Out of the box the Literati comes with a cover, AC charger, USB cable, and some pre-installed free ebooks, with an option to download an additional classic ebooks. Enter your email address to receive updates: The device seems to naturally cut away large margins so the text fits to the edges. There is no reflow mode or hyperlink support. Normally I wouldn’t mention the box, but this one is worth a picture.

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Kobo is the power behind the Literati by The Sharper Image

It is solely an ebook reader. The navigation wheel takes some getting used to. There are a number of categories and ways to find new ebooks.

More ilterati will be issued via a firmware update to add night-reading mode and custom bookshelves and bookmarks like the Kobo desktop app. It doesn’t have a lot of features or customizing options, and could greatly benefit from some firmware updates to improve overall usability and stability, but it does do what it says it will koobo an easy-to-learn, straightforward manner.

It also works with Adobe Digital Editions for borrowing library ebooks from local libraries. There’s a table of contents to jump between chapters, as well as selections to go to the next or previous chapters.

The device seems to naturally cut away large margins so the erexder fits to the edges. Penney, Kohl’s, Macy’s, and others.

It needs a margin adjusting feature, though, because margins are often way too big with the narrow screen. It kibo a 7-inch color LCD display with an aspect ratio of litedati —making it a lot longer and narrower than the more typical 6-inch ereader sized at x Overall, given the features of the device the price is too high, especially considering similar-priced devices like the PocketBook IQ and Pandigital Novel that have a lot more features.


The Literati by Sharper Image is a very basic ebook reader.

Kobo is the power behind the Literati by The Sharper Image | Kobo

Here it is next to the box for the Sony PRS to give it some perspective. The edges are tapered so it fits in ereaver hand comfortably holding either one or two-handed. First off, the Literati comes in a gigantic box that looks like an oversized book. There’s also an option to view the PDF in landscape mode.

This makes you have to use the tip of your thumb instead of the surface of it like you would with the main control on the Kindle 3. The one problem, however, is that there is an inner sleeve that holds the bottom of the unit that rides a little too close to the main navigation buttons, making them even more difficult to hit accurately with my large thumb.

The same as with ebooks, there is a table of contents, litfrati to jump between the next and previous chapters, and a dictionary to type in words to be looked-up.

Once zoomed in, you use the navigation wheel to pan around the page. Overall, PDF support isn’t anything to write home about, but it is better than I expected it to be.

This Literati review takes a look at the new color ebook reader by Sharper Image. The center button is higher than the outer ring of buttons, making it hard to hit the up, down, and side buttons without hitting the center one. There are two color variations for the device, white and black. The page turn buttons on both sides of the screen actually aren’t buttons.


It does not have a web browser or video player or even an audio player. What it comes down to is that the Literati is designed to be litterati basic ebook reader for those new to ereading. The device is geared more toward books with colors, like children’s books, cookbooks, textbooks, magazines, and newspapers.

Kobo’s ebooks use Adobe DRM so they are compatible with a large number of ebook readers and ereader programs like Adobe Digital Editions.

There’s not a large selection of those just yet at Kobo, but more are coming apparently. One thing about the Kobo ebook store is that it has a nice clean layout with lots of sorting and searching options.

There’s even a section for free ebooks. You can also use the main navigation wheel on the lower right of the device’s keyboard to turn pages. lobo

Literati Review – A Color eBook Reader From Sharper Image

Normally I wouldn’t mention the box, but this one is litersti a picture. The Literati is made out of hard plastic and feels pretty solid. The fact that the Literati has a backlit LCD screen will appeal to some and not others.