For discerning bargain hunters there are some positive elements to the Borders fire-sale happening due to the company going out of business. We spotted some locations in Washington State and Oregon selling the Kobo Wireless e-Reader for $60.
The Kobo Wireless has 16 levels of greyscale and a screen resolution of 600×800 pixels and also packs a 6 inch e-ink screen. The original Kobo has only 8 levels of greyscale. You will find more contrast and higher resolution to display cover art, and eBooks will be more vibrant. You will also notice page turn speeds have been increased over the original Kobo; pages turn about 2x faster with a upgraded internal processor. It comes integrated with about 1 Gigabyte of internal storage and you can increase it via SD Card to about 4 GB.
One of the best new hardware features is the new Wireless connectivity with WiFi 802.11 b/g. It will allow you to shop or update their library on the go and receive wireless deliveries of newspapers. Kobo includes wireless support for home networks, free networks and commercial hotspots, like those in public places or coffee shops. If your wireless network is encrypted with WEP you can enter numbers and letters via the on-screen keyboard.
Let us know if you can find the Kobo Wireless at your local Borders store and how much it cost!
Michael Kozlowski is the Editor in Chief of Good e-Reader. He has been writing about audiobooks and e-readers for the past ten years. His articles have been picked up by major and local news sources and websites such as the CBC, CNET, Engadget, Huffington Post and the New York Times.