Kobo Touch Blue

by Kobo

Kobo Touch Blue is rated 3.2838 out of 5 by 74.
Named #1 Editor's Pick by Wired Magazine (Jan 2012). Smaller, lighter, faster than the original Kobo eReader. Infrared Touch Screen lets you turn pages, bookmark locations, adjust font size and type, and search for favorite books with the swipe of a finger. Touch with anything - the Kobo Touch is so sensitive you can even use a gloved hand. The new 6" E Ink Pearl screen offers higher contrast and faster refreshes compared to previous Kobo Readers. Built-in Wi Fi connects you directly to the Kobo bookstore to shop over 2.3 million eBooks, newspaper and magazine subscriptions. Get a preview or sample for any book, sync content and bookmarks and download books instantly. Virtual keyboard for easy typing and auto suggestions as you type keywords. The Kobo Touch is lightweight and compact, and fits easily into a purse or jacket pocket. The signature soft quilted back creates a book-like experience. Finally, discover a new dimension of reading, unlock awards and track your reading progress all with Kobo Reading Life, a built-in social sharing platform. Choose from five colours: Black, Lilac, Silver, Blue and White. 1 GB of Memory and up to a Month's Battery Life. Actual results may vary.

Shipping weight: 2 lbs.

Colour: Blue

Dimensions: 1.73D x 6.3W x 8.4H (IN)

UPC: 817866000699

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Pleased as punch Got mine (black so as not to show any wear and tear) and I don't recall it having a quilted back (it might have, but its black so I don't notice and I have it in a case). I've had this for at least 4 years, maybe 5 or 6. I used it a lot and so, now she's lifted it from me, has my elderly mother. Battery life is still reasonable, device works. Freezes happen occasionally but often tied to particular eBooks and I think the books tend to have formatting issues that cause the device to freeze. This happens more often on PDFs in my experience than ePubs which are my preferred format. I use Calibre to manage my library and load my device. When I got it, it was over $100. Now it is $80 and I want to get one for a friend. I was lucky, insofar as I won a $200 Chapters gift card that day which let me pay for it and a cover, but that was a surprise. The device has held up well for me and looks nearly new. It has read a lot of books and it is less harmful to sleep patterns than light from LED or LCD devices such as tablets.
Date published: 2014-12-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I have been very lucky When I bought this unit is way back when it was $150! So, I have had it for quite a few years. I have logged a couple thousand hours worth of reading (at least!). Downloading books has been easy, battery life has been great, no problems until this week. I don't know if it was the kobo itself or the desktop app or the website but I was unable to download books properly - the desktop said it was in the library but the kobo itself disagreed. I called kobo for help. The first number was a waste of time as all I got was an automated message directing me to the website (where I got the number from!). Finally (thanks to Pia at Chapters) I got a different number to call. Although the wait was long I talked to an actual person who was helpful. I did a factory reset and then re-sync'd my unit. So far, I am back to my happy place! This unit is several years old and although it still works great, I will probably pamper myself at Christmas by getting a new one!
Date published: 2014-12-04
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Complete waste of money...didn't last a year Had my Kobo Touch for less than a year and the screen died, it is completely covered in black lines and nothing is clear or legible. After contacting Kobo I was told it will not be replaced under warranty as it was subjected to "physical damage" (a standard answer they give to all their customers) even though it was handled with great care at all times. I guess carrying it out of your home in a protective case in a purse or backpack is a big "no no" as it can't handle much more than a light touch of the fingertips, it's meant only to sit pretty on a coffee table. I've read many reviews online with customers who have the same issue and basically told it was their fault. Kobo will not admit the screens are inferior and much too delicate for everyday normal use. Also on another note, I did not find it very user friendly as I would use it to download books from our public library's website. The process to get the ebooks from the library to my Kobo was quite lengthy, glitchy and painful at times. Not always as straight forward and seamless as it should be.
Date published: 2014-11-23
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not Bad I've had my Kobo Touch for a couple of years. Fortunately, unlike many of the folks here - I've not had any issues with freezing (touch wood!!). My issue is not being able to group books in order when they're a series. You can make a "collection" but it won't let you name or edit it in a way to list them in order. Also, once I synced with my computer - the collections are duplicated some are repeated many times
Date published: 2014-09-28
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Please do not purchase any Kobo devices!! I've had my Kobo Touch for less than a year and it worked just fine the first couple of times I used it but now every time I try to read a book it freezes. I've tried doing a factory reset and the device still freezes. I was told at a local Chapters location to contact Kobo and I should be able to get my money back as it is under my 1 year warranty but when I did contact Kobo they told me to reset the device and I would not be able to get my money back. I then called Kobo, I was on hold for quite a while and when I finally spoke to someone all they said is that they could replace it. I do not want a replacement as the Kobo product is garbage. It is a complete waste of money! Please do not spend your money on this.
Date published: 2014-08-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love My Kobo Touch I've had my Kobo Touch for almost 2 years now and never had a drop of trouble with it. I loved it so much I bought my son one as well, over his emphatic assurances that he'd "never use it". Well, he uses his all the time and doesn't go anywhere without it. Like my experience, he's had his for almost 2 years and never had a single bad experience with it. I just bought one for my mom for Christmas, and I know she'll enjoy it too. The type on the soft white is much easier on the eyes than reading on a computer screen and, having older eyes, the ability to turn any book into a large print (without the added expense of buying giant print editions) can't be beat. Kobo has a vast array of books available, and their consistent promotions and promo codes make book purchases much more affordable. I haven't paid full price for a book in all the time I've owned my Kobo Touch. We love this product.
