Next month Kobo will begin selling the Kobo eReader Touch for $129.99. It’s a new eBook reader with an E Ink display, much like Kobo’s existing offering. The difference is the new model will have a touchscreen, letting you navigate through eBooks with touch navigation rather than a directional pad.
At just under $130, the Kobo eReader Touch will be one of the cheapest touchscreen eBook devices on the market. But if that price is still too steep, Kobo is dropping the price of its original eBook Reader to $99.99. While the new touchscreen model won’t be out until June, the new price on the original Kobo device is effective immediately.
The eReader Touch will have a 6 inch E Ink display WiFi and USB connectivity and support for EPUB and PDF files. The eReader has 1GB of storage for up to 1,000 books, but there’s also a microSD card slot for up to 32GB of additional storage.
The device features 802.11b/g/n WiFi and appears to have a few new tricks up its sleeve including an on-screen keyboard for entering text
The eReader weighs just 0.44 pounds and Kobo will offer blue, purple, silver, and black models.
I’ve never been all that impressed with the original Kobo eBook Reader. The plastic case and thumb navigation button feel cheap compared to other eBook devices I’ve tried, and the page refresh rate is pretty slow. But a $130 touchscreen eBook Reader does sound promising.