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The Sharper Image Literati Wireless Reader

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  • Connects to a seamlessly integrated wireless electronic bookstore powered by Kobo without the hassle of connecting to a computer, so you can unlock colorful reading possibilities found in cookbooks
  • The vivid 7-inch, full-color LCD display is easy to read anytime during the day--indoors and outdoors, featuring a backlit night reading mode for dark environments
  • Hold your place with customizable electronic bookmarks, so you can pick up where you left off on your laptop or smart phone
  • Freely flip through the pages like a real book with the navigation buttons located on both sides of the wireless reader, children's books, textbooks and more, with new releases as low as $9.99
  • Customize your wireless reader with an array of bookshelf colors and textures, various fonts and sizes, or simply dim and brighten screen for optimal reading comfort
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Product Description

Transform the way you read with the ultra-lightweight, Sharper Image Literati Wireless Reader. This portable wireless reader allows you to make purchases from its built-in bookstore where you can access and buy books instantly, renewing the effortless and therapeutic nature of reading. With one-touch purchases, you're reading in seconds right out of the palm of your hand. Featuring a sleek, modern design, this durable wireless reader allows you to carry all of your books in one portable device. The elegant Literati includes 150 free books with such classic titles as Moby Dick and Grimms Fairytales to begin your wireless reading experience. Ideal for all readers, including professionals and students, this revolutionary wireless reader places millions of books, newspapers, and magazines right at your fingertips. Support an lifestyle by reducing paper waste without sacrificing the joy and informational value reading has to offer.

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  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
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  • ASIN: B0045H4DMU
  • Item model number: 16375660042-imag
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (140 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #434,189 in Sports & Outdoors (See Top 100 in Sports & Outdoors)
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67 of 67 people found the following review helpful By Terry TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 8, 2011
Color: Black
I bought this Literati from woot.com for a little less than $50. I already own a Kindle 3, but I had read a number of reviews before buying this one and wasn't expecting it to compare favorably to my Kindle. I purchased the Literati mainly for my kids to use since I am loathe to let my Kindle out of my hands.

My initial reaction upon receiving the Literati was that it is a nicer package than I expected. It comes with a well-designed, protective case - a big plus since a case is essential. The Literati feels flimsier than my Kindle and I suspect it wouldn't survive being dropped very often. The keyboard at the bottom is adequate, but the navigation wheel is woefully small. Since you use the nav wheel heavily, this is a big issue. I began using the eraser end of a pencil almost immediately for this.

The wifi setup was easy, and it picked up all the wireless networks in my neighborhood immediately. Please note: your wireless router must be set to broadcast your SSID. If not, there is no way to manually set up a network it cannot "see". Also note, depending upon the unit you get, your firmware will automatically upgrade as soon as you set up your wifi. Apparently there is no way to upgrade your firmware other than via wifi.

To use your Literati, go to kobobooks dot com to download and install the desktop application on your computer. You can also install it from your Literati via the supplied usb cable, but that is slow and not the latest version. Once you have installed the app and set up a Kobo account, you can purchase books from Kobo. There is also a limited selection of free books at Kobo, although certainly not the number or wide selection available on Amazon.
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79 of 83 people found the following review helpful By ReaderX on January 27, 2011
Color: Black
For those of you who got this as a gift at Christmas and are confounded by it, try the following before you return it, you might be happy:

1. Connect it to a wifi hotspot. You will find this option in the Settings menu.
2. It will tell you you need an update. Update it over wifi. This may take two downloads (one for the update installer, one for the update). Then hard reset with a paperclip in back.
3. Download on your computer Calibre. Run Calibre
4. Turn on the Literati. Connect with USB
5. Calibre will recognize the Literati as an obscure Russian reading device.
6. You can then manage your books and Calibre feeds through Calibre and transfer and delete them on the device.

I am using this as my primary commute reader now, after doing the above.
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51 of 52 people found the following review helpful By Andrew on December 28, 2010
First off, if I had paid the list price, I would be giving this one less star. I got this at Macy's for about $60. My review is based on my price paid vs my experience with it.

Other reviewers are correct in stating that the product requires several updates when first powered up. My updates took about 15 minutes and after they were done, no other problems were encountered albeit some frustration was thrown in the mix.The wireless disconnects with each reboot, but it does remember your wireless passwords, so that isn't too bad. The frustration I experience primarily resulted in the input keys. Seems like you have to go very slow when typing so that it registers each key pressed. Otherwise, you might find yourself searching for Stpn kiing if you're not a little cautious. The wheel on the bottom that is needed for navigating through menus is small. The included carrying case is a nice addition but not well thought out. I find the case can get in the way when moving around the menus. Regarding the menus, they're a little tedious to navigate through. Each menu item only gets a tiny underline that is easy to miss while navigating. Fortunately, you can flip book pages really easily by just touching the > or the < found on both sides of the frame. Page turning was almost instantaneous.

The screen output is nice. The colors are vivid and the ability to control the brightness has curbed any concerns I had regarding eyestrain. There are 7 different font sizes to choose from. The number of fonts available is pretty limited. The average reader shouldn't be troubled by these offerings though-- unless they really want to read Dickens in comic sans. My favorite feature is the night time reading mode. In this mode, the background goes dark and the letters turn white.
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37 of 38 people found the following review helpful By joseph872 on January 9, 2011
Color: Black
This ereader is very good for the price. I bought it for my wife for Christmas and she loves it. I like the color display screen,the fact that you can use it with a wi-fi connection, you can insert your own SD card to expand on the 512mb of memory already on the reader. My wife loves to read and it turned out to be a great gift for her. I picked it up and started reading a book and i ended up buying one for myself. Now we sit and read together. From what i see you can buy the name brand ereaders(Kindle,Nook,...) or buy this one and save at least $70 bucks. Seems like you are paying for the name.You have acces to over 190 free books with this ereader. I strongly suggest it.
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40 of 42 people found the following review helpful By loveblue on December 5, 2010
The Literati was the first purchase of an eReader for our family. We had no problem getting the WiFi hooked up, (althought the connection kept falling off at first). There are a few things about the Literati that I find really annoying though, the first being that the updates seem to take quite a long time (sometimes as long as several minutes). Also, when it's charging, it would be nice for the screen to indicate that, rather than absolutely nothing showing that it's charging. The directions also indicate that the initial charge should be for a minimum of 6 hours, but, there's no direction of how long subsequent charges should take; just the warning not to overcharge the unit.

Since we knew we had to have a Kobo account, we set that up while we were waiting for the delivery. Even so, it seemed to take forever for the book we bought to download, which was made even more complicated because the "sync" function on the unit didn't appear until the third update, which was days after the purchase of our first book. The print quality is good, but, it could be better. There's a slight ghost-like quality to the print that tended to cause me a little eye strain, so I definately won't be reading for hours with it. I suspect that I probably won't experience this problem with a more expensive eReader though. It also seems to be a little heavy for an eReader. It comes with a very nice case though, which makes it feel more like reading an actual book. The battery life is decent. We've used it quite a bit in the week since it was delivered and have had to do a re-charge every few days or so. Once we know our way around the unit better, we likely won't have to re-charge as often.

What I AM finding though is that, with each update, more and more nice features are added.
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