Kobo Books, which launches its ebook store in Australia and New Zealand in a couple of months, has just announced its own ebook reader.
The Kobo eReader is a nice-looking but bare-bones device (no wireless or mobile web connection, touch screen, colour or other fancy bits). At US$149, the Kobo eReader is pretty well priced, coming in US$110 cheaper than the Kindle and US$350 cheaper than the basic Apple iPad. No price or availability yet from the Red Group, Kobo’s partner in this part of the world.
I think Kobo has probably got it right with the trade-off of price vs features. This isn’t going to outshine an iPad or even a wireless Kindle but it provides a good option for hard-core book readers who are just looking for a cheap way into this ebook thing.