My new Kobo e-reader

So this is my new Kobo e-reader and I promised many people on Twitter that I would provide a review of the product.

To begin, I love having a portable e-reader rather than my laptop. It is very awkward to take the laptop into the bathroom, but the Kobo e-reader is easy to use whether you’re on the toilet or in the bathtub. I know I’m not the only one who takes a book into the bathroom. (Read: On Writing by Stephen King.)

There are some things I do not like about the Kobo e-reader:
1. epub books are classed in Books, while pdf books are classed in Documents.
2. If I press the center button on the navigation pad, sometimes it acts like I clicked twice. This can be annoying since you have to start at the main menu again to get out of the book you didn’t select.
3. If I get epub books from a site other than Kobo, or any pdf file or book, I cannot change the font style or size.
4. I must recharge the e-reader through my computer until I buy a USB wall charger.

What do I like about the Kobo e-reader?:
1. Portability
2. Quilted back – makes it comfortable to hold onto
3. Size and weight – 12cm x 18.4cm x 1cm thick, only 221 grams
4. 1 GB memory – holding up to 1000 eBooks – just copy and paste files, really easy. I can also add an SD card up to 4 GB to hold more books
5. Battery charge up to 2 weeks or 8000 page turns.
6. Includes 100 FREE eBooks – FREE BOOKS!
7. The E Ink display makes it so easy to read without backlight, glare or reflection – seriously.
8. Price – Although I didn’t pay for it, the Kobo e-reader is only $149.

Overall, I love it, and am in the middle of reading two books on it right now! (One is pdf and the other is epub)

Here are some more pictures of my Kobo e-reader:

If I view an epub file and I turn the e-reader off while reading it, the books cover will be on the e-reader.

If I turn off my Kobo e-reader while reading a pdf file, I will see a screen the same as the picture at the top of this post.

Now I can read some e-books and reduce my “To Be Read” pile. Thank goodness they are patient.

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Kindred In Death by J. D. Robb (Nora Roberts)

I admit it, I read Nora Roberts. I haven’t read all of her books, but I have read all of her In Death series up to this book, with another one waiting in my ‘to be read’ pile by my bed. (The pile keeps getting bigger!)

I know I’m not the only person who reads Nora Roberts either. I visited a local used books store almost two months ago, and next to Danielle Steel, Nora Roberts had the most books there. Someone had to read them before they ended up in the used book store.

Anyways, I found this book to be less intense than some of the others in the series, but I kept reading because I enjoy watching (I know I’m reading) the characters develop. They are all unique and have their own stories to follow within the cases being solved by Lieutenant Eve Dallas and her team.

Summary from book cover:

When the newly promoted captain of the NYPSD and his wife returned a day early from their vacation, they are looking forward to spending time with their bright and vivacious sixteen-year-old daughter, who had stayed behind.

Not even their worst nightmares could prepare them for the crime scene that awaits them instead. Deena had been brutally murdered in her bedroom, and her body shows signs of trauma that horrify even the toughest of cops, including our own Lieutenant Eve Dallas, who is specifically requested by the captain to investigate.

When the evidence starts to pile up, Dallas and her team think they are about to arrest the perpetrator; little do they know that someone has gone to great lengths to tease and taunt them by using a variety of identities.

Overconfidence can lead to careless mistakes. But for Dallas, one mistake might be all she needs to serve justice.


Imago Book 1: A Warrior’s Tale by Lorna Suzuki

I finished reading Imago Book 1: A Warrior’s Tale Saturday morning by a wonderful author, Lorna Suzuki, whom I met on Twitter.

A Warrior’s Tale is the fantasy tale of Nayla, a half-Elf, half-mortal, who is shunned by both cultures including her own father, Lord Treeborn. With help, she flees from the brutal beatings of her father and finds herself in the lands of the Kagai Warriors. Struggling to find her place, she serves the Warrior leaders and when old enough, she trains amongst the men. Proving herself in every battle, she becomes a legend among the Kagai. After many years, she returns to her homeland, no longer a child to face her father. Throughout her training and life thereafter, Nayla learns many life lessons and continues to search for a sense of belonging among the people of her heritage.

While reading this book, I became emotionally involved with the character Nayla (Takaro). Several times, I found myself holding back tears as Nayla struggled to find her place. A Warrior’s Tale is a wonderful read, and I am anxious to read the rest of the Imago series.

Visit Lorna Suzuki on her website!

Read an excerpt from Imago Book 1: A Warrior’s Tale!

Buy Imago Book 1: A Warrior’s Tale for yourself!

Also available:
Imago Book 2: Tales from the West
Imago Book 2: Tales from the East

Jessica E. Subject is the author of sexy sci-fi romance, bringing to life a wide variety of characters including aliens, clones, androids, Galactic Defenders, and more.