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A Writer On Writing: Kindle Versus Kobo

Sally Jenkins faces a reading decision.

I need some advice. Which is best Ė Kindle or Kobo?

I already have a basic Kindle (without the keyboard or any of the fancy stuff) and Iíve just won a Kobo e-reader in the monthly flash fiction competition in Prima magazine (my story is in the December issue). The Kobo hasnít arrived yet so I donít know which model it will be but itís supposed to be worth £149.

Iím trying to decide whether to tear open the packaging of the Kobo when it arrives and have a play with it, or whether to keep it all brand-spanking new and advertise it on eBay.

Because of its price, Iím assuming the Kobo will have a much wider functionality but what about the selection of books available? Does it have as many titles as the Kindle? I know that many authors who self-publish, only do so on the Kindle but the file format used by the Kobo is supposed to be more Ďopení.

Which screen is easier on the eye and is the page turning functionality as good on the Kobo as it is on the Kindle?
Thereís an interesting article here from the MoneySavingExpert team. It recommends Kobo if buying for oneself but Kindle if buying as a present Ė but only so that you donít appear a cheap skate by giving a less expensive Kindle substitute. http://www.moneysavingexpert.com/team-blog/2012/03/06/kindle-vs-kobo-battle-of-the-e-readers/

Conversely, Steve Fenton has written a great blog post here which compares the two in detail and comes out in favour of the Kindle. http://www.stevefenton.co.uk/Content/Blog/Date/201202/Blog/Kobo-Vs-Kindle-Comparison-The-Ebook-Reader-Showdown/

So what do you think? Is one better than the other Ė or should I keep both (Iím thinking that if I ever get round to self-publishing an e-book it might be useful to see what it looks like on the two devices).


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