Kobo Touch eReader Review {Giveaway – 5 Winners!}

Kobo Touch

I recently received a Kobo Touch eReader to review. The Kobo Touch is a slim WiFi ready eReader that features a touch screen and no physical keyboard. At just 6.5 ounces and 114mm x 165mm this device is super slim and comfortable to hold in one hand while reading.

I have tested a variety of eReader devices and I appreciate that the Kobo Touch has a no-glare 6” Pearl E-Ink touchscreen with no-backlight. I find that reading for a long period of time using a tablet-like colour LCD screen can be strenuous on the eyes and I appreciate the book-like feel you get with the E-Ink screens.

The Kobo Touch features 16 gray levels and images displayed on the device look clear and less grainy than other eReaders on the market.  At the end I don’t really use my eReaders to display many photos but it is a good feature to point out.

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I really like that the Kobo Touch has a very user-friendly interface that allows you to read your books or add new books to your library from the home screen. Very easy, not a lot of buttons to go over and an on-screen keyboard that pops up when you need to enter text.

The device holds up to 1,000 ebooks (2GB of internal storage) and it supports up to 32GB SD cards.  I like that with the Kobo Touch you have the ability to expand your storage if you want unlike other devices that don’t support SD cards.

The Kobo Touch supports multiple formats like: Doc, PDF, ePub and Third-party DRMs, EPUB, PDF, MOBI, TXT, HTML, RTF, CBZ, CBR and image formats like: JPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP, TIFF.  I like that you can read PDF documents using the device and you can also download ebooks from the library for free in EPUB format to read on the Kobo Touch.

The device also features bonus features in their “Extras” menu like a Chess game, Sketch Pad, Soduko and a Web Browser Application.  The browser is very basic but it allows you to surf the net from the device, great when checking your e-mail, google or loading “light” website.

eReader Something that I really like about monochromatic screen devices is that their battery life is usually very good. For the Kobo Touch I found that the battery life is fantastic, using it for reading and a bit of web browsing it can last up to 3 weeks or more.

I really enjoy reading my ebooks using the Kobo Touch eReader and I believe this device is a great bang for your buck.

Buy it: With the number of children reading digitally on the rise and it being the summer, Kobo is offering a fantastic promotion running until July 18th.  Their Kobo Mini is available for $39.99 and the Kobo Touch I just reviewed is only $69.99 (available at top Canadian retailers: Chapters-Indigo-Coles, Best Buy, Future Shop, Staples, Target (Mini only), The Source, Toys”R”Us, and at Kobo.com. While supplies last.)

If you have a child that enjoys reading then don’t hesitate to purchase a Kobo eReader to fill the many hours in the car, the beach or hanging out in the backyard. Reading should be encouraged specially with young children, a fabulous way to spend an afternoon instead of watching T.V. on the couch!

Win it: FIVE (5) very lucky US/CAN OneSmileyMonkey.com readers will receive one Kobo Touch eReader each! Super giveaway! Enter to win below via Rafflecopter below (please wait a few seconds for widget to load).

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Disclosure: I received a sample of a product to facilitate this post. All views and opinions stated on this post are 100% my own.

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573 Responses to “Kobo Touch eReader Review {Giveaway – 5 Winners!}”

  1. Chrissy — July 15, 2013 @ 8:10 am (#
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    I like the fact it can hold up to 32gb.. i need storage and lots of it. Ive always wondered about the kobo readers, Its awesome and handy and thanks for the chance!

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  2. Alisha D — July 15, 2013 @ 8:11 am (#
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    I love that there is no glare – the E-Ink screen is great!

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  3. Marianne — July 15, 2013 @ 8:11 am (#
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    I like that I can load 1000 books on it.

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  4. Faith Jacques — July 15, 2013 @ 8:12 am (#
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    Sounds like a good product.

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  5. Jenny — July 15, 2013 @ 8:12 am (#
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    I love that I would be able to pack this while traveling and have so many books to read

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  6. Rose Holloway — July 15, 2013 @ 8:13 am (#
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    I love that it is just 6.5 ounces

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  7. Veronica s. — July 15, 2013 @ 8:13 am (#
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    I like the size of this. If I won I’d give it to my mom since this would be perfet for her

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  8. Angela Bulbeck — July 15, 2013 @ 8:15 am (#
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    Would love to win a Kobo, have been wanting to get one but a bit short of money lately.

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  9. Hal Jenner — July 15, 2013 @ 8:16 am (#
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    I like the large storage and the e-ink

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  10. Kelsey Apley — July 15, 2013 @ 8:22 am (#
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    FOr me I love that you can download numerous books to have on hand. It is nice to know it is lightweight so if I take it when I am on the go, I don’t have to worry about it weighing my purse down.

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  11. Vesper — July 15, 2013 @ 8:25 am (#
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    I like that it supports multiple formats

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  12. Gwen — July 15, 2013 @ 8:25 am (#
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    I love my kobo glow and I would love to get an e-reader for my son.

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  13. Lisa Whan — July 15, 2013 @ 8:28 am (#
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    I love my Kobo touch! I would love one as a Christmas present for my husband or my mother or ….