Date published: 2013-12-20
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Kobo Touch just a little over a year It seems that I'm not alone having problems with the Kobo ereaders. Purchased my Kobo about 14months ago, when I was heading on a trip, loved it because I did not have to bring along several books. It worked exactly 14 months, after that it froze to the front page of the book I was reading and even with the help of Customer Services, after various suggestions on how to try and unfreeze it, customer service gave up and told me that there is nothing they can do and that my reader is now garbage. I was not happy about it spent all that money (did not buy it on sale) full price and all the accessories, I was told that they could not replace it. So got books on line that I can't read, Kobo should replace the ereader, apparently there is something wrong with the manufacture
Date published: 2013-12-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love My Kobo Touch! I love the Kobo touch. I use mine nearly everyday. It's comfy to hold, easy to use, and the only problem I've ever had was with one of the updates, but that was obviously fixed with the next update. The battery life is amazing! Mine really does last a month with me using it.. and waayy longer than a month if I haven't been using it. I had it off for quite a few months, and when I turned it on, the battery was still nearly full. I just have the wifi shut off unless I need it. LOVE this Kobo, recommend it to anyone looking for a reliable ereader!
Date published: 2013-07-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Love my Kobo Touch, even 18 months later!! I've had my Kobo Touch for 18 months now - told my husband it was my Christmas gift ;). It follows me pretty much everywhere (I bought a rigid zippable case) and I read every day. I can say that I've only had one minor problem. A language glitch after an update about 6 months ago (my menus are in French, even if I read mainly in English). Easy fix, I switched the menu to English, and then back to French. Ta-Da! I love it!! Actually, my daughter is replacing her old Kobo (the first model) with a Touch, after she damaged it.
Date published: 2013-06-20
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Bittersweet I was a huge advocate for getting a Kobo. I loved my Kobo Touch. It worked up until today. Today I went to sync it to the computer and it did a software upgrade. And now my Kobo Touch never leaves the happy ereader icon and progress bar screen. Tech support had me try both a basic reset and a manual factory reset. When both failed I was told my Kobo was damaged/broken. They brushed off the fact that it had worked perfectly find BEFORE the software upgrade. My Kobo is a year old on the 25th of January 2013. I doubt it is under warranty and I doubt they will be helping me fix it inexpensively. Till today I loved it. I loved reading on it. I loved downloading books from Kobo and Chapters. I liked the fact I could buy from independent epub sellers and upload them. I don't know what I am going to do, but at this point I have 45+ books of which some I had just purchased I will not read because I can't read on a computer/backlit screen. This was why I asked for the Kobo the Christmas before last. I am very sad.
Date published: 2013-01-16
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Be prepared to lose money. I bought a Kobo 6 months ago. I had an old ereader (ebookwise) that was backlit, a bit large and heavy and with limited battery life. I thought a new, smaller ereader would be better. I did some research and thought the Kobo would be best for me since it's Canadian, friends recommended it and it had everything I wanted & needed - even though I was a bit hesitant with all the bad reviews. It had a few glitches now and then, but overall, I was quite pleased with it - until last month. It wouldn't download properly, it wouldn't sync properly, it automatically deleted books (I still don't know how Divergent ended) and finally completely froze, not responding to any resets. Now it has to be returned, at MY cost, for a used replacement. I got about 5 months out of it. Really wish I'd kept my old ereader - 8 years and never a problem.... Buyer beware. (PS - I just bought my daughter a kindle - it's wonderful!)
Date published: 2013-01-15
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Define Kobo Chapter One: Girl receives Kobo Touch in September 2011 as a gift and 9 months later it stops working. Chapter Two: They send her a replacement and less than 4 months after that, it stops working too. Customer service sincerely apologizes and politely informs her that they would not be able to help as they only offer 90 day warranties on replacement Kobos. Epilogue: Two Kobos neither lasting a year. If either were working and she touched the word “Kobo” to find the definition, she wonders if it would say: kō. bō Noun Matter thrown away or rejected as worthless; trash.
Date published: 2013-01-09
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Terrible product, buyer beware; check bottom for reset advice Kobo reader message "Restoring your Device to Factory Defaults" 14 months after purchase. I never really like this ereader, so it's been used a total of about 20 hours. Two days ago the above message appeared. I called Kobo Customer Service. After trying several resets, they informed me that the device was defective but they were unable to do anything about this (since it is now TWO months outside of warranty) and suggested I purchase a refurbished model?? I am not interested so I wanted to return this ereader to them for e-waste recycling. They do not have such a program. I would never buy this device again. For anyone in same situation, I searched for fixes and found one that seems to have temporarily helped from getsatisfaction.com. Try: Turn off device press and hold HOME button Move power slide to the right, let go watch for power light to blink red twice When light turns green, let go of home button Light flickers white, just wait...can take a few minutes but mine actually reset and is useable, for now!
Date published: 2013-01-04
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Don't buy this if you want to use it outside on a beach holiday I have gone through two of these since my husband purchased it for me for Christmas 2011. The first freezed on me after 24 hours and had to be reset several times until it couldn't be done anymore and they sent me a replacement. Both readers however have had the following problem: If you use it out in the sun on a hot day, the touch screen loses it's sensitivity and responds inaccurately, so you can't turn pages etc. - basically you can't use it for longer than a half hour outside on a hot day. So, if you are planning on using it on a beach holiday - DON'T - it won't work for you. I talked to Kobo about this, they said max working temperature is 45 C. Good to know - thanks for that (sarcastic voice). Since getting the second one, I haven't had glitches like I did with the first one (except for the touch screen going wonky in the sun). And I REALLY love that you can use it for library books. I would just maybe choose the classic Kobo instead.
Date published: 2012-12-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Happy with my Kobo 1 Problem is I moved a couple of months ago and I cannot find my Kobo Reader! It is driving me nuts. I'm thinking of buy a new Kobo Touch. My question is, can I load all the books from my old Kobo onto my new one if I buy it. Recent purchases are in my desktop Kobo App. I really miss my Kobo. I have an iPad with Kobo on it, but definitely prefer my Kobo Reader.
