Summary: I have the basic Kobo e-reader and upgraded to this back-lit model so I could read at night, in bed, and not disturb my wife by having the main light on. The screen display quality is very good and the range of adjustments available let me setup the unit to my liking. It is much lighter than my iPad and easier to use when lying down. I like the slide on/off switch.
Summary: So I pretty much purchased this because I am a cheapskate and not interested in spending too much money on a device that I may or may not like. I like refurbished items as the price point is usually perfect and the quality of the devices I normally buy are like new. I can justify spending $37 bucks and taking a chance on an older refurbished ereader as my luck so far has been pretty good and haven't recieved any lemons to date.
Summary: I am glad I tried other readers after I got this one. it takes HOURS to load new books. if not new books then it takes minutes. most ereader will open quickly and you can begin reading. not with this one. you have to take time to load books. I have both the Kindle and Nook. I just love to read, not a problem. the only good thing is that it holds a charge for good long time. I found a kobo mini on clearance. hope that works alot better then this one.
Summary: The original Kobo was the second eReader I had. I started off with Sony, and after hr replacement Sony died in the same manner as the first I switched to Kobo. When I got it it was $99 dollars at Borders (RIP Borders), that would have been 2010. I love that the original came preloaded with 100 classics, and that I could use Adobe Digital Editions to transfer my old Sony books to the Kobo. Only thing I didn't like was the "quilted" back: it annoyed the crap out of me.
Summary: I can't believe this thing is $60. I wouldn't even sell mine second hand on ebay because I didn't want to ruin someone's life. About the best that can be said for it is it runs drm free books that can be acquired from any source. The worst is that it's a fiddly little witch with a b that has eaten up two usb cords, costing me more than its worth, and will lock up so that even factory settings is no longer an option.
Summary: I got one of these recently and it was everything I expected and more from an economy ereader. Bought it for $30 including shipping on ebay. Used condition and it works great. Looks great. Feels great. I am downloading tons of books from Project Gutenberg and my local library. For $30 it is a great first time ereader for those on a budget.