Kobo eReader from Borders

The eReader market just got crowded. Borders just introduced theĀ Kobo eReader for $150. It’s set to compete with Amazon’s Kindle and Barnes & Noble’s Nook. The Kobo offers users access to over 1 million eBooks via USB or wireless Bluetooth.

Unfortunately, there is no WiFi support. The Kobo comes pre-loaded with over 100 classic books. It’s capable of storing 1000 titles in less than 1GB of flash memory. The Kobo can read a number of eReader formats including PDF, ePUB and Adobe DRM.

Here’s a Kobo eReader review.

One last thing, the battery life is 2 weeks. It’s a cheaper alternative to Amazon’s Kindle.

Borders and Verizon Offer Free Wifi

Borders and Verizon have signed an agreement to offer free Wi-Fi in 500 of its stores. This came in the heels of Barnes & Nobles and AT&T’s announcement earlier this summer to provide free Wi-Fi service in its stores. The Borders and Verizon service will be available by mid-October. Access to the Internet is nearly ubiquitous if you add AT&T’s DSL package. AT&T allow their DSL customers have gain access to thousands of AT&T’s hotspots located worldwide at Starbucks, McDonalds, participating hotels, restaurants and airports.