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Want to do a “little” reading? Kobo has just put its Kobo Mini 5” e-ink reader on sale for 50% off until July 18th—$39.99 rather than $79.99. Light, touch-sensitive, Wi-FI capable, and 2 GB of on-board storage. It even has a built-in very basic web browser akin to the Kindle’s.

Of course, it’s tied to the Kobo store for book buying, but Kobo readers work great for unencrypted EPUB (such as everything Baen sells), as well Adobe DRM including Barnes & Noble’s. So if you’re the sort of person who keeps your e-books from everywhere in your Calibre library, and doesn’t care about Kindle Sync, this could be just the thing for you. Yes, the screen is tiny, but it’s not that much smaller than a paperback.

I mean, think about that. A $40 e-ink reader—from a major brand, not a cheap Chinese knock-off. That’s a price that almost doesn’t hurt if you leave it on the bus. Granted, that’s just a sale price, but I do honestly think we’re only a few years from having a $10 “disposable” reader.

(Found via E-Reader-info and CNet.)

 
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