Date published: 2012-11-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Bought it and loving it! I just bought this amazing product a few days ago and I have not been able to put it down. The initial set-up is a breeze, the touch interface is intuitive, battery life is more than adequate, and above all it is a joy to use. With the current promo of a $20 gift card, this is the best time to buy it.
Date published: 2012-11-17
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Do Not Buy this I bought A Kobo touch one year ago and at the one year anniversary it stopped working it wouldn't turn on so I contacted KOBO and it was a back and forth pain to do but at the end of it I had to pay to send it back to them and they sent me a Referbished Kobo in return that is not the greatest eather so My suggestion is don't by the Kobo touch !!!!
Date published: 2012-09-10
Rated 1 out of 5 by from About to purchase kobo and then.. I was literally just about to purchase the Kobo online, even after seeing the bad reviews and everything, figuring it would be good enough of an e-reader for me cosidering I am not picky when it comes to technology..I decided to go look at the ebook selection and found that they don't even have "The Secret" my favourite book and a widely popular book all around the world. So disappointing... That's all. Definitely wont be buying the kobo now! This may seem like a small thing to most of you but to me it's huge. Out of a million books there's not even "The Secret".. Wow!
Date published: 2012-08-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Totally in love Got my Kobo e-reader as a birthday gift 6 months ago. I have not had any issues and found it super easy to use and set up on Wifi. I am totally in love with it and constantly have it with me. It is easier than carrying around bulky books and I don't have to worry about storage issues for all the books I would have bought in paperback. I find I actually read more than I did before. My husband jokes that I am having an affair with it.
Date published: 2012-08-30
Rated 2 out of 5 by from being replaced after 7 months When the kobo was working properly, I loved it. Unfortunately I've had problems from the beginning. If I tried to load more than a few books at a time it would freeze and a reset wouldn't work. I had to factory reset it more than once. Each time I'd lose everything I put on it. Last week I figured I'd remove all the books I had on it (max 20) but it froze before I could get any new books put on. Eventually 1 got 3 books to load so I got ambitious and tried for 3 more. That was the end of it. It froze and no matter what I tried it wouldn't boot to the welcome screen. I called customer service and they were great - had me try a few more things but still no luck. I e-mailed them some info and a few days later I got another e-mail with some more suggestions. Unfortunately nothing worked so they are sending me a replacement Kobo. I'm not happy to find out that it's probably going to be a refurbished one though. I paid $140 for mine in February and they sell for only $100 now. Maybe I'm just being pessimistic but so many kobo's are returned that I'm afraid that in another 7 months the replacement will die on me too. By then my warranty is over and there's nothing I can do about it. Would I buy another kobo? No. Based on my experience so far the installed software is messed up so I think I'll try a different kind of ereader next time.
Date published: 2012-08-24
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Absolute garbage, on my 3rd. DO NOT BUY I am currently on my third kobo. The first one took about a week to finally get to work with my wifi properly. However, I didn't use it for a month and the battery died. When it charged the wifi simply would not connect. I called kobo (since Chapters would be of no use to me since it's past the very inconvenient 14 day return policy) and they sent me a replacement (refurbished). I got very excited when this one managed to connect to my wifi, however, the second it went into sleep mode or turned off it lost the connection. When I tried to reconnect to the known network, it failed to, started searching for another network then froze and restarted itself. I complained on twitter (very useful by the way. Companies hate when you spill the beans about their crappy product on the social sites) and someone called me right away. He sent me a new kobo (not refurbished) and it is doing the exact same thing. At this point it won't even connect at all. I've tried it on my own network as well as others and get the same thing. Kobo needs to stop advertising the touch as wifi since 9 times out of 10 it doesn't work. I asked them if the next one they sent didn't work if I would get my money back and I was told likely not since I got it at Chapters and not Kobo. Apparently if you're dumb enough to purchase one of these duds from Chapters, you're stuck with it for life. I was also supposed to receive a way bill to send the second defective device back, but that never came (I had to spend $20 to ship the RMA to a warehouse 5 mins from my house). Now I am stuck with two of these useless products. The wifi was one of the reasons I got the e-Reader. I don't often use a computer, so the idea of only being able to purchase books from my desktop is a pain in the butt. I implore anyone who is thinking of getting one of these to shop around. It may be cheap, but you can find comparable prices in other e-reader devices. Or save your pennies and buy an iPad.
Date published: 2012-08-03
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Horrible customer service / cheap cable / stains I purchased a silver Kobo Touch in June of 2011, specifically to take it on a trip with me. The process of getting e-books onto the reader was a bit more complicated than I had expected, but after that was done it was great. I like that one charge lasts about a month if you're not constantly using it (and have the wireless turned off, which doesn't work properly in any case). I've used the Kobo here and there since, but not very often, so I'd say that in total I've probably charged it about 5 times. Earlier this week I plugged it in to take it with me on a weekend trip, but the light indicating that it is charging did not turn on, and the micro USB cable just kept falling out. It's never been very "snug" to begin with, but I never had that problem in the past. After wiggling it around for a while - if I held it in one certain position - the light finally turned on and it started charging, but if I moved the cable in the slightest, it would become disconnected again. After searching the web and finding that this seemed to be a common problem (i.e. a known manufacturing defect) I e-mailed Kobo about this, but because my device is 1 year and 3 weeks old now, they just replied with "sorry, nothing we can do". I then called Kobo and spoke with a supervisor, who told me that I was out of luck since my warranty had expired, but that she'd come across this quite often, and it's actually the cable that's the issue, not the device. She suggested I go purchase another micro USB cable and see if that fixed the issue. I am very disappointed with this. Yes, I realize I'm out of warranty, but if it is a common issue, then it's something Kobo (or Chapters, since they're selling these devices!) needs to take responsibility for. If it is the cable, then Kobo is obviously pinching pennies by shipping low-quality cables, which, as I was informed, are not covered under warranty anyways. So after spending $140 on the reader including a cable, I am now supposed to spend another $10 minimum (+time and gas) to get a new cable because the one originally supplied is of such low quality that it is not usable. On top of that I just took my Kobo out of its protective cover (never took it out since I bought it), and the entire back of it is stained. The cover is black, and the stains are like a rust colour, so I'm not sure if it's stained from the cover (which cost $50 (also purchased from Chapters), so one would expect that the leather shouldn't bleed), or whether the device itself is leaking somehow?? Again, this seems like a manufacturing issue of the device, because why make it of a material that will stain, where these stains cannot be cleaned off? All in all I'm very disappointed with my purchase (and frustrated that I purchased a second one for my father just last Christmas). I have a friend who purchased a Kindle, and has had his device replaced at no cost (not even international shipping) after he dropped it and broke the display OUTSIDE of the warranty period while on a trip abroad.
