LCDs just not your thing for ebook reading, but wish you had a touch screen? Kobo just announced their $139 Kobo Touch Edition 6 inch eReader with a Pearl E-Ink display and infrared touch sensors. It will be available in time for Father's Day (June 19), according to Kobo, and the price seriously undercuts the Sony Reader Touch Edition while adding WiFi to the mix. It's also the same price as the not-so-touchy Amazon Kindle 3. Kobo uses standard ePub format with Adobe Adept DRM, making it compatible with KoboBooks.com selection of 2.3 million titles as well as other stores like the Sony ebook store that sell books in this format.
Kobo's Real Touch experience uses Neonode's new zForce infrared touch technology and Pearl E Ink technology, for sharp reading, even in direct sunlight. The new eReader is powered by the new Freescale i.MX508 processor, a high-performance engine designed to enable fast page turning for electronic paper displays. The Kobo Touch Edition can store up to 30,000 books with expandable memory.
More info and features:
New zForce Infrared touch technology ? Uses Neonode?s patented touch-screen technology, zForce, to deliver market-leading finger navigation including gestures, multi-touch, sweeps and much more
? New Pearl 6? E Ink Screen - Equipped with the newest E Ink Screen featuring 16 level grey scale, the Kobo eReader Touch is a highly responsive and intuitive experience designed to help you forget about the device and focus on reading
? High Performance Engine - Powered by Freescale i.MX508 for ultra fast page turning and low power consumption
? Tap or Swipe to Turn Pages - Easily read and turn pages by swiping or tapping the screen ? it?s just like reading a real book
? Beautiful Home Screen ? A beautiful, geometric mosaic of your most recently opened and newly added reads lets you easily find and open what you?re looking for with just one touch ? Long Press for Highlights and Look Up - Long press on a word to bring up the highlighting tool ? save favorite passages or look up a word using the built-in Merriam-Webster Dictionary
? New Search and Virtual Keyboard - The Kobo eReader Touch Edition virtual keyboard makes it easy to find the book you?re looking for. Plus, the new predictive search feature automatically offers suggestions that match your query - before you?re even done typing
? New Browse Experience ? Navigating the new Kobo eReader Touch Edition is an intuitive experience ? use the book browser to easily navigate through an entire chapter in a book; use simple page controls to move quickly through your library of books
? Customizable Fonts - 2 font styles and 12 font sizes allows you to enjoy a read that is suited to your preferences and easy on your eyes
? Bookmark Where You Last Left Off ? or book mark several places. Plus, read across devices and pick up from the last page read with Kobo?s synched bookmark technology
? PDF Zoom and Landscape - Zoom in 200% on image-intensive PDFs with a simple double tap. Drag to pan around images or touch Rotate to change from portrait to landscape and back
The original Kobo WiFi reader's price is now reduced to $99.
You can pre-order the Kobo Touch Edition from Best Buy, Walmart and Borders among others.
-------------------- Lisa Gade Editor in Chief, MobileTechReview