For Father's day I got a Kobo eReader Touch a product that has been released in just the last few weeks. I am very much liking it. If you are a reader you should seriously consider an e-reader. Yesterday at the Gym I was listening to tunes on my iPod, pedalling the recumbent bike, and reading on my new Kobo - living the geeky dream.
The Kobo touch is a very close cousin to the Nook simple touch most any review of either product could be a review of the other unit with the names switched.
The new Kobo and Nook have a new "less flashy" page turn algorithm. E-ink works a bit like a Magna Doodle . Historically the black "ink" gets "stuck" and the whole screen has to be wiped black and white with every page turn so the previous page doesn't stick. This was a problem with the first half hour or so of using the devices until you stopped paying attention. The new algorithm puts off the full page flash/wipe for 4-6 pages - this makes the annoyance much less. A few weeks ago when preliminary reviews were out for the new Kobo and Nook only the Nook had this - after 2 software updates on the first day I owned it my new Kobo had it too. it is interesting what they can "fix in post."
Buying books - you can buy books for the Kobo using the device while in wifi range, using your computer at the Kobo website, or using a kobo app on your smartphone - like my iPhone. Books you buy any of those places are available in any of those places. Bookmarks in the books you read in any of those places are synchronized as long as you are reading in network range - put down the iPhone with kobo app, pick up the eReader and you pick up the same page of the book. It is quite sweet.
e-book prices - if you are used to buying music in iTunes/FutureShop and have enjoyed the price of an album go down from $24 to $10 in the past few years - even if you still buy it on CD - you are going to be shocked at the price of e-books. e-books often cost between the price of a hardcover and a softcover book. You are going to want to have your eyes open and check out the prices on the different websites. Leatherbound is an e-book price comparison engine that will show you the sad state of perfect competition that makes all the prices exactly the same.