Kobo Wireless eReader

The Kobo Wireless eReader is your basic eReader for reading ePub and PDF eBooks that connects wirelessly to your home network for downloading books from the internet and Borders.

Ease of Use, Performance: 22/25
Look & Feel: 24/25
Features 18/25
How much I enjoy 23/25

Total: 87/100

Kobo Wireless eReader

The Kobo Wireless eReader uses WiFi to connect to your home or other network for downloading and reading ePub and PDF books on the 6 inch E Ink display. The Kobo Wireless model number N647 has a 1 GB memory inside the 7.2 by 4.7 inch reader that is .4 inches thick for easy reading of your eBooks.

The Kobo Wireless has an SD card slot for expansion of the internal memory so you can use a memory card to both load books as well as add to the amount of memory. The eReader connects to a network using either the built in WiFi or the USB mini-B connection and charges on the mini-B connection.

The Kobo Wireless has a five input pad and a four button set along the left side for all your controls on the device, the pad has the four directions and an enter center button. The side buttons and the pad are used for all inputs and turning pages that works out pretty well for the main use but when first connecting can be a bit of a hassle.

Unlike other eReaders the device has no keypad but entry for words and alphanumeric combinations for connecting and other uses like searching the borders eStore use an onscreen keyboard. The onscreen keyboard works pretty well but it can take a little extra time to input names and words as well as the required alphanumeric for your network key.

Whats in the Box

I really did not have any problems using the onscreen keyboard while using the Kobo eReader, it just takes a little getting used to and you only have to use it a few times. During general book purchase and download you really do not have to use it as you can use your account and download to your computer then to the Kobo Wireless.

The Wireless eReader comes with the reader itself, instructions and a USB cable as well as a hundred preloaded books that are also available readily all over the internet. The free books are available from several sites on the internet so when any eReader claims you get a bunch of free books they are talking about ones anyone can get for free.

The eReader uses a 6 inch E Ink display that works well as long as you have enough light to read a normal book with which means this is a good reader in brighter light situations. Reading on the beach, pool side or at your favorite outdoor café or picnic spot will be fine but in lower light situations you may have difficulty.

I had no problems seeing the screen and reading books or PDF documents in my bedroom with a reading light or in the car on a trip but when light is low it can be difficult. The screen is viewable and readable in about the same conditions as you would find in a regular paperback or hardback book.

Connections & Power Button

Getting those new books onto your eReader is actually pretty easy, you can download and install the application from Borders to manage books and your eReader as well as charge it. Just plugging the eReader in will bring a page that gives you the option to charge while reading or manage your content and charge the eReader.

The eReader application is available from Borders and is also already on the eReader, the app only takes a few minutes to download and install, it manages your books and storing them to your eReader easily and quickly. The app once installed asks you for a sign in or to register for an account which also gives Borders a credit card to charge books to if you want to assign one.

You do not have to give a credit card number if you do not want to but you do have to create an account to get the free books and to sync with Borders. You can get stuff to your eReader in a couple of ways, simply browse the Borders website and download through the app or place books directly on an SD card and plug it into your eReader.

Borders Bookstore

ePub is the format used by the Borders and many other eReaders while the PDF format is a document format from Adobe that is a common computer document that most people use on computers as well as many other devices. The Kobo eReader handles ePubs automatically while many PDF documents and books may not be scaled and sized for easy reading on the smaller screen.

This mainly means if you load and read PDF documents you may have to move the pages from side to side or up and down in order to read them. You can also use a free tool to resize, crop and change PDF documents or just get the books in an ePub format to start with for everything you can and want to read on the eReader.

You can also convert PDF documents to ePub using Calibre or other programs, I found a few different programs that are free like Calibre and PDFill. The Calibre converts PDF documents almost perfectly from a wide formatted PDF that fits well on a computer screen or full sized letter format to the small screened eReader size.

On-Screen Keyboard

I have been busy finding and converting some of my favorite author’s free ebooks to my Kobo eReader and enjoying them on the new eReader easily. The Kobo eReader does not do any more than simply displaying your ePub and PDF files or having an onboard dictionary like other readers but it also only costs about $100.

The Kobo Wireless eReader is about as basic as you can get but it does the one thing you would want, it is an eReader at its most basic and it works well. I have not seen other readers at this price and have not done reviews on any others yet, at least not any dedicated eReaders.

The Kobo eReader in the WiFi version is a good eReader and does connect right with the major book seller Borders so you have the assurance of a fully integrated eReader with the major retailer. I highly recommend the Kobo eReader as a simple yet durable eReader that is linked to the major book seller as a great eReader that works very well.

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