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Self-proclaimed bibliophile, culture nut and nerdfighter. English lit. and linguistics geek. Future career in publishing.

Considering an E-reader

I've recently gotten accepted into a position teaching English in South Korea for a year starting next February. After being extremely excited and telling my friends and family, one of the first things to pop into my head was this: how am I going to read my books?


I have a large collection of physical books, with some that I haven't read and want to. South Korea, while I'm certain has a few English bookstores or sections in larger retailers, will still be full of Korean books. (My Hangul is great, but my actual Korean comprehension is poor. Korean books will be helpful in learning the language, but altogether won't be able to fulfill my reading needs.) I don't want to run to Seoul every time I need to make a book purchase and there is no way in hell that I'm lugging a large amount of books with me on the plane or having some mailed. I will be bringing a few physical books, like my TOEFL methodology textbook because it will be helpful and a few other mass-market paperbacks. It became pretty obvious that I needed to finally get myself an e-reader, something that I never thought I would purchase. But the next question becomes: which one?


I don't want to get an iPad because of multiple reasons, mostly the price and then the fact that it's an LCD screen and painful on the eyes for an extended period of time. So, Apple is out of the question. The main contenders are the regular Kindle, the Kindle Paperwhite (without 3G) and the Kobo Touch.


I've made a small pros and cons list, but I'd still like input about what you guys think is a good idea. I've already got one person telling me about their own e-reader choice and how it's working out for them, which is definitely making me partial to Amazon at least.




- cheaper at $79 CDN

- Amazon is the leading e-reader producer

- most of the comments and feedback have been very positive

- supports Hangul so I can read Korean books



- doesn't include wall plug-in charger, which is sold separately for $14.99 CDN

- no Adobe DRM support that I'm aware of

- no ability to expand e-library with Micro SD cards

- doesn't work with Canadian libraries


Kindle Paperwhite


- better quality screen than Kindle

- front-lit screen

- sharper contrast

- Amazon is the leading e-reader producer

- supports Hangul so I can read Korean books



- a bit more expensive at $139 CDN

- no Adobe DRM support again

- no expandability with Micro SD card

- doesn't work with Canadian libraries


Kobo Touch


- works with Canadian libraries

- can expand amount of e-books with Micro SD card

- supports Adobe DRM



- terrible customer service based on customer reviews

- screens break easily

- not very good quality based on customer reviews

- no Hangul support



Any thoughts? I would love to hear from other people who've purchased e-readers and how it's working out for them. I would also love to hear what any of you have heard about these three e-readers in particular.

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