and purchase books from the Kobo website. Books on the Kobo website are usually five dollars cheaper then the ones on the Borders website. Other then that...I absolutely love this!!!!
Date published: 2010-12-28
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Problems within 2 hours I love the design and concept. However, within 2-3 hours of opening it on Christmas the bottom third of the screen looks as if the screen is cracked. One reviewer said hers looks like an etch-a-scetch. That is what mine looks like. Now it is unusable. Very frustrated to have this problem the first day using it. As well, it took many trys to have my computer sync to the kobo reader.
Date published: 2010-12-26
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Missing Free Books I was suppose to receive free book when i ordered my e-reader and there is nothing that says how to get it or where i can get it. can anyone help with this, or Know where this can be solved from, i like my ereader but Im not really impressed that you can only order books via credit card, and the free book that was suppose too come with the order isnt any where to be seen!!
Date published: 2010-12-26
Rated 1 out of 5 by from overly complicated Hi, I was really busy Christmas day so my son set up the KOBO for me, he found some difficulty getting the books to the KOBO from my laptop and thought the system should be a little more user friendly. When I have a few minutes I will review the set up, in the meantime, it looks like a great way to access books...now just to find some time to read them. Thanks
Date published: 2010-12-26
Rated 3 out of 5 by from trouble setting up my Kobo Received this for Christmas and have been trying repeated to set it up and start using it, But when I follow the quick setup guide provided with my Kobo, it states that when windows detects your kobo select open folders and view files, I have done this but then the only thing coming up next is "adobe-digital-editions" and "kobo" . Is someone able to tell me what is wrong. Has anyone else had this happen to them?
Date published: 2010-12-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from amazing Hey, Just got this for Christmas however, there is no free 100 books preloaded. I only have 5 books that show up. Can any one tell me where to find these books? I click show all books and the same 5 keep popping up. Thanks
Date published: 2010-12-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Got it, Love it I got my Kobo a couple of weeks ago and I did have a couple of clitches getting my apps downloaded which took me just thinking properly I am up and running smoothly. I had a bunch of library books I needed to finish, so only just got to use my Kobo yesterday although I had loaded some books prior to reading my first one. I love it. I am impressed with customer service. I am looking forward to travelling with it after lugging books around with me.
Date published: 2010-12-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Read this if your Windows 7 does not recognize your Kobo! Christmas morning and it took me 3 hours to figure this out...hopefully this helps you...listed below is the solution to installing your Kobo with Windows 7-I have 64bit...found this on the net. Thanks to the original poster! If you have the WiFi Kobo, when you plug it in you'll see an option on the Kobo to either manage your library or continue reading. You have to choose the "manage library" option before Windows will see the device.
Date published: 2010-12-25
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Stay Away From KOBO I bought one of the first generation kobos. I am currently in the middle of dealing with the so called customer service because the kobo automatically downloaded the new version of the firmware that is NOT compatible with the kobo. I have contacted them by phone twice and after about an hour of doing the same thing over and over again, the kobo still does not work. I was finally told that the firmware "downloaded wrong" and that there was nothing they could do. Dealing with them through emails has been even more frustrating. They just send me a new email each day with the latest voodoo cure. Currently, I have lost all of the content that I had accumulated since I bought the kobo, but at least they keep wishing me a "Happy Holiday". It will be very happy when I get to open the IPad my wife bought me for Christmas.
Date published: 2010-12-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Problems :( I purchased my Kobo from chapters, and 2 weeks later to the day, the screen partly froze. It almost looked like an etch-a-sketch... which was disappointing because i LOVED my kobo. I agree with most, that the Kobo customer service is LACKING. After I phoned them, I was told they could send a kit for me to send it back, they MAY be able to fix it, but if THEY decided it was physically damaged I could either pay $70 for a replacement kobo or pay to have it returned to me... it's been over a week and I still haven't received my kit, so I can't even imagine how long "resolving" the issue would take. HOWEVER, I called my local Chapters, and they were more than helpful. They gladly exchanged it for me, no questions asked, being more than understanding. Due to the fact that it's so popular for Christmas, I do have to wait for it to be shipped to me, but I'm okay with this. My verdict: the kobo is awesome, if you have better luck and don't end up with a lemon like I did. Their customer service needs serious improvement, thankfully we have great teams at Chapters.
