Despite offering comfort, innovation and smart functionality, many of us don’t fully understand the benefits of some of the key features eReaders offer. We’ve cut through the high-tech terms and lingo to answer some of the most frequently asked questions we hear.
1. Which size eReader do I need?
Commonly eReaders are around 6″ with a slim, lightweight design, ideal to fit in your pocket or bag whilst on the move but still providing a suitable screen size to read comfortably. If you’re looking for a slightly smaller size then the Kobo Mini is 5″ to fit into smaller bags and sit in smaller hands more comfortably. On the other hand the Kobo Aura HD is 6.8″ in order to make the most of its premium high resolution screen.
2. What is an E Ink touchscreen?
All eReaders have E Ink technology – a high resolution, low-glare touchscreen that provides a print-on-paper reading experience. Every word appears crisp and sharp, just like reading words on paper. It works because E Ink is actually tiny particles of ink that are blended with each pixel on the screen. Kobo Aura is fully equipped with a no-glare Pearl E Ink touchscreen, with 16 levels of grey producing the crispest text and detailed graphics, even in direct sunlight.
3. Which processor do I need?
The 800MHz Dual Core processor is recommended as it can process two applications/processes simultaneously, giving a better performance in many aspects. 1GHz Single Core is another option. Don’t get confused by thinking that 800MHz Dual Core means 800 x 2 = 1600MHz. This is not the case. 800MHz Dual Core can process two processes at a speed of 800MHz. 1GHz Single Core processes one process at a time at a speed of 1GHz. The 1GHz processor on the Kobo Aura HD, for example, means quick page turns and faster eBook downloads. Ultimately, the processor you choose will depend on whether you’ll be using your eReader to process two applications or processes at the same time.
4. What is TypeGenius?
TypeGenius allows you to customise your reading experience. Choose from up to 11 font styles in 24 different sizes. Exclusively to TypeGenius, you can create your perfect page by adjusting the sharpness and weight of each font and setting your preferred margins. Try Kobo Nickel – a font exclusive to Kobo that’s designed to leave more ink on the page, ensuring maximum comfort when reading.
5. What is ComfortLight?
ComfortLight is considered to be the best, and most even, built-in front-light – making reading easy and comfortable in any lighting condition. This revolutionary and breakthrough ComfortLight technology is not only incredibly even, but also adjustable. It cleverly diffuses light across the page, instead of emitting light outwards towards your eyes (often the cause of eyestrain). Kobo’s no-glare screens ensure the ultimate reading experience.
6. What is Kobo Reading Life?
Kobo Reading Life allows you to interact with your friends in new and exciting ways, enriching the reading experience to help you discover your next eBook, collect and organise your eBooks and articles and share and recommend to others. Its stats also tell you how long you’ve spent reading, how many pages you read per session, etc.
7. How much storage do I need?
The storage you need will determine which eReader you buy. Kobo Mini, Touch and Glo all come with 2GB – the equivalent to 1,000 books. If you need more than this, opt for the Aura or Aura HD both have 4GB which means you can store up to 3,000 books. It’s worth remembering, though, that most eReaders’ capacity is expandable with a SD mini card.
8. What other features should I keep an eye out for?
You may want to consider other factors when choosing an eReader. Dictionary support is useful when you want to look up words as you read (some eReaders will require you to install a dictionary yourself, others – like Kobos – will come with a built-in dictionary). You may also wish to be able to make notes and annotations, and highlight important sections – especially if using your eReader for studying purposes. A bookmark is also a handy feature, ensuring you can easily pick up where you left off.