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Initial post: Feb 26, 2013, 10:45:21 AM PST
I would really like to have a paperwhite that is comparable in size to the kobo mini. Or even a bit smaller.

I guess no chance of this. The most comfortable reading is on my HTC titan. Because it fits in my hand perfectly. Just dont like reading for long periods on a backlit screen.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 26, 2013, 10:49:45 AM PST
I remember seeing the ad when those came out. SO CUTE! I couldn't justify buying yet another reader, but they ARE adorbs! I might have a hard time resisting if a PW came in that size!

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 26, 2013, 10:54:23 AM PST
Bridget Ruth says:
They might be cute, but I'd get sick of constantly turning pages.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 26, 2013, 10:56:09 AM PST
Well, yeah. But if someone's used to reading on their phone, it would probably feel about the same.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 26, 2013, 11:10:54 AM PST
Bridget Ruth says:
I just can't stand reading on the phone that long.

The kindles are so light, that they're really quite easy to hold in one hand, unless one has wrist/hand problems.

Or, I guess abnormally small hands . . .

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 26, 2013, 11:20:03 AM PST
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Posted on Feb 26, 2013, 1:15:49 PM PST
I always wondered who bought those little printed books that were about 1" high. Now we know.

Posted on Feb 26, 2013, 1:26:24 PM PST
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In reply to an earlier post on Feb 26, 2013, 2:24:47 PM PST
Well, it looks like you haven't changed a wit. Back on ignore with you.

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In reply to an earlier post on Feb 26, 2013, 3:29:54 PM PST
flipoid says:
I wonder how the Kobo Mini's size compares to the SONY PRS-300. When I had one of those, even though it was a 5" screen (not a 6" like the Kindles), it felt plenty big enough and I didn't feel I was turning pages too often.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 26, 2013, 3:51:04 PM PST
Sony PRS 300 is 4.2 in x .4 in x 6.2 in , weighs 7.7 oz and the screen is 5"

Kobo Mini is 4 in x 0.41 in x 5.24 in , weighs 4.73 oz and the screen size is 5"

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 26, 2013, 3:53:21 PM PST
flipoid says:
Same screen size, so I know i'd be comfortable with it. The reason I didn't buy a Kobo Mini a while ago when they were on sale was because, even with the wi-fi, you have to (according to the product description) still use USB with a computer to transfer books to it.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 26, 2013, 3:56:59 PM PST
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I have the PRS 300 and it seemed so small compared to the PRS 700 that I was delighted.
The Kobo Mini is really much smaller because there is no 5 way or buttons under the screen. It is really light. I gifted but didn't get one for myself. They are really cute. I read on the iPod touch 5 a lot when I am away from the house so a 5" screen is not in the least bit small.

ETA: The 2 people I gifted download their books from the Kobo Bookstore via wi-fi. There would be no reason for the wi-fi if you couldn't download books with it.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 26, 2013, 5:16:00 PM PST
flipoid says:
I know, that's what I thought, Emerald. But I read the Kobo website about the features very closely and it said that wi-fi couldn't be used for book transfer (which, of course, didn't make sense to me because why else would the wi-fi be there?). Unless I misread it and you can't transfer *library* books by wi-fi. Because I was mainly interested in it for the ePub library books where there are books I can't get in the Kindle version.

Posted on Feb 26, 2013, 5:19:50 PM PST
I think you misread it because the wi-fi worked flawlessly. Like everything else though, they did not come with AC adapters.
You have to transfer books from ProjectGutenberg and places like that but from the Kobo Bookstore, they download wirelessly.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 26, 2013, 5:22:08 PM PST
flipoid says:
Yeah, I guess it was because I wanted to be able to transfer by wi-fi from the library that I didn't get one; I had been hoping that the wi-fi transfer would work other places than with only the Kobo bookstore.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 26, 2013, 5:25:06 PM PST
I really didn't try downloading books from anywhere else. I know that most readers can download from the library, so I am assuming that the Kobo Mini can as well.

They are really cute little readers........very light as well.

Posted on Feb 26, 2013, 5:51:55 PM PST
PeepDittie says:
As long as there's a browser, you can download from other stores or from a library. You can also download to a computer and e-mail the file to yourself, then open the attachment from the browser on the reader.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 26, 2013, 6:56:25 PM PST
The Kobo Mini has a touch screen.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 26, 2013, 8:34:57 PM PST
flipoid says:
I didn't think that would work with the ePub books because they have to go through ADE first. But if I can access ePub library books without having to connect the reader to the computer, I would consider a Kobo Mini (especially if it goes on sale for the $49 it was last time); I also like the fact that it has a touchscreen.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 26, 2013, 8:39:07 PM PST
PeepDittie says:
I don't know what you mean by "go through" ADE but the DRM is unlocked when you open the file on a registered device.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 26, 2013, 8:52:25 PM PST
flipoid says:
I guess I was always under the impression that you had to load the book into a software program (I had to, for example, load library books into the Sony Reader software and sync them to my PRS 300 in order to read them). So if I had Kobo Mini and tried to get the book on there by wi-fi (since I haven't seen one, I don't know if it has a web browser so I could visit the library's website) using the Kobo Mini and just download straight to the Mini using the browser, I just thought the book might not open and would give me some sort of DRM error.

Sorry, I know I'm not explaining myself very well. Let me try another way--I can download ePub library books to my Fire because I can use the browser to go to the library site, check out the book, and it downloads the file to the OverDrive app (which, as you say, is a registered "device"). But I was thinking that because the software that actually "reads" the book isn't "visible" on the Kobo e-ink device (I am thinking it's like the Kindle e-inks where you download the file and it's just on your home page and you open the book and read it--you don't open a reading app and then open the book file), you wouldn't get that necessary authentication step unless you did like the older Sonys--download to computer, the book goes into the Sony Store software, then you sync to the e-reader.

I'm digging myself into a hole trying to explain what I mean--sorry. *sigh* It's been a long week. (-:

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 26, 2013, 9:11:13 PM PST
PeepDittie says:
Okay, a couple of things you have to realize; one is that I don't have a Kobo. I never have had one. Also, the Sony 300 dates back before any Sonys had wi-fi or 3G because, though it was the same generation, the 900 wasn't released until months later.

The 900 and, later, the 950 only had to be connected to a computer once. The newer ones, the T1 and T2, being Android-based, don't have to be connected, ever. I've never connected my T1 to a computer. When I registered the T1 with Sony, the ADE business was automatic. There's a link, or an app, if you will, that will take me right to my public library's consortium and another "app" that's a link to the browser. From the browser, I can open e-mail-attached library books, e-books from my Sony, Kobo, BoB libraries that I've e-mailed to myself, even photos or music files.

If you're still registered with the Sony e-bookstore, my first guess is that you're also still registered with ADE. Assuming that's the case, then when you authorize a device or app, you should already be all set with ADE, and as long as there's a browser "app," you can get other content besides just Kobo purchases onto the device without connecting to a computer.

Posted on Feb 26, 2013, 9:16:08 PM PST
AC Sue says:
I love my PW, but I'd get a PW mini too, if it existed. I used to read on my phone all the time so I could easily get used to the smaller size again.

I'll never get another e-ink screen without a light though. I never could get used to the screens on my K3 and KTouch; I just kept going back to reading on my phone. The Kobo mini also has infrared touch like the KTouch. I like the capacitive touch screen on the PW a lot better (and it also makes it possible to use in a plastic bag).
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