Date published: 2012-07-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from well, it's not waterproof... but there's hope! I love(d) my Kobo Touch. I'm a voracious reader and easily go through 2-3 books in a good, sunny weekend. I love the feel of a paperback, with the heft and the colors and the varied fonts. Nothing beats a good paper book. But the Kobo comes just as close as you could hope. It's light enough that you can throw it in your purse and carry it everywhere, or hold comfortably for long periods in just one hand. There are a few font options (though I'd love it if fonts were more customizable) to choose from, and the font size is widely adjustable. I love being able to keep an entire library in one small package. I've found the battery life to be quite sufficient. While I haven't kept track, I've found that I can go weeks on a single charge. It's also plenty handy that I can plug it in to the wall with my cellphone charger, too. The touch screen is very responsive and allows for easy manipulation of the book, and I love that the swipe zones on the screen can be adjusted to different settings in order to meet your needs. Even the built in experimental web browser is great when I want to get a quick update on the forecast while I'm out in the yard, or pool. Oh, the pool. Sadly, the Kobo Touch is not waterproof. There don't seem to be any waterproof cases on the market, which is a shame really, because I'm sure mine isn't the first Kobo to take a swim.... And it was quite the swim. I dropped it full on in to the pool. Now, the Kobo holds up very well to small splashes and drips of water. But being dropped 2-3 feet deep is another story... the poor thing became completely unresponsive. HOWEVER. I'm happy to report that after snapping the back cover off and letting it dry out that way for a few days, it has once again started to function! I'm hoping it will make it through the summer... My one (very minor) beef with the Kobo is that it starts to look very dirty very quickly. Mine was pretty grungy looking before it jumped in the pool. (For the record, the swim didn't pretty it up at all). I'm more interested in function, so that's not really a big deal, but it's worth mentioning. I'd definitely recommend it, and HAVE recommended it. It would, however, be great if there were options for waterproofing.
Date published: 2012-07-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I love my Kobo! I got mine when the Touch first came out and I've loved it since. I've only had one issue with it and a simple reset did the trick. I can carry all my books around with me and it's so so simple to use. I've recommended it to people and they love theirs too.
Date published: 2012-05-31
Rated 1 out of 5 by from This is NOT a review this is a question? I want to get this Kobo because of the sale price $99 but how long is it going for, can anyone tell me? If so please do!
Date published: 2012-05-22
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Help!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! i was trying to turn my kobo off but it wouldent turn offf so i held the buttton untill the screen said returning to factory mode then the screen whent blank i tryed reseting it and going back to the kob set up.com but that dident work eather what should i do!!
Date published: 2012-05-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from i have a question im going to get a kobo reader today do they only go for 99$ if you buy it online. also i have a membership card do i use that to get 40 dollars off?
Date published: 2012-05-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I love my Kobo Touch ereader I've had it for about a year now and I've been using it almost every day. It's great for long bus rides on commutes to and from my university. It's also been a nice change since I tend to read multiple books at a time and it often left me carrying multiple books in a giant purse but now I don't need to do that so it's been quite the improvement. I haven't had any problems with it at all! I prefer it to the new tablet-like ereaders that have come out because this one is lighter :) I've saved a lot of money with this ereader so it's pretty much already paid for itself! I always spent a LOT of money of books, but now I buy ebooks so they're significantly cheaper and quite the money saver :) I've found some of the same ebooks cheaper off the kindle bookstore so I've used a program called calibre to put them on my ereader so that's another way to save money too ;) The Sony pocket ereader is also a good one, my friend has it and I've used it too so I'd definitely recommend one of the two :) Good luck!
Date published: 2012-05-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Love My Kobo... But... I have had my Kobo Touch for almost a year. It has given me no problems. In the beginning it had "ghosting" issues but that was resolved by an update and so I carried on. A few days ago, I updated my Kobo with the latest update. The update was supposed to make page turns "better" - like there was a problem in the first place! As well as other issues that I had never experienced. Since the update, I have experienced problems. It freezes. I try to turn a page and it puts it into "dictionary mode" and then I can't close this mode. Putting it into sleep mode doesn't solve the problem. I have to shut it off completely and turn it back on. This is very annoying when I'm in the middle of reading as it does take some time to reboot. I like my Kobo and so I'm hoping that there will be another update that will fix the mess that was made with the last update!
Date published: 2012-04-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from perfect I've had my Touch for better then a month now and just love it. Have had no issuses with it at all. It is touchy, even the power button. If you hold it to long it will do a double take and "on" will become off. You have to get use to it like anything. I got mine right from KOBO and the coustomer service has been incredible. Can't say enough about it. LOVE IT.
Date published: 2012-03-20
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Overwhelmingly frustrating I loved it at first and spent loads on money on new books. Then one day it just froze up on the home page. I couldn't do anything. Reset on the back failed. Luckily I was able to exchange it for a new one. I've had the new one for a week and now it's broken. I tried to turn a page, it wouldn't work and now it's shut off and doesn't realize it's plugged into the computer. Reset on the back won't work. It won't turn on. It's beyond useless. And Kobo support is absolutely terrible. I'm going to check out the sony e-readers.
