An eReader like the Kindle or the Kobo is meant for reading, but what if you could jot down notes using the same gadget? The latest Kobo has this in mind.
There is no shortage of tablets and it is even fairly easy to find e-book readers, but finding a way to mix the two categories usually means changing what you want.
If you want to read books, you can choose one of the e-readers available, but if you’re looking for a tablet that lets you draw, doodle, and read books, there’s a good chance you’re looking at an iPad or iPad Pro, or maybe one of the Android equivalents, like something from the Samsung Galaxy Tab line. There’s another choice, but it’s not easy to find in Australia, with the ReMarkable tablet offering a middle ground option, but it’s not the only one.
This week, Rakuten’s Kobo e-reader brand took to mid-range offerings, announcing an e-book reader that also functions as a kind of digital notepad, mixing concepts with something else.
The idea comes in the Kobo Elipsa, a device that just like an e-book reader uses an e-ink touchscreen, but also manages to take it a step further and lets you take notes and draw on that eInk screen. using the included Kobo stylus.
This means that Kobo has effectively built an eBook reader with which you can take notes, not just take notes on digital paper, but also take notes on the books you read. Literally on them, with digital eBooks on Kobo letting you write in the margins, take notes, highlight and doodle, and do some of the things you can do with a real book except digitally.
Designed with a 10.3-inch display in mind, the Kobo Elipsa is not your ordinary 4, 5, or 6-inch e-book reader. Rather, it’s a bit more like an iPad, using a big screen for you to doodle and take notes while you read.
However, because this is a larger than normal eReader, it also means that the books can look like commercial paper or a textbook, potentially offering more text on the page or an even larger type. , both are possible given the size of this screen.
These notes can even be exported using Dropbox, so you’ll be able to take notes as if the book were real, and check and edit them later using a computer. You can even remove it in the dark, because although there is a built-in light on the screen, the Kobo Elipsa supports a dark mode to invert colors and let you read white text on a black page. , which a printed book might not offer.
“When we look at what should happen next for Kobo e-readers, we always go back to our customers, to the people who read every day, to find out how we can improve their reading lives,” said Michael Tamblyn, CEO of Rakuten Kobo.
“With Kobo Elipsa, we’re meeting the needs of people who don’t just want to read a book; they want to engage in it – mark it, highlight it, write it in the margins or in a notebook of their own, because that’s how they get the most out of the books, articles, and documents they they read, ”he said. “With this new eReader, we have merged the bookstore, book and notebook so that people can capture all the ideas that come from books and writing.”
Locally, however, the Kobo Elipsa’s price may come as a surprise, with an Australian recommended retail price of $ 599.95, making it close to that of an iPad or other tablet. It’s worth noting that the Kobo Elipsa is modeled after an eReader, even though it’s a much larger eReader than you usually get. As such, it’s basically for notes and books more than anything else, as this eInk display is unlikely to handle photos or videos, especially since it’s only monochrome.
However, the Kobo Elipsa could prove to be a popular option for people who can’t quite switch from a physical book to digital publishing simply because they can’t write in the margins and draw all over their books. because this gadget actually makes that possible.
Rakuten’s Kobo Elipsa will launch in Australia from June 24, arriving with the stylus and a sleeve for $ 599.95 locally.