Kobo Touch first impressions

I thought I’d take a few minutes and tell you what i think of the KT.

It’s a little slow. I tap to open a book and there’s a noticeable wait. I tap to select something in the TOC and there’s await (at first I thought it was frozen). I’ve confirmed that this is probably the firmware that will ship, so that concerns me.


On the plus side, you can turn the page by tap and swipe. A double tap opens the menu at the bottom of the screen, and you have library, font size, goto options. There’s actually 2 options to jump around inside a book, the TOC and a slider bar. There’s even a back button and a jump to next chapter button.

It’s slow, but I’m impressed with the menu design. It has a number of good features including the new Reading Life (which I don’t care about because I’m not social).

P.S. You can fondle the Kobo Touch yourself at BEA this week or at Borders Columbus Circle (here in Manhattan) tomorrow between noon adn 2pm.

Nate Hoffelder

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Nate Hoffelder is the founder and editor of The Digital Reader. He has been blogging about indie authors since 2010 while learning new tech skills weekly. He fixes author sites, and shares what he learns on The Digital Reader's blog. In his spare time, he fosters dogs for A Forever Home, a local rescue group.


  1. Rich Adin23 May, 2011

    Nate, if the touchscreen is the same as Sony’s, why do you think it is slow compared to the Sony? Or at least I’m assuming you don’t think the Sony is slow. I don’t think my Sony 950 is slow.

    1. Nate Hoffelder23 May, 2011

      It’s a software issue, I’m sure.

  2. Mike Cane23 May, 2011

    “Slow” is a word I had hoped not to read applied to this. Slow is deadly for them.

    1. Mike Cane23 May, 2011

      OK, I just saw an Engadget video. The eBook slowness leads me to think they’re still using that SQL scheme for their books. Because opening and zooming a PDF was FREAKING BLAZING FAST. Seriously, that was The Shit!

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  5. jorgen23 May, 2011

    The Sony PRS-650 is fast and nice in use, but likely also very much more expensive than the Kobo will be. You want something nice, you gonna pay. 🙂

  6. elmonica23 May, 2011

    What interested me was the weight comparison with the Kindle. I think at least an ounce lighter.

  7. s. barnes23 May, 2011

    Still don’t like how kobo has limited formating, wide margins, no paragraph indents and too much space vertically between paragraphs.

  8. Michael14 June, 2011

    DON’T BUY THE NEW KOBO TOUCH until they uncripple the dictionary. Good news: it is probably the best ereader out there. Bad news: they have stupidly crippled the dictionary function for all books other than those loaded directly to the device from the Kobo store (even if you buy the book from the Kobo store onto your computer and then load it to the device, the dictionary has been intentionally disabled). If I had know this, I would never have purchased the device until they uncrippled the dictionary. They should do this immediately and apologize to their customers.

  9. Rob10 September, 2011

    Kindle … and no more questions!


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