I’ve been slowly accepting the whole ereader thing. Few years ago, when ebooks just started to gain popularity, I was a bit skeptical. I love the feeling of a physical book in my hands, and I love the way it looks on my bookshelf next to other favorites. Besides, ebooks look ugly, ignoring all notions of visual appeal. However, nowadays I am being tempted by new-comers like Kobo Touch, Nook Color, and iPad that seem to deliver a bit of a better experience with ebooks. At the moment I have about 350 books sitting in my iTunes library, waiting for the moment when I finally make up my mind about the ereader too buy.
What I really need from my ereader is customization. I need to be able to change ugly covers to the ones I like better. After all, I love a beautiful cover, and I like being organized. In my perfect world all books from a series or by the same author tend to have matching cover designs. In addition to that I need a way to group series and sort them by the order of release (not alphabetically, like iTunes does it now). This way I don’t have to search internet for the first title in a series before opening my ereader. Also, I need my device to support multiple languages and alphabets. I need my War and Peace in original!
When it comes to the display, I am torn between color and eInk technology. Color just looks great, and backlit screen allows for reading in the dark. On the other side, it drains the battery and is hard on the eyes. Kobo Touch is using eInk, which seems more practical. I also love the idea of Reading Life feature, which tracks your reading and awards fun badges for completing challenges. I am a stats junkie! Since I hate writing in my books, I find Kobo’s ability to highlight passages very useful. These notes are essential for any blogger, when writing down their thoughts after the book is long finished. Finally, the ability to carry thousands of books in one little package is just too tempting!
Decisions-decisions! So what should I do? Will Kobo Touch fulfill my expectations, or will it end up being a disappointment?