The Best Pocket-Sized e-Reader around – Kobo Mini Review

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I’m the kind of person who hates carrying extra stuff. If it doesn’t fit in my small purse it just doesn’t come with me – unless it’s my coffee mug of course! And that especially holds true when flying. I used to carry a bag full of books with me when I traveled but it just takes SO much room that I stopped bringing them all with me.

Meet the world’s lightest and smallest fully functional e-reader – the Kobo Mini. It boasts a 5 inch touchscreen, WiFi capability, and battery that can last up to a month without being charged. Trust me – there’s nothing worse than being in the middle of a good book (digitally of course) only to have the battery die on you! It wasn’t until I took it out of the box that I appreciated the value of how small it really is!

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That’s no trick of your eyes – it really is quite small! I’ve read some complaints that it is too small but to be honest I found it to be a wonderful size. It’s larger screen size than my smartphone and you can adjust the font size from 8-24 as well as the sharpness settings which is great because  you don’t have to have a tiny font just because you have a small screen. It is quite customizable and can of course sync with all of your other electronics that have the Kobo app (smartphones, iPhones, tablets, iPads, computers, etc.) that way your e-books are with you no matter where you go.

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One pretty cool feature is that you can actually bookmark AND apply notes to your ebook that you are reading as well as actually look up words in the dictionary as you are reading. This is especially an awesome tool for kids that may not understand all of the words that they are reading.

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And check this out – you can easily pop off the back cover and buy different ones that suit your style in various colors! And it’s like a pseudo-cover so every time you pop the back off you’re not exposing the insides of the e-reader which is a pretty smart idea!

Can YOU spot the Kobo mini eReader?

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So there is a plus side and a downside to having the Kobo Mini e-Reader in your classroom! The positive side is that Kobo Mini e-reader hardly takes any room to store! Which is especially awesome if you have an e-reader for each child in your class!! A box of 20 or so e-readers would not take a massive amount of storage room. The downside? If you’re not organized you might actually lose this mini e-reader in your classroom or at home!! As you can see by the Kobo Mini up against the leveled step reading books – you could easily pass right by it! It is the lightest, smallest and full-featured e-Reader on the market so it’s got a lot to boast about! In fact the entire thing is shorter than a pen! Which DOES make it great to fit in your pocket! Check it out!


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This little e-reader can hold up to 1000 ebooks! It has a no glare screen and the words are really comparable to a book. PLUS it has built in wi-fi! One really neat feature that I like is that you can touch OR swipe the screen to turn the pages. If you’re not familiar with Kobo they have 3.5 million e-books in their store. Some free and of course some for purchase. We bought a lot of Kobo e-readers for my husband’s school and love them for the students. The price is definitely right and there are plenty of options for reading materials. You can even subscribe to digital newspapers and magazines.

Download free eReading Applications for iPhoneiPadAndroid, and desktops.

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Overall – for the price – it’s a great e-reader. It’s best and most notable feature is, of course, the size. If you are looking for something small that you can pocket or travel with or store easily in large amounts in your classroom- this is hands down the best choice! If you’re looking for a large screen to interact with and read books or play games than this might not be the best choice for you.  It’s a really good product and has plenty of customizable options from the style of the case to the size of the font and bookmark opportunities. I know at least with my libraries almost all of our digital books to borrow are also compatible with the Kobo e-readers too!

Disclosure: I received the above product to use in order to form my own opinions. All opinions are my own.

Barnes & Noble NOOK Simple Touch refurb ONLY $49.99!

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Barnes & Noble NOOK Simple Touch (refurb) is on sale for just $49.99! Here are more features about this particular ereader:

  • Ultra-light, ultra-portable
  • 6-inch touchscreen, world’s most advanced E Ink Pearl display
  • 25% faster page turns and 80% less flashing than any other eReader
  • Best-Text Technology specially optimizes each letter for ultra-crisp words
  • 16-level gray scale for greater detail – Read in bright sun with no glare
  • Adjustable text with 7 font sizes & 6 font styles
  • Resolution: 800×600
  • Best–Text™, ultra-crisp, reads just like paper – even in bright sun
  • Longest battery life – read for over 2 months based on a half hour of daily reading
  • Over 2.5 million books, get them in seconds w/ built-in Wi-Fi®
  • Supported File Types : ePub5, PDF, Graphic: JPG, GIF, PNG, BMP
  • MicroUSB connector charges your battery and connects to your computer
  • 2GB2 Holds up to 1,000 books (1GB for content; 750 MB reserved for B&N content)
  • Expandable microSD4 card up to 32GB
  • Expandable microSD4 slot
  • Wireless connectivity via Wi-Fi® (802.11b/g/n)
  • FREE Wi-Fi® in all Barnes & Noble stores and 24,000 AT&T® hotspots nationwide
  •  1 year warranty

We Already Have our Ematic Color E-Readers!

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My husband’s school was just accepted for a grant to help update their school library and I was thrilled when we realized that Black Friday was the BEST time to look for wireless e-readers!! Our grant was quite a bit lower than we had requested so I knew immediately that Kindles were out of the question, so we started looking. We found these Ematic Color E-readers for just $34.99 each!! When you are looking to purchase a large amount of e-readers on a low budget this was an amazing find!! I was shocked when they came in – in fact they are SO nice that I want to buy one of them and get rid of my other Kobo reader!! You can even play videos and listen to MP3’s on it which my reader does not do.

Plus they come in a variety of colors! As nice as it would have been to buy all Kindle Fire HD’s I am SO thankful for this Ematic Color E-reader. It is a price you can’t beat and top notch for the budget!

Ematic eBook Reader ONLY $34.99!

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This Ematic eBook Reader is ONLY $34.99!!! If your kids are looking for an ereader or you just want a cheap simple ereader without bells & whistles this is a great way to go! Plus the cool thing is you can choose from any of the above colors! Here are the specs:

  • Supports EPUB, TXT, PDF and more electronic book formats
  • Supports JPEG and BMP picture formats
  • 7″ color TFT LCD display, 800 x 480 resolution
  • Kobo eReading Desktop Software gives you access to over 2.5 million eBooks, including 1 million free classics
  • Listen to your music while reading
  • Connects straight to your computer for quick and easy transfer of files
  • Compatible with Windows 7/Vista/XP/2000, Mac OS X and Linux
  • Built-in video and music player
  • Supports MP3, WMA, FLAC, AAC, WAV, MP4, AVI, FLV and more media formats
  • 4GB built-in memory, microSD card slot for up to 16GB additional memory
  • Includes USB cable, user manual, Kobo desktop software, Kobo offer and eMusic offer

GREAT Sale on Barnes & Noble NOOK 8GB Tablet

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If you missed the great NOOK sale the other day here is another great one!!

Barnes & Noble refub NOOK 8GB 7″ Tablet only $119! 

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