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Kobo Touch eReader - Fun Bits and Customisation
To complement its neat-looking interface, the Kobo Touch has a fun, breezy style that should especially appeal to younger folk, or parents looking to push reading onto their kids through the medium of tech. By reading, you can unlock achievements in the style of the trophies of the Sony PS3 or achievements of the Microsoft Xbox 360.
There are 18 in total, and generally involve either reading for a certain length or in a certain way, or using the Kobo's secondary features, like Facebook integration. They won't last too long but are executed in a manner inoffensive enough to avoid the scorn of all but the most dedicated of curmudgeons.
This is one half of the Kobo Touch's Reading Life section, which claims one of the links on the home screen next to your Library and the Kobo Store. We find the other half of Reading Life much more interesting.
It tells you how long you've spent reading your current book, how many pages you've turned and how long your average reading session is. Below this info are figures for how many books you've completed on your Kobo, your total hours spent reading and how much of your library you have read. Although not something we'd imagine many will use all that regularly, it's an interesting resource, whether it represents a "game-ification" of reading or not.
Stepping away from the frivolous side and back to reading, the Kobo Touch gives you plenty of customisation options other than just how often a full screen refresh is performed. There are seven fonts to choose from, 24 font sizes, plenty of customisation of line spacing and margins plus three justification options. This is arguably choice overkill, but as ever it's relayed in a fairly digestible manner with its own pop-up menu.
There are also three options that dictate how the touchscreen behaves while you're reading. Either side can be used to go forward a page, showing consideration for the left-handers among us. And you can give the menu shortcut equal or lesser space on the touchscreen - with the lone physical button forever dedicated to taking you to the home screen, the touchscreen has to do the rest. Ereader newcomers may take a while to find their favoured setting, but we expect that the vast majority will stick with a single setup after a while.