Monday, 4 January 2016

Kobo Touch 2 arrives in Europe

Kobo's entry level e-reader, the Kobo Touch 2.0, has been released in Europe. In Germany it retails for €90 and £70 in the UK. Kobo's e-reading experience offers good/unique features; this includes adding fonts, text alignment, font weight etc.. The device hardware, in general, matches the entry level Kindle but costs £10 more. The pricing is a problem, as not only is the entry Kindle regularly discounted by Amazon, so is the Kindle Paperwhite, which often sells for £90. Even the Kobo Aura can be found for £80, which comes with the same resolution as the Kindle Paperwhite 2 and with a front light (also, its form factor is more compact and with a flush display). Overall, Amazon's e-readers are the better choice but Kobo offers good hardware and a refined e-reading experience. However, there isn't much choice, at the moment, with Amazon owning the biggest share of the e-book market. Barnes & Noble's Nook is now near exclusively based in the US and Sony stopped producing e-readers (Sony was a pioneer in developing e-readers and the uniformity of the six inch display may be traced to their early models). There are other manufactures, e.g. Pocketbook, Bookeen, Tolino and  Carrefour's Nolim e-reader, but these are either based in national markets or are difficult to obtain and require importing.

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