From The Sharper Image:
Our Digital Reader gives you instant access to millions of reasonably priced and nearly 2 million free book titles from the Kobo bookstore. Extremely portable, the Literati Reader goes wherever you go, and integrates with your computer and smart phone. With the Reader device, you can turn the page, and adjust type size and the screen brightness with the touch of a button on this 7” color screen.
A few years ago I purchased a Kindle for myself. It was my Christmas present and I have used it on an almost daily basis. My problem is that I love to read with the kids. It’s a calming activity that requires quiet. The Kindle is great for adults but is far from kid friendly. Because we live in the middle of nowhere I often have my eReader in the car with me. If we have to wait to be seated, wait to get our hair cut or any other form of waiting, the kids will be kids and get anxious. I often pull out the eReader and read a book for them. With the Sharper Image Literati, reading on the eReader is fun for the kids. We’ve recently been able to start reading chapter books. A quick 15 minutes of reading at night in a few days we’ve got a book finished. The kids were excited to be able to read The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh. While the book is not overly filled with illustrations, it does have one or two every few pages. the kids were able to stay involved and loved to see pooh in full color a feature not available on the Kindle. We were waiting to be seated at the restaurant the other night and the kids were being cuddly. I pulled out the Literati and we jumped right back into the store of Pooh. Now we got some looks from other patrons but it was more because we were reading with our kids, didn’t have the cell phones out, didn’t have a gameboy, didn’t have headphones on and of course some it was because the kids complained when it was time to go sit down and they had to turn the book off.
The Literati would be great for all ages. Imagine your teen with their required reading books. I know when I was in school we had to read such classics as Tess of the D’ubervilles and Little Women (Two of my all time favorite books that are free with the Literati). These books are great reading but the books are longer and can be cumbersome to carry. Having a whole collection of books in one compact space makes reading easier.
|Night Reading||No||Contrast can be adjusted to be able to read in the dark.|
|Ease of Downloading books||Easy to download however finding books can be difficult, especially if you wantto search solely for free books||Easy to download. Special tab for Free books as well as New and best sellers|
|Navigation||I honestly prefer the turn page buttons on the Kindle. But navigation within the menus can be tricky. I had to look up the directions last night in order for my mom to get to the beginning of a book.||The turn page buttons are rather sensitive. I have onseveral occasions accidentally turned pages.
Navigation within the menus is simple and quick. Even without a manual a user could find what they werelooking for.
|Overall Impression||Page turning is easy but overall thereare several features I need to read that are not built into the Kindle.||Other than the page turn buttons I am in love with Literati.
I can easily search and download via Kobo. The kids are able to enjoy a book with color. Steve can enjoy a full night’s sleepwithout my light interrupting him.
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“I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour campaign by Mom Central on behalf of The Sharper Image and received a Literati eReader to facilitate my review.”