Date published: 2010-12-20
Rated 1 out of 5 by from What the? I bought 2 of these readers. One for my father - he loves his! Mine is a fancy brick. I've had nothing but problems since I took it out of the packaging. I'm still trying to get a resolution from KOBO service. They seem overwhelmed with the same type of complaints. Lots of issues with this product I think! I'm certainly happy to have an eReader but not so happy to have a brick. Being Christmas, it's going to be a challenge to get a replacement so I'll opt to return the item and buy a Sony that isn't so buggy. KOBO: you need to focus on product quality bigtime!
Date published: 2010-12-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Chapter's Customer Service Please read my review below titled "Disappointed". My last comment tells of how Chapters's resolved this problem and gave me a new erreader. While I am not changing my recommendation on the Kobo (don't buy it) I do have to say that the customer service from my local chapter's store was amazing! Finally someone who understands how customer sewrvice is supposed to work. I am giving five stars for Chapters customer service and not the kobo reader.
Date published: 2010-12-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I love it but... eep! I already wore the directional pad out. I've only owned it for 4 weeks. Sometimes it freezes. I managed to pull it out of its frozen state by holding the power button on it down, and then pressing it again.
Date published: 2010-12-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Disappointed I was given this ereader as a gift. After only 2 weeks the screen display became fuzzy and unreadable. I have contacted KOBO customer support and they have been of no help. They told me it was because of misuse or damage which is definelty not the case. They want to charge $70 to have it repaired. As it was a gift I have no receipt. So I am left with a device that does not work and will cost me $70 to repair. I think I will just look for a new ereader from one of the competitors. Very disappointed with the product and KOBO customer support. I cannot recommend purchasing this device.
Date published: 2010-12-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Glad I chose the kobo I did quite a bit of research and comparison before choosing the kobo, and glad I chose the kobo. I wanted an e-reader, I wanted something affordable, and something that will work well outside on vacation. Those qualifications alone ruled out some of the more expensive tablets, like an iPad. It came down to the kobo vs. the kindle for me. I love the kobo because it's Canadian, and it's a perfect price point for what it is, and it supports the ePUB format which I can get from my local library. I am glad I waited until the wireless came out, not sure I would want it without the wireless. But I love it - I've only had it for a week, but I've been reading on it every day. Very easy on the eyes, easy to hold, and the portability is amazing. I'm heading on a month-long vacation, and can't wait to tote half a dozen books with me in 221 grams. It's definitely simplistic - not a lot of fancy features, but if you the most important thing to you is the e-reader, this is it. I have found a few cons in comparison with the kindle, however I am still very happy with my choice of the kobo. In a side by side comparison with a co-worker's kindle, the kindle turns pages faster. They say they have the same processor, but it is obvious when they are side by side, that the kindle turns pages faster. I do not in any way find that the speed on the kobo interferes with my reading experience. I do find the kobo a little too slow when changing between chapters - page turning seems fine, but there is a bit of a lull when it goes from the end of one chapter to the begining of a new one. My biggest complaint about the kobo is that it is definitely made for right-handed people. I am a lefty, and while it's certainly not impossible, having the controls in the right hand corner is just not natural. The kindle has back and forward buttons on each side, so I like that you have a choice of which hand to use, especially after a long time reading, I find my right thumb gets a little sore from being bent over the button on the kobo. This would be my biggest recommendation for future iterations of the kobo ereader. The last two things are not related to the e-reader at all, but I can't seem to find a screen protector for it - the gel skins are geat for protecting the unit, but I can't seem to find a transparent protector for the screen, and I would like to find one so that I don't have to worry about the screen getting scratched. I also find my local library's selection of ebooks to lend rather limited, but I hope that changes as ereaders catch on. All in all, VERY happy with my kobo, and think it's a great choice for what it is.
Date published: 2010-12-12
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Re:Kobo I am thinking of buying a Kobo reader for my wife, what is the difference between the "original" and the "wi-fi" reader. Thank you.
