There are a number of categories and ways to find new ebooks. Kobo’s ebooks use Adobe DRM so they are compatible with a large number of ebook readers and ereader programs like Adobe Digital Editions. The same as with ebooks, there is a table of contents, options to jump between the next and previous chapters, and a dictionary to type in words to be looked-up. The book covers are full color and look great on the Literati’s screen. The Literati by Sharper Image is a very basic ebook reader.

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Overall, given the features of the device the price is too high, especially considering similar-priced devices like the PocketBook IQ and Pandigital Novel that have a lot more features.

Literati Review – A Color eBook Reader From Sharper Image

What it comes down to is that the Literati is designed to be a basic ebook reader for those new to ereading. There’s not a large selection of those just yet at Kobo, but more are coming apparently. The device seems to naturally cut away large margins so the text fits to the edges.

It doesn’t have a lot of features or customizing options, and could greatly benefit from some firmware updates to improve overall usability and stability, but it does do what it says it will in an easy-to-learn, straightforward manner.

Out of the box the Literati comes with a cover, AC charger, USB cable, and some pre-installed free ebooks, with an option to download an additional classic ebooks.

Literati Review

Kobo’s ebooks use Adobe DRM so they are compatible with a large number of ebook readers and ereader programs like Adobe Digital Editions. It’s about 13″ tall and 3.


There are two color variations for the device, white and black. Since the Literati doesn’t play video, display photos, or surf the web, the fact that it is a color ebook reader doesn’t do a whole lot for it.

There’s a table of contents to jump between oiterati, as well as selections to go to the next or previous chapters. Enter your email address to receive updates: First off, the Literati comes in a gigantic box that llterati like an literatu book. A little on the heavy side, I’d estimate the weight to be between 14 and 18 ounces. That’s not necessarily a knock on the device; that’s how it was designed to be.

It does not have a web browser or video player or even an audio player.

However, according to the documentation that comes with the Literati, there’s supposed to be a lot of color content coming to the Kobo store soon in the form of newspapers and magazines, as well as more children’s books, cookbooks, and stuff along that line that has color illustrations.

Here it is next to the box for the Sony PRS to give it some perspective. This makes you have to use the tip of your thumb instead of the surface of it like you would with the main control on the Kindle 3. The cover that comes with the Literati greatly resembles a book cover. The vast majority of ebooks you can buy from Kobo or anywhere else for that matter don’t have any need for color when everything is in black and white text.

There’s also an option to view the PDF in landscape mode. There’s even a section for free ebooks. The device is geared more toward books with colors, like children’s litwrati, cookbooks, textbooks, magazines, and newspapers. More features will be issued via a firmware update to add night-reading mode and custom bookshelves and bookmarks like the Kobo desktop app.


Once you download an ebook, it becomes apart of your Kobo library so that you can download it to other Kobo-supported devices and Kobo applications.

Overall, PDF support isn’t eeeader to write home about, but literti is better than I expected it to be. In default whole page view, the text is generally more legible than with 6-inch ereaders like the Kindle 3 and Sony PRS The edges are tapered so it fits in your hand comfortably holding either one or two-handed.

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The screen isn’t glossy and colors are bright and vivid. There are a number of categories and ways to find new ebooks. The center button is higher than the outer ring of buttons, making it hard to hit the up, down, and side buttons without hitting the okbo one. The navigation wheel takes some getting used to.

The page turn buttons on both sides of the screen actually aren’t buttons. It has a really nice, soft, book cover feel to it—not sure what kind of material it is. Once zoomed in, you use the litsrati wheel to pan around the page.

There is no reflow mode or hyperlink support.