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Kobo’s new Libra Color improves the e-book experience from black and white

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Tablet on the left showing drawings of flowers and on the right just the flowers.

If you save many items using Pocketcan read them on Kobos. Pocket integration was supposed to leave in 2023, but Kobo updated their system to allow them to work and this is no longer an issue. You can’t write in Pocket articles no matter where you read them, but you can import documents you want to mark up in Libra as PDF files. As a writer, it’s fun to get my old revision marks again.

I also tried the Kobo one. Sleeping cover ($40), which can be folded to form a stand. I usually use e-readers without a cover because they are quite durable, but I liked this one too much. It keeps the device stable even when I write notes.

Right to repair

How colors appear on the Libra screen versus how they appear when exported to a computer.

Photography: Medea Giordano

Reading in Libra Color was a largely problem-free experience, but I did experience some “ghosting” (where you can see faint traces of menus or erased text) in the notebooks. This usually resolved itself after a few seconds, but it was more noticeable than other e-readers I’ve tried lately. From time to time I had to turn the page and come back to fix it.

Libra is waterproof and made from recycled plastics, and the battery should last about a month, depending on how much you read and type. I am of the opinion that the page turn buttons included here should be standard on all e-readers. That said, the Libra Color is expensive: $220. Add in the $70 stylus and it’s an even steeper price for a color screen.

If it makes you feel better, the Kobo Libra Color is repairable, so your money can go a long way. Kobo has partnered with iFixit to make kits to repair the screen, battery, and motherboard, as well as the front and back covers. This extends to the Clara Color and the original black and white Clara. There will be more details on this soon.

The Kobo e-readers may lack the large library of Amazon’s Kindle, but if you’ve been trying to get away from all things Amazon, it’s a perfectly excellent e-reader. And with this new Libra, reading and writing in color is just fun.

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