A device with a single purpose is considered an appliance in the technology
world and the KOBO eReader is such a device. It does not have WiFi, audio
or any other bells and whistles, but among its strengths are its light weight
and its rubber backing for an easy grip and handling. The appliance plugs
into a computer to download information from a KOBO account. E-ink
technology makes it possible to read in sunlight, extending the battery life.
It’s possible to read PDFs, but the smaller screen makes this a chore.
With the backing of bookseller Chapters/Indigo, the Kobo Online Bookstore has a selection of 2 million books (average price $9.99). The books
can be read on any device, in addition to the e-reader. You can even
download a KOBO APP on the Apple app store.
Sony Reader Touch Edition PRS-6000
Price: $149. Dimensions: 7. 2 x 4. 7 inches, with a 6 ”diagonal screen.
Weight: 8 oz. Storage: 1GB, enough to hold 1,000 books.
With a headstart in the marketplace, Sony
is onto its third generation reader. Like the
KOBO, the Sony Reader Touch requires
you to plug into a computer to download
books. Additional features include a memo
pad, touch keypad, sketch/writing pad,
and audio and photo storage. The reader is
based on the e-Ink technology that is only
available in black and white.
The Kindle DX e-reader, produced by Amazon, came to Canada in November
2009, even though it has been available in the USA since 2007. Included in the
latest version are a text-speech reader for books, MP3 interaction file-transfer
for background music, interact capability with Facebook and Twitter and an
Oxford Dictionary. It uses e-ink technology.
There are currently 600,000 books, 110 newspapers from 19 countries. and
39 magazines available for the Kindle from Amazon. The books are transmitted for free via 3G wireless directly to the Kindle, eliminating the need to plug
the device into a computer to download. Users can also download a Kindle
APP to read on the Apple iPad if one does not want to buy a Kindle.
Sony claims that over 10 millions e-books
have been downloaded since 2006 on the
Sony Reader Store. Sony also partners with
Google Books to provide access to over one
million public domain books. The Sony Touch
has been reduced in price to compete against
the Amazon Kindle. Storage is relatively low, at
380 MB, which may require the purchase of
additional memory for the device.
Price: $379 ($249 at Sony Canada store).
Dimensions: 6. 9 x 4.8 inches, 6” diagonal screen.
Weight: 10. 1 oz. Storage: 380 MB.
Price: $379. Dimensions: 10. 4 x 7. 2 inches, with a 9. 7” diagonal screen.
Weight: 18. 9 oz. Storage: 3. 3 GB (enough for 3,500 books).
Technology in the Classroom - Digital Supplement