The new Kobo eReader Touch Edition has just been announced, which will feature six language options, a social reading aspect, and will match up with the Kindle’s price. And, of course, will showcase touch functionality.
The Kobo eReader Touch Edition will feature a 6-inch Pearl eInk display (the same display as the current-gen Kindle) and use infrared technology to enable its touchscreen capability. To take advantage of the touchscreen, Kobo is including features like a virtual keyboard users can employ when searching for new books to purchase, tap or swipe to turn pages, and ‘long press’ to highlight within a book or to look up a word.
The Kobo eReader Touch will connect to the Kobo store, which offers access to over 2.3 million eBooks. Users can connect via USB or Wi-Fi (no data plan for Kobo yet).
News of a new model also means that the old models will generally see discounted prices, and Kobo is not making an exception to this rule. The last-generation Kobo Wi-Fi, which launched in May of 2010, will now be sold for $100.
Kobo eReader Touch Price and Availability
The Kobo eReader Touch will become available in North America this June, and will retail for $130. It will be coming to a number of major chains, including Indigo, Best Buy, Wal-Mart and Borders. Worldwide availability will begin in July for select international locations.