Date published: 2012-03-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Don't leave home without it! I love my Kobo. I'm currently on my second one (the third in our household). I upgraded to the Kobo Touch after damaging the screen on my Kobo WiFi. I have been happily using my Kobo WiFi for 18 months and read over 200 books on it. (I think it's fair to say I got my use out of it). The Kobo Touch is definitely faster and lighter and I love the display, it's easy on my eyes and really is just like a book. Please don't let some negative comments sway you from your purchase, I've been so pleased with the performance and usability of my Kobo. I use it every single day and bring it wherever I go so I can read whenever I have a few minutes.
Date published: 2012-01-20
Rated 1 out of 5 by from CHAPTERS DOES NOT STAND BEHIND THEIR PRODUCTS. SOLD ME A DEFECTIVE EREADER. I bought a Kobo Touch last month and it has barely worked from day 1. Whenever I turn off the ereader, even if only for a few minutes, when I turn it back on, it goes to the set up screen and I have to plug it into a computer and go through the set up again, to be able to use it. The set up was done and completed the first time (and each other time) but it still continues to do this every time. I have also done a factory reset a few times. I called Kobo customer service twice already and they have been no help at all. Each call leaves me more frustrated than ever. I also called Chapters where I bought it and they won't exchange it for me either, because it's been over 14 days. I've only owned this ereader for about 20 days. So Chapters is a store that doesn't stand behind their products. I paid 140$ dollars for JUNK. It's defective obviously and the only acceptable solution is to exchange the defective ereader that they sold me, for a new one. Any reputable store would do this, asap.
Date published: 2012-01-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So great My father-in-law gave me one for Christmas. We were up in Sudbury for the Holidays, and it was great to have for the long car ride home. I don't think the battery indicator has changed yet, and I've already gained 5 badges with the reading life. This gift was very unexpected and yet a wonderful surprise. I highly recommend!
Date published: 2011-12-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The perfect touch! I got my Touch about two weeks ago... I absolutely love it! The screen is amazing because it looks exactly like a page from a novel! I find that the touch sensitivity is great as well. I love not having to push page turn buttons as they can be so cumbersome... Most of all, I love that I got the 2012 Book of the Month Club membership with my purchase! I highly recommend this product!
Date published: 2011-12-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Love it! I was reluctant to try this at first: I felt that an electronic screen could never beat a real book. I changed my mind the first time I was able to carry dozens of my favourite books with me on canoe trip to Algonquin. I've had pretty good luck so far - the battery life is good, and the device has been relatively glitch-free. While I appreciate that the lack of back-lighting is easier on the eyes and the battery , perhaps some sort of optional built-in illumination should be included - the quality and cost of e-book lights is a real problem.
Date published: 2011-12-08
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Lousy Customer Service I loved this device. I used it all the time since I bought it - June 10th. BUT Kobo's customer service is lousy. They are taking forever to respond to my queries and have yet to acknowledge that this device is defective (USB port loose) and needs to be replaced. It's not even 6 months old. Now it won't charge, power up, reset, nada. At this rate, my replacement will be from 'south' of the border and not a Canadian product.
Date published: 2011-11-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I love mine! I've been very surprised by all of the negative reviews for the Kobo. I received a Kobo Wifi for my birthday in January. I loved it and encouraged my father to purchase one. He enjoyed it but didn't like having to share it with my mom! When the touch was released, I bought one on the first day and then gave my mom my old wifi. We all really enjoy this ereader. I love having another book ready to go as soon as I finish what I am reading. And I love being able to read six books on a vacation without having to put them all in my suitcase.
Date published: 2011-11-27
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not I expected... But it's ok I got this as a gift from my parents for my birthday. I love the detailing on the back and how it's wifi for easier ways to buy books. I also loveeee how you can download free previews of books and free books too. The prices are cheaper then regular books and ego friendly, which is amazing. The only complaint I have is that the beautiful book covers are in black and white on the kobo.): this really disappointed me, and how there was no backup light. I hope the 'better and new' kobo will have the features. I'd pay double the price if I had to!
Date published: 2011-09-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from My kobo is my new baby This title is true. I'm serious - it's my baby love. I'm saying this and, surely, I'm biased because I got it not even a week ago for my birthday. But I love all the little things about it - the fact that when it's powered off or put to sleep, the cover of the book you're reading appears on the screen as if your book is closed, the graphics... it's a great technological experience and these little details, as tiny as they are, are what drew me to like it as much as I do. Of course, there has to include a letdown somewhere - this is the software. I'm not talking about the actual Kobo, I'm talking about the Kobo Deskopt application - it bugs, doesn't recognize my internet connection so it doesn't sync... it's crap, to be honest. I've had to uninstall it and reinstall it and I haven't had my Kobo for a week. And I do need the Kobo Deskopt app for the simple fact that I still have cable internet. Those books won't download by themselves.... Otherwise, for book lovers... it's great. I was a little afraid about missing the actual books, but I do love the product and I think it's totally worth it. Plus, and a really big plus: ebooks are way cheaper than actual books.
Date published: 2011-09-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from How do I get my $10 gift card? How do I activate my reader and get the $10 gift card? I just can't seems to find where I do that? Please help! Thanks a lot!
