Holiday Gift Guides

I was standing in line the other day at Walmart (pronounced wAHL-mart) and noticed that they’ve had the Christmas decorations up since Halloween ended. They’ve also got Christmas Baby songs playing on a loop. Christmas Baby songs are not traditional Christmas carols, they are oversung and oversexualized modern Christmas songs. Usually sung by Christina Aguilera in a breathy, breathy fashion.

It’s all good though because I love Christmas shopping. With enough coffee, I’m reasonably calm while fellow shoppers have mild panic attacks. Are you giving the gift of reading this year?

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Kobo Vox Backlight

I received a lot of hits from people Googling “Kobo Vox backlight”. It appears that Kobo’s site steers clear of actually mentioning that it has a backlight. The E-ink technology used in Kobo’s previous e-readers is black and white only. The fact that the new Kobo Vox will be in vivid colour means it’s a backlit tablet.

I contacted Kobo’s PR peeps to see if they could comment on how “reader-friendly” the Kobo Vox will be.  He said that he had yet to try the Kobo Vox himself (even the PR reps had to wait for shipment).

However, he mentioned that Kobo Vox uses the most advanced 7 inch AFFS+ display with anti-glare. Tablets Planet says that it’s comparable to Nook Colour and Kindle Fire.

The rep also explained that Kobo decided to go with this display because colour E-ink technology is still in development. This makes me wonder how many years away we are from a fully-functioning colour e-ink display AND when we’ll see a dual e-ink/backlight device. Kindle Fire was rumoured to be a dual display tablet but the rumours turned out to be untrue.

Oh! And the Kobo Vox comes with three free colour e-books. Wonder if one of them will be the Hungry, Hungry Caterpillar?

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Kobo Vox Reader Perks

Related reading: Kindle Vox Backlight (10/28/11)

Kobo announced yesterday that they were launching their new colour tablet called Kobo Vox to appease the angry Canadian masses who were hoping for a Kindle Fire (no Canadian release date in sight). A lot of information was available in the press release. Too bad most people would rather eat soap that read press releases.

But there are a few interesting tidbits that might appeal to voracious readers:

– Kobo Vox’s backlit screen is anti-glare and optimized for outdoor reading. Apparently, it’s what they use in airplane cockpits. I’m not too sure what that means.

–  The screen has an extra wide angle viewing so you can read with your kids (or a very lazy boyfriend who doesn’t want to turn his own pages).

– Along with the basic Twitter and Facebook apps, it also comes with Zinio with a BONUS 12 free mags for Kobo Vox readers (you don’t get to choose which ones though).

– PressReader app comes with 7 free papers of your choice for Vox readers.

– Kobo Vox is super social! You can comment and read comments and share all over the place. And you can earn Kobo badges. Now all your friends can know you’re more well-read than them!

Like the Kindle Fire, the Kobo Vox is also $200. Kobo also has books in different languages and recently made a deal with a major French publisher. If they ever had Chinese on there, I’d probably buy one for my mom.

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