A new version of the Kobo eReader with WiFi is set for release within the next month. The device will be linked up with the Borders eBookstore, making it the seventh eReader to join the book seller, which carries over 1.5 million eBooks.
Weighing in at what the press release claims is 7.8 grams, the Kobo sports WiFi, faster page turns than the previous generation, sharper six-inch eInk screen (16 grey scale), longer battery life (up to 10,000 page turns with WiFi off) and three new available colors: onyx, porcelain with a metallic silver back, and porcelain with a pearlized lilac back.
Borders claims this new eReader is more user friendly than the previous version, which did not support WiFi. Users can now shop directly from the Borders eBookstore and receive wireless deliveries of newspapers and magazines. With its “built-in library-management system,” customers can easily sort and organize their collection. Also, content can be added using an SD card or a desktop or notebook via Adobe Digital Edition. The Kobo arrives loaded with 100 classic titles.
The Kobo eReader supports the EPUB and PDF standards, meaning users can borrow eBooks from their local library for free.
The Kobo is now available for pre-order today for an MSRP of $140 from the Borders eBookstore at www.borders.com/kobowifi. It will arrive in Borders bookstores at the end of October.