Date published: 2011-09-09
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Busted after four weeks; Customer Service Terrible Four weeks after purchase, the Kobo touch we purchased for my son no longer takes a charge. I am no techie, but the micro USB port on the reader is very loose, and I am pretty sure that is problem. Chapters won't deal with it. Two days after a call to customer service, I am now emailing somebody (no idea where), who tells me that I am responsible for paying the shipping to have it looked at, and "for making sure that it doesn't break in transit." Not sure how I am going to do that. Maybe i will just insure it. My mystery correspondent has also given me elaborate warnings that my problem may not be covered, and that I may be asked to pay a one-time $60 dollar fee for repair or replacement. Sounds like the first thing I hear from these folks will be a claim that the problem isn't covered by warranty -- though the warranty supposedly covers defects in materials and manufacturing. I have to say that this is probably the worst customer service experience I can remember having for the purchase of a piece of technology. We have a 3 year old e-reader from a large US online book retailer. This reader, which rhymes with "Flindle," has worked extremely well, and the one time I had a minor issue, I got superb customer service and support until the issue was fixed. Guess which e-reader I would recommend.
Date published: 2011-09-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from PROBLEM I've had my Kobo for about 3 weeks and I've had to reload the software 3 separate times after it freezes (usually when I'm trying to sync with my account through my laptop), which means I have to go through the hastle of setting up the wireless connection again, etc. etc. And I lose any stats/info stored in the Kobo on the books I have read. I suspect this is not normal and that I may have a lemon....
Date published: 2011-09-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic! This is my second e-reader (used to have a Sony), so I do have something to compare it too. I first debated between the Kobo and the Kindle, and i'm glad I choose the Kobo. I love the fact that this is a touch screen, and the response time is much faster than the original Kobo. It is also quite a lot smaller than the Kobo Wifi and the Kindle, which means it fits in just about every purse, so it's easy to carry around! I would recommend this to anyone looking to get into e-reading!
Date published: 2011-08-31
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Beware discolouration I bought a pearl white Kobo touch the weekend they came out. Within 2 weeks, the quilted area started to become discoloured especially where I hold it on the bottom. Other folks have blamed the Roots sleeve cases, but I really do not think this is the reason. I have only used my Roots case twice and my Kobo has continued to severely discolour. Kobo customer service has been extremely elusive and difficult to deal with. My issue has been in their hands for 2 months and I think I am finally going to get a replacement. It should not take this long to deal with a faulty NEW product. They really need to be more open and responsive about issues if they are to gain loyal customers. On the plus side, I like the interface and the touch screen a lot. The shadowing/ghosting issues are there at times, but the software update made it much more manageable. I just wish Kobo really cared about the whole product & would realize that they need to do more to build customer loyalty as there is a lot of competition out there.
Date published: 2011-08-26
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Love it but... When I finally got the money to buy the KT I was sooo excited! I had wanted it for so long. There is a few problems though. 1. Ghosting/shadowing, whatever you want to call it is a problem, but it is easily ignored most of the time. So I deal with it. 2. It seems to die very fast. Since I got it 3 weeks ago, I have had to charge it at least once every few days, if not once a day. And I dont use it as much as I should be able to before charging it. 3. I also have abit of a problem with turning pages or selecting a book. I usually have to touch my finger to the touch multiple times before it turns the page or opens the book. It can be very annoying at times. Are the three problems something I should just deal with? Or should I bring the ereader to the Chapters I bought it at and exchange it for a new one?
Date published: 2011-08-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Slow page turning Hi, I've had the kobo for about 2 weeks now and I'm finding that the pages are turning slower and slower. It takes a full 5 seconds now for the page to turn. Is there a way to fix this??
Date published: 2011-08-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Discolouration I have a purple kobo touch, and I've noticed that with in the diamonds on the back, there's some brownish discoloration, I'm pretty sure it's from the use, almost like it's dirty, but it doesn't come off when I try to clean it. Does anyone else have this issue?
Date published: 2011-08-12
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Buyer Beware I pre-ordered this reader and will admit I was excited when I first got it. But it turned out the first time I carried it in my purse, stored in a case with only a wallet and sun glasses, the screen broke. Apparentlly since I didn't purchase the extended warranty (I don't even remember being offered to be honest) I have to pay for repairs. I have no interest in paying for something that can't be carried in a purse. Defeats the purpose. Plus it took three weeks for them to get to the point. One full week before they responded at all, another before they asked me to send it in and then yet another before I heard back from them.
Date published: 2011-08-10
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Like it but having a problem already (only 5 days old) I just bought the Touch 5 days ago. Being new to an E-Reader, I love it so far!!!! But I noticed a problem already last night. I've noticed 2x yesterday alone that the reader turns on by itself!!!! Is anyone else having this problem and is there any suggestions on fixing this problem?
Date published: 2011-07-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from KOBO question Got my kobo about a month ago and love it. But already, have had a "device storage issue" and had to reset to factory settings. Now that I have, I cannot access the eject button on my Kobo desktop. Help please!
Date published: 2011-07-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from What a Concept! I have been an avid reader since before I started school. The past several years have been spent with Library books because I felt I wanted to do something to help save our trees while being able to pursue my passion: Books. When one of my staff recently told me about the Kobo that her son had purchased, I was intrigued. That night I went online, researched several different brands and models of e-readers, then decided the Kobo Touch was the one for me. I just received it and have been having a great time. Everything I could have wanted is there: the ability to adjust fonts, line spacing, crisp and easy-on-the-eyes contrast, tons of books available (with more added daily), access to more books via my Library card . . . in short, I'm in heaven. I was drawn to the Kobo not only for all its features, but also because of the philosophy behind the company and the possible chance to help a small school in my community through the reading program. I have committed to buying another one (maybe two) to offer as a Raffle prize for co-workers in the large company I work for. The proceeds will go to our in-company charity to help fellow employees in need during times of crisis. In fact, I just might make it an annual event! Read on? Indeed. :)
Date published: 2011-07-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing eReader I've had a Kindle and Sony (Pocket Edition), and so far, the Kobo Touch has delivered the best experience for a very good price. It's super quick (much faster than the Sony (Pocket Edition), easy to use and navigate than the Kindle, w/ excellent touch response for almost half the cost of the Sony Touch. I also love that I can adjust both the font type and font size. Number one eReader in my book! Read on :)
Date published: 2011-07-14
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Poor Customer Service I have had my KOBO for a year now and at first loved it. I have had multiple problems since and KOBOs customer service has been unwilling or unable to assist with correcting these problems. My KOBO now has a blurry screen so am unable to read what it written the customer service people at KOBO told me to bad I would just have to buy a new one as I live in Canada. If your expecting any assistance with issues you have with your ereader hopefully it is within 14 days of purchase so you can return it as KOBO just takes your money and runs.
