There are a number of e-readers on the market today from various manufacturers. The Kobo line has been around for a while and was purchased by a Japanese company called Rakuten in November of 2011. The company has added three new devices to its line of digital readers in the Kobo series.
The new line includes the Kobo Glo, Kobo Mini, and the Kobo Arc. The Glo is a little e-reader designed for comfortable use during the day and at night. One of the downsides of E Ink displays on e-readers is that they have no backlight so you need an external light source to read in the dark. The Glo has a six-inch E ink screen and ComfortLight backlighting for reading in the dark. The reader will be available in pink, blue, silver, and black colors for $129.99.
The Kobo Mini has a small five-inch E Ink display. The e-reader is billed as the world’s smallest and lightest full-featured device weighing only 134 g. The device has enough storage space for 1000 digital books, and its E Ink display is touch sensitive and offers customizable font options. The device has three different color SnapBacks offered in teal, red, and purple. The device will sell for $79.99.
The final product is the Kobo Arc designed with the ability to discover the user’s preferences, tastes, and passion for different content. The device uses an interface called Tapestries that finds videos, movies, digital books, and web pages that the user would enjoy. Users are able to “Pin” their favorite content to the device, and it uses those pins to find things the user would like. The reader has a seven-inch LCD able display 16 million colors. It features a 1.5 GHz dual core processor and runs Android 4.0. It will be offered in an 8 GB unit for $199.99 and a 16 GB unit for $249.99.