Date published: 2010-12-11
Rated 3 out of 5 by from No Customer Service! I love my Kobo, but their customer service is NON-EXISTENT. I waited 10 days for a response to a problem with the billing part of their website, and it wasn't until I emailed chapters.indigo that I got a reply. In 3 weeks they still haven't solved the problem, and they have stopped communicating! Buyer beware! I wish Chapters Indigo handled all orders, rather than sending us to the Kobo website.
Date published: 2010-12-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Local libraries I'm looking for an e-reader and I like the idea of also being able to borrow e-books from the library. But how many libraries actually offer this service? My father (the intended recipient) lives in a small town in Ontario and isn't a member of the Toronto or Ottawa (for example) library.
Date published: 2010-12-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An Excellent Canadian E-reader for the price I wanted an e-ink reader quite simply because it is easier on the eyes than a computer screen and I wanted to be able to carry my books around with me without a big heavy purse. I forced myself to read an ebook on a laptop screen before buying to see the difference and it is huge. The Kobo has turned out to be great for me. It is relatively quick at turning on and off and has good battery life. It reads .epub and .pdf files without any drm complications and is open source. The wifi model feels like a significant upgrade. It is much faster than the previous Kobo and other bargain readers. The best parts: light, simple to use and supporting a Canadian Company. The soft touch quilted back is wonderful. The Kobo is lighter than a novel and you can adjust text sizes on the fly making reading easier on the hands and the eyes. No worries about import fees or content potentially not being available this side of the border. Return to any Chapters/Coles/Indigo. Walked into the local mall and got a cheap ereader that is compatible even with local library e-book lending programs. The 100 free books on it are a nice touch though those books are pretty much all available online for free already but it is nice to have an ereader than can use any free .epub files out there without problems. They also don't bother trying to add a web browser or other applications that would just slow this device down. Current e-ink technology and low end ereader processors will not provide you with a very satisfying web browsing experience. You can access the webstore via your Kobo which is just fine. By keeping it simple the Kobo provides you with a great product with good battery life. The Bad: The unit feels well constructed except for the button pad in the bottom right. The rubbery covering over the buttons there will likely not last for years and since you are forced to use the same button to turn pages all the time it will wear out unevenly. Mine already has a tear in the rubber where it meets the hard plastic. What they should do better: 1)The Kobo tells you it is finished updating it's database after you add a bunch of new files when it isn't leaving people thinking it is frozen and reseting it with a pin. This leads to a corrupt database and more issues. If you wait a minute it will finish successfully but they need to fix this in a firmware update. 2) There is far too many button presses to go online and update your library over wifi. The Kobo should be able to connect automatically to networks it remembers. 3) Buttons should be remapable. This would help to ensure you don't just wear out the default press for turning pages plus being able to remap page turning to one of the buttons on the left side might be handy for left handed folks. 4) The dictionary only seems to work with titles you download from Kobobooks directly and they do not host anywhere near all the books that are available out there for free on sites like Project Gutenberg. Of course they are looking to make money selling books. 5) Battery life goes down quite quickly with wifi enabled. I would like ideally to be able to press one button and have my Kobo connect to the web, update the library and then disable wifi automatically.
Date published: 2010-11-30
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Great Product/Poor Service I would rate the product itself 5 out of 5. It's everything I expected and more. I bought it on Friday and I wasn't given my coupon for my 2 additional books. The online customer support line suggested I go back to the store with my receipt. So back to Coles I went, well they had no idea what I was talking about until I showed them the ad. They looked in the office and determined that they didn't have the coupon needed. So I went back home and told customer support, they told me they would get me the codes I need and moved me to level 2 support. That was two days ago, since then I haven't heard a word... If you buy a Kobo with any special deals make sure you have everything you are supposed to receive before leaving the store! I can't believe that it's been more than 2 full days and not a reply. Not impressed.
