Kobo Mini eReader Review

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Kobo, a global leader in eReading, wants kids to reach the Cornucopia, tour the Chocolate Factory, and visit the City of Bones with great eReader savings. With the number of children reading digitally on the rise and summer holidays around the corner, parents need look no further than a Kobo eReader to fill those hours in the car, on the beach, or hanging out in the backyard.

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I am a librarian and a mom that embraces everything technology related and I am always looking to see what companies come up with next. I love the newest and the coolest. I am also a librarian that loves the advancement of eReaders and the places they are going. Don’t get me wrong I love the feeling of holding a book in my hand and physically turning the pages but I also love the idea of reading books on an eReader and the ability to take 100s of books with me wherever I go on a portable device!

Kobo worked with Parent Tested Parent Approved™
(PTPA), North America’s largest volunteer parent testing community with
more than 60,000 parents, to survey families about their kids’ digital
reading habits. For many parents, the rationale for buying eBooks
include the ability to have many books on a single portable device
(20%), fostering their children’s love of reading (13%), and enjoying
the overall reading experience (13%). PTPA survey respondents listed
enjoyment (58%), learning (54%), and comprehension (46%) as the most
important aspects of their child’s reading life. The survey also found
that children spend a significant amount of time engrossed in books,
with 28% reading more than three hours per week, and another 20% reading
two to three hours per week. 

I love to see kids reading no matter what the content. Magazines, graphic novels or just whatever gets them excited. If kids are excited about eReaders I say go for it!

I got to review the Kobo Mini and I will admit this is the very first eReader I have ever owned. From the moment I opened this eReader I was in love!

In my totally average sized hand.

The back is nice too and offers a nice material to keep my grip.

Ultimate value

  • Feature packed with a responsive 5″ E Ink touchscreen display for a print-on-paper reading experience.
  • Enjoy convenient Wi Fi access to over 3 million eBooks, including new releases, bestsellers, and over 1 million free titles!

Convenient reading on the go

  • Kobo’s lightest and most compact E Ink eReader, at 4.73 ounces, is perfect for convenient eReading on the go.
  • Read as long as you like with a battery life of up to 1 month.*
  • Carry up to 1,000 eBooks with 2GB of built-in memory.**
  • Easily discover new favourite eBooks with personalized recommendations from Kobo Picks.
  • Share what you’re reading with friends on Facebook and Twitter with Reading Life.

You can plug it into your computer using the port at the bottom of the eReader.

I immediately checked out some eBooks from my local library and put them on the Kobo mini. The words on the screen are literally crystal clear. Just touch the screen to move onto the next paragraph/page.

Big Sis also enjoyed reading children’s book on it too. There are so many children’s book titles available for eReaders out there that the possibilities seem endless!

The Kobo set up on my computer is so incredibly easy to use. I followed the instructions exactly (because I am just one of those people) and had no problems getting ebooks onto the reader.

The PTPA-approved Kobo Mini is the perfect device to introduce kids to eReading. It’s the world’s smallest and lightest full-featured E Ink eReader, and is highly-portable and easy for first-time readers to hold and read – offering the full Kobo experience at a great value. Just like reading print on paper, the no-glare 5” E Ink screen is easy on the eyes – even in bright sunlight – which makes it perfect for outdoor summertime reading. The Kobo Mini comes in black or white and offers a selection of three stylish SnapBacks in Teal, Ruby Red, and Purple.

The award-winning Kobo Touch is the industry’s first touch-screen eReader, and is equipped with a no-glare 6” Pearl E Ink touchscreen that offers the closest experience to reading print on paper. This eReader includes Kobo’s latest software, offering more ways to personalize the reading experience, get recommendations, and discover new content. The Kobo Touch offers a distraction-free reading experience and holds up to 1,000 books. 

The Kobo mini is just about the coolest little eReader I have ever seen and it easily slips it into my purse or diaper bag and I always have tons of books, literally at my fingertips. It is also had a price that won’t break the bank. If you are unsure if an eReader is for you than this is definitely the one to try. Small, lightweight and easy to use it will give you the perfect chance to see if you will enjoy reading on an eReader.

About Kobo Inc.
Kobo Inc. is one of the world’s fastest-growing eReading services offering more than 3.5-million eBooks, magazines and newspapers to millions of customers in 190 countries. Believing that consumers should have the freedom to read any book on any device, Kobo provides consumers with a choice when reading. From its Family of eReaders, which includes the Kobo Touch™, Kobo Mini, Kobo Glo, Kobo Arc, and Kobo Aura HD, to its free, top-ranked eReading applications for Apple®, BlackBerry®, Android®, and Windows® products, Kobo ensures the next great read is just a page-turn away. Headquartered in Toronto and owned by Tokyo-based Rakuten, Kobo eReaders can be found in major retail chains around the world.

The kobo mini is one compact and convenient eReader!


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Buy It! 

You can purchase the kobo Mini for $79.99 but is on sale for $39.99 until July 18th.

Until July 18, the Kobo Mini is available for $39.99 and the Kobo Touch for $69.99 at top Canadian retailers: Chapters-Indigo-Coles, Best Buy, Future Shop, Staples, Target (Mini only), The Source, Toys”R”Us, and at Kobo.com. In the U.S., parents can also take advantage of the $39.99 Kobo Mini summer offer at Kobo.com*.

and online availability varies by retailer. Please check local retailer
for details. Offer available while supplies last. 

I received a sample product for this review. All opinions are my own and/or my family’s, take it or leave it. Click here to view my whole disclosure policy.

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