Not a Regular Reader? Here is a Great Way to Start.

With schools about to fully reopen, it is important for everyone to take a step back and take a few hours out of the day to relax your mind. Reading, for example, is one of the most effective ways to distract both for yourselves, and a good habit that your kids should pick up if they have not already.

If the shelves at home no longer have books that interest you (Let’s face it, when is the last time you stepped into a bookstore), we have good news for you: Introducing Rakuten Kobo’s range of eReaders –  Over the years the brand has established itself as a serious contender in the eBook sector, and it continues to do so with their new line-up that continues to up the ante. From the large 8” screen of the Kobo Forma down to the 6” Kobo Clara HD, there is a size that fits every palm. All of which comes with a gorgeous crystal-clear HD E Ink (electronic ink) touchscreen that is easy on the eyes, with a colour temperature feature that automatically adjusts the colour of the backlight. At night, the screen turns to a natural light: the reduction of blue light helps readers relax and sleep better. Kobo Forma and Libra H2O are waterproof and all models have a battery life that lasts for weeks!

One of the best thing about Kobo eReaders is its integration with our National Library Board (NLB) via Overdrive, a digital service by Rakuten. It works seamlessly – simply sign in to your NLB account on your reader, browse the library’s eBook collection and download the borrowed eBooks directly. In addition, you can also access free, discounted and curated content from Kobo’s Stay Home and Read initiative (

There is a great deal of content for the whole family with plenty of categories to choose from. Just from NLB, you can find classics by renowned authors including Jane Austen, Stephen King, Salman Rushdie and John Grishman; A wide range of self-improvement guides including the “7 Habits of Highly Effective People” series and it is pleasantly surprising to find New York Times Bestseller,” Incognito, The Secret Lives of the Brain” by David Eagleman available for download. And if you are looking to pick up a new skill or two, look no further than the “For Dummies” series. For the young ones, there are plenty of titles to choose from as well – You can find everything from the Harry Potter series down to some of your favorite local authors. Do check out the adorable “ The Blur Sotong” by Wang Shijia, featuring the Ang Ku Kuei Girl & Friends and “When a Flower Dies” by Josephine Chia, a novel about forgotten love in a seaside village in colonial Singapore in the 1940s.

We all want our kids to read more. Kobo eReaders are definitely ideal for kids to train their concentration that they will find no distractions from apps, videos or games with a handy slew of educational tools and metrics readily available. So it’s truly reading time, but not screen time. Kids’ frequency of reading books for fun is likely to be reignited. The crisp display with customizable font types and sizes is designed to read like print. With waterproof feature for Kobo Forma and Libra H2O, you’ll have fewer accidents to worry about.

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