Date published: 2010-11-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very pleasantly surprised. I admit, I was skeptical at first. I am an extremely avid reader, and I LOVE cracking open a new book. I didn't think I'd enjoy an ereader as much as the real thing. I did some research anyway, and had originally decided on a Kindle. Unfortunately, they don't ship to Canada unless you want to pay a fortune in fees... Which I do not. I would have also had to wait 3 MONTHS for one to be delivered, absolutely ridiculous this close to Christmas. So, I gave up on that idea. I work at Chapters, and I see Kobos all day long. I finally decided to try one just to see if I liked it, and knew I could return it if it wasn't what I was looking for. I decided on the "pearlized lilac" one, and I absolutely LOVE it. I love that there are 100 free books, many of them classics that are already in my collection (900+ and growing daily...) and that I just never got around to reading. The screen has a nice crisp, clear text. I love that I can adjust the font to 5 different sizes. I find I can read for hours on the Kobo without it hurting my eyes at all. (I had laser eye surgery and find my eyes get dry much more easily when I'm reading now.) I love the feeling of the quilted back when I hold it. I had no problems setting it up, or with loading books onto it. It is definitely "idiot proof", as I am not all that technologically advanced, and normally get my husband to set things up for me, but I figured it out all by myself, haha. I didn't think I'd like the 1 button navigation pad, and thought a keyboard (aka Kindle) would better suit my needs, but it is so simple to use that I can't help but like it. I like how it shows the cover of the book you are currently reading when you turn it off. All in all, I am very pleased with my purchase and would highly recommend the Kobo to anyone who is as skeptical about ereading as I was. :)
Date published: 2010-11-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Easy to use & a great gift- no harsh backlight I purchased my Kobo a week ago and have had an excellent experience. I had read some reviews which described having problems straight out of the box with connectivity, etc. but mine worked great from the beginning. I'm a huge reader but not much of a 'gadget person' so I was a little skeptical, but I find it very easy to use and easy on the eyes- no harsh backlight. I was worried about it hurting my eyes, as it might when you read for an extended period of time at the computer, but the e-ink technology looks exactly like reading from a book so there are no problems. Mine loads quickly and I haven't had any issues. I also love that you can increase the text size to whatever suits you; great feature for anyone who might normally require large print books! Purchasing and uploading books while hooked up to your computer OR wirelessly is very easy. It's also very simple to 'drag and drop' epub or pdf files from your computer into your Kobo as well. I researched two other e-readers (Sony and Kindle) and because this is my first e-reader purchase I chose the Kobo; I felt that for the price it was a great starting point for someone who might be 'gadget shy' like myself. I truly didn't want to spend too much money on something I might not be crazy about. I'm glad I went with the Kobo; the price is right and mine is fantastic! My only negative comment would be that the email support through Kobo isn't that great- I sent an email when I first purchased mine with a few simple questions and still haven't received a response. However, the staff at Chapters were exceptionally helpful and were able to answer my questions instead.
Date published: 2010-11-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Just the best! Bought my Kobo 24 hrs ago and I love it. It is easy to read and adjust the font and size, manipulate the menu, look for books, use the SD card for home generated PDF files and of course, always have a book with me. Living in a smaller community, this device now gives me the purchasing option of more titles than the local Coles, I don't have to wait for Canada Post to deliver my Chapters online order, I can download from the BC Library system for free and I have the flexibility to purchase at my convenience. Just perfect.
Date published: 2010-11-20
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Don't waste your money Right from the very start, I had nothing but problems with it. It took forever to turn on and start a book. It then froze and even after finding the reset button, it took forever to work again. I downloaded 2 free books from Kobo and bought one and none of them would load onto the reader, even with help from customer service. When I put the books on the sd card, the Kobo wouldnt read it. I wouldn't recommend it to anyone! I found it very disappointing and not worth the money.
Date published: 2010-11-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very pleased I bought a Kobo as soon as the wifi version was released. I've been very happy with it. I had a few minor issues with it the first time I used it, but restoring the factory default settings took care of the problem and I've had no problems since. I considered buying a Kindle but in the end decided to go with the Kobo instead, and I have no regrets about that decision. I'm a voracious reader and am quickly running out of book space in my apartment, so my Kobo was a great investment.
