Indigo this week announced it would be launching a touchscreen version of its Kobo eReader around Fathers Day. The device can be pre-ordered from the Kobo site for $139.
Kobo also announced that its Kobo Wireless eReader will now sell for $99 in the United States and $109 in Canada.
Powered by a Freescale i.MX507 processor, the Kobo Touch features a six inch e-ink infrared screen which can display 16 levels of greyscale, WiFI connectivity, a virtual keyboard for typing, 1 GB of internal memory and the ability to add 32 GB of storage via a MicroSD slot.
The addition of a Touch Screen has allowed Kobo to deliver a more streamlined device. Gone is the clunky D-pad with its navigation buttons, replaced by a single button situated centered beneath the display. Navigation is now done through the touch interface. The bezel is narrower than older devices, but the back panel remains the same: A quilted, textured style, in four colors-black, lilac, blue, and silver.
The Kobo Touch also features a built in dictionary to look up words and will feature an international dictionary for localized versions of the e-reader.
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