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Literati Colour Ereader
The Literati colour e-reader, built by Sharper Image, markets itself as a widely accessible and affordable e-reader with Wi-Fi capabilities. Given this self-proclaimed identity, does the Literati really live up to its goal of bringing an effective and user-friendly e-reader to the masses? If so, is this a dependable, usable device?


First, the positive side of the Literati colour e-reader. It is, as already mentioned, designed for affordability, the underlying assumption being that with a device like the Literati, even more people will have access to the world of e-readers and digital publications. This is obviously a very good aspect of the Literati for anybody looking for an easy and inexpensive e-reader.


The Literati includes a 7-inch LCD screen, the same screen size as most other high-end e-readers. Despite matching other devices in screen size, however, the Literati has a keyboard which extends down below the screen, giving it a slightly unusual - and potentially disagreeable - elongated size. The keyboard is used to navigate and for typing when utilizing the deviceís WiFi capabilities to browse the web.


The last significant positive attribute of the Literati colour e-reader is its access to digital publications - the fundamental purpose of an e-reader. It comes preloaded with 25 free books and includes an access code for 125 more titles. The Literati is equipped to instantly access the digital bookstore Kobo, which most notably serves Bordersí electronic bookstore. The deviceís clear and bright LCD screen makes for a generally good and clear reading experience.


Now for the other side of the story: the negative aspects of the Literati. While these devices are designed for quick and easy access to digital publications via Kobo, many users run into slow loading times, and difficulties with the device stalling out when downloading and viewing e-books.


Making matters even worse, the Literati has no program for annotating or bookmarking pages. This is not only a bit disappointing for avid readers hoping to mark, underline, and notate their reading materials, but it also renders the keyboard - the reason for its odd and elongated shape - nearly useless. This is one of the Literatiís most glaring oversights. It is one that, for many readers, may force them to avoid purchasing the Literati colour e-reader. The Literatiís 512 MB of internal memory is also small compared to other e-readers, and this may easily become a limiting and disappointing factor for many users.


Taken together, the Literati colour e-reader lives up to what it proclaims itself to be: an affordable and inexpensive e-reader with a colour display and WiFi capabilities. Beyond that, however, users may find it difficult to interact with this device. For consumers interested in high performance e-readers, the Literati may not be the best option on the market. But for anyone looking for something quick, cheap, and fairly easy, the Literati just may be enough to get the job done.