How to choose the right eReader for you in 2024

by |December 1, 2023
Kobo Clara Colour – now with a clear case!

The ease of having thousands of books at your fingertips makes the life of a reader so much easier! However, making the decision to change from a paperback to your very first eReader can be overwhelming. With so many devices to choose from, all with different features, sizes, and functionality. 

So how do you know which one is the right fit for you? Well, you’re in the right place! We have partnered with our friends at Rakuten Kobo to share everything you need to know about their devices and why they will suit every type of reader.

Why choose to read on a digital eReader in 2024?

Whether on your way to work, between meetings, sipping cocktails on holiday at the beach, or waiting for an appointment – Kobo simplifies reading on the go with a suite of devices that cater to your reading needs. 

With the latest Kobo Colour device launch – it’s the perfect time to make the switch or give the gift of reading to a loved one. Let’s find out which devices best suit your reading habits:

Kobo Libra Colour – For The Ultimate Book Lover!

Best For: Ideal for dedicated booklovers seeking a full-colour reading experience—and more.

Kobo Libra Colour

With it’s 7” colour screen, Kobo Libra Colour is built for booklovers of all kinds, whether you read full-colour graphic novels or manga, fiction, or non-fiction. With 32 GB of storage onboard it lets you carry 1000s of eBooks and 100s of audiobooks, ensuring you’ll always have something to read. It’s compatible with Kobo Stylus 2, so you can highlight and annotate in colour, or capture your thoughts in its built-in notebook templates. And it’s waterproof, so Kobo Libra Colour is happy to go where you might not want to take a paperback.

Kobo Clara Colour – For The Casual Reader

Best For: Ideal for the casual reader who judges a book by its colour

Kobo Clara Colour

Kobo Clara Colour is a great eReader for both casual readers as well as avid readers who want their first eBook reading experience to be a colourful one. Compact, lightweight, and waterproof, Kobo Clara Colour is ideal for bringing along on vacation. With 16 GB of built-in storage, Kobo Clara Colour is the most convenient way to bring a few hundred eBooks with you (plus several dozen graphic novels, audiobooks, or manga) wherever you go.

Kobo Elipsa 2E – The Versatile Readers

Best For: the people who love a big screen and scribbling in the margins!

As Kobo’s most premium device, the Kobo Elipsa 2E is equal parts eReader as it is a notebook, and comes with its own Stylus. Its 10.3” screen is perfect for readers who want a little extra room on the page, whether for a bigger font or just to jot down some notes while you read.

Better yet, you can easily convert your handwritten notes on the book into typed text thanks to its Dropbox and Google Drive support features. This device is your book, notebook, and bookstore all bundled into one, with everything you need to make your ideas a reality.

Kobo Clara BW – The Busy Readers

Best For: A basic eReader designed to be a booklover’s best friend

Sharing all of the features of its colour sibling, but adding a slightly lower price point, Kobo Clara BW keeps things simple—in high-definition black & white

Kobo Clara 2E – The Eco-Conscious Readers

Best For: people who have a varied taste in books and care about the planet.

Made with ocean-bound and recycled plastic, this is Kobo’s first 6″ waterproof eReader making it a more eco-conscious way to read. With double the storage of the Kobo Nia and weeks of battery life, this device has a few more tricks under its sleep cover.

Not only is it waterproof, but it also comes with Bluetooth technology and audiobook compatibility. This means you can take it to the beach, in the bath, or down to the pool – mixing it up between an audiobook and a novel depending on your preference.

Kobo Sage – For the Bookworm

Best For: the bookworms, book clubbers, and those who like to annotate while they read!

This device is designed for avid readers and is one of Kobo’s most accomplished eReaders ever. Designed to inspire you with every page, Kobo Sage delivers the largest range of features out of any device, all in one sleek package. Its 8” zero glare screen features a flush E Ink Carta 1200 touchscreen delivering superior performance and depth of contrast.

With a whopping 32GB of storage, you can keep thousands of audiobooks, PDFs, ebooks and more, Kobo Stylus compatibility lets you dive further into your favourite read by capturing your ideas as you go, saving them to other devices with Dropbox Support. 

Best Kobo Accessories 2024

Your reading experience is more customisable than ever! From the Kobo Stylus 2 (compatible with certain devices) to new clear covers for the Colour devices (perfect for showing off your bookish stickers!), you can enhance your reading experience.

Why make the switch to an eReader in 2024?

We firmly believe that it isn’t an either / or situation, as many people love having both physical books and ebooks! If you are feeling like enhancing your reading experience, it might be time for you to look into an eReader. With one of these devices, your loved one can carry an entire library wherever they go. From timeless classics to the latest bestsellers, they’ll have an entire world of literature at their fingertips!

Don’t have an eReader? You can download the Booktopia app to listen to your purchased audiobooks on your phone or tablet.


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Kobo Libra Colour eReader — Whiteby Kobo

Kobo Libra Colour eReader — White

7-Inch E Ink KaleidoTM 3 Colour Display, Kobo Stylus 2 Compatibility, Waterproof

by Kobo

ntroducing our most inspiring eReader yet: the new Kobo Libra Colour. Bring magic to your margins by annotating your pages, organizing your thoughts, and highlighting inspiring lines, all in colour. With Kobo Stylus 2 compatibility, you can dive deeper into your favourite stories by marking up meaningful moments and highlighting powerful passages in the eBooks you love.

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