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Kobo Aura Digital Text Reader

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  • Product Line: Aura| Product Name: Aura Digital Text Reader| Marketing Information: An elegant reading experience Kobo Auras beautiful 6 ClarityScreen and a high res, edge-to-edge low-glare Pearl E Ink screen provides a print on paper reading experience, even in direct sunlight. The latest E Ink screen technology allows you to transition| Product Type: Digital Text Reader| Text Formats: ePub, PDF, MOBI, TXT, HTML, RTF, CBZ, CBR, XHTML| Features: Game, Dictionary, Bookmark, Note, Highlight
  • Processor Speed: 1 GHz| Memory Card Supported: microSD Card| Flash Memory Capacity: 4 GB| Screen Size: 6| Display Screen Type: E Ink| Touchscreen: Yes| Display Resolution: 1014 x 758| Color Supported: Grayscale (16-bit)| Image Formats: JPEG, GIF, PNG, TIF| Wireless LAN: Yes| Host Interface: Micro USB| Color: Textured Black| Height: 5.9| Width: 4.5| Depth: 0.3| Weight (Approximate): 6.14 oz
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Product Description

ePub, PDF, MOBI, TXT, HTML, RTF, CBZ, CBR, XHTML - JPEG, GIF, PNG, TIF - 6" Display - 4 GB Flash

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 4.5 x 0.3 x 5.9 inches ; 6.1 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces
  • ASIN: B00EV95GNC
  • Item model number: N514-KU-BK-K-EP
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #39,467 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: October 21, 2013

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Customer Reviews

If you are into ereaders, just buy it!
I cannot even count how many times I did a soft reset with a paper clip as well as a hard factory reset.
It's especially useful if, like me, you read blogs, websites, news etc.
Evie Seo

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40 of 42 people found the following review helpful By David Sims on December 29, 2013
I bought a Kobo Aura for $122 elsewhere. The price here on Amazon is too high. Although both Kobo Aura and Kindle Paperwhite are very good eReaders, there are reasons for why someone might prefer the Kobo Aura.

1. Aura's CPU runs at 1 GHz. Paperwhite runs only at 800 MHz.
2. Aura has 4 Gb of RAM. Paperwhite has only 2 Gb of RAM.
3. Aura has 4 Gb of disk space. Paperwhite has only 2 Gb of disk space.
4. Aura needs page refresh less often than Paperwhite does.
5. Aura has memory expansion slot for 32 Gb microSD card. Paperwhite does not.
6. Aura will display both epub and mobi ebooks. Kindle will not display epub books.
7. Aura has better multi-touch functionality than Kindle does (e.g. control of light, etc.)

The biggest advantage of Kobo Aura over Kindle Paperwhite is, in my opinion, #5. The lack of a microSD memory expansion slot limits the Kindle to only 1000 books or so, whereas you can pile more than 30,000 books on the Aura with a 32 Gb card installed. The Amazon Kindle Paperwhite (2013) is a four-star eReader. The Kobo Aura is a five-star one.

Edit, 17 Jan 2014. A disadvantage of the Kobo Aura is the relatively low contrast of the etext. Apparently, in order to reduce the screen refresh rate, Kobo decided to make the Aura's e-ink print in dark grey. Whereas this is readable, it's a slight strain on the eyes. A really black text is preferable to text that is merely dark grey. You can improve things a bit by increasing the font weight, but in my opinion the Aura's tradeoff between text darkness and refresh rate wasn't worthwhile.

Edit, 24 Jan 2014. Another disadvantage has been spotted! Despite its (allegedly) fast CPU, the Kobo Aura slows down quite a lot as you manage your collections if you have a lot of collections.
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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Evie Seo TOP 1000 REVIEWER on December 8, 2013
This is one of the best e-readers I've had the pleasure of reading on.
I used to be a Kindle kind of gal, and while Kindle has some awesome features that Kobo does not *yet?* have, one thing that I didn't like was how unreliable all my Kindles turned out to be. Those of you Kindle users out there probably know what I'm talking about - frozen screens while trying to highlight a quote and eventual deaths by getting stuck on a random screensaver.

Kobo does not have these issues, or at least they are not as common as what you'd get with a Kindle. Personally, I have never experienced a frozen screen or a sudden black-out (I've now spent 233 h reading on my Kobo and finished 46 books). I highlighted and shared plenty of quotes, spent hours reading, browsing online and playing around with different settings - and nothing weird or unexpected happened. I found both Kobo Aura and Kobo Aura HD to be extremely reliable.

Design & Screen:

Kobo Aura is small, compact and very light. It fits comfortably in your hand and you can spend hours reading on it without getting a cramp from holding it up. It's one of the smallest, most chic e-readers our there.

It sports something called ClarityScreen, has little to no glare and a great 6” high res Pearl E Ink screen for a print on paper reading experience even in direct sunlight. For night reading, the adjustable light works perfectly. I keep my brightness at about 25% and find it very easy on my eyes. Most importantly, thanks to the great resolution and fantastic E Ink screen, I can go on reading for hours and I don't get tired (as opposed to reading on iPad or Kindle Fire).

Another thing about the screen is its responsiveness to the touch.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By David L. Satterwhite on February 21, 2014
I've had this unit for 4 weeks now. The screen and backlight are fantastic. It is a pleasure to read on. However, thier customer service and software could use some improvement. I'm coming from a Nook simple touch reader, I wanted a better screen, great backlight, and a Micro SD card to hold all of my books. KOBO is the only company that has all three.

Unfortunately, there is no way to browse your folders on the micro SD card through your KOBO. You can do a search function, if you know the specific book name or author. But if you have a very large e-book selection like I do, say 7,000 books, then it would be nice to browse through the different folders and find a book, you forgot you had or didn't know about. This is my single largest complaint. The Nook Simple touch allows folder searching. with a distinction between the Micro SD card and the built in memory. Kobo doesn't.

Additionally, there customer service leaves something to be desired. They aren't unhelpful, they just don't really seem to really care. I have been working with them exclusively through Email, because my Kobo keeps stating it can't read my SD card. Sometimes it does, sometimes it doesn't. Very frustrating. I have also had some other small issues. They are shipping me a new unit, so that's good. But, I have asked other questions pertaining to file browsing, or possible updates to the software, etc.., and they only reply with a chain email regarding the micro sd card issue.

All in all a great reader, a pleasure to read on, but no way to really browse your files, except for a search function, and decent, not really good or bad customer service.
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