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Kobo Aura HD eReader Review

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I’m not much of a book reader but when I do get in the mood for a good book I typically lock myself in my bedroom for the weekend with an entire series. I remember when the Twilight series came out I had to fight my daughter for them because I was reading the books faster than she was. Waiting for that third book was no fun at all. However, if there’s not a good series out then I don’t read physical books much. I believe my lack of interest in reading is derived from my old college day when I was studying psychology. I had to read so many medical books and theories that reading just got old, real quick.

When I do read I like to do it at night time. I also like to read late at night when I can’t sleep or I am stressed about something. Unfortunately for my husband this isn’t  a good thing for him since I require the light on to read.

We received a Kobo Aura HD eReader for review a couple months ago and it came extremely fast. I was pleasantly surprised with how light weight it felt when I picked it up. I also quickly noticed that there is a curve to the back of the eReader that resembles a real book.

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Kobo Aura HD Specs

Kobo Aura HD is the newest eReader from Kobo and is the only enhanced eReader on the market that closely resembles a real book with a unique ink like effect when you read on it. There’s also a book light built in and tablet like features including a search engine and internet browser. I am not much into specs nor do I really understand their importance so I’ll just list them for you below.

Size 175.7 x 128.3 x 11.7 mm (6.91 x 5.05 x 0.46 in)
Weight 240 g (8.4658 oz)
Processor 1 GHz; 20% faster processor than other leading eReaders.
Display 6.8″ WXGA+ Pearl E Ink Screen
ClarityScreen+: 265 dpi, 1440 x 1080 resolution
Light Built-in ComfortLight technology with micro-thin coating for durability and even light distribution
Buttons Power on/off, light on/off
Connectivity Wi Fi 802.11 b/g/n and Micro USB
Storage 4 GB
Option to expand up to 32 GB with a Micro SD card
Battery Up to 2 months*
Colours Espresso, Ivory, and Onyx
eBookstore over 3.5 million eBooks, newspapers, and magazines.
Kobo Everywhere™ Your Kobo eBooks are stored safely in the cloud; retrieve them at any time. Your bookmarks and more are seamlessly synced across all your Kobo eReading apps and devices.
Social Reading Includes Reading Life™. Track your Reading Stats and share what you’re reading, favourite passage and Reading Life awards to Facebook® Timeline.
Recommendations Personalized eBook recommendations that change as your tastes do. Optimize Kobo Picks by providing your feedback.
Fonts TypeGenius, Kobo’s font experience with a choice of 10 font styles, 24 font sizes, and adjustable font sharpness and weight.
Includes Kobo’s exclusive font Kobo Nickel, designed for crisp, clear readability.
Dictionary Built-in Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate® dictionary.
Notes, Quotes Highlight text, take notes, share to Facebook.
Advanced Features Library personalization, predictive search, brightness controls, double-tap PDF zoom in, and SimpleTurn for comfortable page turns.
Open Supports ePub and Adobe DRM. Read books borrowed from your public library.
File Types eBooks: EPUB, PDF, and MOBI
Images: JPEG, GIF, PNG, and TIFF
Text: TXT, HTML, XHTML, and RTF
Comic Books: CBZ and CBR
Browsing Experimental Web browser
Games Chess and Sudoku
Languages English, French, German, Spanish, Dutch, Italian, Brazilian Portuguese, Portuguese, Japanese.
Free Mobile &
Desktop Apps
Free Kobo apps for Mac and PC, Apple®, Android™, smartphones, and tablets.
Set-up Easily set-up Kobo Aura HD just a few simple steps from your computer or directly from your Kobo Aura HD using Wi Fi.

So you can see the Kobo Aura HD has some impressive features and functions. The sculpted back is one of my favorite feature because it helps the reader to naturally sit in the palm of my hand and it’s not uncomfortable or heavy like other readers I have tried.

A down side to the Kobo is that it’s books are more expensive then places like Amazon or Nook. You can find free apps that you download to your computer that will convert the book file from an Amazon one to the Kobo and that helps you get a wider selection for less money.
Kobo also offers over 1,000 free eBooks in their store. I will say I struggled a lot with finding free books through the reader. I had to go through the site on my computer and then transfer them to the reader.

The Kobo Aura HD is available for $169.99 and comes in black or brown. you can also find lots of accessories on their website here

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