I caved. I bought an e-reader. *Pauses as the collective gasp of all her readers and fellow bloggers echos throughout the world*
That's right. I bought an e-reader. But not just any e-reader, my friends - I bought a Kobo Touch.
And I couldn't be happier with it.
Besides the fact that it's probably the cutest little device I've ever owned (it is), it's the perfect size and weight. I read with this thing in one hand for three hours and I didn't experience any cramping (or have to change hands, which just shows how awesome it is).
Check out how cute this thing is:
Isn't it pretty?! As you can see, the back is textured so it doesn't hurt to hold it for long periods of time. Honestly, the ergonomics of this thing amaze me - it's the most user-friendly device I've seen in a while.
But I know what you're thinking. "She crossed over to the dark side because it was pretty? Seriously?"
The answer is no. Like any science geek / nerd, I did my research for weeks before buying my Kobo. And I bought because I knew with absolute certainty that it was the e-reader for someone like me.
How did I know this? Well, I made a list of what I knew I wanted in an e-reader and started comparing them side-by-side. I looked at every single well-known brand and model. Here's what I was looking for:
- simple, user-friendly design
- a good price (university has made me broke)
- compatibility with pdf and other types of e-books (for the galleys I receive every month)
- e-ink technology
- easy to use
- and yes, I wanted it to look nice. Sue me.
I didn't want any bells and whistles - I don't care about colour (graphics-wise) or apps or anything like that. I knew what I wanted: a simple e-reader, not a tablet. And that's what my Kobo is. It's an e-reader first. Yes, it has browser capabilities, but you can tell that the most important function of it is reading.
What I love about my e-reader (after a week of use):
- there aren't a thousand menus or useless functions
- the pages turn extremely quickly
- putting new books on it is so easy it makes me feel like a master of all things electronic (which I am not)
- Reading Life and the Awards functions! They're like Goodreads for your Kobo, and I love the way they motivate me
- the highlight & save function lets me save all my favourite quotes and reread them later
- reading with it is easy on the eyes - I actually stayed up half the night reading on it and my eyes were fine
- having the ability to change the font, font size, line spacing and margins - I am extremely picky when it comes to this stuff so being able to change it was a huge plus!
- Kobo has a huge selection of books, and all my other e-book files (epubs, pdfs, etc) read wonderfully on it
All in all, I'm incredibly happy with my purchase. If you're thinking of buying an e-reader, I definitely recommend checking out Kobo's line of products!
Click below to check out Kobo's awesome selection of ebooks that you can buy & read on any device (not just a Kobo e-reader!). Kobo Books
Note: I wasn't paid to say any of this. Just saying. These are my honest opinions!