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The W - Internet & Computers - The Lords of Kobo (or, Should I Bother?)
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Connecticut being the etat sans Frontières that it is (well, eight of our 11 Borders stores are getting liquidated), Kobo e-readers are finally cheap enough that I'm considering one. Naturally, I wouldn't use it ENTIRELY for its intended purposes, but I'd consider it if I could read books, magazines, newspapers, etc. for $40. (I have a rebate gift card.) I don't know the exact model offhand, but it's black and white, uses e-ink and has Wi-Fi (so, I'm ASSUMING the Wireless model, not the original version, although the display model was black, not white, and the wireless model only appears to come in white, so NNNNNNNGH MAKE MORE SENSE). So, a few questions:

* Is it rootable? What sort of extra functionality will this add?
* What sort of formats can it handle? (Protected and not.)
* How sturdy is it? (If properly encased, of course.)

Since Borders just sells these, and the parent company looks to be in good shape, I'm on board with subscribing to something if need be. But since the only reason I'm considering it is that it's so cheap right now, I'm not looking for any other e-readers, it's either this or nothing. (Sorry, Kindle.)





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I don't have the device myself but I was curious.

    Originally posted by drjayphd

    * Is it rootable? What sort of extra functionality will this add?
    * What sort of formats can it handle? (Protected and not.)


First bullet point: the Kobo is not an Android device so it can't (hasn't?) be rooted but I've not known of any other hacks for it.

Second: From the official site, it lists epub and pdf.



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    Originally posted by JALman
    I don't have the device myself but I was curious.

      Originally posted by drjayphd

      * Is it rootable? What sort of extra functionality will this add?
      * What sort of formats can it handle? (Protected and not.)


    First bullet point: the Kobo is not an Android device so it can't (hasn't?) be rooted but I've not known of any other hacks for it.

    Second: From the official site, it lists epub and pdf.


Yeah, I saw a message board while searching where one of the programmers has commented on some of these things. Apparently it has an on-screen keyboard, runs Linux and people have been poking around the wireless, so it's probably just a matter of time.

Picked it up a few days ago, and they'd already cut the price down to $50. It'll be worth it if I can get rid of most of my books that I'd like to read, but just haven't bothered, and keep 'em on here.





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