Date published: 2011-07-14
Rated 1 out of 5 by from so sad 3 weeks ago I drove to the Chapters in Guelph, Ontario, to purchase the only Kobo in stock anywhere near our home in Kitchener, in anticipation for a trip to Ottawa. I'm currently on said trip, and was enjoying the device immensely having read two novels in as many days! But suddenly a few hours ago permanent horizontal white lines appear across the screen, blanking out the text or images which they cross. I've tried many screen refreshes as well as a factory reset to no avail. I'm fairly certain the problem is with the screen and is not remedied by any software updates, as I downloaded the most recent patches. I'm eager to inform Chapters of this defect, however while there are many Chapters in Ottawa, my receipt is at home in Kitchener - I hadn't anticipate having any serious problems requiring a store exchange!! I hate to be a whiner, but this has dampened our trip and I feel the need to warn any other potential buyers.
Date published: 2011-07-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from etch a sketch the etch a sketch has come back in the form of an ereader - I love it! easy on the eyes and i 'feel' smarter. what a green decision I made.
Date published: 2011-07-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Still waiting for my beloved Kobo to arrive I've pre-ordered it two weeks ago and I am now waiting painfully for the local bookstore to restock. However, I've played with the demo ereaders at the bookstore and I was so thrilled because of the new features, such as the touchscreen and the page-roller. It's smaller than the old gen (which I have already sold to upgrade to the new one) and I've already immersed myself in my daydreams in which I am carrying my new Kobo, sitting on the sky train, holding it and reading it and looking all high-tech. Anyway. The font style and size adjustment are more convenient, as well, compared to the old one. I've also tried the touchscreen keyboard and the search function. Oh oh oh, and I can't wait to get started on my quest to acquire all book awards--gosh, I'm such a kid, haha. PLEASE HAVE MORE STOCKS SOON!!! I WANT IT IN MY HANDS AND IN MY POSSESSION!!!! 3 3 3
Date published: 2011-07-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great way to take your library with you I like to always have a book with me, whether I'm at home or out in the world somewhere. Unfortunately, paperbacks can be bulky sometimes, and the small screens on smartphones don't make for a comfortable reading experience. The Kobo Touch, though, is the perfect device for me. I can take ten, twenty, an almost endless amount of books with me in a device that weighs less than my phone. I'm especially pleased with the screen. The lack of glare makes it very easy to read. It really is very nearly like reading from a piece of paper. This new edition of the Kobo also has much smoother screen transitions than past versions (and other ereaders), again making it easy on the eyes. My only issue with the Kobo Touch is the battery life. It is advertised as having a battery which lasts a month. However, in practice, I believe it lasts a much shorter time. I've read 39.7 hours with my Kobo and have had to charge it twice. I figure I'm going aout two weeks between charges, maybe a little less. Overall, though, I'm very impressed. The screen is clear and responsive, and software is stable (and updated as needed), and the device itself is light and feels well built. The WiFi is slow, but this isn't a device meant to surfing the Internet, so it really isn't an issue. The only way it could be better is to be in colour. Maybe soon?
Date published: 2011-07-08
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not Ready For Prime Time: My Touch just Died I bought and want to review the Kobo Touch Black but the website sends me to the Kobo Touch Silver. I suspect the two ereaders are similar. I posted a positive review of the Kobo Touch because I liked it on initial purchase. (I bought the first Kobo eReader a year ago so perhaps I am partial to Kobo, but I'm also no neophyte to eReaders.) Well, my Kobo Touch has died. Its screen varied for awhile and then it just froze. I have half a page. Yes, I tried to reset with a paper clip. I pressed the power button, and left it to charge overnight. The screen is a half blurb. I'm abroad now and I intended the Kobo as a gift. I guess that I'll take this dead Kobo back to Canada and request a replacement. (I ordered it online and I wonder: where did I put the receipt? Will Chapters accept an email receipt?) It's a great device, when it works.
Date published: 2011-07-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love my Kobo Touch I pre-ordered a black Kobo and got it on the day it was released. I had problems with it from day one. It wouldn't sync properly, always said it was corrupted, had to reset it many times, the touch screen took forever to turn the page and when it did it skipped a lot of pages. So I returned it and got the Lilac instead, and am loving it. It works great. The only problem I have had is a minor issue with the page turning. Every now and then it skips pages, but other than that it is great!! I am glad that I purchased the Kobo Touch!!!
Date published: 2011-06-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Best E-Reader So Far I own the first Kobo E-Reader and loved it, when I saw that Kobo was releasing a new reader I just had to have it. I must say that being able to just touch the screen to turn the page is wonderful, it doesn't interupt your reading at all and you just keep going on. The only problem that I had with the reader was that it wouldn't sync my entire library. But I contacted them and within a day or two had the problem fixed and I'm enjoying my Kobo Touch even more now.