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  14. Karine — July 15, 2013 @ 8:29 am (#
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    I love that it can read a lot of file formats, it brings a lot of flexibility

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  15. Carol Denny — July 15, 2013 @ 8:32 am (#
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    I like that is is more than just a reader

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  16. Julie — July 15, 2013 @ 8:32 am (#
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    I like that it is clear and less grainy so sick of the grainy images ..

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  17. Suzi Satterfield @ Cloth Diaper Addicts — July 15, 2013 @ 8:36 am (#
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    I love that it’s so light and portable!

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  18. Darlene Schuller — July 15, 2013 @ 8:36 am (#
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    My favourite feature is the ability to use an SD card! I love my books and if i had an Kobo I’d keep them on it even after reading… storage is important.

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  19. Kristin Troska — July 15, 2013 @ 8:38 am (#
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    simple and lightweight

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  20. Kristy Kipp — July 15, 2013 @ 8:41 am (#
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    I like that the screen was designed to be glare free and easy on the eyes.

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  21. Judy C — July 15, 2013 @ 8:47 am (#
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    Love that it is light but can hold up to 1000 books!

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  22. Courtney — July 15, 2013 @ 8:47 am (#
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    I love that I can go on the internet and check my email and facebook!

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  23. caryn s — July 15, 2013 @ 8:47 am (#
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    I like that kobo has wifi and can hold up to 1000 books on its memory!

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  24. Samantha Baery — July 15, 2013 @ 8:48 am (#
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    Love kobo. Had several ereaders and found kobo to be the best!

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  25. Joce Lyne — July 15, 2013 @ 8:49 am (#
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    lighter than any book i own :)

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  26. Leslie G — July 15, 2013 @ 8:55 am (#
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    The Touch is lightweight, and it’s great to have a variety of books available for the kids in summer!

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  27. Glogirl — July 15, 2013 @ 8:57 am (#
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    I like that the battery life can last up to 3 weeks or more.

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  28. Cher H. — July 15, 2013 @ 9:05 am (#
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    I’ve wanted one of these e-readers for so long. I haven’t managed to read a whole book since having my son and I think the convenience of the Kobo would be great to pick up easily and read in bed!

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  29. Bruna from Bees with Honey — July 15, 2013 @ 9:05 am (#
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    I like the user-friendly interface and that the battery life can last up to 3 weeks!

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  30. Jeannie — July 15, 2013 @ 9:11 am (#
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    I love that you an fill it with so many books and be able to take it anywhere with you.

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  31. Sue — July 15, 2013 @ 9:12 am (#
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    Love that it has a long battery life so I don’t have to worry when taking it on vacation.

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  32. Anne Taylor — July 15, 2013 @ 9:13 am (#
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    I love that it can hold 1000 books! Amazing!

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  33. SweetPanda — July 15, 2013 @ 9:20 am (#
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    I really want to have a e-reader for a very long time but I don’t have spare money for this. I am taking bus and subway ride to and from work each day and spent 3 hours in commute, so winning this would be great!

    I love that it support multi-documents formats so that as you said in your post, I can download ebooks from library for free!

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  34. Eschelle Westwood — July 15, 2013 @ 9:22 am (#
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    the fact that it can support many formats is definitely a highlight, as well as the large storage space :D

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  35. Stephanie LaPlante — July 15, 2013 @ 9:27 am (#
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    My favorite feature is the 6″ Pearl E-ink touchscreen.

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  36. Christine — July 15, 2013 @ 9:28 am (#
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    I need to read more but never have the room to carry all the books I want.

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  37. danielle thorne — July 15, 2013 @ 9:31 am (#
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    I love that it has a great battery life and that it’s touch screen.

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  38. Davvy — July 15, 2013 @ 9:31 am (#
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    I like that I can load all my books into it – up to 1000!

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  39. Michael Cheung — July 15, 2013 @ 9:50 am (#
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    I like the e-ink.

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  40. Anna — July 15, 2013 @ 9:51 am (#
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    I love the fact that you only have to touch a word and the dictionary does an automatic dictionary search! A great way to build up your vocabulary fast!

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  41. Sabrina T — July 15, 2013 @ 9:54 am (#
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    I LOVE that the screen is no glare!

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  42. Clifford — July 15, 2013 @ 9:58 am (#
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    I like the battery life, that it can last up to 3 weeks is amazing. This is an awesome giveaway, thank you!

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  43. Scott Matheson — July 15, 2013 @ 10:06 am (#
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    Great promotion…keep up the good work

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  44. Scott Matheson — July 15, 2013 @ 10:08 am (#
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    Oh, forgot to mention that I love that it will take external storage…32G is huge for e-books

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  45. steve — July 15, 2013 @ 10:09 am (#
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    perfect for people on the go who love reading!!

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  46. Julie bolduc — July 15, 2013 @ 10:13 am (#
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    I live there isno glare

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  47. Alex Petzoldt — July 15, 2013 @ 10:33 am (#
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    Being able to read it in the sun without the nasty glare you get from tablets.

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  48. B Ha — July 15, 2013 @ 10:33 am (#
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    The built in 2GB storage, more than enough for plenty of books

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  49. sarah sar — July 15, 2013 @ 10:40 am (#
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    I love that it has a large storage capacity…great for my summer reading list!

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  50. Tabitha P. — July 15, 2013 @ 10:45 am (#
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    i like that it has good battery life! i hate having to plug something in all the.

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