Kobo Vox eReader Android Tablet Puts Social into Reading

The color ebook reader tablet market is getting very crowded this fall. Amazon’s Kindle Fire looks like the ebook reader tablet to beat at $199 and launched today. There’s also Barnes and Noble’s Nook Tablet at a slightly pricer $249 (it has more hardware resources). And then, there’s the Kobo Vox eReader that has its launch event tomorrow (Nov. 16) and priced at $199.99. It has a 7-inch multi-touch color display that, Kobo claims, is optimized for outdoor reading. This Android based eReader tablet (like both the Kindle Fire and Nook Tablet) also has a web browser, email client, 8GB memory, a 7-hour battery life and its own app store.

Kobo’s Reading Life tracks your reading, lets you ear awards and share book passages via Facebook and Twitter. The Kobo Pulse lets you see what other people shared about the book you are currently reading. A Pulse indicator becomes bigger and brighter on book pages with more community activity.