And don't worry — the Kobo store is stocked with thousands of titles for you to download, and the Kobo Touch supports Epub, PDF, Mobi, TXT, HTML, RTF, along with CBZ and CBR comic book formats. Finally, you can get a new Kobo Touch in one of four different quilted back-plate colors — black, silver, lilac, or blue.
Remember the Kobo? The Borders-backed ereader never reached the popularity heights of the Kindle or the Nook, but it's always been a reasonable (and cheaper) option for the eink screen lover. And now it's getting even cheaper — with 200 Borders stores closing because of the company's bankruptcy, many have spotted the ereader offered at a price of $60, half off the $120 tag advertised on its website.
While the low price is only available in some stores that are well on their way out, even the regularly priced units can be found for around $100. And although the Kobo lacks some features that its competitors have, if you're in the market for an ereader and haven't decided which one to get, now's the time to check out the Kobo's features. Thinking about getting a Nook or a Kindle? Check out three great reasons to give a fabulously priced Kobo a second look after the break.
A blog post from Kobo explains the situation, assuring customers that nothing will change: "Kobo is an independent, financially secure company that provides a Global eReading Service." Additionally, titles purchased through Borders will continue to be available to users, and customers will still be able to purchase titles through Borders.com.
Find out more, including details on trial periods after the jump.
The Kindle isn't the only ereader worth checking out, as evidenced by the success of other models. And today, there's more news about Borders' Kobo ereader, which launched in June. The ereader, formerly priced at $150, has dropped to $129 — $10 less than the Kindle. Additionally, Borders has announced preorder availability for Velocity Micro's Android Cruz Reader R101 ($199) and Cruz Tablet T103 ($299), poised as less expensive iPad competitors.
However, if you're a traveler who happens to be staying at a Fairmont that isn't offering Gold status rooms, you can still request to use a Kobo through the hotel's Royal Service. Royal, indeed.
- Choose from over a million books in the new Kobo ebook store and download BlackBerry and Android Kobo apps — Borders
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I'm still pretty excited about the affordable Kobo making its way to the US. Having an additional iPad app is great for those lucky bookworms who already have a Kobo but may have upgraded to Apple's new tablet. Way to stay ahead of the game, Borders!
Kobo is compact: weighing in at just eight ounces and with measurements that stack up against its two main competitors (7.2H x 4.7W x 0.4D), it's a great alternative to the more popular ereaders on the market. It doesn't come with WiFi or 3G connectivity, games, or storage for your MP3s, but it does have an e-ink display for easy reading, flexible fonts, custom title organization, and reads ePub, PDF, and Adobe DRM files with ease. Update and purchase books via the USB cable and Borders app on your computer or from your smartphone via Bluetooth and store up to 1,000 titles with its internal 1GB of memory (upgraded to 4GB with SD memory card). Kobo comes with a D-pad style navigation system, so gamers should feel right at home with the Kobo!
Find out when and how to get your Kobo after the break.
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