Holiday Gift Guide 2016: Kobo Aura

Every few years, we get the chance to take a look at the latest means of e-book consumption. And while there are people who may swear by their Kindles, as far as I’m concerned (along with a lot of folks I know), the best e-readers out there come from the folks at Rakuten Kobo.

Though my e-reader experience  began some of years ago with the now defunct Sony E-reader, the world has expanded significantly over the years and Kobo has really led the pack. Their latest, economical e-reader is the Kobo Aura Edition 2, and it’s absolutely the best device I’ve used so far.


If you’re used to reading books on your iPad, you likely haven’t experienced e-ink, which is what e-readers use to amazingly reproduce the print experience. Essentially, your eyes feel as though they’re reading print on paper, and the experience is definitely superior to reading via a tablet app. I’ve done a lot of both, and while tablet apps for reading definitely have their pros, especially if you’re reading a title with a significant amount of images contained or reading magazines, for reproducing a simple print title, e-readers are the way to go. The Kobo Aura also has an adjustable light built-in, so you can read in any space you can think of.

A lot of folks who haven’t made the transition to e-readers often cite the lack of tactile experience, but I have to say, I love the experience of holding the Kobo Aura. It just feels good in your hands. It’s extremely lightweight, allowing for one handed reading.

The Kobo Aura comes with 4 GB of space, so you can store up to 3,000 books. Admittedly, that may be excessive, but when I received the Aura, for the first time in my e-reading life, I downloaded all the books I’ve purchased in the Kobo store. There’s something very comforting about bringing Stephen King’s Dark Tower series with me wherever I go. You can connect to the Kobo Store via Wi-Fi, so essentially you’re carrying a bookstore with you. It’s pretty great stuff.

Ultimately, I’m a Kobo acolyte, and I’m a big fan of the Kobo Aura. Next on my list to try out is the hard to find Kobo Aura ONE, which is a larger screen, but this holiday season, for the literate one in your life, e-readers don’t get any better.



About Andy Burns

Andy Burns is the Interactive Content Editor for SiriusXM Canada, and has been the Editor-In-Chief of the pop culture website Biff Bam Pop! since its inception in 2008. He is also a Staff Writer for Rue Morgue Magazine. Andy's book, Wrapped In Plastic: Twin Peaks, was published in 2015 by ECW Press. His next book, on Stephen King's The Stand, will be published by Cemetery Dance in 2018.

Posted on December 20, 2016, in Andy Burns, Andy Burns/Andy B, General, Holiday Gift Guide 2016 and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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