Switching to Kobo for eBooks

Last night I ordered a Kobo Clara HD ebook reader.   The confirmation email told me to expect delivery in 7 to 10 business days.  That’s pretty slow fulfillment in 2019.  This is not an auspicious start to what I hope will be a long term relationship.  Hopefully it will arrive faster than that. We will see.

I am already heavily invested in the Amazon Kindle and also the Barnes and Noble Nook ecosystems but I always worry about DRM and silos so I have been contemplating diversifying further.   My intention is that all new ebook purchases will be through Kobo, although I’m by no means abandoning Kindle.  Eggs/basket – all that.

Kobo has only a small market share in the US, but is popular in Canada, Europe and Japan.  Kobo’s hardware gets good reviews.

Before buying the Clara HD, I checked out the Kobo eBook Store and I liked the clean less cluttered look.  They have many apps for reading ebooks on Android, iOS, and other operating systems.  So I tried the free Android app on my Samsung tablet and liked it although the Samsung is way to heavy for comfortable book reading.

All that convinced me to try a low end Kobo ereader.  The Kobo Clara HD is a big step up from my elderly Kindle.  Both are 6 inch screen models but the Kobo has these improvements:

  • Paper white screen background. My Kindle is murky grayish.
  • Light up reading screen.  No light on my Kindle.
  • Nighttime reading light.
  • Lighter, thinner, faster, more memory.
  • Kobo supports a lot more ebook formats than Kindle.  This is key because I can import books from elsewhere and read them on the Kobo.  With more books finally entering the public domain in the US this is important.

So I’ll see how this goes.  My goal this year is to spend more time reading and if I like Kobo and the Clara HD I might even upgrade to something like the larger Kobo Forma.

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5 responses on “Switching to Kobo for eBooks”

  1. @bradenslen Thanks for sharing your thoughts on the move! I’ve not invested in an e-reader yet (still just use my phone for reading) but I am tempted. I have a few friends who worked on the original Kobo team, back in the day, and they have told me that it got even better since their leaving. 🙂 I’m going to be examining my reading habits and seeing if an e-reader is right for me this year; if so, your insights on the Kobo will be very handy. Thank you!

  2. @vasta You might want to try one of the Kobo phone apps. The Kobo store has a number of free books so you can see how part of the Kobo ecosystem works for you for free. I will write a review of the Kobo reader once I get to use it for a few weeks. Thanks for reading!

  3. I have owned two Kobo
    Wifi
    readers—the
    first one had its screen cracked while I was backpacking up in the mountains.
    That was in 2014. I could have upgraded, but I was perfectly happy with that
    model and picked up a used one. It’s still perfectly adequate to this day.
    I use it to read public domain books—like Don Quixote or The Odyssey. I
    recently read The Adventures of Telemachus; now I’ve started reading Fear and
    Loathing
    . I have tried reading modern
    literature, but the book quality is usually just too poor. I prefer to check
    those books out from the library anyway.
    At any rate, I am pretty amazed that this nine-year-old device still functions
    so well. I am happy that I don’t need some book-loading software. It plugs in
    like a USB drive and I copy ePubs onto it. Nothing to it.
    Anyway, as a long-time customer, just wanted to say that I think you’re on the
    right track!

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