I’ve been coveting my friends ereader for quite sometime now (I know I know thou shalt not) and when Mom Central offered me a Sharper Image Literati I did a happy dance. The chance to hold hundreds of books all in one place was such a treat for me. I travel for work a lot and I’m a fast reader. I can get through an entire book in an airport and on the flight. Then I am left with no book for an entire trip and flight return home. That is unless I travel with numerous books which can get heavy.
When the Literati arrived I was tickled by the box. It looks like a humongous book. I realized quickly it was a bit too much packaging for the product inside. I removed the Literati and began the charging process. When that was finished I started to play around and purchase books through Kobobooks.com. That is when the trouble began.
First I could not get the Literati to find my home wireless. It seemed all the steps were taken to ensure connection but yet it would not connect. I finally figured that out but then I couldn’t get my books downloaded from Kobobooks.com. Figured that out and then the worst of my issues arose, it just got stuck on a page. It just sat there. Nothing I could do would work. I even tried turning it off. It would not even turn off. I really didn’t want to reset it for fear of losing all my settings but it seemed the only choice. I reset it and luckily it worked and did not take away my books.
The small every day issue that bothers me is that it is hard to turn the pages. The buttons work only a quarter of the time. Also sometimes they seem to just jump ahead numerous pages and then they don’t want to go back. I have to turn it off and give it a break for it to work again. There is also very little battery power. I can fully charge the Literati and it will only last a few hours. For traveling this is not a good feature.
The positive things I can say are limited but I like the font and the brightness of the screen. The Literati is also a color ereader with a 7″ backlit screen which I know some people would really get use out of.
All in all the Sharper Image Literati is great when it works, unfortunately that is only about a quarter of the time.
“I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour campaign by Mom Central on behalf of The Sharper Image and received a Literati eReader to facilitate my review.”