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Initial post: Aug 28, 2011 7:55:23 PM PDT
Tony V says:
I have a Kindle 3G + Wifi, but I recently bought my husband a Kobo from Borders for $50.

He was getting jealous of my Kindle, and although the Kobo is pretty simple compared to the Kindle, at $50, it was a good buy.

Just letting you all know in case you or someone you know is looking for a basic, cheap e-reader.

Posted on Aug 28, 2011 11:51:30 PM PDT
R. D. Clark says:
Why would a Kindle owner do that? Now he will have to buy any book he wants to read, even ones you already own for the Kindle. Whereas two Kindles on the same account can share the same books, even reading them at the same time.

You saved $50 over a refurb Kindle, but how much extra will you spend on books now? Penny wise, pound foolish?

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 29, 2011 5:09:36 AM PDT
Not to mention, they now own a Kobo.

"Dad! You bought an Edsel!"

Posted on Aug 29, 2011 6:13:43 AM PDT
For some people its nice to have a variety. Me I have 2 Kindles and a Jetbook. I haven't even been using the Jetbook but I still want it. Its cute.

Posted on Aug 29, 2011 6:44:43 AM PDT
Lilyko says:
If the Kobo could be used for library books in Canada then I would buy it!

Posted on Aug 29, 2011 6:48:49 AM PDT
JustDenice says:
This would probably be a great buy for a kid who wouldn't read the same books as her parents!

Posted on Aug 29, 2011 7:11:27 AM PDT
L L. says:
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Posted on Aug 29, 2011 7:19:21 AM PDT
Denise Long says:
I thought I read that Kobo is a separate "entity" from Borders.

just saying............

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 29, 2011 7:20:53 AM PDT
BadgerBAJ says:
Now, wait just a minute!

My Dad's name is Edsel ;) And no, Not named after the car!


In reply to an earlier post on Aug 29, 2011 7:23:35 AM PDT
Lilyko says:
The Kobo is also carried by Chapters and Indigo bookstores in Canada.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 29, 2011 8:16:29 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Aug 29, 2011 8:17:31 AM PDT
R. D. Clark says:
Yes, Kobo is an independent company. They have their own bookstore at Borders came late to the ebook business, and chose to partner with an existing company rather than start their own operation, in an attempt to catch up. Didn't work.

Posted on Aug 29, 2011 10:01:46 AM PDT
Jay says:
They couldn't PAY ME $50.00 to take a Kobo off their hands.

Posted on Aug 29, 2011 10:20:40 AM PDT
You'll just register the Kobo with Kobo (you can download an update, if you are registered with the defunct Borders site) and can get books there. Not the same selection, but some free books and occasional coupon codes that make it worth having both. Plus, it can be used for library books now (rather than waiting until Kindle gets this feature, which I suspect will be when the next Kindle is released and may even be limited to it - who knows, at this point).

Posted on Aug 29, 2011 10:38:05 AM PDT
Tony V says:
We did think about the difficulty of not being able to share books, but as our taste's in literature don't overlap too much, it didn't seem to pose a problem. Also - although I have yet to try it - I heard that you can use Calibre to convert Kindle books for the Kobo. I personally prefer the Kindle, but I think the $50 Kobo at almost one-third the price of a 3G Kindle w/SO is a pretty good deal.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 29, 2011 10:41:58 AM PDT
"rather than waiting until Kindle gets this feature, which I suspect will be when the next Kindle is released and may even be limited to it - who knows, at this point"

We don't know when the new Kindle will be released, but the initial announcement clearly states:

"Kindle Library Lending will provide the same unique features customers love about Kindle and Kindle books, including the ability to read on any Kindle or free Kindle app"

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 29, 2011 11:01:58 AM PDT
Yes, same features - no actual word on which version(s) of the Kindle will get this feature.

How many with a K1 are still waiting on collections?

Personally, I expect that it will work with all Kindles, since the Kindle has supported lending rights restrictions from day one (as those who have been using mobi books on it from their library will attest). Amazon did make it much, much more difficult to get library books (in mobi format) onto the Kindle, but it can be done. The new feature, though, should just send the book to your Kindle wirelessly, with a request from your library going to overdrive, then relayed to Amazon, who then sends you the book like any other for your kindle.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 29, 2011 11:04:17 AM PDT
"on any Kindle" seems pretty clear to me.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 29, 2011 11:05:46 AM PDT
I thought that was clear, too.

Posted on Nov 26, 2011 6:38:38 PM PST
So far I cannot see spending my money for a Kindle. For 50$ (price we paid for a new Kobo) a tablet that allows you to drop in from any pc and read on the fly any pdf is a great buy. The limited total memory is not an issue since one can keep loading and discarding books, lecture notes, whatever pdf one needs to read without firing up a pc or a mac. Kobo comes alive in a couple of sec and you are ready to go.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 26, 2011 6:40:54 PM PST
Jazzy_Jeff says:
Isn't it great to have choices?

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 26, 2012 11:35:22 PM PDT
HausFrau says:
Yes, library books in Canada work well with the Kobo via Adobe DRM, and the Kindles work well with the US libraries. I have both. :*)

Posted on Apr 27, 2012 4:34:36 AM PDT
Wives have so many really cute ways to let their husbands know how little they value them.

Posted on Apr 27, 2012 10:02:20 AM PDT
this weekend Target gives you a $30 Gift Certificate with the purchase of a Kindle Basic. would work out to less than the $50 Kobo in the end... and you would then be able to share your Amazon account books
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