Date published: 2011-06-22
Rated 3 out of 5 by from love it! (edited) EDIT: two months later, and i'm using a kindle. i gave the touch a chance but we just don't "get along." i find that fingerprints get left WAY too easily on both the screen and the back. often, i would have to tap the screen three of four times for the page to turn, and then it would just turn four pages. at first, because of the novelty, i did love it, but the kobo touch lost its luster very quickly. my biggest pet peeve, though, was how slow it is was. after having used the kindle for a few days and seeing how fast it is, i have to say that i prefer it. ..... when i saw that there would be a new kobo coming out, i was beyond thrilled. i had the wi-fi version, which i loved, but was starting to think i was about ready to upgrade. i bought the touch kobo and i have been happy with it ever since. one small thing that i love is that when you're reading a book and hit the home button, it simulates "dog-earing" the book, which is something i used to do a lot with my books and still do with magazines. with the new firmware upgrade, i love that i can choose how often to refresh the page. i chose every two pages and it cuts down on the ghosting a LOT, and i don't notice much of a lag. the only thing i wish it did is show the FULL book cover (like the old wi-fi kobo) when sleeping/powered off. it only shows it small and i don't see any settings to fix that. if there is, i'd love to know what it is! all in all, i LOVE this new iteration of the kobo. it's thinner, faster, and generally awesome. i just miss the pretty pearlized lilac of my old one! :)
Date published: 2011-06-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Some issues but great overall My only big issue with the Touch is the page-tuning, sometimes I have to press on the screen multiple times before the page will turn. But I find that the longer it takes me to read a page the less the page-tunning issue comes up, it's when I read a page fast that it doesn't want to flip to the next one. Ghosting is not a huge issue, I'd noticed it but didn't realize what it was until I read the other reviews. It doesn't bother me much. I also had some issues accessing the WiFi in hot spots. Love the dictonary feature and the Reading Life, I only wish that it would give you the breakdown for all books being read not just the lastest one you have open. Overall I'm happy with the Kobo. Now if only I could get the purchasing of new books to work, I've only been able to get the free ones so far.
Date published: 2011-06-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Kobo Touch vs Kindle review 3rd party http://www.teleread.com/paul-biba/review-kobo-touch-a-solid-entry-level-reader/
Date published: 2011-06-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from love love love it! The only two complaints I have are the "ghosting" before the 5 page refresh is kind of bothersome sometimes, and that its smaller and I need a new case. Everything else is a pro. I love the reading stats, the touch/tap page turning is awesome. I love how light weight it is and how i can use either hand to page turn. The battery life is AMAZING!! Overall I would recommend this to everyone! Well worth the upgrade!!!!!!!
Date published: 2011-06-15
Rated 2 out of 5 by from eReader Pros and Cons Pros Lightweight. Easy to read for hours, even in full sun. Good battery life. Easy access to content. Cons A lot of ghosting on the pages. Often not responsive when trying to turn pages. When working, page turns can take 3-5 seconds. I had to do 2 factory reboots as it lost my content twice when trying to download content from my computer. I got a "recharge your battery" message, but upon restart, my battery was fully charged. I have found that WiFi Hotspots may not work if sign-in for the WiFi is required. Twice when I tried at two hotspots the page in the web-browser would not load allowing me to sign-in. PDF reader (using Adobe Digital Editions) is almost unusable. The content is delivered in a very small font format and when making it larger you lose the sides of the pages. Overall I do not believe that the issues outweigh the gains on this ereader. This product, I feel, is not ready for mass market distribution. The product should have been tested and the issues rectified prior to release. .
Date published: 2011-06-13
Rated 2 out of 5 by from eReader Pros and Cons Pros Lightweight. Easy to read for hours, even in full sun. Good battery life. Easy access to content. Cons A lot of ghosting on the pages. Often not responsive when trying to turn pages. When working, page turns can take 3-5 seconds. I had to do 2 factory reboots as it lost my content twice when trying to download content from my computer. I got a "recharge your battery" message, but upon restart, my battery was fully charged. I have found that WiFi Hotspots may not work if sign-in for the WiFi is required. Twice when I tried at two hotspots the page in the web-browser would not load allowing me to sign-in. PDF reader (using Adobe Digital Editions) is almost unusable. The content is delivered in a very small font format and when making it larger you lose the sides of the pages. Overall I do not believe that the issues outweigh the gains on this ereader. This product, I feel, is not ready for mass market distribution. The product should have been tested and the issues rectified prior to release. .
Date published: 2011-06-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love, Love, Love the Kobo Touch I've been resisting getting an e-reader; but after a vacation abroad with only 1 book that I finished about 3 days into my trip, I finally took the plunge. I am in love! Honestly, I cannot say enough good things about the Kobo. What an amazing product - and so easy to use. Everything about it is incredible. It is so light and easy to tote around. I will never have to not take a book with me because it is over 500 pages EVER again! So far the battery life is living up to what I'd heard - i.e. it has the longest battery life in the e-reader marketplace. Well done Kobo! Because honestly, nothing is worse than constantly having to charge up electronics. I most definitely will recommend the Kobo to anyone that asks!
Date published: 2011-06-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVE IT!!! I was skeptical about taking the e-reader plunge, but I'm so glad I did. I love my new Kobo Touch. It's clear and crisp and so easy to use.
Date published: 2011-06-13
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Touch is not an improvement The original Kobo worked well and the Kobo touch really made no improvements.
Date published: 2011-06-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from No more waiting I was really happy to finally bring home the new touch version after having to wait for everyone on the older wifi version. The touch isnt as quick or as accurate as more other things but the page turns are easier and fast and the keyboard is a pleasure to use compared to the older ones. The one thing that is really disappointing is that they changed the lilac away from the much nicer pearl color of the wifi versions.
Date published: 2011-06-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The next revolution in the evolution of print. The Kobo Touch is the ideal readers companion. Sharp contrast, super-light, able to hold 30K books with memory card and navigation by touch! The Kobo Touch will travel the world with me.
Date published: 2011-05-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The next revolution in the evolution of print. The Kobo Touch is the ideal readers companion. Sharp contrast, super-light, able to hold 30K books with memory card and navigation by touch! The Kobo Touch will travel the world with me.
Date published: 2011-05-23

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Kobo Touch Blue

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