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Kobo has released a new suite of reading devices although none of them are getting major play. These devices are all noted as “coming soon”, but the Kobo Arc is targeted for a mid November release.  This has a nice comparison between the Fire and the Arc.

Kobo Mini ($79)

Kobo Mini

  • 5″ E Ink touchscreen; Vizplex V110 display; 16-level grey scale
  • 2 GB internal storage

Kobo Glo $129.99

Kobo Glo

  • 6″ E Ink XGA Pearl screen; 1024×768 resolution; 16-level grey scale
  • 2 GB internal storage / external storage micro SD
  • 55 hours of continuous use with the light on.
  • Built-in ComfortLight technology with micro-thin hard coating for durability and even light distribution

Kobo Arc ($199)

Kobo Arc

  • Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n and Micro USB
  • Built-in dual front-facing speakers and universal 3.5 mm stereo headphone jack with SRS TruMedia™ sound
  • 7” IPS display; 1280 x 800 HD resolution; 215 ppi;
  • 720p HD front-facing camera (1.3 MP)
  • 1.5 GHz dual-core processor; 1 GB RAM
  • Open access to Android™ 4.0
  • 8 GB or 16 GB models
  • 10 hours of reading

On repeated occasions, BORKER also threatened to, and did, send false and obscene e-mails to customers’ professional associates or colleagues. For example, BORKER sent e-mails to colleagues of a disgruntled customer and falsely claimed that he had an affair with the customer, and that the customer had engaged in professional misconduct. He wrote emails about the sexual preferences of other customers, and made claims that some of them were involved in drug dealing. These emails were also sent to his victims’ professional associates and colleagues. … In sentencing Borker, Judge Sullivan said: “These were vile threats, and you were terrorizing these people.”

Jane Litte is the founder of Dear Author, a lawyer, and a lover of pencil skirts. She self publishes NA and contemporaries (and publishes with Berkley and Montlake) and spends her downtime reading romances and writing about them. Her TBR pile is much larger than the one shown in the picture and not as pretty. You can reach Jane by email at jane @ dearauthor dot com


  1. SAO
    Sep 12, 2012 @ 07:35:34

    Makes you wonder how many successful self-pubbed authors have used sock puppets or fake reviews to climb out of the slush pile, doesn’t it?

  2. Patricia Eimer
    Sep 12, 2012 @ 07:51:28

    Konrath, I just don’t know what to say about him but the optometrist? That is some weirdness right there. If you give him a bad review he’d send letters to your co-workers about your love life? How many bad reviews does an OD get in a year that he’s going that far?

  3. Jess
    Sep 12, 2012 @ 08:41:47

    On Konrath: I’ve never been a fan of him, not even when he was publishing books on a semi-major press. Still, I’m always curious to hear what he says on self-pubbing. The quote you posted is a huge turn-off from reading any future things he has to say. There’s nothing wrong with leaving an honest one star review, particularly when the reviewer can back it up. but leaving fake reviews of any star rating is disgusting. Sock puppet accounts and buying reviews are flat-out wrong. How can the potential reader know that it’s really a good product if the reviews are only written for money? It doesn’t help his case that he later deleted the post. At least he could’ve stood by what he said.
    I do need to ask, however, how does the line about how he and a writing partner using rape terminology in one of their books relate to this particular discussion? It’s generally relevent in knowing what kind of language this writer uses and a little of his personal beliefs, but I’m not seeing a clear connection between today’s topic and that controversy. Could someone clear that up for me, please?

    On the new Kobos: Hmmmmm, they’ve modernized the devices and they still look…clunky. I would be interested in knowing if they do well (regardless of how I feel about them).

  4. Sunita
    Sep 12, 2012 @ 09:16:17

    Konrath and his co-author Blake Crouch have an Amazon review of the latest Eisler book in the “Editorial Reviews” section of the page. Aside from the fact that I didn’t see any disclaimers about their personal or professional relationships in the “review,” it’s clear that the section itself is pretty motley. A promo piece (for all three of them) that is labeled as a review, a blurb, a genuine review from PW, and an in-character column.

  5. Leslie
    Sep 12, 2012 @ 10:08:31

    Ken’s back at Popehat since the Sept 6. Matt Inman raised over a million dollars for Tesla’s museum. Charles Carreon is continuing to make a fool of himself.

  6. Anne V
    Sep 12, 2012 @ 10:10:24

    @Patricia Eimer: I don’t think he was really an OD – you went to an OD, got a prescription and sent it to his site, which ostensibly sold designer frames at a discount. His egregarious conduct w/r/t customers came to the attention of the NYT ( and then to Google ( which ultimately wrote a special algorithm to exclude his shop from the top of their search rankings. Additionally, he appears to have gotten busted for child porn this past June. All in all, not a sensible guy.

  7. Anon
    Sep 12, 2012 @ 10:18:14

    I don’t always agree with you, but I’m with you on the Konrath thing. That man will do anything for a buck and a little attention.

  8. Ann Somerville
    Sep 12, 2012 @ 21:09:59

    I feel as disgusted at Konrath and Barry Eisler being seen as the ‘gurus’ of self-publishers as I do at Christopher Hitchens and Richard Dawkins being held as the ‘high priests’ of atheism.

    Konrath does not speak for me, nor for most authors, and anyone who follows his advice is asking for disappointment. Contrary to what he and the idiots on a certain site like to claim, there is a bright line between ethical behaviour and unethical behaviour, and contrary to their examples, it’s actually pretty damn easy not to be a fraud and a fake. The idea that it’s almost mandatory for SP authors to cheat customers is so toxic and delusional, it’s rage-making.

    I was shocked to see Popehat Ken being intimidated by online trolls. I thought if anyone would be impervious, it would be someone like him. Another reason to push back against the idea that being on the internet means we have to accept crappy behaviour and harrassment.

  9. azteclady
    Sep 17, 2012 @ 09:38:42

    Ken’s hiatus didn’t last very long, actually–which makes many of us quite happy.

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