Pros This product came with a great instruction manual in addition to a quick start guide. I charged it and began using it on the same day. It does exactly what I want it to do...downloads and displays an assortment of ebooks for my reading pleasure.
Cons I did my homework BEFORE shopping for an ebook reading device. Therefore, I was not disappointed that the Literati did not have popular features that come with some other devices, like touch screen. Would be nice to have brighter screen resolution.
Summary For the money, the device is superb...easy navigation in reader library...user-friendly interface...quick page and screen response...easy access to wireless network/WIFI...intuitive user control...easy download of ebooks, newspapers, magazines, documents...great night reading setting that makes reading comfortable with the lights out...adjustable fonts for ease of reading...color screen display (even though it is lower resolution than might be desired) is comfortable to look at for extended periods...the store ad said I would receive 125 free books - 25 already loaded on the device with 125 available to download - actually there were nearly 200 free books available!...PDF formats can be downloaded...memory slot available for up to 8 gigs of extended memory...the device is thin and easy to hold whether I am laying down or sitting on the bus commuting to work.
I recommend this device for anyone on a budget that wants a great, basic reading device.
Pros Comes with cover, great price. I like the night reading feature. I am able to read without disturbing my husband. Goo Customer service.
Cons Very slow going from chapter to chapter. I wish I could stop it from adding all of the sayings between chapters. At first it was fun, but I am totally over that now! Battery life is not too good. Need to charge it a couple of times a week.
Summary I use this mostly for when I am having chemo treatments or waiting for a Dr. apt. I also travel with it and it helps fill the time. It may not the best e-reader, but it is a good entry level unit. Customer service is very good. I called to ask some questions and they were very friendly and helped me.Meant to day good customer service.
Updated on May 11, 2011
Updated on May 11, 2011Sorry, I have neuropathy in my hands and I make a lot of mistakes when I type. I updated my review and still messed it up. I was trying to say they have good customer service!
Pros Low low price...$35 at BB&B.
Good color screen.
Easy to understand menus.
Great night reading mode.
Great settings for screen brightness (extends battery life).
Cons This is not an iPad or Android tablet.
No extra APPS
Small buttons to control menus. Big fingered people look out!
Summary If you want a decent eREADER then it is better to get one that has WiFi like the Literati has and even better with 3G. But even w/o 3G you can always download great books from Kobo or a public library at home or work or anywhere that has internet access and have it read on the Literati. Easily maneuverable menus and easy to read color screen make this a great purchase to get you reading more often. Anything that allows you to enjoy reading is a good idea. As my five year old son said, "Don't be D-U-M (he spelled it for me) dumb...Reading is great!"
Pros It was simple to use, got it hooked into our wifi network, updated. Installed the kobo software to my computer and started an account. I honestly have not had any problems with this unit.
Cons Still not sure how to delete the preloaded books. when connected to computer and running the kobo software after sync up, they do not show up in library listing.
Summary This is my very first ebook, and it seems fine. I like the look and feel of the unit and have not ran into any problems so far. I has not crashed on me and seems to be working as intended. Only issue I have is not being able to removed the preloaded books, the software I installed on my system to sync up the unit with the kobo desktop software it does not see the other books listed on the unit. It does see the ones I bought.
I got this as a gift but if I was buying one, the price of 49 for such a unit does not seem that bad of a deal. It is a simple unit and so far I am very happy with it.
"No support"on by JayRNewlin
Pros Not a bad looking device
Cons It is discontinued, and Kobo provides limited support.
Summary Less than three weeks old, my device started to display only vertical, black-and-white stripes. I called Kobo customer service (Sharper Image no longer supports it) and was told to press the Reset button five times for 35 seconds each. When that failed to change the display, the agent told me that there is nothing they can do, since the device is discontinued. Don't spend the money.