Date published: 2010-11-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from No problems in this household Bought a new generation wireless Kobo and I'm very happy. No problems with set-up, and I now have it figured out pretty well to download books wirelessly or by USB cable to my desktop without fuss. I have since bought two more wireless Kobos, have set them both up under my account, have downloaded my Kobo library, and will be giving them to family for Xmas, ready to read. Tonight I'm on the Chapters website to buy three more Kobos as Xmas gifts (two more to add to my account, and one to a co-worker whose teenage daughter has already got a Kobo and existing account of her own). I've confirmed with Kobo customer service that I can have six devices (my laptop plus five eReaders) linked to one Kobo account to share books. Pretty neat to be able to share books with my mother 3600km away without having to mail them or truck them home in a suitcase! I'm an avid reader but can't keep up with a mother-in-law and co-worker with whom I trade books. I'm tired of looking at the equivalent of an eight foot stack of paperbacks (four piles of 2 feet) on a chair beside my bed (plus other stashes of unread books in bookcases, drawers, etc) so thrilled to be converting to eBooks. I'm very happy with the improved speed of page turning compared to the first generation Kobo eReader, and don't find the quick "black" screen between pages disruptive to my reading. I contemplated a Kindle but my research from two months ago led me to pick a Kobo. An iPad was only briefly in the running as I wasn't keen on a backlit screen for prolonged reading and didn't see an iPad replacing my laptop for work, so didn't see it as a good investment. I didn't look into a Sony eReader - can't give a good reason why. I don't normally write reviews of purchased items, but the Kobo seems to be getting such bad reviews on the Chapters website I felt compelled to report my experience as being very positive so far.
Date published: 2010-11-16
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Very Disappointed. Buyer beware. I purchased a kobo ereader a week ago because the size and features were what I was looking for at a price that seemed reasonable but it has been nothing but trouble. The setup seemed simple enough and I was able to purchase ebooks from the kobo site (my Visa account was certainly charged), but after downloading them they were “locked”. Then I tried to set up the wireless on my home network and it refuses to connect; I then tried several other public networks and had the same problem. Reported both issues to the kobo help team last Saturday and got a response my issue was escalated to level 2 support, and still, a week later, no response. Finally got the ebooks unlocked by doing two factory resets and one hardware reset but wireless still not functioning. I spent a fair bit of time searching the web (far too much actually) looking for a solution to my issues and the consensus amongst the kobo user community seems to be either “really like it” or “nice concept, poor execution and support”. My view is definitely the latter and unless the wireless issue is resolved shortly, will be returning it.
Date published: 2010-11-13
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Kobo book reader I purchased the new Kobo reader the day it came out. I had to return it twice in three weeks because of the problems Kobo has with syncing the books to the reader. It was so frustrating and made the ereading experience hard. The last time I returned it I decided to go with a Sony ereader and could not be happier with my decision. I do want to say that I found Kobo's customer service amazing and very helpful. I continue to buy my ebooks from Kobo because of this. I also had zero problems returning the Kobo and found the customer service at Indigo exceptional. I am very sad that the technological problems got in the way of staying with the Kobo. They are working on improving the system so I hope in the future to be able to buy an ereader from them.
Date published: 2010-11-12
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Hardly Worth the Hype Allow me to preface by saying I have nothing against ereading. While I prefer my paper books, the appeal of a portable library that would also save on space in a very small home was delightful! I am, however, sorry to say that I wish I had gone with another product for my foray into ereading. The unit is light weight, compact, and fits in the hand well. I enjoy the quilted back, and while the five-in-one nav button isn't my preference, it does lend to a neat appearance. Downloads are fast and easy, and the library is simple to manage and maintain. These are all great features, and kudos to Kobo for an appealing design. However, I dislike that there is no backlighting to the screen, nor can I adjust the size of the font. The library is organized by title only, it cannot be sorted by genre and the only way to purchase ebooks is through credit card. This is great if you own one. I don't. Chapters gift cards cannot be used to order ebooks, and this was justified to me by a representative as "We're selling another company's product for them." That, to me, is like saying that Double Day, HarperCollins, or Penguin will sell their books through Chapters, but you can't buy them with gift certificates. Visa/Master Card gift cards also don't work. So unless you have the real thing, you're out of luck. The 100 preloaded titles are an interesting choice; having done a graduate degree in English I've either read or have an interest in reading some, and have heard of some of the others in passing. However, I can't see the average reading having any interest in titles like The Art of War, Beyond Good and Evil, or the Communist Manifesto. Some contemporary, nay, best seller titles thrown in there were clearly too much to hope for. I won't go into how silly it is that an electronic book, which has no physical materials and did not have to go through a manufacturing process nor had to be shipped anywhere, costs the same as a paper book. You get an 'E' for effort, Kobo, but I wish I had invested in the Sony eReader or an Amazon Kindle.
