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  # 1832920 28-Jul-2017 14:48
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shk292:

 

Can Kindles handle library books delivered via Overdrive?  This was one of the criteria that led me to buying a Kobo, a few years ago.  This process works really well with Auckland library.

 

On a related note, has anyone tried the Kobo Aura H2O?  I frequently use my Kobo on the beach and on the boat, so the waterproof aspect is quite attractive

 

 

I think Overdrive does support Kindle but only for US libraries, so no good here in NZ. That was a major reason I went with Kobo and I'm very happy with it.


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  # 1832943 28-Jul-2017 15:14
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The absolute best e-reader price irrespective, is the Kindle Oasis, but it's eye wateringly expensive (But awesome), the best including value for money in my opinion, is the Kindle Paperwhite. 

 

 

Agreed. Love my trusty old paperwhite with ads...

 

Whatever you get, make sure it has backlighting so you can read it in low light or darkness...

 

 

Definitely. I was skeptical of the whole frontlighting thing before I got one, but it really is that good. Turning it down to nearly the lowest setting means it is readable with the light out (I first bought one when I had a baby in the room, and turning a reading light on woke him up) and it is barely visible to anyone else.

 

I do suspect that the older keyboard Kindle without the frontlighting is better/more contrasty in bright light such as outside, but I basically never read sitting in the sun, so this is a non-issue for me.


 
 
 
 


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MurrayM:

 

shk292:

 

Can Kindles handle library books delivered via Overdrive?  This was one of the criteria that led me to buying a Kobo, a few years ago.  This process works really well with Auckland library.

 

On a related note, has anyone tried the Kobo Aura H2O?  I frequently use my Kobo on the beach and on the boat, so the waterproof aspect is quite attractive

 

 

I think Overdrive does support Kindle but only for US libraries, so no good here in NZ. That was a major reason I went with Kobo and I'm very happy with it.

 

 

 

 

I'm researching ebooks for my wife who reads about a book a week and isnt very technically savvy. Therefore although it sounds like Kindle Paperwhite might be technically superior to Kobo Aura H2O, that's a huge cost saving and hassle saving to be able to rent ebooks from the local library.

 

Therefore Im interested in hearing from anyone using a Kobo as to how easy it is to actually rent ebooks, and also discover new ones, using a Kobo?

 

 

 

So to follow on the point of this thread, if you read a lot and want to save money long term, perhaps a Kobo is the best e-reader currently. However if you dont read a lot or aren't too worried about the costs of buying ebooks (or dont mind the hassle of converting) then a Kindle would be best. Does anyone agree?

 

 


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  # 1848270 17-Aug-2017 22:40
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I've recently started borrowing ebooks from the Auckland Library to read on my Kobo Glow and the process is very easy.  There are clear guides to follow to set everything up.

 

So I'd agree, the Kindle range may be technically superior, but Kobo is more "open" and better suited to library use - so for heavy readers, significant savings to be made

 

I like the look of the Kobo Aura H2O but can't justify it when my current one is working perfectly


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