For lots of folks you can find only one particular maker of ebook audience in town. But that’s not the circumstance, and Kobo has been in the industry for a even though. The most up-to-date addition is the entry-level Nia, a 6-inch product that charges £89.99 (inc. VAT)/$99.96. Top of Kobo’s rather comprehensive range is the Forma, which charges £239.99/$249.99.

There is a focused Kobo ebook retail outlet which is not as well populated as Amazon’s guide retail outlet. Still, if new titles and greatest-sellers are your factor, you will almost certainly come across what you will need. Not like its rival, a Kobo ebook reader can also combine with your public library’s e-financial loans method, many thanks to the connection concerning Kobo and OverDrive, which is the service provider of public library ebooks. It is really easy to established up, and opens a full new planet of reading possibilities — excellent right now, as public libraries remain mostly closed.

if you will need more reading alternatives, Kobo also dovetails with Pocket, a world wide web browser increase-on that allows you mark material for reading at a afterwards day. Kobo can also share material with Dropbox (even though this report relates to the Kobo Forma, it applies to the Nia way too). In all, the Nia — like other Kobo products — can deal with fifteen file formats: EPUB, EPUB3, FlePub, PDF, MOBI, JPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP, TIFF, TXT, HTML, RTF, CBZ and CBR.


The Kobo Nia has a 6-inch entrance-lit E-Ink monitor with a resolution of 212ppi. The wi-fi-only product is run by a one,000mAh battery and weighs 172g.

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The Kobo Nia is a neat little factor. At just 112.4mm large by 159.3mm deep by 9.2mm thick and weighing just 172g, it is super-easy to fall it into your bag or backpack with no imagined for size or excess weight issues. It is really unashamedly plastic in build, but I have no challenge with that. I have been utilizing Kobo ebook audience for several years, together with the other significant-brand name products, and I have not yet cracked a casing or damaged a product. The stippling on the back again may well not charm to all people, but arguably it aids with grip.

The 6-inch E-Ink Carta display screen has a resolution of one,024 by 758 pixels (212ppi). By comparison, its entry-level rival the £69.99/$89.99 Kindle also has a 6-inch monitor but only manages 167ppi (Amazon isn’t going to even mention the resolution in the Kindle’s spec sheet). Does that make any difference? Nicely, the greater pixel density of the Nia does necessarily mean text is that little bit sharper, although frankly if you will not have the two products aspect by aspect the comparison is just not that significant. Suffice to say, I was correctly satisfied reading on the Nia.

There is a entrance-light-weight that lets you to read even in confined ambient light-weight. Kobo calls it the ComfortLight, and you change it by functioning your finger up and down the still left edge of the monitor so you can find no will need to reduce your reading move when you will need a little bit more brightness. This is just an common light-weight, not a blue light-weight filter, but I observed it great.


The Kogo Nia has an available user interface and features lots of configuration alternatives.

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The Kindle user interface made use of to be easy to get around, but about time it has grow to be sophisticated and some come across it perplexing and unfriendly to operate with. By contrast, Kobo keeps issues simple, with the household monitor just showing your guides library divided from all those in development, and delivering back links to procuring, your wishlist and other capabilities on a faucet-to-open up menu.

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The range of reading capabilities on supply is extensive. You can improve font and font size, you can find a dictionary, and a fairly clever quick-forward/back again method that you use by lengthy urgent the base still left or right of the monitor. This, in conjunction with the means to use a slider to go to any web site and preview it initial, look for for text or phrases, go to specific web site numbers and established bookmarks, implies there are lots of means to navigate a text.


The MicroSD charging/relationship port is on the base, next to the electricity button.

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With 8GB of storage on board, the Nia can deal with 6,000 ebooks at a time (the entry-level Kindle has 4GB). That’s a ridiculously significant variety of guides and a great deal more than everyone is most likely to want to carry around with them. The sensible edge of this a great deal storage is that you can keep including material to your library with no ever worrying about obtaining to will need to make space for it. 

The one,000mAh battery is rated for ‘weeks’ of lifestyle. That’s not really particular, and what you get will be affected by how usually you use the Kobo and irrespective of whether you have Wi-Fi on or not (you can find no SIM here). I turned Wi-Fi off when I didn’t will need it to preserve electricity, and the battery has run a minimum amount of an hour’s reading a working day for six times with the battery not yet twenty% depleted. So the battery is fairly very good for an extended spell. That’s very good news as the legacy Micro-USB charge cable might be a stress to keep in mind to carry when you are away for a number of times.

Kobo can make a protective circumstance, the SleepCover, which comes in blue, yellow and black and charges just £19.99/$19.99. It is really not particularly manufactured of high quality elements, but it does the career of preserving the Nia’s monitor and, as its title indicates, it quickly wakes the Nia up when opened, and places it into sleep mode when closed. 

If you are seeking for an option to the standard entry-level suspect, and you want a large range of file assist, which includes easy linking to public library ebook financial loans, the Kobo Nia is absolutely value thinking of.

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