Date published: 2010-11-06
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Fabulous - Make the Shift to eReading with a Kobo... I'd like to first preface this review by first stressing that I didn't get into ereading lightly. I LOVE my paper books. I love them so much, that my dream as a child was to have my own library. A library full of books that I could read over and over again. A library that I could invite my friends and family to and share my books with them. I did get my library, but it is a lot smaller than I thought it would be - and it is now OVERFLOWING with books. All sorts of books. Wonderful books. But...I also have books in drawers, boxes and strewn throughout the house. It's becoming unmanagable. I cannot bear to part with them, though. What if I want to read them again? What if I want to share one of my favourite novels with a new friend? Ereading came along, and I thought I would NEVER conform. But my space constraints made this new format really enticing. So...I decided to take the plunge. But...I also decided that I wouldn't use an ereader as a replacement to my paper books - but rather add as a supplement. I still felt like I would buy reference and biographies in hardcover (as I like the colour photos), but buy all my paperbacks on the ereader. The next step was to decide which ereader to buy. The Kindle was sure alluring - considering it's full keyboard, slightly cheaper price and larger availability of cheap ebooks. But then, when doing my research, I realized that the Kindle did not support epub format, which is the format that most library books are. The Kobo supported library books (just like the Sony ereader in the US). That's a pretty big flaw for the Kindle, IMO. Sure, you can convert the ebooks downloaded at Amazon using Caliber, but honestly, who wants that hassle? The Kobo had all the basic features I wanted, so it seemed like a no-brainer. Another big advantage to the Kobo is the customer support. It's supposedly better (at least from what I've read - I haven't had to use them yet) and it's local. Also, if you have a problem with your Kobo within the first 30 days, you can bring it back to Chapters/Coles/Indigo store. I bought my Kobo from the Coles at my local mall on Nov. 4th. They had just got them in and hadn't even really looked at them. (?). I brought it home and followed the quick start instructions and I was on my way. I downloaded a book from the Kobo website, I used WiFi to download a book from the kobo store, then I went back to my PC and copied a library book that I had borrowed about a week ago. I have read all of them on my Kobo and enjoy them all! The next day I bought a kids book for myt son (complete with pictures, too!) and I read him the story before bed while he pressed the next page button. I zoomed in to make the font and the pictures larger so he could read along. Good fun! I have had ZERO problems with my Kobo (sleep mode is working well, battery seems to have charged perfectly, wifi working as it should) and I am really excited to explore my local elibrary to borrow more books. The selection is quite limited at the moment (and popularity seems to make the new realeases difficult to borrow), but you can go on a waitlist for a book that you really want to read. The Kobo store also has free books you can download (that aren't even the ones that are pre-loaded) and you can even subscribe to newspapers/magazines with a free 2 week trial. I also copied some .pdf documents to my Kobo so I could read them on the go if I want to. There are a couple of flaws with the Kobo store at the moment: 1. You cannot use Chapters gift cards. 2. You cannot enter promo codes when purchasing a book through wifi. I was able to get 10% off a bestseller when I bought it on my PC, but I wasn't given the option of entering any other promo codes when I ordered using Wifi directly from my Kobo. In summary, I think the Kobo is a smart choice for Canadians. Now if Chapters would get those new book-style covers (apparently, still not available yet - not till late Nov?) I will be all set! Gotta go - LOTS of reading to do!!!!!!!!!!!!
