Now we're talking! Kobo's first E-Ink ereader, available at Borders for a few months now, lacked one feature we really wanted to see: wireless (no, we don't mean Bluetooth). Kobo has just announced a version of the Kobo Reader with WiFi for $139. It's in the pre-order stage now and it looks similar to the original Kobo Reader with a 6 inch E-Ink display and the large d-pad for page turning.
The new Kobo Reader will be available in October and it comes in 3 colors: Onyx, Porcelain with Metallic Silver back and Porcelain with a Pearlized Metallic Lillac back.
Kobo has partnered with Random House of Canada and is pleased to offer two FREE eBooks to customers who pre-order the new eReader exclusively through Kobobooks.com or at Indigo Books and Music in Canada. The titles include International bestselling author Linwood Barclay?s critically acclaimed novel FEAR THE WORST which delivers readers a fast-paced suspense story, while WHEN MY WORLD WAS VERY SMALL by Ruth Rakoff provides an intimate , one-of-a-kind memoir of family, food, cancer and recovery. Together these titles provide customers with an additional value of $34.00. Given the laws of DRM and how they often apply only to a specific country, we don't know if US folks will get these books when pre-ordering.
New Built in Wireless: New Wireless connectivity with WiFi 802.11 b/g allows customers to shop or update their library on the go, and receive wireless deliveries of newspapers. Kobo includes wireless support for home networks, free networks and commercial hotspots, like those in public places or coffee shops.
New and improved features:
- New Faster Page Turning: A new faster processor makes turning pages over 2.5X times faster.
- New, Sharper eInk Screen, Read in Bright Sunlight: The new Kobo Wireless eReader uses a new sharper 16-greyscale, 6? eInk screen which looks and reads like paper, with no glare, even in bright sunlight.
- Longer Battery Life: With upgraded hardware, the Kobo Wireless eReader lasts up to 10,000 page turns on a single charge, with the wireless setting turned off.
- Books in Less Than 60 Seconds: Downloading books to your Kobo has never been faster.
We'll be reviewing the original Kobo Reader shortly and look forward to covering the new model.
-------------------- Lisa Gade Editor in Chief, MobileTechReview