I used to own this bad boy, Kobo First Generation. They were one of the first eReaders on the market and I got it has a Christmas present. It came with 100 free books and looked pretty snazzy in its leather case. I used it on and off since I got it in 2009, and my husband loved it as well. Then there came the dreaded day two weeks ago. The eReader was sitting on the table, out of its leather case, and I lent my elbow on the table… well actually on the eReader and I heard the awful cracking sound… it is akin to the sound of doves crying…
We tried, in vain, to fix it. I think we actually made it worse in the end. My husband seemed a bit sad and then excited by the prospect of a new eReader, one that would be touch screen, that would weigh less, and have Wi-Fi, obviously! I, on the other hand, am a sentimental creature. I lost my aqua coloured umbrella on the train coming home one day and I lamented about it for weeks. It probably doesn’t help that I give inanimate objects names and humanise them… But I guess that’s a story for a different kind of blog.
After getting over the initial stress of losing a loved one… I had to think about a new eReader. Since I last looked at eReaders, the market expanded significantly, so I was dealing with an overload of options. The long and the short of it is that I ended up buying a Tolino. A Tolino Shine to be specific. To my knowledge it is only available in German speaking countries, but if you do get the chance to buy one it has the option of setting the eReader in multiple languages. The best thing about the Tolino is that it is open sourced. The only eBook seller you cannot buy through is Amazon, but I was more than okay with that. The Tolino is easy to use and has great options like a translator and dictionary for multiple languages, so it’s great if you are looking to better your skills in other languages. The other great thing is that the Tolino has a back light. I’m not sure if this is a stock standard feature now, but it is great for when you want to read and you have poor lighting. The Tolino also has a cute little face when it is resting… See:
It has a 12 hour battery life and a range of fonts and font sizes for font enthusiasts and the vision impaired alike. To be honest, I am yet to find any real faults with my new eReader, although it is still early days. If you are looking for an eReader that will support multiple files and does not feed the fat pockets of Amazon, then this is a strong contender. If you’re in Switzerland you can find these at any Thalia or Orell Füssli. And I’m guessing that these stores would also apply for Germany and Austria too.