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Kobo introduces the lackluster Nia to replace its budget Aura e-reader

The e-reader category was evoking once — or at least as exciting as one could hope from such a space. It was a vibrant category, with slew of key players, each looking to outdo one another. But as is the case with a depressing number of horizontals, Amazon has largely obliterated the floor with the rival.

Through all of this, however, Kobo has managed to remain a constant — thanks in no big place to its buy by Japanese retail whale Rakuten back in 2012. The company manages to maintain solid market share in a number of countries, including Canada, France, Japan, Australia and New Zealand. It has managed to maintain this presence, in part, due to so solid inventions on the tech line-up that has assisted in stop Amazon on its toes.

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The Nia, however, is not that. It’s candidly a fairly uninspired addition mainly created in order to take the place of the standard Aura, which has been shaped unavailable for sale on Kobo’s site for some time now. The biggest modernize here is a bit of a redesign to the hardware that’s…fine. The big blue-blooded capability button from the back of the Aura has been swapped out for a small and subtler blacknes model on the bottom of the maneuver.

The screen is the industry-standard six-inch Carta from Ink. It’s still 212 ppi, though the overall solving has obviously been downgraded ever so somewhat from 1024 x 768 to 1024 x 758. That’s a bit of a funny one. It’s a little bit lighter, a touch less wider and skinnier and a bit longer. All fairly minor there.

There’s a delightful little hump in the storage, from 4GB to 8GB, the latter listed as being able to hold up to 6,000 notebooks. The front-lit Comfortline is still on board — nothing relatively like the movable dye temperature that Amazon introduced on its high-end Kindle relatively recently.

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There are a number of different SleepCovers — ever recommended for those who like to toss their readers in their knapsacks, as E Ink screens blemish pretty easily. Most importantly, the expenditure are similar as the Aura at $100. That’s $ 10 more than the standard Kindle with special furnishes and $10 less costly than the copy without.

The new reader’s not really much of an amend at all over its predecessor, but Kobo remains a solid Kindle alternative — peculiarly due to the platform’s openness for non-proprietary file formats, including the popular ePub. Pre-orders start today. It starts sending July 21.

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