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Shift3 Lookbook Wireless eReader with 150 Bonus Books
7-inch Vivid, full-color LCD display screen. Connect over Wi-Fi to the built-in Kobo bookstore, boasting over 2 million titles. User friendly controls and searches. Broad support of industry standard e-book formats, such as ePub, PDF, TXT, and others. Customize your wireless reader experience with an array of bookshelf designs, typefaces, and font sizes. Adjustable brightness and optional night mode allows reading in any environment. Easily flip through pages with the navigation buttons located on both sides of the wireless reader. Built-in rechargeable battery for up to 6 hours of continuous reading. Bookmarking feature holds your place electronically. Memorize you to pick up your lookbook, smartphone or your computer. Included bonus designer case and 150 free digital books included. 512MB storage capacity, expandable up to 8GB with memory card. Includes Lookbook, AC adapter, and USB cable.
7-inch Vivid, full-color LCD display screen. Connect over Wi-Fi to the built-in Kobo bookstore, boasting over 2 million titles.
User friendly controls and searches. Broad support of industry standard e-book formats, such as ePub, PDF, TXT, and others.
Adjustable brightness and optional night mode allows reading in any environment.
Memorize you to pick up your lookbook, smartphone or your computer. Included bonus designer case and 150 free digital books included.
Includes Lookbook, AC adapter, USB cable, and designer case. Dimensions of 9 x 5 x 0.5 in size.
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35 of 36 found the following review helpful:
Neat little e-readerJul 17, 2011
No, it is not a Nook.
For me this was a nice compromise between the Nook (black and white) and the Nook Color. A touchscreen and browser weren't important to me. The money savings, especially buying the Lookbook on sale, made it all the better... the price difference pays for a lot of eBooks!
It is very similar to the Nook Color though in size and function- minus the touchscreen and internet browser. It is simply an e-reader with Wi-Fi which is able to access software updates from the manufacturer and Kobobooks' online store.
The keyboard is definitely tiny, but the keys click like a regular keyboard so it has a good tactile feel; you know if you've depressed the key sufficiently. The joystick portion could use bigger directional keys around it, but you get used to it.
Out of the box, the Lookbook does what it is supposed to... flawlessly.
The manufacturer recommends charging the Lookbook for 6 hours prior to using it. When you first turn it on, they suggest accessing the Wi-Fi to receive available updates. You need your wireless router's password to do so. It will hit the Wi-Fi twice and complete two updates, needing to be restarted each time, before it is fully ready to go. It did so easily and quickly.
The reader itself functions very well, also. The color screen is vibrant and sharp, allowing many adjustments- brightness, font, and text size. It has a night reading mode that reverses the view- white on black. You can even change the look of your bookshelf (not exactly necessary, but fun). It offers an on-board dictionary that is accessible without leaving your spot in the book you are reading. Battery life has been good; turning down the brightness and turning off the Wi-Fi helps the battery last longer. Pages are turned by left and right directional keys on both sides of the screen- user friendly to both lefties and righties!
I have downloaded a few books from Kobo; download time is 5-10 seconds. The '150 free books' is a bit misleading. They are NOT preloaded; only 25 are. The 125 other free books (actually more) are classics that available through Kobo- your choice, 1 or all.
Also, the internal memory is 512MB; though it appears to be less because some of it is taken up by the Kobo software it e-reader runs on. Still not bad though, as the 29 books I currently have only take up 35MB. I really can't imagine keeping 400+ books on here. The Lookbook has an SD slot that allows for up to an 8GB card, but I doubt I'll ever need an SD card.
As an added bonus, the Lookbook comes with a portfolio-style protective cover.
Admittedly, I did buy this reluctantly; after all, it is a pretty much no-name item. (Makes it less likely to be stolen!) I have to say though that I have been pleasantly surprised. This has definitely been a worthwhile purchase! I do not regret it at all.
Oh, yeah, and if you do insert an SD card with image files, the Lookbook can play the part of a photo viewer, too. :)
13 of 13 found the following review helpful:
Practical and simpleAug 12, 2011
I bought this, very afraid because of the reviews I've seen online, but so far I am loving it! It is very easy to use and the best part is you can add your own books to it! It is very simple, no touch screen, but it has a color screen. For the price it is a good ereader, if you want something simple and just to read. I think it does it's job very well
12 of 12 found the following review helpful:
Make sure you can return it for a full refund!Oct 16, 2011
By Brendan Bartholomew
My dad scored a great deal on two of these. He gave one to me, and kept one for himself. I'd read online that people had trouble installing new books from the Kobo bookstore or dragging and dropping books from their desktop PCs to their Lookbook, and that the fix was to use the Lookbook's WiFi connection to update its software. Therefore, I did my software update, and had no problem installing books.
My father's experience, however, was not so happy. He had to try multiple times to get his Lookbook to do its update, and it kept failing. Finally, after hours and hours (not to mention an e-mail to tech support), it successfully updated its software, and he was able to install new books.
So at this point, we both have working Lookbooks. The thing is, from what I've been reading on the Web, quality control was not very consistent with these things. Buy one and you might get lucky like I did, or you might wind up with one like my dad's that requires much wrestling and coaxing before it will work properly.
As for the device's features, you are just getting an e-book reader and nothing else. It seems a real shame to make a WiFi enabled device and not include a Web browser, but the processor on this thing is slow enough that I kinda get the feeling you wouldn't want to use a Web browser on it even if you could.
Despite all this, I'm happy with mine. It's a bargain-basement e-reader, but it does work, and I'm sure I'll be enjoying it quite a bit in the coming months and years.
9 of 9 found the following review helpful:
Shocking!Jul 20, 2011
My wife brought this home to me and I was like no way, I do not want an eReader especially one associated with Borders as they were closing down, but for 12 dollars, brand new in the box, why not? I was extremely surprised at the color and clarity of the display. It is super light and extremely thin. Boot up is slow, but for $12, how fast do you need. The wireless was a bit tricky, but once I had it set up, wham it did what it needed to get updated. The unit is fairly rugged as I am bad to fall asleep when I am reading and many times have to find where I threw whatever book I was reading. My falling asleep and throwing books everywhere is one reason I had not purchased an eReader, but this unit keeps on working. The keyboard is like most of the cell phones on the market today, a little challenge to learn but once you get the hang of it you sail right along. The directional key is a bit cumbersome, but it works well enough. The lookbook came with 25 books installed on it, however they were mostly classics, with the option to download 100 more books for free (probably more classics). Still I enjoy the classic books and stories so not a bad deal for me.
My wife is the happiest with the LookBook because now when I read in bed and fall asleep with it, at least the reading light next to me is off and she does not have to get up and turn it off.
My only complaint about eBooks is the cost, I cannot understand how an electronic book can cost more than a real book. A real book has to be printed on paper, packaged for shipping, and delivered to the stores and all for 1/3rd the price of an eBook! Maybe I am shopping in the wrong places. Oh well enjoy!
11 of 12 found the following review helpful:
This is a good unit!Sep 19, 2011
By Sara B. Pope
There are some individuals out there that have given this device bad reviews, like "The keys are too small" or "It feels cheap". These are pointless to take seriously. I like this device, and it doesn't take a genius to work it. So, unless you are missing all your fingers, you can get used to it. For the price it is really a nice unit.
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