I'm a paperback kind of girl, but I can't resist the convenience this nifty gadget brings when I travel.
Fun Stuff | By Trixie Reyna on November 24, 2013


I must admit that even with the advent of e-books and e-readers, I still love reading paperbacks. But, there’s no denying the convenience of bringing just one slimmer, much lighter device than a lot of books that can carry god knows how many titles. That’s why even if I still buy books once in a while, I do just prefer to download.

Kobo, an eReading brand, and National Book Store recently announced that the companies will bring Kobo’s digital reading ecosystem to the Philippines. The partnership is the first of its kind to come to the growing eReading market. Kobo Touch (P4,599), Kobo Glo (P6,599), and Kobo Arc (P9,149) eReading devices will be exclusively available at selected National Book Store locations, Powerbooks, and online at nationalbookstore.com. Through the partnership, readers will have access to Kobo’s eBookstore, which has 4 million titles across 68 languages and includes international and local bestsellers. I don’t know about you, but I see a great gift idea right there!

Along with Kobo’s top-ranked apps for iOS, Android, and Microsoft platforms, Kobo devices are designed to meet the unique needs of voracious readers. I have the black Kobo Touch, which has an anti-glare 6” Pearl E Ink touchscreen that offers the closest experience to reading print on paper and is easy on the eyes–even in bright sunlight. Thin and lightweight, it’s highly portable and offers many ways to personalize my reading experience, get book recommendations, and discover new content. I wish I had the lilac version, though, haha. It has a battery life of up to one month (take that, iPhone 5, hahaha!), and has 2GB of internal memory for storage of up to 1,000 books, with the option to expand to 32 GB with a microSD card. I love taking this with me when I travel.

Kobo’s world class eBookstore, which can be found at nationalbookstore.com.ph/kobo, features 4 million titles from around the world, including international and local Filipino bestsellers. Both NBS and Kobo promise this list will continue to grow as Kobo continuously forges new partnerships with publishers and authors around the world.

When you’ve got it as convenient as this, even conservative book readers wouldn’t be able to resist going the paperless route (yes, there’s the environment to consider, too!) of eReaders.

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