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2.0 out of 5 stars Slower than slow, July 21, 2011
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I don't know if all e-readers as like this one; if they are, books are in no danger of extinction.

The good: As I approach middle age, my eyes are betraying me, so being able to enlarge the font from, say "large" to "largest" is awesome. It really does make reading enjoyable again. The screen is much larger than it looks and it is backlit, meaning you can read it in a dark room. Other e-readers tout the so-called "e-ink," meaning the screen looks exactly like a piece of paper and it behaves like a piece of paper, meaning you need a reading light. The Literati mimics a computer screen and is in full color. This isn't important if all you read are novels, but if you subscribe to magazines and newspapers as I do, or if the book you are reading has color photos or maps in it, then of course color is essential. The Literati uses the incredible Kobo Books (think of it as iTunes for your Literati). You create an account, buy books and they are yours for keeps. What's cool is that you can buy books right off the e-reader itself because it's wi-fi. Setting up the wi-fi was a snap, by the way. Or you can buy books on your computer or smartphone via the cool Kobo app. If you use your computer, say, you simply sync your Literati the next time you turn it on (it stores your Kobo password, so you are always logged into your account when your wi-fi is on) and your new purchases appear in your library. Oh yeah, you may also delete books from your Literati with the push of a button but they remain yours, housed in your Kobo account. Very thoughtful feature. The thing is lightweight and relatively easy to hold and it comes with a nifty leather folio. The battery lasts for a few hours (not a few days) but if you keep your wi-fi on, it decreases your battery life. If you lay the thing down and forget to turn it off, it turns off automatically after a few minutes. Conclusion: The Literati is, as far as I am concerned, thoughtfully designed and packaged and is what it is: an good, reliable e-reader.

The bad: There is only one thing about the Literati I don't like, but it's a deal breaker. It is painfully SLOW. It takes forever to "boot up," and if your book is long, like say the Bible, it takes literally MINUTES to load the book. It is true that the e-reader automatically bookmarks the page you stop at and when you return to the book it opens up to that page (you may also insert bookmarks automatically and highlight passages, another "pro"), but it is unbelievably slow in EVERYTHING it does. Think of the old days with dial-up Internet and you'll have a good idea of what using the Literati is like. Now, if all you plan on doing is reading, say Harlequin Romances or magazines, then the Literati might be good for you. If you are patient. But if you plan on using it to jump to specific chapters or sections (like turning to a Bible passage, for example), forget it. It's just way too slow. No kidding, it took a few minutes for me to get to Nehemiah 6:10! And I'm a Bible teacher to boot! Yikes.

Conclusion: This was my first e-reader; I have nothing to compare it to except my iPhone and my wife's iPad. I was totally disappointed and underwhelmed with the Literati. I am NOT a geek or a Mac-boy, but both of those devices can function like an e-reader. The iPad is super fast, it has a touchscreen, turns pages and scrolls fast, it can jump to "chapter and verse" in an instant, etc., so I guess I will save up and buy an iPad, install Kobo on it and use it as an e-reader.
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