Date published: 2010-11-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So far, I'm in love! When eReader's came in the scene a few years ago I said to myself "I'll NEVER buy one in a million years! I won't turn my back on paper books!" Well, I'm left eating my words. Since I've become low on books space, I've been on the fence on whether to purchase one or not. I had looked into a Kindle, Sony and the Kobo. The new Kindle 3 had some major bells and whistles but really, all I wanted to do was read books. The Kindle was also more expensive and in US dollars so in the end, Kobo won out. I am truly enjoying it. It's easy to read and the pages turn quicky. One little snag that I find irritating. When I downloaded a new book, it wouldn't sync onto my Kobo through my computer. It only synced once I tried through my wireless network. But I'm chalking that up to the Desktop App, not the Kobo. All in all, I am a happy camper and thrilled that I've been sucked into the world of eReading!
Date published: 2010-10-31
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Downloading a purchased e-book It says easy set up. Easy enough except when I followed the direction to download from my computer to my Kobo an e-book I purchased by opening an account. The purchase went well but not the sync into my Kobo from my computer, even though I followed the directions spelled out very clearly upon my purchase. I'm still trying to figure this out.
Date published: 2010-10-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I love it !! After reading all the reviews and people complaining that they did not receive their order I was unsure to if I wanted to order online. Rather then having the 1 hour drive I figured I would order and take my chances, well I ordered it on Tuesday and just picked up my order today ( Friday) . Talk about fast service, Thank you Chapters !
Date published: 2010-10-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from loving it! EDIT: i actually got the pearlized lilac kobo, not the onyx. purple is my favorite color, so i had to go with that! ;) i was hesitant at first, about any and all ereaders. i'm a tactile person - the smell, look and feel of a book - all very big deals for me. i read the reviews for the kindle and the kobo, and it came down to supporting a canadian company over an american one. i thought i would give an ereader a try, and with chapters' 30-day return policy, could return it if it didn't work out for me. imagine my surprise when i fell head over heels in love with it today when it came (in the middle of a downpour, might i add). i had already downloaded and purchased several books, put aside a 1GB SD card, and was raring to go when the package came. half an hour later and i was reading stephen king's "blockade billy," which i just finished. i love the kobo. it truly is like reading an actual book, except you press a button to "turn" the page instead of actually turning a page. an unexpected cool little thing is that when it's off, it shows the cover of the book you're reading. i like that - i makes it look almost like an actual book. the wifi is super-easy to use; pick your hotspot and connect. it's a snap. the virtual keyboard is also excellent, though there is a slight lag when you use it (as with anything else on the kobo). the only thing i'm still getting used to is the page turn. it turns the page black for a split second, and is a little distracting. all in all, i'm very very pleased with this ereader. now i get to shop for accessories! :)
Date published: 2010-10-21
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Bait and Switch? On Sept 27 I ordered the original Kobo ($128) and was confirmed "In stock" will arrive by Oct 4. It didn't arrive and after three days of "we're working on your issue" emails, today was told they were out of stock but I could purchase the new WIFI for $149.(Don't need WIFI) Asked can they ship one from their Barrie store that received 12 units over the weekend and was told that was a "different division" and can't do that. I am leaving for six months and had 15 books ready to buy and wanted to support a Canadian company but looks like I will go to the Kindle. I can only assume they didn't want to pay the shipping on what stock they had left. Shame on Chapters!!
Date published: 2010-10-06
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Questions and concerns surrounding this unit A couple of questions arise about this new version of the kobo: 1. What is the date that this unit will ship if it is pre-ordered? 2. Is this unit going to be well supported by kobo? I contacted the kobo help line yesterday and the representative couldn't answer my basic questions about this new model. Eg. When will it ship? How will the user enter text to search for books using the kobo's wifi capabilities and the kobo store? 3. The kobo web site has a link to their documentation but all of the documents are listed as Coming Soon. Date of this writing is October 4 2010. The link is http://koboereader.com/cad/user-guide. When is soon? I use the documenation to help me to decide whether or not I should purchase the equipment. Bottom line: kobo doesn't really seem ready to release this new hardware or to support it effectively. The support person that I spoke to confessed that she hadn't even seen the new unit. I'm looking at the beBook Neo instead.
Date published: 2010-10-05

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Kobo Wi Fi eReader Black

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Colour: Onyx

Dimensions: 120mm x 184mm; 10mm thick, 221g

Warranty: 1-year Factory Defect Warranty

UPC: 817866000538

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